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Fast-Moving Fastnachts In Schuylkill County

SCHUYLKILL HAVEN — Whether you are enjoying donuts, monkey bread, or pancakes, it is Fat Tuesday and this last day before the Christian season of Lent is not a good time to be on a diet.

One Schuylkill County sweet spot has a decadent tradition.

They are hard to say but easy to enjoy.

“Fastnachts! Hard to say, isn’t it? Well I am Pennsylvania German so it shouldn’t be too hard,” laughed Paul Heisler of Schuylkill Haven.

At the Plain and Fancy donut shop in Schuylkill Haven you can only get them once a year.

“It’s not flat, it’s puffy, It’s nice and brown,” said Kathy Miller.

In some parts of Pennsylvania, people prefer Paczkis, that come with jelly inside, but this is Fastnacht country.

“Ever have a paczki?”

“A who? A paczki? No, I never heard of that,” said Heisler.

Folks started lining up at 5 a.m. and will keep coming for Fastnachts for 15 hours.

“They are fluffy but yet they are moist, they are just delicious, old fashioned taste,” said Jayne Sharadin of Schuylkill Haven.

Kathy, Caroline, and Sue are a well-oiled machine.

“What makes Fastnachts so special? Spuds!”

“A potato fastnacht, it’s a heavier donut. It just has more, pizazz,” said Kathy Miller.

By noon and glazed and powdered were sold out. Apparently in Schuylkill County, they have a sweet tooth.

“I find that up here in Schuylkill County they like they like the powdered and the sugared. In Berks County, they like the plain.”

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