Sfinges are made differently than "zeppoli" which is the actual name for fried dough. But since my Mother always called them Sfinges then that's what we're calling them.
I once had an argument with a friend from New York on the correct word to use for Italian fried dough. Of course, I thought I was right. Ever since I was small thats all I remember them being called.
Whatever you want to call them, Italian fried dough dipped in sugar is a great little treat for yourself and the kids.
Sold mainly at Italian street festivals, like the "Festa Pasta Vino" which is held every year on 24th and Oakley in the "Little Italy" neighborhood here in Chicago. These sweet treats were always one of my favorite. I'd be in big trouble if I came home without them.