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Published April 28th 2014
A legendary chocolate experience
Ever wondered how the legend of San Churro began? The history of chocolate, a common 'tongue' shared by billions around the world, that surpasses cultural and culinary boundaries, is an intriguing tale of mystery, glory and with a touch of myth.
In the early 1500s, A great Spanish explorer named Hernan Cortes first tasted xocolatl which was offered to him as a gift from the Aztec Emperor. He then took with him a ship full of cocoa beans and the secret of how to make the intoxicating cocoa drink of the Aztecs involving spices and chilli.
The King of Spain loved this new drink and over the next hundred years, chocolate was preserved as a guarded secret of the Spanish aristocracy, only for the consumption of Spanish sensibilities and nobles including the monks... Doesn't that make one feel lucky!
But wait. The story goes on... One day when the Queen fell gravely ill and on her death bed, she was offered a chocolate drink by a caring monk named San Churro, who then witnessed the miraculous recovery of the Queen upon drinking the magical potion. Ever since then, San Churro declared chocolate a gift from the Gods that deserved to be shared by all...and thus began the story of Chocolateria San Churro.
You must try a lightly baked twisted Spanish donut also known as a churro, dipped in hot chocolate, which is a staple breakfast, snack or dessert of the Spaniards. Spanish hot chocolate, taste plates, cakes, sweets, truffles, pralines, and ice cream all form a part of the delicious death by chocolate menu at San Churro.
A warning though, the hot chocolates are so thick and creamy, it feels like drinking a pot of melted hot chocolate so it is very easy to overload on the chocolate. I'd recommend getting a taste plate, some churros or other sides to break up the chocolate.
In Sydney, there are numerous stores including Bondi, Chatswood, Darling Harbour, Parramatta and more. Individual stores opening and closing times vary so it's advisable to check in advance.
Chocolateria San Churro is a fantastic place to meet friends for dessert, a sweet breakfast or after a night out with drinks and tapas. They also serve coffees. You'll love it! An indulgent chocolate experience.