t’s Pancake Tuesday tomorrow, and Gino’s Gelato is offering FREE sugar & lemon and free Nutella crêpes from 9am to 12pm in stores nationwide!
If you don’t get there in time for the free ones, you can also pop in whenever suits you and purchase from the extensive range on offer!
“We offer a wide selection of crêpes from the traditional to the extraordinary,” said company founder Jonathan Kirwan. “Customer favourites include Gino’s chocolate Oreo crêpe (crushed Oreos, white chocolate sauce, fresh cream and Gino’s melted Oreo variegato), Gino’s Special (Nutella, sliced banana and chopped strawberries) or the Traditional (lemon, butter and sugar).”
So, what’s the difference between pancakes and crêpes? The main difference is that pancake batter has a raising agent in it, such as baking powder or bicarbonate of soda, and crêpe batter doesn’t.
This means that pancakes are thicker and fluffy, while crêpes are thin and flat. Generally, pancakes are associated with being ‘American-style’ while crêpes are the European take on the breakfast favourite (and our favourite too!)
DID YOU KNOW?
In terms of the history of Pancake Tuesday, the fasting and abstinence of Lent were taken very seriously. Meat was banned and most Irish families ate only one small meal per day, probably potatoes, without the usual butter and milk! On the day before Ash Wednesday, all the rich foods in the house had to be used up.
Eggs and milk were among these. The wily housewives of the time used them for pancakes, and the tradition has stuck. Pancake Tuesday is celebrated all over Ireland and in the UK too.
In South America, Pancake Tuesday is called Mardi Gras – ‘Fat Tuesday’, which has the same religious connotations.
Gino’s Gelato has 28 locations nationwide including Dublin, Cork, Galway, Waterford, Wicklow, Mayo, Limerick and Kildare.