If you’ve visited Madrid you’ve probably been to La Puerta del Sol, smack in the middle of the city. Yes? Great! Because that means you were close to San Gines, Madrid’s favorite chocolateria since 1894. I doubled checked the year, and yes 1894 is what I meant to type. Who would have thought churros existed 100+ years ago. It’s madness! It might even be the reason behind why they’re so different than the churros I’m used to having on this side of the world.
I can’t speak for Spain’s entire churro population but I can comment on San Gines’. And my immediate comment when my 6 hot, long churros, which I swear I was splitting with my sister, were placed in front of us was: Weirddddd. My sister was already used to it, but I felt bad for my churros. They didn’t have sugar on them, given them an air of sadness. They were just a little bit too naked for my comfort. I mean, how embarrassing for all parties involved! I wanted to cover them up with napkins. I could not believe they had served them up with sugarless, bare bodies. I didn’t know how to handle this.
The only thing I could think to do was open the packets of sugar next to the plate and try to stick it on myself. But you really have no idea who hard and frustrating it was to get the sugar to stay on a churro. Or maybe you do, I don’t know. My sister sure didn’t because she did the smart thing and dunked the churro into the rich, and delicious melted chocolate and added the sugar on top after. Ahhhhhh! Light bulb! I had never thought of chocolate as a gluey substance, but I imitated her straight away.
I’ve got to say, once you get the process, once you get past the difference, it’s not all that bad. I liked being able to choose the amount of sugar I would be taking in, I didn’t have to rub any excess sugar on my little pink dress, and I faced a challenge I never thought I would encounter in my lifetime.
You now have the advantage when you encounter the churro’s at San Gines, you’ll know exactly what to do. Sadly, I could not find the secret behind not drinking the melted chocolate once the churros are gone. You’re on your own with that one. Good luck!