I’d heard that Kringles were a staple of Wisconsin life. The same way cheese and beer are associated with the state. Except — we all know about beer and cheese. You have to actually go to Wisconsin to discover Kringles.
I posted this picture on Instagram and asked if anyone knew what they were. A friend I made in Montgomery replied back almost immediately:
skyeshermanOMG Kringle pastries!!! My mom used to order those every Christmas!
Which struck me as funny since I had already immediately associated the word kringle with Christmas, anyway. It surprised me, too, because my friend lives in Florida — which seems so far removed from the idea of Wisconsin pastries at Christmastime.
Kringles are pretty standard in Wisconsin bakeries, but Emily, my VISIT Milwaukee guide, suggested I stop at O&H Bakery in Racine. They’re famous for their Kringle.
There was an entire rack of Kringles in front of the bakery counter. So many flavors!
Lemon, Cherry, Cinnamon, Summer Shandy, Key Lime, Raspberry, Apple, etc., etc.. My daughter and I each picked out a flavor and took our waxed-paper-wrapped goodies on the road to Cincinnati. Where we tasted a little bit of heaven a few hours later.
On the back of the package, it says you can have Kringles delivered by mail. Ah! Just like my Boca Raton friend’s family do at Christmas. And now I’ll have some delivered, too. Kringles at Christmas. Just like it should be.
Have you ever eaten Kringle?