Who doesn’t like having an extra excuse to eat a “donut”? Paczkis are Polish jelly filled donuts. This day is celebrated on Fat Tuesday, the last Tuesday before Lent. Like many things in Poland, Paczkis have roots in Catholicism.
Paczkis were created as a way to use up all the available sugar, eggs, butter, etc. before giving up all the yummy things for 40 days during Lent. Paczkis are Polish jelly filled donuts. Paczkis used to be savory, filled with pork fat and fried in lard.
Unity of Classes
During the Middle Ages' pre-Lenten celebrations, while the upper classes dined on roast game and other delicacies, people in the lower classes ate cabbage and jellied pigs' knuckles. Paczki, however, were the common ground between both social classes.
Savory vs Sweet
Paczkis use to be savory, filled with pork fat and fried in lard. Polish King August III revolutionized the Paczki when he brought in his chefs that were French and they were amazing at making desserts, and so the sweet Paczki was born.
A Reason to Party
In Midwestern cities like Detroit, Cleveland, Green Bay, and Chicago, with communities that are mainly Polish, Paczki Day is widely celebrated. During the holiday, local bakeries sell tens of thousands of fresh pastries in the morning, with people lining up around the block to get them. There are also parades, eating contests, and drinking.