Holidays a busy time of year for area bakeries

The holiday season means bakeries across Southeastern Wisconsin are extra busy taking orders and preparing pastries for special occasions. 

At O&H Danish Bakery in Racine, employees are churning out 6,000 Kringle every day this month. 

Eric Olesen, the bakery's owner, said he hires between 30 and 40 seasonal employees to keep up with demand. 

Roughly 25 of those workers take and process shipping orders in the bakery's offices. 

Olesen said O&H Danish Bakery has shipped out Kringle to all 50 states this year, as well as to other countries like Japan. 

"This is our busiest time of year," he said. 

"We're baking extra and everyone's working overtime," Olesen also said. 

The Kringle was officially recognized by lawmakers as Wisconsin's State Pastry in 2013. 

According to Olesen, that's provided a boost to business at bakeries that produce it.

He said customers in other states who order Kringle see it as synonymous with Wisconsin, and especially with the Racine area. 

"Kringle has made Racine famous," Olesen said. 

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