EAST EARL, PA – While most Americans choose to give up sweets, or alcohol for Lent, Claude Hockenfoos of East Earl, Lancaster County, has given up everything — except scrapple. Hockenfoos, who works part-time at the Gap Port Authority, said he will only be eating scrapple until Easter Sunday. He is also giving up all beverages except for black coffee.
Hockenfoos claims he is following the lead of the early settlers in the 1700s and 1800s.
“Being frugal, they left nothing to waste when butchering hogs. Scrapple got my ancestors through some tough times. My people call it Gray Gold, and basically it would sustain them through the 46 days of Lent.”
Hockenfoos said he is documenting his Lenten scrapple diet on social media and will be tracking his weight.
On March 8, Hockenfoos tweeted that he was already down 7.2 pounds on his day 3 weigh-in.
Hockenfoos said he is curious if he will be able to go through with the challenge.
“I’m a veteran of the Merchant Marines. I’ve eaten just about anything, I lived on nothing but tilapia for a month before. I’ve done big challenges but this seems very daunting,” Hall said.
The scrapple connoisseur will still drink black coffee during the fast to stay regular, and will be checking in with a chiropractor.