Fill Up On Fat Tuesday With Paczki Jelly Donuts

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HAMTRAMCK (WWJ)   It’s an unofficial holiday for many in the metro Detroit area: Fat Tuesday, also known as Paczki Day.

A Polish-American tradition, several celebrate on Fat Tuesday — the day before Lent begins — by gorging on paczki, which are calorie-laden, deep-fried pastries filled with the most delicious creams, custards and jellies.

Traditionally, the reason for making paczki (pronounced “pooonch-key”) was to use up all the lard, sugar, eggs and fruit in the house, because the ingredients were forbidden to be consumed due to Catholic fasting practices during Lent.

The tradition has evolved over the years and now, come Fat Tuesday, Americans rush out to get the tastiest paczki they can find.

Paczki lovers were lined out the door at National Bakery on State Fair just west I-75 in Detroit. Violet Shiveski has been getting her Fat Tuesday fix from this bakery for more than 30 years.

"They have the best paczki in town," she said. "Very good, very tasty, delicious and fresh."

Enjoy paczki without any of the calories! This year, WWJ is taking you straight to the heart of Pazcki Day in the kitchen at Hermann's Bakery in Royal Oak. Catch the live stream on WWJ's Facebook page from 8:30 - 10:30 a.m. Tuesday.