Paczki Day at Chrusciki Bakery in Lancaster

Lancaster

LANCASTER, N.Y. (WIVB) — For the rest of the country, it’s Fat Tuesday, but in western New York, it’s Paczki Day.

The traditional donut-like treat offers a sweet way to indulge before the 40 days of Lent.

Chrusciki Bakery in Lancaster expects to churn out 15,000 of these delectable delights, between its Lancaster and Broadway Market locations.

“We have all hands on deck,” said  creative director, Dominique Emer.  “We all have our own role its crazy.” Emer takes on several roles here at her family business. 

“I’ve been here since I’ve been in diapers but really like ten years,” she said. 

She says there’s a lot of polish pride in this kitchen and across western New York. Enjoying this treat is a tradition that stems back to Poland.

“They would use up all their fatty ingredients and really indulge right before Lent,” she said. 

From the frying, to the frosting and the filling,  it’s one of the bakery’s busiest days. 

The McGuire Group has one of the largest orders,  130 dozen! They’ll be delivering to nursing homes today across the area. 

“It brings back so many memories, ” said McGuire Group Health Care President, Steve Mercurio. “You hear so many conversations at the nursing home about how their mom used to use lard and have a big pot.”

Staff expects the line to remain steady all day, but Emer says she wouldn’t want it any other way! “I love working with family it’s exciting the hustle and bustle it keeps it interesting,” she said. 

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