Destination Bakery holds Ribbon-Cutting ceremony in Mount Pleasant – Get the First Look!

O&H Danish Bakery held a ribbon-cutting celebration tonight at its new flagship bakery at 5910 Washington Avenue (Hwy 20) in Mount Pleasant.   The new store will be open the same hours as the O&H location on Durand Avenue in Racine which includes Sunday hours.

O&H exterior

The new bakery/store will feature all of the O&H kringles, breads and other baked goods along with a sandwich/soup counter and in-store seating.   This location also houses the large commercial bakery where the pastries and cakes are made.

Interior West facing

The well-designed interior includes details like light fixtures in the shape of whisks and viking symbols throughout the store.   Also represented are the shields of Oak Creek, Racine, Mount Pleasant, and Sturtevant: the locations of the O&H stores.   A booklet handed out at the entrance describes the symbolism behind much of the decor including the large viking ship holding the cash registers.

Interior East facing

Mayor Dickert

The current seasonal kringle is the Sea Salt Caramel Kringle, but act fast, this kringle will be gone in a matter of days making way for a new seasonal kringle developed by the Oleson family. I am going on record as saying this may be the best tasting O&H kringle that O&H has produced — especially if you like the salty-sweet combination.  Eric Oleson, one of the flavor developers and O&H owners was tight-lipped about the next special kringle to be released, but did tell us that after the Raspberry and Pecan, Almond is the most popular kringle flavor at O&H.  Pictured below is the sea salt caramel kringle.

Sea Salt Carmel Kringle

Marylou Peden, a 19-year employee at the Durand Avenue store displays Viking cookies (one of the many symbols seen in the store) specially made for event.   I questioned the bakery employees as to any “under the radar” O&H pastries and I was consistently told that the coffeecakes are phenomenal, including the Danish Seven Sisters Coffeecake with Almond Filling.

Marylou cookies4\

This new store is a boon for the Racine area — an easy trip from the highway will surely make this a tourist stop.  Wouldn’t a Wisconsin gourmet cheese shop where the empty breakfast restaurant stands next door be a nice complement to the bakery?

Kringles: The Yoopers have spoken, THIS bakery makes the tastiest kringle in Racine

We asked our Facebook group which Kringles should we taste test and overwhelmingly two bakeries were suggested:  O&H Danish Bakery and Bendtsen’s Bakery, both in Racine.

O&H Danish Bakery has two, soon to be three, locations in Racine.   Pictured below is the new facility being constructed on Hwy 20 – Washington Avenue in Racine (Next to Kohl’s/Festival Foods).  Of our Facebook group members, O&H was the clear favorite.  O&H generally has a wider variety of flavors and more non-kringle bakery items available in their stores.

O&H Exterior new bakery

Bendtsen’s Bakery is located in West Racine at 3200 Washington Avenue.   Bendtsen’s is a small bakery and has one or two employees working when you enter. There are other few other baked good items available, but Kringles are pretty much their deal.

Bendtsen's Bakery exterior

The primary flavors suggested for tasting were pecan and cherry.  We purchased a pecan and a cherry kringle from each bakery for testing.

Pecans:

Bendtsen's Pecan Kringle out of bag 2     O&H Pecan Kringle out of bag

Cherry Kringles:

O&H Cherry Kringle out of bag   Bendtsen's Cherry Kringle out of bag

Because residents in Racine have dug in their heels when it comes to the best tasting kringle in town, any taste test with locals would be fraught with bias.   So this weekend, when I visited family in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan (locals, known as “Yoopers”, are sadly unfamiliar with our wonderful Kringles), we decided the best way to taste test kringles was to present them to this group. How clueless about kringle are they?? This group of people don’t know O&H from Preparation H and think Bendtsen’s was an 80’s sitcom starring a butler played by Robert Guillaume. Six “Yoopers” tried the kringles, and five out of six had the same opinion.

Testers 1

We placed sliced pieces of kringles on plates, labeling them Pecan 1 (Bendtsen’s), Pecan 2 (O&H) and Cherry 1 (O&H) and Cherry 2 (Bendtsen’s)   The testers first tried the pecan kringles, tasting both before providing their comments.  The same was done for the cherry kringles.

Pecan 1 Bendtsens and Pecan 2 O&H side by side  O&H 1 cherry and Bendtsen's Cherry 2 side by side

All four plates were demolished by the next day.   Picking between these two kringles is somewhat like picking to have a date with Ryan Gosling or Channing Tatum (even straight guys would have a difficult time making THAT choice): either way you are a winner, but, given the choice, I go Gosling all the way.

PECAN KRINGLE WINNER: Bendtsen’s Bakery

Winner Bendtsen's Pecan

Five out of six tasters agreed, that Bendtsen’s had an edge over the O&H pecan kringle.  The reasons given is that it was “not as sweet”, “you can taste the pecans more” and “the dough is flakier”   The taster that preferred O&H did so because there was “more filling inside.”

CHERRY KRINGLE WINNER: Bendtsen’s Bakery

Winner Bendtsen's Cherry

The Bendtsen’s cherry was the Yooper’s pick for much of the same reasons that the pecan won.   The tasters though it had “a lot more cherry flavor” and liked that it was “not as sweet”   They thought the O&H kringle clearly “looked prettiest.”   The taster that preferred the O&H Kringle did so because it had a “strong almond flavor” that she really enjoyed.

One “unofficial” taster was a big fan of the O&H Cherry kringle.

Wynne eating Kringle

I gotta admit everything tastes delicious and life is just plain good when you are in the beautiful Upper Peninsula of Michigan in late August after mosquito season.