Churros con Chocolate

Now this is something I had been looking forward to for a LONG time. I’ve always seen and heard about Spain’s ‘churros con chocolate’ and ever since I accepted this job I was dreaming of the day I would be able to try them. They didn’t disappoint.

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Like many people, there is a special place in my heart for chocolate. Full disclosure,  it’s honestly pretty rare if I go a day with chocolate in some shape or form. Dark is definitely my favorite, but milk chocolate definitely has its place too and I especially love warm, gooey, melt-y chocolate. I’m already salivating just typing these words. Spain’s version of “hot chocolate” puts Americans’ Swiss Miss packets to SHAME. Instead of “chocolate”-flavored water, it is thick and creamy… basically straight up melted chocolate. Like drinking a cup of hot fudge. Or like the brownie batter that you lick from the spoon even though the package says not to. In short, it’s heavenly.

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And the churros! These bad boys are made from scratch and fried fresh right in the restaurant, unlike the frozen/reheated psuedo-churros you get from a cart at the San Diego Zoo (or at least I did). They are warm, crisp on the outside and fluffy on the inside and are absolutely delectable.  If you like the crunch, a quick dip will do, but leave them in a little longer and they come out saturated with chocolate. Ya really can’t lose.

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Madrileños will eat churros con chocolate for breakfast, as an afternoon snack, an after-dinner dessert, or stop for a couple on the way home after a night of partying, so many places are open all night long (until 8 a.m.)!  This particular churro caper took place at La Churrería Chocolatería Los Artesanos 1902, which is one of two very famous churrerías in Madrid (rest assured, I will be trying the other place – strictly for comparison purposes, of course). It has been family owned and operated for all five generations it has been open! They offer a full menu too, with crêpes, waffles, croissants, and sandwiches too. I’d definitely say it is worth a stop if you are ever visiting Madrid.

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Nos vemos!

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