It's Paczki Day... Sort Of

Some say today, Fat Thursday, is the day for the traditional Polish paczki treat. Others say it's Fat Tuesday, Feb. 21. Who's right and where in Mokena can you still order these treats?

Happy Paczki Day. Or Happy Five Days Before Paczki Day, depending.

, people differ on which day is the actual Paczki Day, the one day of the year for the traditional and decadent Polish pastry. Some say it's Fat Thursday (today), others say it's Fat Tuesday (Feb. 21 this year).

Fleckenstein's Bakery

At Mokena's , you can get your paczki (poonch-key) both today and Fat Tuesday, but only on those days.

It's $1.29 per paczki for ones filled with apple, apricot, blueberry, cheese, cherry, custard, lemon, prune, raspberry or strawberry jelly. It's $1.99 for fresh strawberry paczki.

The deadline to order Fleckenstein's paczki for Fat Tuesday is Feb. 19.

Download an order form from Fleckenstein's website.

Polonia Catering

Although Mokena's isn't selling paczki today, there's still time to order for Fat Tuesday.

If you order by Feb. 18, it's $1.05 per paczki. After that, it's $1.15.

Their paczki come in 17 flavors: apple, apricot, blueberry, buttercream, cheese, cherry, chocolate buttercream, custard with chocolate frosting, custard with powdered sugar, lemon, peach, pineapple, plain, poppyseed, prune, raspberry and strawberry.

You can pick up paczki at Polonia from 4 to 7 p.m. Monday, Feb. 20, or 7 to 11 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 21. For $5, you can have orders of two dozen or more delivered to your office if you're within five miles of the store.

Lucky for us, if you're in Mokena, you do!

Order your paczki from Polonia Catering.

The Fat Day Debate

So what day is Paczki Day, Mokena? Fat Thursday or Fat Tuesday? Who is honoring tradition? Who got it wrong?

Sign up for a user account to share your thoughts below.

While you're thinking up zingers for the folks who have the wrong Fat day for paczki, check out these articles from last year's Paczki Day.

Sue N. February 16, 2012 at 06:08 PM
I know this one isn't in Mokena, but I grew up on Orland Park Bakery's Paczkis, so to me, they're the best and worth the extra couple miles. You can even place your order online for picking up through 2-26 (http://www.orlandparkbakery.com/paczki_order.asp) but I'm guessing today might be the last day for Fat Tuesday orders. But the good news is that they carry them all through lent and they're $1.50 regardless of when you place your order. I'm not sure if they started selling them already, I believe they don't start until Fat Tuesday, but you can call them at (708) 349-8516 to find out for sure. (They are closed on Mondays)


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