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Try These Twists on Classic Paczki in Metro Detroit

From vegan and gluten-free treats to alternative flavors, there’s something for everyone on Paczki Day

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Paczki Day in metro Detroit has grown well beyond its Polish roots into a regional holiday for pastry obsessives to indulge on these filled and fried desserts. On Fat Tuesday, these bakeshops, driven by a passion for creativity, throw open their doors to cater to the doughnut-seeking hordes. The celebration of Paczki Day, which has become a cross-cultural event in metro Detroit, has naturally resulted in creative and unique variations of the traditional paczki fillings.

Small’s Bar adds flavored vodka to its paczki filling and serves it with a straw, whereas other local bakeries are making vegan and gluten-free options, and piping everything from cannoli cream to banana cream filled with chocolate glaze, salted peanuts, and a slice of candied bacon on top — and calling it a Fat Elvis. Place an order ahead of time or plan to arrive early and wait in line on Feb 13. These pastries won’t stick around for long. For traditional bakeries and flavors, check out the classic paczki guide.

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Pietrzyk Pierogi

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The Pierogi Queen and her team is popping up at Ferndale’s local brewery Urbanrest with a paczki brunch on February 4 and Fat Thursday on February 8. For brunch, in addition to traditional paczki flavors like vanilla custard and raspberry, and the spot’s signature strawberry jalapeño, guests will be able to order Polish plates and paczki waffles — two waffles that are served with syrup and paczek filling.

Dooped Donuts

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The vegan donut shop just opened its online preorders for its vegan cherry jam, vanilla custard, and lemon curd paczki and is accepting orders until February 15 for pickups on February 20 and 21. Keep an eye on social media for preorder details.

For the Love of Sugar

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Paczki preordering is available now with pickup options available on February 12 and 13. Flavors include: Oreo cheesecake, strawberry shortcake, birthday custard, cannoli, creme brulee, and Matilda.

For the Love of Sugar

Kelly's Bar

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Chicago native Maryrose Moses, an accomplished pastry chef, is bringing her culinary magic to Fat Tuesday with her Side Eye Pie pop-up bake shop, now operating out of Kelly’s Bar. While the full lineup will be unveiled closer to the date, get ready for delectable paczki creations like the Fat Elvis — banana cream filled with chocolate glaze, salted peanuts, and a slice of candied bacon on top. The Dude is a paczek inspired by the White Russian from the 1998 cult classic, the Great Lebowski — made with Kaluhua, vanilla bean glaze, and shaved white chocolate curls. The Jezy Paczki features blackberry preserves, a blood orange glaze, and a lemon/Jezy swirl on top — a Hamtramck delicacy.

New Palace Bakery

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This is the paczki headquarters. This Polish bakery has a variety of flavors available and like many others, already has them for sale. Box #3 holds the specialty paczki flavors: honey cream dream, roaring blueberry bitz, orange creamski, peanut butter and jelly, strawberry cheesecake, buttercream, and triple chocolate. Preorders are being accepted by calling the shop and are strongly recommended.

Small's

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Take a locally-made Hamtramck paczek, fill it with flavored alcohol (blueberry vodka, vanilla vodka, Bailey’s, etc.) and add a straw — that’s the simple, boozy recipe for an annual Small’s bar tradition called the Paczki Bomb. The alcohol-infused pastries are available beginning at 10 a.m. and sell out quickly, so get there early and prepare for day drinking. In addition, Polish fried rice will also be on hand for folks needing a little nourishment, as well as several live musical performances, including the Strains, Eastside Elvis And The Motor City Mafia, Eastside Still Alive, and Bill Kozy’s Rising Force.

Tringali's Bakery

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Warren’s Italian bake shop is best known for its cannoli cream filled twist on traditional paczki, but standard-bearing flavors like raspberry, apple, lemon, and chocolate custard can be found here as well. This month, the bake shop also features a paczek filled with cappuccino cream. Pick up the traditional varieties as singles or grab a dozen. They’re available throughout the month of February in the lead-up to Fat Tuesday.

Gluten Free Specialties

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Folks who can’t eat gluten deserve paczki too. That’s where Gluten Free Specialties comes in. This year looks a little different than previous, due to high demand. It’s first come, first serve on paczki day. No call aheads and no preorders and guests can choose between 6 traditional flavors of gluten-free paczki. They’ll also be serving them the weekend leading up to February 13.

Honcho Latin Street Food & Coffee

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Union Joints restaurant group is asking fans to come up with the most creative paczki flavor ideas with its Paczki Madness promotion. The hospitality group opened up round one of voting on eight possible flavors, including strawberry spice, salted pretzel, Barbie, and the Wonka. Customers can place their votes for the bracket-style competition via the Instagram stories posted on the profiles associated with the brand’s restaurants: Union Rec, Gran Castor, and Honcho. Details for preorders, pickups, and the winning flavor will be revealed on January 26. The winner will be available on Fat Tuesday.

Cantoro Italian Market

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Cantoro Italian Market in Plymouth infuses its plump and powdered sugar-dusted paczki with plenty of cannoli cream and tiramisu fillings, along with all the classics.

Rumi's Passion

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Rumi’s Passion is known for its gluten-free and, often, dairy-free pastries and the shop is offering both for Paczki Day patrons with dietary restrictions and sensitive stomachs. Paczki will be available for preorder beginning January 17, and beginning February 10 paczki will be available first come first serve until Fat Tuesday. The following flavors will be dairy-free, gluten-free, nut-free, and oat-free this year: custard with chocolate topping, cream with chocolate topping, raspberry with glaze, apple with glaze, lemon with powdered sugar, blueberry with powdered sugar.

