UNDATED (WSAU-Wheeler News) Wisconsin finally has its 27th state symbol. Governor Scott Walker not only approved the kringle as the official state pastry – he served it to those attending yesterday’s ceremony in Pleasant Prairie where he signed the new state budget.
The kringle is king in Racine, where President Obama went to a bakery to taste the sweet treat when he ran for re-election last year. State lawmakers of both parties agreed to add the kringle to the budget, after separate bills to create four other state symbols failed to pass during the last four years.
In the 2009 session, bills to create an official state microbe and an official motorcycle passed one house but not the other. A bill in the same session would have named cheese as the official state snack, but it never came up for a vote. In the 2011 session, an effort to name the cream puff as the official state dessert got weighed down in a controversial session highlighted by the near-elimination of public union bargaining, and the resulting recall efforts.