We’ve waited an entire year (and then some!) for Paczki Day – a holiday centered on a donut-like dessert and celebrated in Midwestern communities with large Polish populations. Here in Metro Detroit, we go all out for the occasion; waiting in long lines early in the morning to purchase paczki for family, friends and co-workers, then indulging in several varieties of the high-calorie snack. There’s raspberry, apple, lemon, custard, apricot, cherry, blueberry and prune. And you can get glaze or powdered sugar on top. But no matter your preference, you’ll surely be satisfied and ready for a nap by the time lunch rolls around. For Michiganders, this truly is the most wonderful time of the year.
So – who’s getting paczki next week? If you don’t already have plans to head down to Detroit or Hamtramck, we put together a quick list of where you can get your Fat Tuesday-fix right here in Macomb County. By no means is this an all-inclusive post of where to get paczki. But we do hope this can serve as a starting point for you in your quest to find a sweet treat near your home. So please, take a look and let us know what you think. Where do you find your local paczki? And what flavors are your favorite? Leave us a comment and let us know! Happy Paczki Day!
- Tringali’s Bakery
29100 Schoenherr Rd Warren
According to Eater: “Warren’s Italian bake shop is best known for its cannoli cream filled twist on the traditional paczki, but standard-bearing flavors like raspberry, apple, lemon, and chocolate custard can be found here as well.”
- East Detroit Bakery & Deli
17530 E 9 Mile Rd Eastpointe
https://www.facebook.com/EastDetroitBakery/ and https://eastdetroitbakery.business.site/
According to Eater: “This Eastpointe bakery is a favorite for paczki fanatics on the east side. The paczki are bigger than average and come glazed or powdered sugar-dusted with traditional fillings like apricot and cherry.”
*Pre-orders are currently being accepted.
- Verace Pasta e Olio
31347 Harper Ave., St. Clair Shores
The market, located in St. Clair Shores, will offer handmade, all-natural paczki made with real fruit and real cream. Filling flavors include cannoli cream, strawberry, raspberry, blueberry, lemon and custard. “Our paczki are made with imported European flour and are true paczki, not doughnuts filled with fillers,” said Verace Pasta e Olio owner Cas Chirco in an interview with C&G Newspapers. “We have real fruit jams and don’t have a funny aftertaste like most do. The dough is light and airy — you could eat a dozen and not know it.”
- Enjoya Sweets
17804 E. 13 Mile Rd Roseville
Per a satisfied customer on Facebook: “This is the only bakery I place orders when in the Detroit area. I wouldn’t go anywhere else! The looks are amazing and the taste is beyond great. I have always been pleased, and to top it off their customer service is warm and inviting. I highly recommend them to everyone.”
**Enjoya will be offering paczki in Bavarian cream, raspberry, lemon, strawberry, blueberry, apple, chocolate and whipped cream. Pre-order by 2/26 to save 15 percent.
- Mount Clemens Bakery
95 N Groesbeck Hwy Mount Clemens
A positive customer review on Facebook: “Love there donuts here they are the best!! And the people that work there are great.”
- Che Chosa
24394 Crocker Blvd. Clinton Township
While this Clinton Township coffee shop will not baking their own paczki, owners will be heading down to Hamtramck to pick up the real deal treats, which they will then sell from their counter. They will have custard, strawberry, raspberry, lemon, apple and prune – and they always sell out, so it is advised that customers get to Che Chosa early or reserve ahead of time.
Megan Ochmanek is a communications specialist for the Macomb County Department of Planning and Economic Development.