It's paczki time!
Lovin Oven Cakery in Libertyville has already been selling paczkis in limited quantities for more than a week "because they are so popular," said day manager Jennifer Joel.
"We spend a lot of time baking them."
Paczkis, to some, are a last hurrah of sorts on Fat Tuesday (also called Mardi Gras or Paczki Day), which falls the day before the start of the Lenten season. Ash Wednesday is a day of fasting for Catholics.
Paczki flavors at Lovin Oven include strawberry, raspberry, apricot, blueberry and prune along with gourmet special order flavors such as cream cheese, chocolate silk and maple bacon. Joel recommends customers call ahead to order if they need a lot.
Come Fat Tuesday, Feb. 12, they'll have "so many it will be insane," said Joel.
For the Libertyville location, call (224) 207-4500. For Round Lake Beach call (847) 231-4700.
Mariano's in Vernon Hills is offering four paczki flavors—prune, lemon, raspberry and Bavarian cream. A bakery worker advised customers who want a lot of paczkis should call ahead at (847) 816-0994 to place an order.
Where do you go for your paczki fix? Tell us in the comments.