Screaming Yellow Zonkers: about 174,000 hits on Google.
Sonkers? Slightly more. And that includes the Sonker Festival, held the first Saturday in October in the
. Mount Airy area
Mount Airy? Of course. A sonker is a
North Carolina take on a deep-dish cobbler.
Popular in the old days, it has experienced a renaissance of sorts, being highlighted
in the New York Times in 2013 along with grunts, slumps and other regional
takes on fruit-filled desserts.
Surry County, deep in the Sonker Belt, is capitalizing on this with a new "trail" ‑- a guide to places in those parts where you can order them, buy them, or purchase cookbooks on how to make sonkers.
Among the stops?
The Rockford General Store
Roxxi & Lulu's Bakery, in Elkin
Heaven's Scent, Elkin
Living Cross Coffeehouse, Mount Pilot
Putters Patio & Grill, Dobson
Trio Restaurant, Mount Airy
Miss Angel's Heavenly Pies, Mount Airy
You can order the free-of-charge "Sonker Trail" guide/map by calling 800-948-0949, or request it online at www.SonkerTrail.org.
The Surry County Tourism photo at the top of this post? A close-up of the rare and elusive sonker.