Paczki Day – Tuesday, February 16, 2021
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 what everyone was lining up for. Response? It’s Paczki Day! It’s what? IT’S PACZKI DAY!!
“Paczki, pronounced PUNCH-key, is 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 aren’t familiar with what a paczki is. I like to call them Ohio’s 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 places to find paczki in Northern Ohio. (Please note that we have made every attempt to include flavors and current pricing for each bakery. Prices and flavors may be subject to change.)
Location: 5880 Ridge Road, Parma, OH 44129
440.885.0453 | website
Hours: Tuesday – Saturday: 7:00am – 5:30pm | Sunday & Monday: Closed
Flavors: marshmallow, raspberry, cannoli, chocolate mousse, pistachio, custard, apricot, peanut butter fudge, apple, blueberry, lemon and tiramisu.
2021 price: $2. | $12 1/2 doz. | $20 doz.
Location: 22088 Lorain Road, Fairview Park, OH 44126
440.734.9856 | website
Hours: Tuesday-Thursday 530AM-4PM | Friday & Saturday 530AM-6PM
Sunday 530AM-3PM | Monday CLOSED
Flavors: white cream, chocolate cream, Bavarian cream, raspberry jelly, strawberry jelly and blueberry, poppy seed, prune, lemon, pineapple, and apricot.
2021 price: $2.25 | $25 a dozen
Michael Angelo’s Bakery
8035 Broadview Rd, Broadview Heights, OH 44147
440.526.0499 | website
Flavors: apricot, apple, Bavarian maple, chocolate mousse, custard, lemon, marshmallow, peanut butter, poppyseed, prune, and raspberry.
2021 price: $ | $ a dozen
Location: 5580 Ridge Road, Parma, Ohio
440.886.4430 | website
Hours: Tuesday – Saturday 8am -5pm |Friday closed Sunday & Monday (will be open for Mon. 3/4 for Paczki Eve – time TBA)
Sweet Paczki – apple, apricot, blueberry, butter cream, cherry, chocolate butter cream, chocolate custard, coconut, custard, lemon, marshmallow, mocha, pina colada, pineapple, prune, poppyseed, raspberry, rose petal jelly, strawberry, and Sweet Moses hot chocolate.
Savory Paczki – Breakfast of Champions, Clevelander (sauerkraut & kielbasa), Parma (potato & cheese), Polish Village (potato & cheese, kraut & kielbasa), and Westparker (corned beef & cabbage).
2021 price: TBA
Sweet Paczki $___ each ($__. for Sweet Moses), $__. half dozen, $__ full dozen
Savory Paczki – sold by the piece: $___
It is suggested that you pre-order in order to guarantee your favorite flavors. To pre-order click here.
Samosky’s Home Bakery – currently closed for repairs (Jan 2021)
6379 Pearl Rd., Cleveland, OH 44130
440.845.3377 | Facebook
Hours: Tuesdays – Saturdays from 7:00 am to 4:00 pm. Closed on Sundays and Mondays.
Holiday hours vary.
Flavors: marshmallow, raspberry, cherry, chocolate cream, poppy seed, prune, pineapple, apricot, apple, blueberry, lemon, strawberry, vanilla cream, and custard.
2021 price: TBA
Filled: $___ each| $__. doz. Unfilled: $___ each | $___ doz.
(The unfilled can be rolled in cinnamon or sugar.)
Biagio’s Donut Shop
35475 Vine St., Eastlake, OH 44095
440.942.5541 | Facebook
Celebrating over 55 years in business.
Hours: M-SAT 4AM – Midnight | SUN 9AM-11PM
Flavors: Black raspberry, strawberry, lemon, apple, white cream, and chocolate cream.
2021 price: $1.35 each | $16.20 a dozen.
