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Country Donuts baker's helper Michael Salerno places a tray of fresh paczkis on a rack to cool Monday morning. While some people celebrate Fat Tuesday with colored masks and partying, many area residents celebrate by treating themselves to paczki (pronounced “pounch-ski”) traditional Polish pastries with jelly fillings. Country Donuts staff has been making the pastries 24-7 since Saturday afternoon to meet demand. (H. Rick Bamman -
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On Fat Monday and Fat Tuesday, Crystal Lake residents will get their hands on a once-a-year treat.

Country Donuts on Route 14 will sell thousands of paczkis Monday and Tuesday. The cream-filled pastry is only available during the two days before lent.

Paczkis are made with extra butter, eggs, and yeast-raised dough. The pastries are fried in soy oil and are filled with a combination of buttercream and fruit or custard filling.

“We'll probably make in excess of a thousand dozen in a 48-hour period here,” said Country Donuts Co-Owner Scott Offord. “We're running 24-hours a day during the two days prior to lent.”

Country Donuts sells paczkis for $1.50 each or $15.00 for a dozen.