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For bakeries, Paczki Day is like a national holiday. Firecakes Donuts, the artisan donut shop with two locations in Chicago, has unveiled this year's paczki lineup, available just in time for the annual Fat Tuesday (February 9) celebration.
There are three different varieties:
Raspberry & Blood Orange Jelly Filled
Chocolate Custard Filled
Meyer Lemon Filled
Paczki are available in two sizes: small for $2.19 and large for $2.67.
The first place winner of the 2015 Donut Fest, Firecakes has devotees traveling near and far to savor the bakery’s hand-crafted donuts. Paczki Day is special unto itself, drawing crowds and huge pre-orders.
Paczki are deep-fried pieces of dough, similar to donuts but uniquely different. They are shaped into flattened spheres and filled with a sweet filling, traditional to Polish cuisine. Paczki are usually covered with powdered sugar or icing.