Tuesday, February 08, 2005

Our Fat is Better than Your Fat

Happy Fastnacht Day

Yes some might call it Shrove Tuesday, some might call it Fat Tuesday, but here in Pennsylvania Dutch society, today is the one and only day to celebrate gluttony with the once a year Fastnacht Day celebration.

What is Fastnacht (foss-not) Day you might as ask?
It’s the one day out of the year that local churches (and doughnut shops) sell Fastnachts for the snacking.

Okay, well, what’s a Fastnacht?
Have you ever seen the “Food Critic” episode of the Simpson’s? The one where Homer angers all the chefs in town, so they inact a revenge skeme – Death By Éclair! An éclair so fattening, that one bite ensures death. That’s kinda what a Fastnacht is, but more German, less French. A Fastnacht to a lay person isn’t very distinguishable from your typical glazed doughnut, but it is quite possibly the worst thing you can put into your body. A Fastnacht is a combination of yeast, milk, water, granulated sugar, confectioners sugar, flour, eggs, butter, and salt then deep fried in pure animal fat (lard). Traditionalists also mix mash potatoes in there somewhere.

Estimated Nutritional Facts of 1 Fastnacht:

  • Calories 482 Calories from Fat 58
  • Total Fat 6.5g
  • Saturated Fat 3.2g
  • Polyunsat. Fat 0.7g
  • Monounsat. Fat 1.9g
  • Cholesterol 74mg
  • Sodium 735mg
  • Potassium 276mg
  • Total Carbohydrate 92.9g
  • Dietary Fiber 2.8g
  • Protein 12.3g


There is a reason why one, the Pennsylvania dutch folk are very fat (I won’t even get started on the mayo obsession they have) and why two, Fastnacht day comes but once a year.

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