Fasnachts (also known as Fauschnauts") This is a doughnut-like treat. Potato dough is deep fried and then coated in powdered or granular sugar. They are sometimes filled with fruit jam. Fasnachts tend to be either square-shaped (to represent the four gospels of the bible) or triangular-shaped (to represent the Trinity).
Traditionally, Fasnachts are eaten one day before Ash Wednesday since many people give up sweets for Lent. In fact, in Lancaster County, Shrove Tuesday, the day before Ash Wednesday, is known as Fasnacht Day.