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Shrove Tuesday, otherwise known as Pączki Day (anglicized: POAN-CHKEE), Pancake Tuesday or Fat Tuesday is on Tuesday, February 25th, 2020!

Paczki are deep-fried dough spheres, similar to a doughnuts, that are filled with a sweet filling and covered with powered sugar or icing. Paczki are made from heavy dough with fats, eggs, sugar and dairy.

According to Wikipedia:

In Poland, pączki are eaten especially on Fat Thursday (Tłusty Czwartek), the last Thursday prior to Ash Wednesday and the beginning of Lent. The traditional reason for making pączki was to use up all the lard, sugar, eggs and fruit in the house, because their consumption was forbidden by Christian fasting practices during the season of Lent.

In North America, particularly the large Polish communities of Chicago, Detroit, and other large cities across the Midwest and Northeast, Paczki Day is celebrated annually by immigrants and locals alike. The date of this observance merges with that of pre-Lenten traditions of other immigrants (e.g., Pancake Day, Mardi Gras) on Fat Tuesday. With its sizable Polish population, Chicago celebrates the festival on both Fat Thursday and Fat Tuesday. Pączki are also often eaten on Casimir Pulaski Day. In Buffalo, Toledo, Cleveland, Detroit, Grand Rapids, Milwaukee, South Bend, and Windsor, Pączki Day is celebrated on Fat Tuesday.

The Pączki Day celebrations in some areas are even larger than many celebrations for St. Patrick’s Day. In Hamtramck, Michigan, an enclave of Detroit, there is an annual Pączki Day (Shrove Tuesday) Parade, which has gained a devoted following. Throughout the Metro Detroit area, it is so widespread that many bakeries attract lines of customers for pączki on Pączki Day.

Here’s where to get the delicious Polish treats from local bakeries:

Blak’s Bakery

Address: 1022 Langlois Street, Windsor
Phone: (519) 253-4344
Preordering: Recommended to ensure availability/better pricing, limited quantity/flavours for walk-ins.

Flavours (regular): Blueberry, Custard, Lemon, Plum, Raspberry, Spiced Apple, Strawberry
Price (regular – preorder):  $16.00 doz
Price (regular – walk-in): $1.75 each | $18.00 doz

Flavours (specialty): Nutella
Price (specialty – preorder): $18.00 doz
Price (specialty – walk-in): $2.00 each | $20.00 doz

European Market

Address: 6415 Tecumseh Road East, Windsor
Phone: (519) 252-8243
Preordering: Recommended for large orders.

Flavours: Custard, Lemon, Plum, Raspberry, Rose Hip, Strawberry
Price: $1.49 each | $7.69 half doz | $14.99 doz

Lakeside Bakery

Address: 286 Erie Street South, Leamington
Phone: (519) 326-2626
Preordering: Available, but not necessary. Must order at least 3 dozen to pre-order.

Flavours: Apple, Custard, Lemon, Plum, Raspberry, Strawberry, Whipped Cream
Price: $2.50 each | $11.50 half doz | $18.50 doz

Mancini’s Italia Bakery

Address: 571 Erie Street East, Windsor
Phone: (519) 252-7066
Preordering: Must be at least a day before with a minimum order of 2 dozen.

Flavours (regular): Apple Spice, Blueberry, Custard, Lemon, Prune, Raspberry, Strawberry
Price (regular): $2.00 each | $20.00 doz

Flavours (specialty): Cannoli, Nutella
Price (speciality): $2.50 each | $25.00 doz

Nana’s Bakery

Address: 2936 Dominion Boulevard, Windsor
Phone: (519) 966-2434
Unique: Nana’s sells “Lowzkis” – half calories and half the fat as regular paczki, 300 calories and only 10 grams of fat or less.
Preordering: Recommended to ensure availability by at least the day before but preferably sooner.

Flavours: Apple, Blueberry, Cherry, Custard, Lemon, Strawberry
Price: $2.25 each | $11.00 half doz | $20.00 doz

The Pastry Place

Address: 3392 Dougall Avenue, Windsor
Phone: (519) 915-9939
Preordering: Available, recommended a few days before for specific/large orders (online ordering available)

Flavours: Apple, Blueberry, Cherry, Chocolate, Custard, Lemon, Prune, Strawberry
Price: $1.49 each | $16.99 doz

Plant Joy (vegan)

Address: 5622 Wyandotte Street East, Windsor
Phone: (519) 995-7333
Unique: All paczki are vegan.
Preordering: Not available, first come first serve.

Flavours: Raspberry Jelly, Strawberry Jelly, Whipped Cream
Price: $6.00 each

Stiemar Bakery

Address: 2640 Ouellette Avenue, Windsor
Phone: (519) 966-1625
Preordering: Available and can be taken for any amount of paczki, recommended to order before the 20th for large amounts/specific orders.

Flavours:  Apple, Blueberry, Cherry, Chocolate Filled, Custard, Lemon, Prune, Strawberry (flavours ordered in groups of 6)
Price:  $8.50 half doz | $17.00 doz

Tony Blaks – Union Bakery

Addresses: 4081 Tecumseh Road East, Windsor | Market Square, Walker & Ottawa
Phone: (519) 259-9669
Unique: Similar in style to Avalon Bakery in Detroit paczki.
Preordering: Not available. Walk-ins only.

Flavours:  Custard, Lemon, Plum, Raspberry
Price:  $1.50 each | $8.00 half doz | $15.00 doz

Note: We’ve made considerable effort to verify the accuracy of these flavours and prices but they may vary if stores make changes.  Do you work at a local bakery and have information to add to the guide?  Email us at [email protected].

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