Paczki Day – Tuesday, March 1, 2022
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: 8am-4pm | Sunday & Monday: Closed
Flavors: marshmallow, raspberry, cannoli, chocolate mousse, pistachio, custard, apricot, peanut butter fudge, apple, blueberry, lemon and tiramisu.
2022 price: $2.25 | $13 1/2 doz. | $25 doz.
Location: 22088 Lorain Road, Fairview Park, OH 44126
440.734.9856 | website
Hours: Tuesday-Thursday 7am-3pm | Friday & Saturday 6am-4pm
Sunday 7am-3pm | Monday CLOSED
Flavors: white cream, chocolate cream, Bavarian cream, raspberry jelly, strawberry jelly and blueberry, poppy seed, prune, lemon, pineapple, and apricot.
2022 price: $2.50 | $30 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.
2022 price: $ 2.50 each | $13.25 1/2 dozen | $24.60 a dozen
Location: 5580 Ridge Road, Parma, Ohio
440.886.4430 | website
Hours: Tuesday – Saturday 9am -5pm |Friday closed Sunday & Monday
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).
2022 price: Paczki $2.25 each | $12.50 a half dozen | $25 for dozen
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: Wednesday – Saturdays from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm. Closed on Sunday, Monday, & Tuesday.
Holiday hours vary.
Flavors: marshmallow, raspberry, cherry, chocolate cream, poppy seed, prune, pineapple, apricot, apple, blueberry, lemon, strawberry, vanilla cream, and custard.
Filled: $2 each| $19.50. doz.
(The unfilled can be rolled in cinnamon or sugar.)
Biagio’s Donut Shop – 2022 update. Please call first due to staffing issues.
35475 Vine St., Eastlake, OH 44095
440.942.5541 | Facebook
Celebrating over 55 years in business.
Hours: Check Facebook for current hours.
Flavors: Black raspberry, strawberry, lemon, apple, white cream, and chocolate cream.
Gartman Model Bakery
30 N State St., Painesville, OH 44077
440.357.6883 | website
Hours: M-F 6:30AM- 4:00PM | SAT 6:30AM-4PM | SUN – closed
Flavors: cinnamon buttercream, vanilla cream, chocolate cream, custard, marshmallow, raspberry, cherry, prune, strawberry, lemon, blueberry, apple, poppy seed, and apricot.
2022 price: $1.50 each | 4-pack $ 6. | $18 doz. -Mixed 4 packs if you call in.
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 – Fri: 6 am – 2 pm |Saturday 8am-4pm | 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.
2022 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.
2022 price: $1.25 each
Celebrate Fat Tuesday Polish Style!
Date: Tuesday, March 1 | 8 AM – 6 PM
Kravitz Polish Deli & Bakery
3135 Belmont Ave., Youngstown, OH
330.759.7889 | Facebook page.
Flavors: Apricot, Homemade Custard, Plain Sugared, Rose Hip Jam, and PYTown Pączek™ (half rose+half custard).
2022 price: $ 2.75 each | $ 16 dozen (single flavor)
– a portion of each dozen sold goes to benefit PolishYoungstown’s youth, education and travel grant programs!
LIMITED AVAILABILITY! NO PREORDERS AVAILABLE.
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.
2022 price: $ each | $ 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 2022 season. (Please note we called each bakery in January, 2022 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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