Chene Modern Bakery

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Chene Modern goes all out for Paczki Day with flavors like apricot, prune, blueberry, and more creative options like strawberry cheesecake. The best part? They’re already available for those who want to get a head start on the Mardi Gras festivities.

Iversen's Bakery

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Iversen’s Bakery in Dearborn doesn’t use lard to make its paczki so they’re technically halal. They come in flavors like lemon curd and raspberry jam as well as the famed cannoli cream.

Sugarr Donuts

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Sugarr Donuts in Wyandotte is taking pre-orders for creative alternatives like peanut butter and jelly, creme brulee, and cannoli cream.

Pietrzyk Pierogi

The Pierogi Queen and her team is popping up at Ferndale’s local brewery Urbanrest with a paczki brunch on February 4 and Fat Thursday on February 8. For brunch, in addition to traditional paczki flavors like vanilla custard and raspberry, and the spot’s signature strawberry jalapeño, guests will be able to order Polish plates and paczki waffles — two waffles that are served with syrup and paczek filling.

Dooped Donuts

The vegan donut shop just opened its online preorders for its vegan cherry jam, vanilla custard, and lemon curd paczki and is accepting orders until February 15 for pickups on February 20 and 21. Keep an eye on social media for preorder details.

For the Love of Sugar

Paczki preordering is available now with pickup options available on February 12 and 13. Flavors include: Oreo cheesecake, strawberry shortcake, birthday custard, cannoli, creme brulee, and Matilda.

For the Love of Sugar

Kelly's Bar

Chicago native Maryrose Moses, an accomplished pastry chef, is bringing her culinary magic to Fat Tuesday with her Side Eye Pie pop-up bake shop, now operating out of Kelly’s Bar. While the full lineup will be unveiled closer to the date, get ready for delectable paczki creations like the Fat Elvis — banana cream filled with chocolate glaze, salted peanuts, and a slice of candied bacon on top. The Dude is a paczek inspired by the White Russian from the 1998 cult classic, the Great Lebowski — made with Kaluhua, vanilla bean glaze, and shaved white chocolate curls. The Jezy Paczki features blackberry preserves, a blood orange glaze, and a lemon/Jezy swirl on top — a Hamtramck delicacy.

New Palace Bakery

This is the paczki headquarters. This Polish bakery has a variety of flavors available and like many others, already has them for sale. Box #3 holds the specialty paczki flavors: honey cream dream, roaring blueberry bitz, orange creamski, peanut butter and jelly, strawberry cheesecake, buttercream, and triple chocolate. Preorders are being accepted by calling the shop and are strongly recommended.

Small's

Take a locally-made Hamtramck paczek, fill it with flavored alcohol (blueberry vodka, vanilla vodka, Bailey’s, etc.) and add a straw — that’s the simple, boozy recipe for an annual Small’s bar tradition called the Paczki Bomb. The alcohol-infused pastries are available beginning at 10 a.m. and sell out quickly, so get there early and prepare for day drinking. In addition, Polish fried rice will also be on hand for folks needing a little nourishment, as well as several live musical performances, including the Strains, Eastside Elvis And The Motor City Mafia, Eastside Still Alive, and Bill Kozy’s Rising Force.

Tringali's Bakery

Warren’s Italian bake shop is best known for its cannoli cream filled twist on traditional paczki, but standard-bearing flavors like raspberry, apple, lemon, and chocolate custard can be found here as well. This month, the bake shop also features a paczek filled with cappuccino cream. Pick up the traditional varieties as singles or grab a dozen. They’re available throughout the month of February in the lead-up to Fat Tuesday.

Gluten Free Specialties

Folks who can’t eat gluten deserve paczki too. That’s where Gluten Free Specialties comes in. This year looks a little different than previous, due to high demand. It’s first come, first serve on paczki day. No call aheads and no preorders and guests can choose between 6 traditional flavors of gluten-free paczki. They’ll also be serving them the weekend leading up to February 13.

Honcho Latin Street Food & Coffee

Union Joints restaurant group is asking fans to come up with the most creative paczki flavor ideas with its Paczki Madness promotion. The hospitality group opened up round one of voting on eight possible flavors, including strawberry spice, salted pretzel, Barbie, and the Wonka. Customers can place their votes for the bracket-style competition via the Instagram stories posted on the profiles associated with the brand’s restaurants: Union Rec, Gran Castor, and Honcho. Details for preorders, pickups, and the winning flavor will be revealed on January 26. The winner will be available on Fat Tuesday.

Cantoro Italian Market

Cantoro Italian Market in Plymouth infuses its plump and powdered sugar-dusted paczki with plenty of cannoli cream and tiramisu fillings, along with all the classics.

Rumi's Passion

Rumi’s Passion is known for its gluten-free and, often, dairy-free pastries and the shop is offering both for Paczki Day patrons with dietary restrictions and sensitive stomachs. Paczki will be available for preorder beginning January 17, and beginning February 10 paczki will be available first come first serve until Fat Tuesday. The following flavors will be dairy-free, gluten-free, nut-free, and oat-free this year: custard with chocolate topping, cream with chocolate topping, raspberry with glaze, apple with glaze, lemon with powdered sugar, blueberry with powdered sugar.

Chene Modern Bakery

Chene Modern goes all out for Paczki Day with flavors like apricot, prune, blueberry, and more creative options like strawberry cheesecake. The best part? They’re already available for those who want to get a head start on the Mardi Gras festivities.

Iversen's Bakery

Iversen’s Bakery in Dearborn doesn’t use lard to make its paczki so they’re technically halal. They come in flavors like lemon curd and raspberry jam as well as the famed cannoli cream.

Sugarr Donuts

Sugarr Donuts in Wyandotte is taking pre-orders for creative alternatives like peanut butter and jelly, creme brulee, and cannoli cream.

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