Few food moments in my life can compare to the time I took a bite of a freshly made churro. It was inside a tiny cafe in Spain; that tantalizing combo of flour, water, salt and sugar was unlike anything I had ever had stateside. The churro’s origins are in Europe, but somewhere along its voyage to North America, the U.S. made the churro all its own. Yet, we somehow got it wrong. Very wrong.
And who is largely responsible for the Americanization of the churro? Disneyland. It traces back to the 1980s, when the churro was first introduced in the theme park. Since then, it has become ingrained in the fabric of Disneyland fandom, as much as Space Mountain or Walt Disney’s Enchanted Tiki Room — and the theme park sells millions each year.