Sometimes it’s the little things that bring comfort and joy. One of the things I look forward to most each holiday season is O&H Danish Bakery’s seasonal kringle and this year’s doesn’t disappoint.
For more than 70 years now, the Racine bakery has been cooking up sweet treats, so the folks there have pretty much got this down pat.
The Nordic Noel Kringle, according the third-generation generation of the founding Olesen family, was inspired by the Danish word hygge, which means finding contentment and comfort and creating a cozy vibe.
This ovaline treat has a sweet ginger and cream cheese filling and is iced with vanilla frosting and with bits of ginger cookies sprinkled on top. It’s super sweet with just a hint of ginger.
And, no, I did NOT eat some for breakfast, thank you very much.
O&H – which at this time of year is turning out as many as 7,000 kringle a day – is also bringing back some previous holiday favorites this year, too, including Santa’s Secret Christmas Kringle, which debuted last year, with its red velvet cake and vanilla pudding combination.
Also back is A Very Danish Christmas Kringle laced with almond filling and tart Door County cherries.
And if that’s not enough for you, I bet you can find something you’ll like at the website, where you can also have kringle shipped anywhere in the world.
I hope 2021 brings back the chocolate hazelnut kringle. Santa, are you listening?
Born in Brooklyn, N.Y., where he lived until he was 17, Bobby received his BA-Mass Communications from UWM in 1989 and has lived in Walker's Point, Bay View, Enderis Park, South Milwaukee and on the East Side.
He has published three non-fiction books in Italy – including one about an event in Milwaukee history, which was published in the U.S. in autumn 2010. Four more books, all about Milwaukee, have been published by The History Press.
With his most recent band, The Yell Leaders, Bobby released four LPs and had a songs featured in episodes of TV's "Party of Five" and "Dawson's Creek," and films in Japan, South America and the U.S. The Yell Leaders were named the best unsigned band in their region by VH-1 as part of its Rock Across America 1998 Tour. Most recently, the band contributed tracks to a UK vinyl/CD tribute to the Redskins and collaborated on a track with Italian novelist Enrico Remmert.
He's produced three installments of the "OMCD" series of local music compilations for OnMilwaukee.com and in 2007 produced a CD of Italian music and poetry.
In 2005, he was awarded the City of Asti's (Italy) Journalism Prize for his work focusing on that area. He has also won awards from the Milwaukee Press Club.
He can be heard weekly on 88Nine Radio Milwaukee talking about his "Urban Spelunking" series of stories.