All month long, I’ve been running articles based on a series of "spelunking" trips to Racine, including stops at Wind Point Lighthouse, the Racine County Courthouse and some really beautiful old cream city brick schoolhouses.
I’ll let you in on a little secret: I love kringle and I love to multitask, so, on each of my visits to our southerly neighbor, I sought out a different kringle bakery to visit: O&H, Larsen, Bendtsen’s, Lehmann’s.
Next on my list to try is a kringle-related Wisconsin product that, surprisingly, doesn’t hail from Racine at all.
Kringle Cream is made by Death’s Door Spirits on Washington Island, up off the tip of Door County.
The sweet liqueur blends rum with Wisconsin cream and what it calls "natural kringle flavor," which I’m guessing is remonce – that Danish blend of butter and sugar that gives kringle its flavor and moisture boost – or a variation thereof.
The distillery’s website for the concoction – made, it says alluringly and mysteriously, according to an "old world formula" – includes a variety of tempting cocktails that sound like they’d be perfect sipping around a warming holiday hearth: Wisconsin Breakfast, with coffee; Macaroon, with coconut rum; and Chocolate Kringle, with creme de cacao.
You can also find a recipe for a Kringle Alexander on Facebook:
The label promises an experience that is buttery, nutty and sweet. I plan to find out for myself.
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.