Oblatky / Oplatky
February 18, 2012
In this Christmastime article and the article before that, the eating of oblatky at Christmas was mentioned. Perhaps a little more American than Old World, my own family kept with the tradition, but eliminated the use of garlic. This is fitting with recent discussions on part of American culture being a preference to the sweet in life rather than sweet and bitter in relation to each other.
The church I grew up in Blue Island, Illinois supplies oplatky to its members as a symbolic way of keeping the traditions of old. That means that each Christmas I sit down and start the Christmas meal with oblatky whether that be in the U.S. or in Slovakia.
It occurred to me a few days ago that some readers out there might not have that same luxury of having church-supplied oblatky, but might still want to break oplatky with the family at the yuletide table. If you are near Blue Island, Illinois, and in a bind, you can call St. Peter and Paul at (708) 388-3587 before Christmas and you can probably get ahold of a few oplatky.
Anonymous Oplatky / Oblatky Suggestions
Other than that I wasn’t sure where one might find oplatky, so I addressed the question to the folks at Slovak World on Yahoo Groups. And got the following suggestions.
- The Catholic Company – North Carolina
Jacqueline writes: “It’s the first time I have used this company and they were wonderful.”
The Catholic Company
615 East Westinghouse Blvd.
Charlotte, NC 28273
- The Slovak Institute – Ohio
Paul Writes: “The Slovak Institute in Cleveland, OH sells them. I received mine in the mail yesterday. Check them out on the web.” www.slovakinstitute.com
- The Slovak Store and All Saints Church – Pennsylvania
Kathleen Writes: “The Slovak Store in Grove City, Pa. sells it – All Saints Church, Etna, Pa. sells it.”
- Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, New York
Helene Writes: “Oplatky can be obtained from the nuns at St Cyril’s in Danville, PA and also there is an address in Lewistown, NY. The Slovak group in Cudahy, Wisconsin gathers to make oplatky with antique wafer irons and sells them in a fund-raising effort.”
J.J. Writes: “I have used http://www.oplatki.com/ in the past and again this year. They ship the same day they receive payment.”
- The Polish Art Center in Michigan
Janie Writes: “The Polish Art Center in Michigan. Can call in an order by phone – but look at web-site first to see the different Oplatki that they have available.” www.polartcenter.com 888-619-9771
Relying on Random Websites
I also did a Google search that turned up the following, but I would any day of the week go with a recommendation from someone on Slovak World before I would randomly seek out oblatky.
A website called “Pure Polish” sells oplatky and this Slovak Pentecostal Church in Racine, Wisconsin makes oblatky for sale. I’ve also noticed that some ethnic stores in the U.S., such as your local Polish deli might sell oblatky at this time of year.
Might any other readers know of a way to get oblatky for Christmas, either in the U.S. or in the country in which you are currently located? Please, leave a note below if you know a trusted oplatky supplier that you have used in the past. Please be as concrete as possible. On behalf of those poor souls who might otherwise have been without oblatky / oplatky on Christmas, I’d like to thank you in advance for sharing this information.
Allan Stevo writes on Slovak culture at www.52inSk.com. He is from Chicago and spends most of his time travelling Europe and writing. You can find more of his writing at www.AllanStevo.com. If you enjoyed this post, please use the buttons below to like it on Facebook or to share it with your friends by email. You can sign up for emails on Slovak culture from 52 Weeks in Slovakia by clicking here.