Paczki Day — taking place this year on Feb. 16 — may look a little different due to the pandemic, but that doesn’t mean you can’t still satisfy your sweet tooth. Bakeries, bars, and markets across metro Detroit are offering classic favorites, like custard-filled versions of the Polish donuts, to inventive treats, like vodka distilled with raspberry paczki. Check out these offerings and more below.
Blake’s Cider Mill and Bakehouse 46
The cider mill and its bakeshop are offering paczki for the very first time. Flavors include cherry, apple, custard, Bavarian crème, lemon, and raspberry. Paczki are $2.25 each, and $12.95 for a half-dozen and $19.95 for a dozen. Pre-orders are accepted through Feb. 7 and can be placed online for Feb. 14-16 pickup. Limited paczki will also be available on Feb. 16. Blake’s Cider Mill, 17985 Armada Road, Armada, 586-784-5343; blakesfarms.com; and Bakehouse 46, 136 N. Old Woodward Ave., Birmingham, 248-593-1903; and 205 S. Main St., Rochester; 248-651-5401; bakehouse46.com
New Palace Bakery
This Hamtramck staple bills itself as the “Paczki Headquarters.” This year, the shop is offering limited flavors due to the pandemic, but there’s still plenty to choose from. Opt for Dozen #1, which includes strawberry, lemon, custard, and apple paczki, or Dozen #2 with strawberry cheesecake, buttercream, triple chocolate, and peanut butter and jelly. You can also purchase a half-dozen of raspberry or custard paczki, or a three-piece box with prune paczki. The bakery opens at 3 a.m. on Feb. 16, and pre-orders can be placed via phone, Monday through Saturday. New Palace Bakery, 9833 Joseph Campau St., Hamtramck; 313-875-1334; newpalacebakery.com
Cantoro Italian Market & Trattoria
Cantoro’s Plymouth location’s cannoli paczki are available for purchase starting Feb. 1. Other paczki flavors — custard, raspberry, lemon, and apple — will be available on Feb. 8. For orders that are a dozen or more, the market is taking pre-orders over the phone. Cantoro Italian Market & Trattoria, 15550 N. Haggerty Road, Plymouth; 734-420-1100; cantoromarket.com
Each year, this Hamtramck bar throws an epic Paczki Day bash. While Small’s is still figuring out what Paczki Day may look like due to COVID restrictions, customers can expect Paczki Bombs — a paczki with a shot of liquor in it — to-go on Feb. 16. The bar is also selling kielbasa, pierogi, and kielbasa fried rice. Small’s, 10339 Conant St., Hamtramck; 313-873-1117; smallsbardetroit.com
Detroit City Distillery
Back for another year, Detroit City Distillery is collaborating with New Palace Bakery on a limited-edition Paczki Day vodka. The craft polish potato vodka is distilled with dozens of the Hamtramck bakery’s raspberry paczki. The vodka goes on sale on Feb. 1, and is available for purchase online, at the Feb. 13 Paczki Day party outside the distillery’s Eastern Market tasting room, and select liquor stores. Bottles are $30 a piece. If this boozy concoction interests you, place your order ASAP. The annual collab tends to sell out super fast. Detroit City Distillery, 2462 Riopelle St., Detroit; detroitcitydistillery.com
The Home Bakery Cake & Confection Co.
The Home Bakery is going mobile this Paczki Day. Paczki orders, which can be placed online, are available for delivery on Feb. 15 and 16. The bakery delivers to more than 60 cities, and delivery is $15 no matter how many paczki you order. Orders can also be picked up from the bakery. Flavors include apple, blueberry-lemon, coconut cream, double chocolate, and lime curd-raspberry. Paczki are $2.25 each or you can opt for a $27 baker’s dozen. Use the code “FATTUESDAY” to add a 13th paczki to your cart for free. The Home Bakery Cake & Confection Co., 300 S. Main St., Rochester; 248-651-4830; thehomebakery.com
You won’t want to miss this Italian bakery’s specialty paczki. Alongside traditional flavors — including lemon, raspberry, custard, and chocolate custard — Tringali’s is offering a cannoli cream-filled paczki and a cappuccino cream paczki. Paczki are already available for purchase (while supplies last) at Tringali’s, so get over there fast! Tringali’s Bakery, 29100 Schoenherr Road, Warren; 586-777-9010; tringalisbakery.com
American Polish Cultural Center
The banquet and convention center is accepting pre-orders for paczki online. Flavors include custard, chocolate custard, plum, strawberry, raspberry, cannoli, blueberry, and apricot. Customers can pick from half a dozen up to five dozen — orders larger than this must be placed over the phone. Pre-orders are due by noon on Feb. 15. American Polish Cultural Center, 2975 E. Maple Road, Troy, 248-689-3636; americanpolishcenter.com