• Kringle 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 and the “Today Show.” President Barack Obama took home three kringles (pecan, cherry and cheese) during a June 2010 visit to Racine.