Exploding Churros

December 27, 2011 by staff 

Exploding ChurrosExploding Churros, Seven years after the event, La Tercera is to pay out US$163,000 according to the BBC, to 13 people who were injured after trying a recipe for churros it published. Chile’s Supreme Court ordered the newspaper to compensate those injured, after the recipe caused explosions of hot oil onto the cooks, resulting in burns ranging from mild to severe.

Churros are similar to a long fried doughnut, which is popular in Spain and many Latin American countries, and are dipped in sugar or warm chocolate.

Judges stated that the recipe had not been fully tested before publication. The court said that the temperature of the oil written in the recipe was too high, therefore the explosion would be unavoidable after adding the mixture, if sticking to recipe exactly.

The court continued, “The explosions were so violent that in some cases the splashes hit the ceiling and covered the person who was cooking.”

Grupo Copesa, La Tercera’s publisher, said it will accept the ruling. The paper published the recipe in the supplement “Mujer” or Woman, in 2004, resulting in 11 women and two men being burned.

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