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Couples getting married are always looking for a fun and new way to have their weddings stand out among all others, and churros are a great way to change things up. Whether you’re catering the churros or taking on the process yourself (or having a family member or friend tackle it), you’ll want to know how many churros to provide depending on how many guests you expect to attend.
If you’re hoping to provide churros at your wedding, expect to have a ratio of 3/4 to figure out the portions. Meaning that if you expect 100 guests, prepare 75 servings of churros. Churros are a rare catering service, so it might be hard to find someone to cater churros for your wedding.
For such a seemingly simple dessert, there are lots of options when it comes to offering churros at your wedding. Whether you change the shape, the filling, the toppings, where you get the churros, and so forth, this is a great treat to offer at your reception that’s sure to be a memorable addition to your special day.
Tables of Portions
Regardless, if you cater the churros, or decide to handle it yourself with homemade churros, here are some numbers to keep in mind about how many you should make. Note that these numbers are dependent on a 3/4 ratio—if you expect more guests to come, you may want to order more so that your guests could even have two each.
This number also depends on it being the only dessert provided. If you have other options, you may want your numbers to change based on that consideration.
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Churros are so much more than just fried dough covered in sugar. It’s very typical for Spaniards to start the day off with a breakfast of a churro dipped in chocolate, just like they did when chocolate was first introduced to Spain after 1519. And while we go very beyond that with our modern churros, chocolate and churros are still a great combination.
But for the fun of it (and to add variety to your wedding), here are the many different ways to enjoy a churro. Keep in mind that wherever you cater, churros won’t have all these options, and they might have more options than what’s listed here.
- Dulce de Leche
- Coconut cream
- Lemon curd
- Pumpkin (seasonal)
- Cinnamon sugar
- Ice cream
- Cookie butter
- Almond slivers
- Fruit pebbles
- Cookies n’ cream
Pricing for Churros
The cost of churros will depend on which catering company you choose. For example, San Diablo, an artisan churro food truck based in Utah, charges based on the following:
- Traditional fillings (Dulce de leche, Nutella, or Cream): $8 per person for less than 100 guests, or $10 per person for over 100 guests
- Specialty fillings (seasonal flavors): $10 per person for less than 100 guests, or $12 per person over 100 guests
- Bacon-wrapped churro dog: $9 per guest ($12 per guest with chips and soda)
For the Churro Catering Bar in California, their prices are as follows:
- $500 per hour per 80 to 100 guests
- $100 extra per hour for add-ons like ice cream, premium toppings, or filled churros
- $50 extra per hour for churro glaze add-on
- $125 extra per hour for a 3-gallon container of hot/ice brewed coffee
- (Churro Catering Bar requires a minimum of $700 per order)
While the churro itself isn’t terribly expensive, it’s all the add-ons that quickly make this dessert more than your usual fried bread treat. Of course, it’s those add-ons that make churros so enjoyable and a great food item at your wedding, so you can’t really skip out on it.
If your heart is still set on having churros at your wedding, then you can consider having churros homemade. When you think about it, churros are not actually that difficult—they’re basically just flour, water, and oil. What you put on top determines the quality of the churro. Some may spruce up the original recipe, adding things like butter, eggs, and so forth to fluff up the churro or add a good crunch. But ultimately, don’t forget what makes a churro a churro.
Other Catering Options
If you don’t live in a State where churro catering isn’t available, there are many other kinds of fun, quirky catering you can consider. An easy way to make your wedding memorable is by reserving a food truck for the event. Food trucks nowadays vary in shape, size, color, and of course, food. Here are just a couple of different foods a food truck might be able to provide to cater for your wedding:
- Ice cream
- Hot dogs
- Shaved ice
- And more!
Ultimately, whatever you decide to cater from a food truck will just depend on what trucks are available near your wedding. Don’t forget that you can also cater from a restaurant or catering company, or the venue your reception is being held at might have some catering options. These options might be more costly however since they serve full meals instead of appetizer-sized food or drinks.
Origin of Churros
While churros are a traditional Spanish dessert, everything has to come from something. So, many believe that churros actually originated from China, when Portuguese sailors tried the Chinese youtiao (a kind of breadstick) and decided to bring it home.
Yet, due to the simplicity of this dessert, it’s hard to pinpoint where and when exactly it comes from. Some even claim that it’s as old as 3,000 years when ancient Egyptians made a similar recipe. Others, like food historian Michael Krondl, think that churros instead are similar to a recipe of a fritter found in an old Roman cookbook, dating back to the 1st century AD.
Regardless of where churros really originated from, they have grown in popularity as a Spanish treat very commonly paired with chocolate. Churros even got their name from the Spanish churra sheep, due to the fact that its horns are shaped similarly to the shape of a churro loop. But nowadays, we’ve doctored up the churro where it’s not just something to dip into a cup of chocolate anymore. We pair it with ice cream, we glaze it, and we even wrap it in bacon. No matter how you enjoy churros, there’s no wrong way to do so.