Where to find vegan paczki, Nutella paczki, paczki beer and more on Fat Tuesday
Bakers are getting creative with paczki flavors this Fat Tuesday, going beyond the traditional strawberry, raspberry, custard and plum.
In Hamtramck, which is ground zero for Paczki Day fun, New Palace Bakery (9833 Jos Campau) has been taking paczki orders since January. Each year the European bakery comes out with new flavors, and this year it's offering triple chocolate and birthday cake with rainbow sprinkles.
New Palace also does fruit fillings including apple, pineapple, raisin, apricot, lemon, blueberry, raspberry, strawberry and plum. They also make paczki with mixed fillings and cereal-influenced flavors like coco puffs and fruity pebbles.
Paczki from New Palace, 144 to be exact, were used to make Baffin Brewing Company's annual batch of Phat Ash Paczki beer. Find it at their St. Clair Shores tap room and also at Brew Detroit in Corktown.
Blending Polish and Italian flavors, many spots are offering cannoli paczki, including Nino Salvaggio International Marketplace, Randazzo Fresh Market and Union Joints.
Union Joints restaurants Honcho in Clarkston or Grand Castor in Troy are offering sweet flavors including raspberry Nutella, pistachio-orange cannoli, s'mores with torched marshmallow and churro toast crunch. They'll be sold individually for $3.95 at the two restaurants (as well as Union General in Clarkston) on Fat Tuesday.
Savory paczki have become popular around town, too. American Coney Island has made headlines each winter with their coney paczki, which is coney island hot dog with chili, mustard and onions wrapped in a glazed paczek instead of a bun. Hamtramck's Motor City Sports Bar announced this year they will sell a cheeseburger with a paczek bun.
Both will use empty, unfilled paczki. (Because adding jelly or custard would be over the top?)
On the opposite end of the gluttony spectrum, some are offering vegan paczki this year. While there is no milk or eggs used, the vegan paczki are still packed with plenty of sugar. Find them on Fat Tuesday at Ale Mary's Beer Hall in Royal Oak.
The Nosh Pit in Hamtramck will have both vegan and gluten-free paczki. Find details on their Facebook page at facebook.com/NoshPitDetroit.
Street Beet pop-up will also have dairy-free vegan and gluten-free paczki at Bikes & Coffee in Detroit. Look for caramel apple bourbon jam and rose orange and cardamom custard. Limit two per person.