Let’s Take a Bite Into Fat Tuesday

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Abby Roberts, Reporter

It’s the time of year again, Fat Tuesday! Many celebrate this day by indulging in a delicious Paczki. Even though you may celebrate this tradition, you probably don’t know how it all began.
Making and eating Paczki originated in Poland. According to A Healthier Michigan, “People in Poland would make pastries to use up all of their lard, sugar, eggs and other decadent ingredients before beginning Lent.” Perhaps this explains why Paczki contains eggs, fats, sugar, yeast, and sometimes milk. They can also contain up to 500-1,000 calories and an overload of fat! When Polish immigrants came to the United States in the beginning of the 20th century, the tradition came with them to some Midwestern cities.
The later version of Paczki consisted of pork fat; however, the modern vision is usually filled with jelly or custard. Popular fillings consist of: lemon, raspberry, strawberry, and chocolate. They can also contain up to 500-1,000 calories and an overload of fat! Since the 1700s, the dough has improved and has become lighter with the help of French chefs. King August III hired them and they were responsible for switching Paczki from pork filled dough to a sweet dessert.
According to Eater Detroit, you can get some of the best Paczkis in Hamtramck, Michigan. They are so good that they even have a festival just for Fat Tuesday. Enjoy this calorie-filled Tuesday with your favorite Paczki.