Every February, this area (Green Bay, WI) celebrates Fat Tuesday (also called Mardi Gras or Shrove Tuesday). It's the day before the beginning of Lent, when anything goes, because you're giving it up the next day...or so the locals think.
In this area, since there's a high concentration of certain European ethnic groups. After Germans, Poles are the highest ethnic group in Wisconsin.
So, it makes sense that on Fat Tuesday, local bakeries and grocery stores serve something called Paczki (pronounced POONCH-key), which is the plural form of paczek. They're basically filled donuts and DELICIOUS!!! They seem to have them all over the Midwest, especially where there's a high concentration of people of Polish descent.
I noticed they already had some in the local Piggly Wiggly. So it must be the weekend before Fat Tuesday.
Back when I was a kid, I lived in Lancaster, PA. That's prime PA Dutch territory (the Amish). They served something similar called Fastnachts in that area. There is a difference, though, according to this article. Traditionally, fastnachts use a potato pastry whereas paczki use yeast. Also, some recipes for paczki call for rum or burgundy. You'd never see the Amish using that in their recipes.
There are more types of donuts around the world, served on Fat Tuesday. It seems that Fat Tuesday should be renamed 'donut day' and the local donut shops could clean up. LOL!
Have a great weekend and eat a donut for me!