Shrove Tuesday, otherwise known as Pączki Day (anglicized: POAN-CHKEE), Pancake Tuesday or Fat Tuesday is on Tuesday, March 1st, 2022!

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.

Note: Due to the pandemic and lower quantities available this year, some local bakeries have asked not to have their paczki promotions listed / less details listed. We recommend pre-ordering where available to ensure availability and to support physical distancing with less lineups.

Cortina Gourmet Market

Address: 4300 Howard Avenue, Windsor
Phone: (226) 674-4774
Preordering: Available
Flavours: Apple Spice, Blueberry, Custard, Lemon, Nutella, Raspberry, Cannoli Cream, and Cherry
Price: $2.00 each | $11.00 half doz | $20.00 doz

Blak’s Bakery

Address: 1022 Langlois Avenue
Phone: (519) 253-4344
Preordering: Call for more information
Flavours: Raspberry, Strawberry, Blueberry, Custard, Lemon, Plum, Spiced Apple and Nutella/Custard.

Demarco’s Fine Foods

Selling: Paczki from Lakeside Bakery
Address: 1349 Grand Marais Rd. West, Windsor
Phone:(519) 969-7887
Preorders: Available February 23rd to 28th over the phone for pickup the 25th or March 1st; limited availability in-store.
Flavours: Lemon, Blueberry, Custard, Raspberry, Plum, Apple, Strawberry and Whipped cream.

European Market

Address: 6415 Tecumseh Road East, Windsor
Phone: (519) 915-4466
Preordering: Recommended for large orders.
Flavours: Custard, Lemon, Plum, Raspberry, Rose Hip, and Strawberry
Price: $9.00 half doz | $18.00 doz

Lakeside Bakery

Address: 286 Erie Street South, Leamington
Phone: (519) 326-2626
Preordering: Available, but not necessary.
Flavours: Apple, Custard, Lemon, Plum, Raspberry, Strawberry, and Whipped Cream

Mancini’s Italia Bakery

Address: 571 Erie Street East, Windsor
Phone: (519) 255-7263
Preordering: Available.
Flavours (regular): Bavarian Custard, Lemon, and Strawberry
Price (regular): $12.00 half doz | $20.00 doz
Flavours (specialty): Ricotta, Nutella, and Tiramisu
Price (specialty): $15.00 half doz | $25.00 doz

Nana’s Bakery

Address: 2936 Dominion Boulevard, Windsor
Phone: (519) 966-2434
Unique/Dietary: Nana’s sells “Lowzkis” – half calories and half the fat as regular paczki, 300 calories and only 10 grams of fat or less.
Preordering: Pre-orders are mandatory from Nana’s this year; pricing and details can be given when calling to do so.
Flavours: Apple, Blueberry, Cherry, Custard, Lemon, and Strawberry
Price: $2.50 | $12.00 half doz | $20.00 doz

Stiemar Bakery

Address: 2640 Ouellette Avenue, Windsor
Phone: (519) 966-1625
Preordering: Available.
Flavours: Cherry, Lemon, Blueberry, Custard, Raspberry, Apple, Prune, and Chocolate
Price:  $11.00 half doz | $22.00 doz

Sugar Spoon Bake Shop

Selling: Paczki from Lakeside Bakery
Address: 3131 Forest Glade Dr, Windsor
Phone:(519) 956-8484
Preorders: Recommended for larger amounts.
Flavours: Lemon, Blueberry, Custard, Raspberry, Plum, Apple, and Strawberry.

The Pastry Place

Address: 3392 Dougall Avenue, Windsor
Phone: (519) 915-9939
Preordering: Available by phone and in store
Flavours: Apple, Blueberry, Cherry, Chocolate, Custard, Lemon, Prune, Raspberry; assorted packs are available
Price: $12.00 half doz | $22.00 doz

Tony Blaks Union Bakery

Address: 4081 Tecumseh Road East & 2109 Ottawa Street
Phone: (519) 944-4323
Unique/Dietary: Paczkis are baked
Preordering: Available on their website.
Flavours: Plum, Raspberry, Custard and Lemon
Price: $2.00 each | $11.00 half doz | $20.00 doz

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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