REVIEW: Jack in the Box Mini Churros


They’re a staple at carnivals, amusement parks, sports stadiums, movie theaters, Renaissance Fairs, Civil War battle reenactments, and underground cockfights. But now you can get them any time you want, without having to pay admission, dress up in clothing with poofy shoulders, or choose whether you’re a part of the Union or Confederacy, just as long as you have a Jack in the Box nearby.

The Jack in the Box Mini Churros are shaped like most churros — they look like something that comes out of a Play-Doh fun factory, except it doesn’t come in psychedelic colors that makes the hippies say “whoa” and the little kiddies scream. You can get them in either five or ten bite-sized pieces. I purchased the five-piece one, which was reasonably priced and, when combined, seemed to equal a regular-length churro.

The churros may look like shorter versions of the ones you eat after flashing your boobs on Disneyland’s Splash Mountain, but instead of the traditional sprinkling of the sugar and cinnamon on the churro, the mini churros are injected with a cinnamon and sugar filling.

The cinnamon and sugar on a regular churro you got after taking a spin on the gravity machine at the county fair is there to cover the greasy taste of the fried dough, but the cinnamon and sugar filling in the Jack in the Box Mini Churros wasn’t very successful with masking the oily taste. There’s a hint of cinnamon and sugar, but since it appears everything was dipped in oil, the sweet flavors hardly survived after being fried. The only good thing about them being fried is that they’re crunchy, but then again, everything that’s fried is crunchy.

It’s hard to believe it’s taken this long for one of the big fast food chains to deliver their own version of the deep-fried pastry, after all if there’s any group that’s known for their deep-frying, it’s fast food chains…and people with really crispy turkeys on Thanksgiving. I’m surprised Taco Bell didn’t come out with a churro before everyone else, since they’re number one in fake-Mexican fast food. Yes, I know they have cinnamon twists, but why don’t call them churros? Maybe churros are just too authentic for them.

Since I didn’t really care for the Jack in the Box Mini Churros, I guess I must continue getting my deep-fried cinnamon and sugar pastries at underground cockfights. I just hope I don’t say the wrong password before I enter.

Item: Jack in the Box Mini Churros
Price: $1.49 ($1.00 in the rest of the US)
Size: 5 pieces
Purchased at: Jack in the Box
Rating: 3 out of 10
Pros: Reasonably priced. Crunchy. Bite-sized. Play-Doh.
Cons: Greasy-tasting. Not very sugary or cinnamon-y. Sugar and cinnamon are injected in filling form, instead of being sprinkled on. Getting churros at underground cockfights. Saying the wrong password at a cockfight.

22 thoughts to “REVIEW: Jack in the Box Mini Churros”

  1. El Pollo Loco is a reasonably national fast food chain that has been selling rather tasty churros for quite a while.

  2. @Gyg – Thanks for letting me know. I wish we had an El Pollo Loco here. Does anyone want to give me a few hundred thousand dollars to start one here?

  3. Mmmmm….bite sized deep fried play-doh…sounds like a sure hit with the Preschool crowd that’s one day destined to compete on “The Biggest Loser” in 30-40 years.

  4. Churros are the first thing I go looking for when I visit Cali, and I also like to hit up JITB (but In And Out Burgers are FIRST!), but I think I can skip these thingies. They don’t even look like the real thing!

  5. It looks like they came straight out of an animal’s ass. If you look real hard, you can still see the boom-booms.

  6. I hate your Jack in the Box reviews, Marvo, but the idea of Hawaii having Civil War reenactments made me giggle…so I guess the review came out neutral in my book.

  7. Taco Bell used to have churros back in the early 90’s. Maybe it was a regional thing, though (central California). I remember it because a lot of people would ask for “chorro,” which is Spanish slang for diarrhea.

  8. You know it’s bad when you can’t recognize what a food is supposed to be. At first glance I thought they were a bigger version of those fried macaroni things. I live in California where Churros are abundant, so it’s not even because I’d never seen one before. Oops!

  9. When I was in high school, I worked at Arby’s, and one of the managers loved to deep fry the turnovers (calorific to begin with, a heart attack if deep fried for the 10 required minutes) and put shake mix on top. I tried a bite, and it was fantastic and horrifying all at once.

  10. yeah, i remember churros at taco bell when i was a kid. however, even if they still had them, i wouldn’t order them, as taco bell offers too many other tasty items that pleasure my tongue more than grease and cinnamon/sugar

    i suppose i’m not a sweets person, but desserts at fast food joints (not including shakes) seem superfluous.

  11. To make it more authentically Mexican, I dip mine in guacamole. Of course, I do that with every other food type as well.
    Mmmm…perogies and guacamole….spring rolls and guacamole….sushi and guacamole….

  12. Del Taco in southern California has churros. They came out with them a few months ago. Tasty.

  13. I created a company called Florida Churros Company about 3 years ago. I invested over $80,000 to purchase all the equipment, create the perfect Churro recipe and open a test store in a mall in Oviedo, Florida to prove that the business model worked. I am now ready to open up a new location in Texas or California but with the banks not willing to lend money to anyone regardless of credit history I was thinking of selling company stock to come up with the needed money to open the new location.

    Since people on this blog know what a good Churro should taste like, I was wondering if you could give me feedback on the best way to advertise and sell my company stock. Would this type of format work? Would you buy shares of a great Churro business?

    Thanks for your advice!

  14. @Chuck – I think in 30-40 years, The Biggest Loser will cease to exist. Instead there will be human bowling where people will be bowling balls.

    @nat – The first thing I look for in Cali are big fake boobs and I accomplish that within the first 30 seconds after walking off of the plane.

    @mandy_Reeves – Oh snap! I forgot about Costco churros. I guess I can get decent churros at a decent price.

    @Reprobate – I will not look real hard.

    @Nevis – I remember the first time I had a churro, it was like a party in my mouth and then I don’t remember much after that due to the sugar coma.

    Ribwich – I say, DEMAND that a JITB come to wherever you are. I say, get people to sign a petition and then send it to JITB corporate.

    @Natalie – I hate my Jack in the Box reviews too, because I have to eat more fast food than I really should.

    @cb – Thank you for introducing me to “chorro.” I shall use it wisely and only for good.

  15. @Heidi – That’s okay.

    @Fermifighter – Deep frying = delicious = crispy = heart hate

    @rossitron – I think desserts at fast food joints are necessary because if you’re going to eat something unhealthy, you might as well go all the way.

    @amanda – I am also gross looking and artery clogging.

    @April – What the hell is a Taco John’s? ::looks at website:: Oh, that’s a Taco John’s — something that will never come to Hawaii.

    @Shannon – I could kill you with something in your fridge, but I don’t know where you live, so I can’t put a live boar in it.

    @Neil – I believe crunchy anus is a delicacy in Thailand.

    @Anonymous – To make my Mexican food more authentic, I get a mariachi band.

    @Del Taco – Since we don’t have a Del Taco here, could you tell them to tell Jack in the Box how to make good churros.

    @Florida Churros Company – I personally would not buy shares of anything at the moment with the way the market is right now.

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