Tomorrow at the Philadelphia area locations of Krispy Kreme, customers can receive a complimentary treat in celebration of Faschnaut Day. The faschnaut is the Dutch version of a donut, so Krispy Kreme is handing out one original glazed donut per person out of their store locations in Center City Philadelphia, Havertown, Bensalem and Collingswood, NJ.
Not to be confused with National Donut Day in June, Faschnaut Day (also spelled Fasnaught, Fastnacht and Fosnaught) is traditionally the day of Fat Tuesday, which comes directly before Ash Wednesday. It is typically celebrated by the Pennsylvania Dutch and is linked to the donut's humble beginnings.
The faschnaut is a fried treat of potato dough similar to a donut, except with no hole in the middle. It is served with powdered sugar, sugar and molasses to make a decadent treat on Faschnaught Day, which the Dutch conceived in order to rid their pantries of butter, fat and sugar before the start of Lent on Ash Wednesday.