For something that is essentially the offspring of eggs, sugar and a deep fat fryer, donuts are a surprisingly staple foodstuff. Even though they’re arguably the most effective method of mainlining sugar since snorting a sprinkle of Dib Dab sherbert became a social no-no, there are hardly any cooking cultures that don’t feature something cooked in oil and covered in something sweet. Wherever you go, donuts and their ilk are a fairly big deal. Nowhere, however, are they as big a deal as at Tella Balls Dessert Bar in Australia.
The restaurant, which has branches across the state of New South Wales, specializes in all things sweet. Featured on the menu are “world-famous” Tella Balls - miniature donuts stuffed with vanilla bean gelato and topped with a chocolate swirl - as well as an unparalleled display of shakes and sundaes. However, amidst all the sugary temptation, there is one item that gives even the most ambitious dessert-lovers pause for thought.
New for 2019, the chain has unveiled a brand new, gut-busting pud that makes their standard Tella Balls look like a caesar salad. Weighing in at an astonishing 4kg, the Giant Tella Ball is an enormous assortment of chocolate, candy and sugar, stuffed full of chocolate sauce and topped with several of the world’s most famous sweet treats.
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The vast donut is pumped full of chocolate sauce and loaded with Oreos, Kinder Bueno, and Ferrero Rocher, as well as an extra coating of nuts and melted Nutella. The dessert is so big that it requires 36 hours' notice in order to prepare.
Tella Balls Dessert Bar recommends that no less than three people attempt to eat the $120 dessert and even suggest that it can adequately feed up to 10. The restaurant’s website also suggests that it is available both as a dining-in and takeaway option, although no one would envy the moped that has to bear that load to someone’s house. Wherever you end up eating it, the Giant Tella Ball certainly offers a different perspective on what’s possible within the medium of donuts.