No, in MI Fat Tuesday is lovingly referred to as “Paczki Day”, thanks to the large Polish population found in and around Hamtramck. Pronounced “poonch-key”, these rich little jelly or custard filled doughnut-like pastries are definitely worthy of their own holiday.
Unfortunately, for all the years I spent in Kentucky, I never saw a single Paczki. I guess we were close enough to Louisiana that only Mardi Gras was recognized. BUT, here in Colorado, they apparently know a sweet opportunity when they see one. I saw these tasty treats advertised, and immediately set out pick some up.
If you’re committed to introducing new foods the way we are, this is a good chance for your kids to be exposed to something new. If you’re a homechooler, you can totally use this chance to ignore the ### calories, and call it an educational experience.
You can find out more about Paczkis at this about.com page where they even have a video on how to make them. Enjoy!