This Paczki Road Trip Through Greater Cleveland Is The Best Thing You’ll Do This Winter

Spring doesn’t arrive until late March, so a few more weeks of winter are bound to linger over Cleveland. Fortunately, Fat Tuesday will arrive before spring does! While that may not mean quite as much outside of places like New Orleans and St. Louis, it means pączki season has arrived in Cleveland. These decadent donuts were traditionally prepared in Polish households to use up ingredients forbidden during Lent, and that tradition is carried on by Polish bakeries in the Cleveland area. They tend to dish out these delicious treats on both Fat Thursday and Fat Tuesday, and as we approach this festive season, a paczki road trip through the best location in the nation is certainly in order.

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Winter can be cold and unforgiving, but nothing lifts our spirits quite like made-from-scratch bakery goodies. What’s your favorite flavor of paczki, and where do you like to stock up on it each Paczki Day? Share your suggestions in the comments below!

If you have an insatiable sweet tooth, you’re sure to love the cheesecake at this Cleveland sweet shop.