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  • Writer's pictureDanny Joyce | Editor

Celebrate Pancake Tuesday with FREE Crêpes from Gino’s Gelato!

Forget about Valentine’s Day – the real day for treating yourself is next week, Pancake Tuesday! And it wouldn’t be Pancake Tuesday if Ireland’s favourite gelato store wasn’t giving away free crêpes to celebrate, would it? Well good news! Gino’s Gelato is celebrating Pancake Tuesday, 21st February by giving away FREE crêpes to customers between 9am-12pm in stores* across Ireland!

Pancake Tuesday is always cause for celebration. Eating all your favourite things before the long drought that is Lent, sets in. However, this year there’s even more reason to get excited, because Gino’s Gelato is offering FREE sugar & lemon and free Nutella crêpes from 9am to 12pm on Tuesday 21st February. And 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 in store every day, with customers choosing from a wide range of toppings,” said company Founder Jonathan Kirwan. “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 32 stores nationwide across Dublin, Cork, Galway, Waterford, Wicklow, Mayo, Limerick, Wexford and Kildare.

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Slán go fóill.

*The FREE crêpes will be available in stores nationwide excluding Liffey Valley.


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