February 28, 2017 is Paczki Day!
Don’t feel bad if you don’t know what Paczki Day is. Until a few years ago I was unaware of this confection day. In fact how I found out I was driving by a bakery and there was a line out the door. So of course I had to stop and find out. Response. It’s Paczki Day! It’s what?
“Paczki, pronounced PUNCH-key, are a Polish jelly-filled doughnut, traditionally served before the Lenten season begins.” Paczki are circular deep-fried doughnuts filled with various fillings such as apricot, lemon, custard, vanilla cream, blueberry, peach, cherry and more.
Since learning about Paczki, I have made an effort to grab a bucket every year and share them with those who don’t know what a Paczki is. I like to call them Ohio snowballs of flavor since they seem to make an appearance during the middle of winter.
Where can you find these donuts? After much research (sampling) and reader input, I have listed below the top seven (7) places to find Paczki in Northern Ohio.
5880 Ridge Road, Parma, OH 44129
5580 Ridge Road, Parma, Ohio
Samosky’s Home Bakery
6379 Pearl Rd., Cleveland, OH 44130
Biagio’s Donut Shop
35475 Vine St., Eastlake, OH 44095
Gartman Model Bakery
30 N State St., Painesville, OH 44077
Kiedrowski’s Simply Delicious Bakery
2267 Cooper Foster Park Rd., Amherst, OH 44001
Stan’s Northfield Bakery
9395 Olde 8 Rd., Northfield, OH
Even if you are not Polish, it is always a wonderful experience to enjoy one of northern Ohio’s ethnic foods while learning about their traditions. We do recommend you purchase your’s early as the Paczki’s move fast on Fat Tuesday.
Want to know more about how Paczki Day came to be? I found this wonderful article at PolAmJournal.com.
For more fun things to do in Northern Ohio visit NorthernOhioTourism.com.