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Poland and Chicago
Polish immigrants brought the tradition of eating pączki to America; in Poland and in Chicago, Fat Tuesday is known as "Pączki Day," although in Poland festivities are often held on the Thursday before Lent starts instead. The customary pastries are made from a rich dough containing eggs, fats, sugar, and yeast, and are filled with everything from the traditional wild rose petal jam to custard and Bavarian cream. The word pączki comes from a Slavic word meaning "to swell, or burst," which is fitting for these treats bursting with goodness!

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