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What Exactly is a Long John?

While browsing the bakeries, sweet shops, and market stands, you may come across a doughnut that looks a lot like an éclair – but with a different name.

In Lancaster County and various areas across the country, these bar-shaped donuts are called Long Johns, and boy are they delicious! Not to be confused with the long undergarment worn on cold days, Long Johns are rectangular, yeasted doughnuts that are either filled or unfilled and topped with a variety of icing flavors.

If you’re looking to sink your teeth into one of these tasty pastries, you can find one (or a dozen) here:

  • Achenbach’s: Dubbed the “Home of the Long John,” Achenbach’s is celebrating over 60 years of baking goods from scratch. Choose from vanilla, chocolate or peanut butter icing or even a Long John cakes for special occasions. Stop by on your birthday for a free Long John – sweet!
  • Shady Maple: If you happen to be at Central Market or at Shady Maple Smorgasbord, a unique Long John is just steps away. You’ll find the sweet and salty Maple Bacon Long John, topped with maple icing and strips of smoky bacon, and the straight-up-sweet Better Cream Long John, filled with light cream.

Bon appetite!

Sources: Eater.com, “Everything You Need to Know About the Great American Doughnut” 5/28/2015

Achenbach’s Long Johns with red sprinkles

I know just the sweet treat that I’ll be picking up for my husband this year for Valentine’s Day – Achenbach’s Long Johns with red sprinkles. He absolutely LOVES Long Johns, and there is nobody that makes them tastier than Achenbach’s.

I actually hadn’t heard of Long Johns until I came out here to Lancaster County, so maybe you aren’t familiar with them either. Achenbach’s is known for their Long Johns, which are essentially long, iced donuts. My husband’s favorite are the peanut butter ones, but really, any flavor will suffice.

Achenbach’s has been around for more than 50 years, and they not only make delicious pastries, they also bake wholesome breads, mouthwatering pies, and country recipe cakes. For Valentine’s Day, they have a ton of great offerings, from tiny heart cakes, larger heart cakes, “Bee Mine” critter cakes, rose bouquet cakes, heart shaped ice box cookies and more.

Some other specials that you won’t want to miss leading up to Valentine’s Day are Fasnacht Day (Tuesday, February 12), and Mardi Gras King Cakes (New Orleans tradition). You can see Achenbach’s website for more details on each of these holiday specials.


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