For a lot of people at the beginning of a new year, it’s all about getting in shape and making smarter eating decisions. Those ideals go right out the door when February 13 comes around and Fat Tuesday makes its way into our mouths.

Every year in Michigan alone hundreds of thousands of Paczki donuts are filmed with assorted jams, jellies, and cream fillings to be sold throughout the state. What was a long-standing Polish tradition made its way to Michigan through the large Polish community in Hamtramck.

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bymichigannow.com did a great job of tracking down some of the best locally-owned bakeries while dropping some crucial info on what separates a paczki from a donut:

Similar to doughnuts, paczki became popular around Ash Wednesday because Polish Catholics used to eat them as a last decadence before giving up sweet treats and other indulgences in observation of Lent. The deep-fried dough was traditionally filled with plum (prune) or rose hip jam. Now, you more commonly find them in apple, cherry, blueberry, strawberry, lemon, and other fruity versions. Many have custard flavors instead of jam, and more recently cheese has even become a filling alternative.

You can buy these delectables from the following bakeries before most likely giving sweets up for lent. Whether you are in Metro Detroit, West, Michigan, mid-Michigan, northern Michigan, or even the upper peninsula.

These are the best of the best, so go support some great local businesses and eat as many of these things as possible, or as space will allow.

These Are The Best Bakeries In Michigan To Buy Paczki For Fat Tuesday

You can buy these delectables from the following bakeries before most likely giving sweets up for lent. Whether you are in Metro Detroit, West, Michigan, mid-Michigan, northern Michigan, or even the upper peninsula.