What is a Kringle?


We can all agree this year has been different, and since travel has been put on a temporary hold, I am still trying to get my travel fix whenever I can. If you\’re like me, once Countdown to Christmas begins on the Hallmark Channel your evenings are spent surrounded by Hallmark Christmas movies. One thing I kept hearing repeated in Hallmark Christmas movies were Kringles. 

In fact, the movie Christmas in Love starring Brooke D\’Orsay and Daniel Lissing is actually centered around Christmas Kringles. Ellie (Brooke D’Orsay) is an aspiring crafter working in her small town’s bakery making famous Christmas Kringles. When the new, big-city CEO Nick (Daniel Lissing) visits the bakery, he arrives filled with modernization ideas destined to lay off many employees. During his visit, Ellie is to teach Nick how to make a Kringle and determined to show him it’s the people who make the business a success, not machines. 

After watching Christmas in Love on the Hallmark Channel, and then hearing the mention of Kringles in a couple other Hallmark Christmas movies this year, I knew I had to try them. Thanks to Hallmark Christmas movies I knew Kringles were from Wisconsin and after doing some research I learned that Racine, Wisconsin is known as \”The Kringle Capital of the World.\” 

As I mentioned above, I am still getting my travel fix in different ways and decided if I can\’t go to Racine, Wisconsin for a Kringle – I will just have to bring it to me. I was going to order a Kringle online but actually found an authentic almond Kringle from O & H Danish Bakery in Racine, Wisconsin for $7.99 at Trader Joe\’s.

Let me tell you if you have NOT had a Kringle before you are missing out. Hands down better than a bear claw – the only reason that is my comparison is that the Kringle is bought is almond and that is the closest comparison I could make. 

What is Kringle?
A Kringle is a flaky, oval-shaped pastry with a filling such as fruit, nut, or almond paste, baked golden brown and drizzled with icing.

Kringles are the official pastry of Wisconsin
Racine, Wisconsin is known as \”The Kringle Capital of the World.\”

Where did Kringles come from?
Baking Kringles is a tradition that was brought to Wisconsin by Danish immigrants in the 1800\’s. 

Where to get Kringles?
O & H Danish Bakery is owned by the Olesen Family and has been faithfully committed to baking quality Kringles and other pasties since 1949. Now in the fourth generation of family and bakers and have pledged to never waiver from practicing time-honored scratch baking techniques that have been passed down from past generations. I brought my O & H Danish Bakery Almond Kringle from Trader Joe\’s, but you can grab a variety of different Kringles on the O & H Danish Bakery website.

Should I get some Kringles this Christmas?
YES! Yes, and YES again! Kringles are absolutely delicious and will now be apart of my holiday traditions! I cannot wait to go straight to the Kringle capital of the world Racine, Wisconsin one day to get one! 

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