Where to get your paczki fix for Fat Tuesday

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Fat Tuesday is near — that means it’s time to prepare for one of Lansing’s favorite winter traditions: consuming boatloads of paczkis.

Paczkis, which have really caught on in the Midwest, hail from Poland and are instantly recognizable thanks to their powdered sugar coating and various flavors of crème or jelly filling. Think donut — but with a richer, sweeter, chewier yeast dough.

When City Pulse asked readers to share their favorite place to pick up a box of paczkis, many lamented the closing of Roma Bakery, a local favorite that shut its doors in 2019. Roma was especially famous across town during Fat Tuesday for its delicious ricotta-filled paczkis. “If it’s not Roma, I don’t want any,” Joey Waffles wrote in reply to our Facebook post. Annette Gonzales agreed: “Nowhere. Roma is gone.”

But not everybody who responded chose to mourn the loss of Roma Bakery. Jayne Van Kirk gave a shout-out to Groovy Donuts as her favorite supplier of paczkis. In fact, Groovy Donuts has been getting a lot of love on local social media as people discuss their favorite flavors of paczkis.

But Briannon Cierpilowski must have a secret recipe — she said her favorite place to get a paczki is her own kitchen.

If you have yet to try a paczki, a handful of local bakeries are currently offering the seasonal treat. Quality Dairy is one of the most popular places to get a box of paczkis. Just stop by any one of it’s locations and you should be able to find them.

Groovy Donuts will also be returning for the paczki action this year, and are even offering a vegan option on Fat Tuesday. And Bake N’ Cakes just teased a picture of a mouthwatering batch of paczkis on Facebook. But you better act fast, because once Fat Tuesday comes and goes, bakeries typically cease production. Here’s a helpful guide of where to quickly get your hands on the coveted paczki before it’s too late.

Bake N’ Cakes

$1.29/individual, $15/dozen

3003 E. Kalamazoo St.

Monday-Friday, 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Saturday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

(517) 337-2253, Bakencakes.com

Groovy Donuts

$2 per paczki

313 W. Grand River Ave., Williamston

3054 E. Lake Lansing Road, East Lansing

Tuesday, Feb.16, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Thursday-Sunday, 7 a.m. to 1 p.m.

(517) 580-7302, Groovydonuts.com

Quality Dairy

$1.69/individual, $7.99/half dozen, $14.99 dozen

Several locations across Greater Lansing

Qualitydairy.com

Meijer

$2.99 for a box of four

Several locations across Greater Lansing

Meijer.com

Lil G’s

$9.99 for a box of four

Tuesday-Thursday, 11:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Friday, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Saturday, 11:30 a.m. to 9 p.m.

2459 Ontario Dr., St. Johns

(989) 545-7090, Lilgsitalian.com

Tom’s Food Center

$5.49 for a box of six

1619 W. Grand River Ave., Okemos

Daily, 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.

(517) 488-0600, Tomsfoodcenter.com

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