Are Churros Vegan at Disneyland?

Churros at Disneyland are not vegan.

The ingredients list for the Churros made at Disneyland and in the Disney parks is below:

Wheat starch, vegetable oil (contains one or all of the following: canola oil, cottonseed oil, palm oil, soybean oil), yellow corn flour, sodium caseinate, eggs, egg white, egg yolk, cinnamon, salt, leavening (sodium acid pyrophosphate baking soda), guar gum, propylene, glycol mono-and diesters of fatty acids, sugar mono-and diglycerides, soy lecithin, bht (preservative), artificial flavor

Bold = Non-Vegan Ingredients

Disney’s “Make At Home Churro Bites” Recipe

On this Disney Parks blog from April 2020, a simpler, recipe is provided which has less of the preservatives and artificial flavours, but it still remains non-vegan:

Ingredients

  • 1 cup water
  • 8 tablespoons butter
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¾ teaspoon ground cinnamon, divided
  • 1 ¼ cups all-purpose flour
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 ½ cups vegetable or canola oil
  • ½ cup sugar

Bold = Non-Vegan Ingredients

A Real Vegan Churros Recipe

Making churros vegan is super easy, just remove the eggs and butter from the recipe above and you’re good to go!

Here’s a vegan-approved version from PETA:

Ingredients

  • 1 cup water
  • 2 1/2 Tbsp. sugar
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 2 Tbsp. vegetable oil
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • Vegetable oil, for frying (I used a wok, which requires 2 to 3 cups of oil)
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 tsp. ground cinnamon

Instructions

  • Boil the water in a medium-sized pan, then add the sugar and salt until dissolved. Add the oil and remove the pan from the stove. Add the flour and stir until well combined. Pour the mixture into a piping bag with large star tip.
  • Heat the oil over medium-high heat in a pan or wok. Squeeze churro-length pieces of batter into the pan and fry until golden brown. Remove and allow to cool for a few minutes.
  • Combine the sugar and ground cinnamon in a large plastic bag and shake until well combined. Place the churros one by one into the bag to coat evenly. Enjoy!

    Makes 6 Servings

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