- Kringle (pronounced kring-ul) has been a Racine area tradition since Danish immigrants brought the pastry here in the mid-19th century.
- Kringle takes its name from certain knots and cleats in Scandinavian sailing lingo.
- Kringle was originally pretzel-shaped. Racine bakers adopted the easy-to-serve oval shape that contains more delicious filling.
- An authentic Danish Kringle is 32 layers of flaky dough filled with variety of fruit and nut fillings.
- Kringle is made by repeatedly folding together butter and flour, then refrigerating the dough. This produces the delicate, flaky texture.
- It takes about three days to make a Kringle from start to finish.
- Almond, pecan and raspberry are among the most popular Kringle flavors.
- Thousands of Kringles are shipped all over the world – particularly during the November/December holiday season.
- Kringle has been featured on the Food Network, the Travel Channel, "Today" and “CBS Sunday Morning." President Barack Obama took home three Kringles (pecan, cherry and cheese) during a visit to Racine in June 2010.
(Contact: Paul Holley, Real Racine, firstname.lastname@example.org 262-884-6406)