Pastry draws crowd on Fat Tuesday

LIBERTY TOWNSHIP, Ohio (WKBN) – Fat Tuesday means one last chance to splurge before Lent begins Wednesday.

Dozens of people were waiting to satisfy their sweet tooth at Kravitz Deli in Liberty. The number one item on the menu was paczki.

In the past, bakers would fry them up to clear their kitchens of butter, eggs, cream and lard in time for lent.

Each pastry contains nearly 30 grams of fat and more than 400 calories.

“These are Polish donuts that are filled with rose hips, custard, and apricot, lekvar, and poppy seed. They are really tasty,” said store owner Jack Kravitz.

It would take about 30 minutes of high-intensity cardiovascular exercise to burn off the calories from just one pastry.

Fat Tuesday is a translation of the French phrase Mardi Gras. The day’s official colors, according to, are purple, to symbolize justice, green, symbolizing faith, and gold, symbolizing power.

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