Wisconsin Kringle

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Best Kringle in Wisconsin

Only a few states have officially named a state pastry. Maine’s is Whoopie Pie; Connecticut’s is the snickerdoodle cookie; Texas has two: the sopaipilla and strudel. Wisconsin’s is kringle, a Danish delectable that customarily is as wide as a steering wheel: a great round wreath of flaky, butter-layered dough stuffed with fruit preserves, cheese, or chopped nuts and gilded with a sugar glaze. Once unique to a handful of bakeries in the city of Racine, kringle has earned popularity elsewhere, and in modified form, such as the cardamom-scented, single-serving, braided version at the Swedish Crown Bakery up in Anoka, Minnesota. For classic kringle, Racine still is the place to go; and among its several sources, our favorites are Bendtsen’s Bakery and Larsen Bakery.

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Larsen Bakery

Larsen's of Racine, Wisconsin makes a specialty of kringle, the tender, butter-rich Danish pastry. There usually are samples on the counter to taste.

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Bendtsen’s Bakery

Racine, Wisconsin's kringle has a buttery crust & is as light as a croissant. Bendtsen's Bakery makes some of the best & has some seats to enjoy it with coffee.

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Swedish Crown Bakery

Detour to the hole-in-the-wall Swedish Crown Bakery for delicious specialties such as cardamom rolls, creamy beehives and Swedish limpa bread.