Paczki are Polish doughnuts complete with raspberry filling.
Every year just before Mardi Gras — also known as Fat Tuesday, the day of feasting before the Christian fast known as Lent — people in the Midwest (and other parts of the country) begin clamoring for jelly doughnuts. The tradition is Polish, but it's honored in many different communities. In some neighborhoods the Thursday before Mardi Gras is Paczki Day, in others it's Fat Tuesday, but Poland's famous doughnuts can be enjoyed year-round. Here's a primer on what they are and where to find them.