What is a Churro and Can You Eat It?

Churros y chocolate – copyright A writer afoot, Creative Commons


Spend more than about two days in Spain and you’ll soon come across a churro. Spain’s version of a doughnut, a churro is fried dough that’s usually in a long or hoop shape that’s made to look like the horn of a churro sheep.

Churros are all over Spain, are eaten in the morning for breakfast or mid-morning for a snack and are always served hot. They’re usually eaten either with a cup of hot chocolate, for dipping the churro into, or a cafe con leche (coffee with milk).

Churros are usually brown and crunchy on the outside and yellow and soft on the inside. While hot, they’re sprinkled with sugar, so the sugar slightly melts and sticks to the doughnut – yum.

You’ll find them in churrerias — small shops that sell mainly churros — or in portable churro vans that set up in the same spot every day.

Next time you’re in Spain, don’t miss eating churros and hot chocolate for breakfast. They really are the quintessential Spanish experience and absolutely delicious.

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