Walking down the streets of Madrid, the smell of the buñuelos wafts around and catches peoples attention. These fritters are fried and will be topped with sugar. The fritters can also be stuffed with vanilla or chocolate filling for a sweet taste and cheese for a more salty and savory taste. These mouth watering, sugary dishes can be eaten as a snack while walking the streets of Spain. Buñuelos are made mainly from flour, cinnamon, milk, and powdered sugar, but they can vary from recipe. Some recipes even make buñuelos from potatoes or sweet potatoes instead of just flour. Even though these treats can be eaten on the streets of Madrid, families tend to have this dish on Christmas. They say you can’t have Christmas without buñuelos. This traditional Christmas dish is eaten because it reminds families of memories with their loved ones around Christmas time and keeps them rooted in their culture.
Buñuelos originally came from the Muslim Arabs also known as the Moors. This snack was created due to wood and coal becoming scarce during the raid of Seville, Spain. Since the bread was not able to be cooked it was fried in oil instead. Over time this dish has grown to be made in different ways with different vegetables and to have different flavors. Buñuelos have developed to be perfect for anyone’s taste. If you’re in the mood for something sweet or something salty just walk down the street of Madrid for the perfect snack.