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O&H Danish Bakery plans new store, museum dedicated to the kringle

A typical oval Racine, Wisconsin style kringle. (Photo by: Wis2fan at English Wikipedia [CC-BY-SA-3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0) or GFDL (http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html)], via Wikimedia Commons)
A typical oval Racine, Wisconsin style kringle. (Photo by: Wis2fan at English Wikipedia [CC-BY-SA-3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0) or GFDL (http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html)], via Wikimedia Commons)

MOUNT PLEASANT, WI (WTAQ) - Most Wisconsinites know that the Danish kringle is a wildly popular home-grown pastry.  

Now, a Racine company wants to show us why that is. The O&H Danish Bakery plans to convert a former car dealership in Mount Pleasant into a new store -- plus a museum of sorts, which would highlight the history and popularity of kringle and the "artisan trade of Danish baking."  

That trade has been around for over a century in Racine.

The Mount Pleasant Plan Commission will consider the proposal on Wednesday. If it's approved, it would open next spring as the company's fifth bakery -- and it would become the firm's flagship location.  

O&H said they need the facility to accommodate growth in its mail order business and retail sales of baked goods.  

O&H has been in business for 65 years. It's where President Obama bought the unique treat when he campaigned for re-election in 2012.  

Last year, the kringle became Wisconsin's official state pastry. But lawmakers had to quietly insert it into the massive state budget, after separate bills to create four other state symbols failed to pass since 2009.

(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)

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