St. Charles Bakeries Serve up Paczki for Fat Tuesday

Here's a quick guide for those who want the Polish treat.

Those who observe Lent have but a few days left to indulge.

If you plan to give up sweets, you can always embrace a Polish tradition called Pączki Day. Pączki is deep-fried piece of dough that looks sort of like a flat sphere and is filled with sweet filling. Pączki in Polish means “little package.”

In case you were wondering, the common American pronunciation is POONCH-kee. That's good to know when you’re trying to tell the baker behind the counter what you want.

A number of bakeries in St. Charles have the tasty confection:


Blue Goose Market

The downtown grocery store has three varieties: Raspberry, Blueberry and Vanilla Cream. You better hurry, though. Like most places, treats are available today and Tuesday.


There are two Jewel locations in St. Charles—one just off of East Main Street and the other at the intersection of Randall Road and Route 38. Packages of pączki at come in three different varities: Chocolate iced Bavarian crème, powdered strawberry and glazed raspberry.


Freshly made pączki are on sale at Meijer, 855 Randal Rd., through Fat Tuesday (Feb. 21).

Sandy Kaczmarski February 20, 2012 at 09:39 PM
Don't forget Caputo's in South Elgin. They've got cookies and King cake, complete with a plastic baby. Don't know about that one.


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