Paczki are popping up all over Champaign-Urbana
Where you can find this Lenten season delicacy
Editor’s Note: Updated for 2019.
Take a look at the calendar and you might be surprised to see that Ash Wednesday, and the beginning of the Lenten season, is just weeks away. March 6, 2019, to be exact.
Which reminded us that this is the time of year when people look for paczki. What are paczki? It is a Polish pastry – similar to a donut – that “feature a variety of fruit and creme fillings and can be glazed, or covered with granulated or powdered sugar.” (Thanks, Wikipedia). Paczki are traditionally eaten on “Fat Tuesday”, or the day before Ash Wednesday. In areas with large Polish populations- especially Midwest cities such as Detroit and Chicago – Fat Tuesday is called Paczki Day.
We asked our readers where they could find paczki in Champaign-Urbana. Here’s what they told us. Please note, it’s possible paczki might sell out or not be available when you go. Call first, if you don’t want to waste a trip.
“Meijer and Schnucks carry them — but WAY TOO EARLY and are typically not stocked on Fat Tuesday.” “Meijer – a lot of different kinds.”
Meijer, Champaign (North Prospect) and Urbana (Philo/Windsor Road) locations.
Schnucks has three local stores, including Savoy (corner of Dunlap and Curtis Road); Champaign (Mattis and Church); and Urbana (Vine/Main Street).
County Market, Champaign: on Kirby/Duncan sells Paczki.
Carmella’s Creme, Champaign: “Carmella’s Creme of course! The most delicious paczki!” Carmella’s Creme is located on Springfield Avenue in Champaign, just east of Mattis.
Rick’s Bakery, Urbana: “Rick’s carries them (but I’m hoping they see this and make more because they are often almost out when I get them on the day, and now my “secret” is out).” Rick’s Bakery Cafe, Urbana