Fat Tuesday in Wisconsin means it’s time to get your Paczki! Here’s a short explainer what they are and why we eat them.
Lou Saldivar, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Fat Tuesday is March 5, and that means paczki: those yummy filled doughnuts of Polish origin typically available here only on the day before Ash Wednesday.
Depending on where you go, you can find everything from traditional flavors like prune and raspberry to rosehip, chocolate and brandy old fashioned.
Some bakeries and restaurants are still taking preorders; all take walk-ins on Fat Tuesday. Other bakeries throughout the state will also be selling pączki. Check your local bakeries and call for hours.
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For the best flavor choices, go early.
Brandy old fashioned-flavored paczki from Sweet Perfections Bake Shoppe are one of numerous flavors sweets lovers can find in bakeries on Fat Tuesday. (Photo: Scott Ash/Now News Group, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)
3200 S. 16th St., (414) 672-1620; 13820 W. Greenfield Ave., Brookfield, (262) 827-4097; 5637 Broad St., Greendale, (414) 423-4620
6 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Three flavors: prune, raspberry, raisin, chocolate (walk-ins only)
99 cents each, $11.88 dozen
Aggie’s Bakery & Cake Shop
7328 W Greenfield Ave, West Allis, (414) 482-1288
5 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Eight flavors: apple, blueberry, buttercream, custard, lemon, prune, raspberry, strawberry
$1.50 each, $15.95 a dozen, $7.95 for a 6-pack. If pre-ordered by Friday, March 1 at aggiesbakery.com: $14.95 a dozen, $7.95 for a 6-pack
5132 W Lincoln Ave, (414) 543-7000
5 a.m. to 7 p.m.
10 flavors: apple with caramel icing, blueberry with blueberry icing, buttercream with chocolate icing and white drizzle, cheese with cinnamon sugar, custard with chocolate icing, lemon with powdered sugar, prune with glaze, raspberry with powdered sugar or white icing, Irish cream with chocolate icing and green drizzle (new).
95 cents each, $10.10 a dozen
1100 E. Oklahoma Ave., (414) 486-7747
5:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Flavors include raspberry, Bavarian cream, lemon, prune, raisin, apple.
$1.25 each, $15 dozen
Sweet Perfections Bake Shoppe
1501 Paramount Drive, Waukesha, (262) 446-2253
6 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Prune, Bavarian cream, red raspberry.
Also six “Top Shelf” flavors: brandy old-fashioned sweet, raspberry vodka shooter, spiced bananas foster, bailey’s cherry bombshell, kahlua ’n’ mudslide, rumchata crunch.
Traditional flavors: $1.50 each. Top Shelf: $3.25 each, $18 half dozen, $35 dozen
6901 W. North Ave., Wauwatosa, (414) 258-5282
6 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Seven flavors: raspberry, Bavarian cream, strawberry, blueberry, apricot, lemon, prune
$2 each, $22 dozen (your choice or two of every flavor except prune)
Holey Moley Coffee + Doughnuts
316 N Milwaukee St.; 11340 W. Burleigh St., Wauwatosa, (414) 308-1616
6:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Three flavors: raspberry, prune, lemon
$3 each, $27.50 dozen
Polish Center of Wisconsin
6941 S. 68th St, Franklin, (414) 529-2140
7 to 11:30 a.m.
Prune and raspberry
$3 for a paczek with coffee. A limited number of paczki will be available on a first-come, first-served basis in boxes of a dozen for $11.50: all prune, all raspberry or half of each
Le Reve Patisserie & Café
7610 Harwood Ave, Wauwatosa, (414) 778-3333
8 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Three flavors: raspberry, sweet cheese, apricot, strawberry
Old World Polish Deli
7630 W Grange Ave, Greendale, (414) 855-0470
7 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Three flavors: prune, raspberry and rosehip
4016 S. Packard Ave. St. Francis, (414) 482-0080
10 a.m. through the lunch hour
Strawberry or prune, with powdered sugar or lemon glaze
Pick ’n Save
Flavors include raspberry, lemon, prune and Bavarian custard. Cost: 79 cents each, $3.99 for 6.
Sendik’s Food Markets (all locations)
Seven flavors (varies by store): raspberry, lemon, cherry, Bavarian, prune, apple, cheese
99 cents each; also sold in 6-count boxes
2305 N. Prospect Ave., (414) 223-1500; 11100 W. Burleigh St., Wauwatosa, (414) 808-3600
8 a.m. to 10 p.m. (9 p.m. in Tosa)
Raspberry with white icing or chocolate-dipped with a custard filling
$1.99 each, $10.99 for a 6-pack
Regina’s Bay Bakery Patisserie
423 E. Silver Spring Drive, Whitefish Bay, (414) 332-5340
6 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Strawberry, raspberry, lemon, custard, buttercream, chocolate buttercream
95 cents each
6700 W. State St, Wauwatosa, (414) 259-8560
6 a.m. to 11 p.m.
Assorted flavors including custard, lemon, cherry, raspberry, prune, cheese, strawberry
99 cents each, $4.99 for 6
Smurawa’s Country Bakery
204 E. Pulaski St., Pulaski, (920) 822-8655)
5 a.m. to 7 p.m.
18 flavors: raspberry, cherry, strawberry, apple, custard, lemon, apricot, pineapple, blueberry, prune, poppyseed, french creme, chocolate french creme, peanut butter french creme, plain, Key lime, cream cheese, red velvet
$1.25 each, $15 dozen. Smurawa’s Bakery also does mail orders, which are closed for this year.
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