12 flipping fun facts you didn’t know about Pancake Day

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  • Pancake Day 2017 falls on Tuesday, February 28. We've delved into the history books to bring you the ultimate pancake case file

    Pancake Day – or Shrove Tuesday – this year falls on February 28.

    While you’ve been dreaming of gooey syrup and nutty chocolate pancakes, we’ve been digging up some delicious facts about the day.

    As it turns out, there is a lot more to Pancake Day than just about sugary delights from breakfast to supper.

    So, before you stuff yourself with copious quantities of egg, flour and milk mixture, here are a few flipping fun facts about the fantastic day that is Shrovetide…

    1. The first pancake recipe appeared in an English cookbook in the 15th century. Long live the pancake!

    2. The largest pancake ever made and flipped measured 15m wide, 2.5cm deep, weighed 3 tonnes and contained a staggering 2 million calories! We dare not think about how many we are going to eat…

    3. Mardi Gras carnivals are celebrated on Shrove Tuesday all over the world – and the event is sometimes referred to as
    ‘Fat Tuesday’.

    4. It is estimated that us Brits use a staggering 52 million eggs on Pancake Day – 22 million more than on a regular day.

    5. Pancakes were originally invented as a way of using up all the leftover fatty and rich foods before Lent began on Ash Wednesday.

    6. It is customary in France to touch the handle of the frying pan and make a wish while the pancake is turned, while holding a coin in one hand.

    7. On average we consume two pancakes per person on Pancake Day. As a nation, it means we get through 117 million pancakes in one day!

    8. The record for the highest pancake toss is 9.47m (31ft 1in). It was made in New York back in 2010.

    9. Pancake races derive from a 15th century housewife in Olney who was so busy making pancakes that she forgot the time. When she heard the church bells ringing for mass she ran out of her house, still carrying her pan and pancake.

    10. The largest number of pancakes tossed in the shortest amount of time is 349 tosses in two minutes.

    11. The world’s most expensive pancake was made at Opus in Manchester costing a whopping £144! For that you got a taste of edible gold leaf, finest champagne and dosing of wobbly jelly.

    12. In Sweden you can order Blodplättar, which are pancakes made of pork blood.

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