What is a Churro in Spain and Can You Eat It?

Churros y chocolate – copyright A writer afoot, Creative Commons

Spend more than about two days in Spain and you will soon come across a churro. Spain’s version of a doughnut, a churro is fried dough that is usually in a long or hoop shape that is made to look like the horn of a churro sheep. Yep, that’s where this tasty Spanish treat gets its name.

Churros are all over Spain, are eaten in the morning for breakfast or mid-morning for a snack and are always served hot. If you are Spanish, they are 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 are 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. Some Spanish hotels also serve them as part of their buffet breakfast.

If you like a sweet, crunchy, energy-creating start to your day, the next time you are in Spain, don’t miss eating churros and hot chocolate for breakfast. They really are the quintessential Spanish experience, and absolutely delicious.