Gartman Model Bakery
30 N State St., Painesville, OH 44077
440.357.6883 | website
Hours: M-F 6:30AM-5:30PM | SAT 6:30AM-5PM | SUN – closed
Flavors: cinnamon buttercream, vanilla cream, chocolate cream, custard, marshmallow, raspberry, cherry, prune, strawberry, lemon, blueberry, apple, poppy seed, and apricot.
2021 price: $1.25 each | 4-pack $ 5. | $15 doz.
Kiedrowski’s Simply Delicious Bakery
2267 Cooper Foster Park Rd., Amherst, OH 44001
440.282-2700 | website
The Kiedrowski Bakery has been selling Paczki for over 30 years. Their paczkis are hand rolled on a Polish maple table.
Hours: Tues – Sat: 6 am – 6 pm |Sunday: 7 am – 3 pm | Mondays: Closed
Flavors: They offer 5 flavors. The traditional paczki, an apricot paczki, a poppy seed paczki, a rose paczki, which is filled with an Old World Rose Marmalade jelly, and the Lekvar paczki, a blended sweetened creamed prune.
2021 price: $1.25 each | $15 dozen.
Krakus Polish Deli & Bakery
7050 Market St., Suite 108
Boardman, Ohio 44512
330.758.8333 | Facebook
Hours: Tuesday – Friday 10am-6pm | Saturday 10am-3pm
Flavors: Mixed berry, apricot, raspberry and plum.
2021 price: $1.25 each
PACZKI, POLKAS & PIWO! (Donuts, Dancing & Drafts.)
Celebrate Fat Tuesday Polish Style!
PolishYoungstown is excited to invite you to celebrate Carnival season in a festive POLISH fashion! Translated as Donuts, Dancing and Draught, this LAST-CHANCE-BEFORE-LENT celebration offers you delicious pączki and Polish-inspired food specialties!
Add to that Pączki Royalty + a party atmosphere (Covid-19 has taken away our live music)! Wash it all down with some nice, cold Polish beer and you’ve got the makings for a happy, toe-tapping, game-playing and give-away filled day! This year we are excited to say we have
EXPANDED OUR PACZKI PARTY LOCATIONS!
Pączki, Polkas & Piwo (Donuts, Dancing & Drafts Party)
Tuesday, February 16
8 AM – 8 PM
• Kravitz Delicatessen – Belmont Avenue
• Casual Pint in Shops at Boardman Park featuring Polish food
specialties from Babcia’s Lunchbox for take-out or to enjoy dining in.
Flavors: Apricot, Custard, Plum, Plain Sugared, Poppy Seed, Rose Hip Jam, and PTYown Paczek (half rose + half custard).
2021 price: $2. each | $10 half dozen (single falvor) | $18 mixed dozen (two of each flavor minus the plain.)
Kravitz Polish Deli & Bakery
3135 Belmont Ave.
393 Boardman Poland Rd.
Stan’s Northfield Bakery
9395 Olde 8 Rd., Northfield, OH
330.467.8655 | website
Hours: M-F 5AM-5PM | SAT 5AM-3PM
Flavors: Raspberry jelly, strawberry jelly, vanilla buttercream, chocolate buttercream, custard “Bavarian” cream, chocolate custard, coconut custard, apple, apricot, cream cheese, prune “Lekvar”, blueberry, lemon and plain. *Special flavors include marshmallow meringue, poppy seed, and nut.
The bakery suggests that you order ahead to guarantee the Paczkis that you may want. Walk-ins are still welcome, but no guarantees.
Click here for order form.
2021 price: $1.75 each | $21 per dozen
(*Nut, poppy seed and marshmallow are an additional charge)
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 yours 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.
Article and photos: Diane Rock
Rocky Hill | MyOhioFun.com
Editor’s note: Part of this story ran in 2019. The donut pricing has been updated for the 2021 season. (Please note we called each bakery in January, 2021 for current prices. All prices are subject to change.) Any use of the above article or images without prior permission, will be in violation of copyright laws.
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