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Krumpe's Do-Nuts, residents keep up tasty traditions of Fastnacht Day

February 11, 2013|By CALEB CALHOUN | caleb.calhoun@herald-mail.com
  • Tyler Puffenberger takes a load of fresh Krumpe's fastnachts to the rack after being iced on Monday in preparation for Fat Tuesday.
By Yvette May/Staff Photographer

As workers pulled out batches of square-shaped pastries drenched in glaze or covered in powdered sugar or cinnamon, customers walked in and out of Krumpe’s Do-Nuts on Monday ordering half a dozen to two dozen of the treats at a time.

“I try to get here every year,” Jeff Spielman, 63, of Hancock, said. “I’m getting one dozen for my family and a dozen for the people I work with” at Hagerstown Community College.

The doughnut shop at 912 Maryland Ave., in Hagerstown, which has been serving up the sweet confections at the same location since 1950, opened at 7 a.m. Monday to begin selling its traditional pastries, known as fastnachts, a day ahead of Fastnacht Day.

Eating fastnachts is a long-time Pennsylvania Dutch tradition on the days leading up to Ash Wednesday.

“Traditionally, people would use up everything in their pantries and make fastnachts to fatten up for a day before Lent,” Krumpe’s Operations Manager Max Krumpe said. “Lots of different cultures celebrate it.”

Fastnacht Day also is known as Shrove Tuesday, Mardis Gras or Fat Tuesday.

Krumpe’s Do-Nuts only sells fastnachts for two days every year — the Monday and Tuesday before Lent — and many customers made sure not to miss it.

“I always come both days and get half a dozen,” Patricia Young, 73, of Hagerstown said. “They’re always so nice and fresh.”

Dennis Cooper, 69, of State Line, Pa., said he used to stop in every year to pick up fastnachts before he moved, but he was not going to miss another chance Monday for some since he was already in Hagerstown.

“I love the flavor of them,” he said.

The pastries come glazed or with cinnamon or powdered sugar.

Krumpe said that he had been at the shop since 3 p.m. Sunday getting ready.

“We get lots of help from our employees, friends, and family,” he said. “It’s a lot of fun until the second day, which gets a little bit tiring.”

Don Andrews, 56, of Williamsport, said its a tradition for him and his wife Kristin to get Krumpe’s fastnachts.

“We always look forward to this,” he said. “This year we came early to avoid standing in line.”

In 2012 the store sold around 5,800 dozen fastnachts and Max Krumpe said he expected to reach that number again this year.

“It gets bigger every year,” he said. “We’re just really fortunate we’re able to make something that people love.”

The pastries cost $8 a dozen.

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