Three Great Road-Trip Bakeries in Wisconsin

By Kristine Kierzek
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Whether you’re in the mood for sweet or savory treats, take some time from your travels to sample the goods at these bakeries around the state. Since baking so often reflects a community’s history and culture, they’re a unique way to experience a new place.

O&H Danish Bakery – Racine

Offering 15 flavors of kringle, the Olesen family has been serving Danish delights in Racine since 1949. Other specialties include Seven Sisters Coffee Cake, kransekager,  and pumpernickel and rye breads.

New Glarus Bakery – New Glarus

Hand-formed breads, nut horns and delectable holiday stollen made with marzipan have enticed customers to this Swiss-American bakery since 1910.

Norske Nook Restaurant & Bakery – Osseo, Hayward, Rice Lake, DeForest

Hands-down, banana cream pies are the big seller year-round, but hand-rolled crust and numerous fruit pies draw fans from around the state to bakeries in Osseo, Hayward, DeForest and Rice Lake. Pies also are sold at Northwoods Brewpub and Grill in Eau Claire.

Kristine Kierzek is a freelance writer based in Milwaukee. Content produced in cooperation with Wisconsin Trails.