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How Fresh Churros Are Made From Scratch

By on 07/15/2014

If you’ve never had fresh churros, made right before your eyes, then you’re missing out! Many theme parks, like my local park, buy pre-made frozen churros. They open the box and leave it out for a bit to thaw, then they use heat lamps to warm them up before serving them. They’ll sprinkle the sugar and cinnamon on it when you buy it, but don’t be fooled into thinking it was made fresh. Unless you can see them making them, they’re probably frozen and full of chemicals.

The American Coaster Enthusiasts (ACE) held their annual Coaster Con in northern California this year and one of the parks we visited was Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk. They do not use frozen churros. They make fresh churros right in front of you. The quality difference between a fresh and frozen churro is like night and day. Once you have a fresh made churro, you’ll never go back.

This video shows the entire process of making fresh churros from start to finish. They first add the dry ingredients to the mixer, followed by a precisely measured amount of hot water that was just boiled in a tea kettle. The dough is mixed, extruded, fried, coated, and handed to you within a few minutes. Fresh churros are so delicious! Here’s a video showing the entire process:

Where do you get your fresh churros at? What other parks do this right?


  1. Eric

    07/15/2014 at 11:51 pm

    Very interesting. Next time I’m at the Boardwalk, I’ll have to try a real, honest-to-goodness churro.

  2. James

    07/16/2014 at 1:22 am

    Very nice! Never seen this before.

    Kurt you continue to provide great original updated content on your site, which is why I keep coming back. Keep it up!

  3. Domingo

    07/16/2014 at 12:47 pm

    Thanks Kurt for these things and updates we really appreciate it I hope I could see you at sfmm one day. I was there April 18th in that long ninja line when you did one of your updates but I think you left early

  4. Dane

    07/18/2014 at 4:34 pm

    Random question time. If SFMM could build any ride next year what would you want that ride to be?

    • The Coaster Guy

      07/18/2014 at 4:46 pm

      I want the world’s tallest, fastest, and longest RMC woodie. Colossus was all three when it opened. Since that’s what’s being replaced, it only seems fitting.

  5. ProducemanJames

    07/23/2014 at 10:25 am

    If I’m not mistaken, I believe Knott’s makes fresh churros. They even have a variety of fillings to go with them. I’ve had their boysenberry filled churros. They are amazing.

    • The Coaster Guy

      07/23/2014 at 9:04 pm

      I believe you are correct. I know their churros are delicious and I’m pretty sure they make their own.

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