For about ten years or so, I have pre=ordered and pre-paid for paczki's from Ingrams Busy Bee Bakery ion Downers Grove.
My standard is order is between 80 -100 depending on how many neighbors ask for a box.
This particular location sells out of 10,000 each Fat Tuesday. On that day, no other products are available in the store.
Their flavor list is some 20 choices long, which was reduced by 3-4 this year.
I selected my pick-up time for 6am, arrived at 5:40am to find a line out the door for the non pre-pay or pre-order. The window lights weren't even turned on as they officially open at 6am.
While I didn't count the employees, this little neighborhood bakery had over 20 employees on duty...and all busily assisting customers in this annual ritual.
Favorite flavors of mine include poppy seed, chocolate chip and cheese (sorta like a cannoli), blueberry, blueberry and cheese and of course, chocolate covered bavarian creme!
The fruit only and poppy will freeze fairly well for enjoyment over the next few months. Not so with the cheese or cremes.
For us/me, it's a tradition! Lots of fun!