The churro has come a long way from its street-stand days. Once a humble, fried stick of dough dusted with cinnamon sugar, today’s churro often is the inspiration for tricked-out desserts with house-made ice creams, glazes, and chocolate sauces.
At this Mexican-style ice cream shop, try the Creamy Churro chabet: two scoops of house-made horchata ice cream studded with bites of crispy, fluffy churro, all drizzled with rich chocolate syrup. Design your own marble ice cream with a scoop each of the horchata and chocolate cookies flavors. 732 N. Anaheim Blvd., Anaheim, 714-495-3450; Elado Express, inside Northgate Market, 2030 E. Lincoln Ave., Anaheim
The loop-shaped churros here are festooned with rainbow sprinkles and candy-hued glazes. The Matcha Crunch is the best of the bunch. Fresh from the fryer, dipped in gooey matcha tea glaze and encrusted with Fruity Pebbles, it’s a shatteringly crisp treat—and super photogenic. 9729 Bolsa Ave., Westminster, 714-713-8570, theloopchurros.com
Liquid nitrogen ice cream might have been the intended star, but it’s the fried-to-order churro bowls that steal the spotlight. Choose from five bowl flavors: cinnamon, Oreo, matcha, red velvet, and coffee. Our pick is the coffee churro bowl with Crunchy Biscotto ice cream. 10212 Westminster Ave., Garden Grove, 714-722-3731