John H gives some historical background here.
This evening I plan to have two pancake-making sessions. On Sunday we had a dry run and made a number of wonderful sauces (apple and cinnamon, sticky toffee, brandy and sugar butter, in addition to the regular toppings of lemon and sugar and syrup; we also had my housemate John’s homemade Crunchie bar icecream as a topping). This evening I will probably try making a pineapple sauce topping and a chocolate sauce topping. Right now I will use Shrove Tuesday as an excuse to post one of my favourite Youtube videos.