Did you know Fat Tuesday, the day before Ash Wednesday and the start of Lent,Â is also called Paczki Day in parts of the U.S. and world?
A Paczki (pronounced poonch-key, and often mis-spelled as “punchki”) is a donut-like pastry filled with custard or jelly (in fruit flavors such as prune, apple, strawberry, lemon, raspberry, and more).Â The round ball of dough is also coated in a sugary icing.
Paczkis are a Polish treat, in which Polish immigrants brought the recipe and tradition to the U.S.Â Â Most notably, the city of Hamtramck, Mich., which has a large population of Polish immigrants and their descendants.
Depending on the recipe, most Paczkis contain about 25 grams of fat and 500 calories.Â Good thing these tasty treats only come around once a year.
Do you eat Paczkis or another special treat on Fat Tuesday, before Lent begins?Â Share your treats and recommendations for othersÂ below.