Pustni krof. Foto: Daniel Novakovič/STA
Foto: Daniel Novakovič/STA

Doughnuts for Carnival

“Imate kaj za pusta hrusta?” is Slovene for, “Do you have something for carnival treats?”

This Slovene phrase can be heard during the carnival celebrations, which began in Slovenia on Saturday with many parades around the country.

The traditional carnival celebrations in Slovenia come to an end after Shrove Tuesday.

Since carnival phrase is “masten okrog ust” or “greasy around the mouth,” all carnival delicacies have something in common – they are fried, sweet, and greasy.

There is a symbolic meaning for this.

Fatty carnival delicacies represent the last abundant morsel before the 40-day Easter fast.

The most popular treat in Slovenia is, of course, the carnival doughnut.

Doughnuts were brought to Slovenia in the middle of the 19th century from neighboring Austria.

In the past they were fried in melted butter.

Now Slovene doughnuts are fried a little differently – in lard, and more often in oil.

They were irregularly shaped, and in some places they were called “fanclji.” That’s what they still call them in the region of Bovec.

Nowadays traditional Mardi Gras doughnuts have a nice round shape with a soft center and usually a marmalade filling.

Italians call them bomboloni. They are filled with vanilla cream.

In Poland they are called paczki, and the French call them beignet and they are square.

Traditional Spanish and Mexican donuts are called churros. Instead of a ball, they are shaped like sticks.

If doughnuts are not your favorite delicacy, you can treat yourself flancati or leavened flancati and the popular fried miške, which means mice – they are fried balls like doughnut holes.

Fragile flanks. Photo: Marko Petrej (www.slovenia.info)
Flancati are a fragile, fried pastry. Photo: Marko Petrej (www.slovenia.info)

Let’s not forget the fried potica – a traditional bread rolled with cracklings, which only a few housewives prepare.

There is never a shortage of carnival treats, and there is still time today to enjoy them!


Fasting is not eating some or all food and drinks for a period of time.

Lard is fat from a pig.

Potica is a traditional Slovene nut roll.

Mardi Gras is Shrove Tuesday and literally means Fat Tuesday in French. It’s the last day of the carnival celebration during Shrovetide.

Points to Consider

  1. Which place in Slovenia is famous for doughnuts?
  2. Where else in the world is carnival celebrated?
  3. What did you do for carnival?


The original version of this article was published on 13th February.

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Svetina is an English translator, EFL educator, and graphic designer. She is an American who has lived in Slovenia since 2008. She loves hiking and traveling with her family.

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