Shrove Tuesday, Fat Tuesday, Mardi Gras…PANCAKE DAY!

Why Pancakes Are A THING on Fat Tuesday!

All variety of flapjacks are a traditional dish on Fat Tuesday, also known as Shrove Tuesday. We LOVE ’em!

But why the pancake? “The term Mardi Gras is French for “Fat Tuesday”, referring to the practice of the last night of eating richer, fatty foods before the ritual fasting of the Lenten season, which begins on Ash Wednesday.” (Source:

Pancakes are also associated with the day preceding Lent as a way to use up rich foods such as eggs, milk, and sugar, before the 40 days of fasting for Lent. During Lent, there is emphasis on eating plainer food and refraining from food that would give pleasure, often meaning no meat, dairy, or eggs.

Around the globe, including Canada, Australia, the United Kingdom, Ireland and New Zealand this day is also known as “Pancake Day” as it is a common custom to eat pancakes as a meal. In Newfoundland, small tokens are frequently cooked in the pancakes. Children take delight in discovering the objects, which are intended to be divinatory. For example, the person who receives a coin will be wealthy; a nail that they will become or marry a carpenter.

There are great ideas on our Sturdiwheat PINTEREST page( to get your creative pancake juices flowing! And check out the dozen flavor varieties ( we have. A fabulous way to try several at once is our sampler pack—small bags of a variety of Sturdiwheat flavors. Something for everyone! (

We’d LOVE to hear how you get creative with your pancakes this Pancake Day.

Maybe they are in a bacon bowl! We love bacon TOO!

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