A newspaper in Santiago, Chile, has been ordered to pay over 85 million pesos ($163,460) after instructions for cooking churros, published in a special women’s section, turned out to be a recipe for disaster.
Churros, a popular snack in Latin America, are dough creations fried in oil and usually sprinkled with powered sugar or coated in caramel or chocolate.
About 13 people were injured in 2004 after they attempted to replicate a recipe in the newspaper La Tercera, which recommended heating cooking oil to a temperature that was much too hot.
Individuals sustained injuries from oil exploding out of the pan, and one woman was severely burned, according to reports. After years of investigation and deliberation, the judge decided to slap the publisher with a hefty fine.
The court said that the publisher of La Tercera failed to adequately test the recipe, meaning it was responsible for the injuries. A total of 15 readers filed suit, but two of them were disqualified.
After an investigation, the judge concluded that the recipe resulted in ”explosions so violent that the splatters reached the ceiling and bathed the person preparing it.”
The recipe called for oil to be heated to 482 degrees Fahrenheit. Most other recipes for churros recommend cooking them in oil heated to about 375 degrees Fahrenheit.
The judge also noted that the recipe was wrong on the quantities of the ingredients.
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