Kringle Fans Rejoice! There’s a New Holiday Flavor

This limited-edition flavor tastes like gingerbread, yum!

It’s beginning to taste a lot like Christmas…. To prove it, Racine-based O&H Danish Bakery just released a new, limited-edition holiday kringle flavor – think gingerbread –  inspired by the Nordic tradition of creating a cozy atmosphere. In Denmark, that cozy factor is called hygge (pronounced “hoo-ga”). The new flavor, Nordic Noel Kringle, combines a cream cheese and ginger cake filling with a creamy vanilla icing topped with ginger cookie pieces. The kringles are available in stores and on the O&H website. 

How did the family-owned bakery with five locations know we love gingerbread during the holidays? By surveying 2,000 folks across the United States. Fifty percent voted gingerbread as a top holiday flavor. 

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“For the past 70 years, we’ve known that holidays are centered around the traditions of families and friends. This year, it’s more important than ever to celebrate and share in those traditions with loved ones, even if not in person,” Eric Olesen, third-generation co-owner of O&H Danish Bakery, said by press release. “We knew we wanted to create a Kringle that embodied the warmth and comfort of hygge during this challenging year as more individuals choose to stay home, and with gingerbread being such a classic holiday flavor, we’re thrilled to introduce the Nordic Noel Kringle.”

There are other special holiday kringle flavors as well, including A Very Danish Christmas Kringle (with an almond-cherry filling) and Santa’s Secret Christmas Kringle, featuring red velvet cake layered with vanilla pudding and topped with a creamy frosting and Christmas sprinkles. 

If you’re toying with the idea of baking anything this year, consider this fact: Each December, the baking elves at O&H make up to 7,000 kringles a day. That’s a lot of kringle!



Ann Christenson has covered dining for Milwaukee Magazine since 1997. She was raised on a diet of casseroles that started with a pound of ground beef and a can of Campbell's soup. Feel free to share any casserole recipes with her.