The lines are long outside the Polish bakeries in Hamtramck. The smell of freshly baked paczki is in the air. It's a brisk morning here in Detroit but that's not deterring the multitudes who have ventured out for paczki. What's that you say? You've never had a paczki? Oh you poor, poor, soul.
Paczki are the pre-Lenten sweet treat of choice for Poles. And they are a favorite of many non Poles in the US as well, particularly in the midwest. I'm not sure how far outside of the midwest paczki are made but around here they're a big hit. Just as you don't have to be Irish to appreciate and celebrate St. Patrick's Day, the same is true for paczki. You don't have to be Polish to appreciate and enjoy them!
I've written about paczki before so I'm not going to go into detail here. If you'd like learn more about paczki, including where you can buy paczki bobble-head dolls, check out these articles...
Your Diet Is About To Meet It’s Nemesis (or why it’s called Fat Tuesday in Detroit)
Fat Tuesday is Paczki Day in Michigan
Paczki fans belly up to Hamtramck bars
Paczki trip over the tongue, melt in mouth
Calories don't count on Paczki Day so get out and enjoy!