March 5, 2019 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 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.
2019 price: $1.75 | $9 1/2 doz. | $$18 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, rasperberry jelly, strawberry jelly and blueberry, poppy seed, prune, lemon, pineapple, and apricot.
2019 price: $2.25 | $25 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, hough, 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).
Sweet Paczki $1.75 each ($1.99 for Sweet Moses), $10.50 half dozen, $20 full dozen
Savory Paczki – sold by the piece: $3-$3.25
It is suggested that you pre-order in order to guarantee your favorite flavors. To pre-order click here.
Samosky’s Home Bakery
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.
2019 price: Filled: $1.25 each| $13.75 doz. Unfilled: $1.00 each | $10.50 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.
2019 price: $1.25 each | $15 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.
2019 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’s for over 30 years. Their paczki’s 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.
2019 price: $1.25 each | $14 dozen.
On February 24, 2019, the 22nd Paczki Ball is held at German’s Villa, in Vermilion. A traditional Polish dinner and all you can eat Paczki’s are served. Reservations are required. For more information click here.
Krakus Polish Deli & Bakery
7050 Market St., Suite 108
Boardman, Ohio 44512
330.758.8333 | Facebook
Hours: Tuesday – Friday 10am-6pm | Saturday 10am-3pm
2019 price: TBA
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 Paczki’s that you may want. They will stop taking orders on February 23, 2019. Walk-ins are still welcome, but no guarantees.
Click here for order form.
2019 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 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.
Article and photo credits: Diane Rock
Rocky Hill | MyOhioFun.com
Editor’s note: Part of this story ran in 2018. The dates and additional events have been updated for the 2019 Ohio Paczki season. Any use of the above article or images without prior permission, will be in violation of copyright laws.
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