I’m going to make this as simple as possible because there was a time in my life when the word “kolache” was as foreign to me as a Formula 1 racecar would be to an Amish furniture maker. Further, I had never even faintly heard the word “klobasnek” until long after we started baking and selling “kolaches” in our Glazing Saddles’ franchised Krispy Kreme stores in Texas located in Austin, San Antonio, and San Marcos. Some of the more informed of you will wonder why I didn’t write kolache just above without an “s” – which can denote plural – as we offer 6 varieties of kolache which is also plural without the “s”, if, that is, you’re of Czech descent. If Czech, when referring to just one kolache you would use the word kolach which is singular in the Czech language, where it’s written or spoken without the “e”, the plural maker. Confused yet? If you are, don’t re-read this paragraph, just push on through to the following subhead.
So, what then is a “kolache” and why do some call it “klobasnek?”
I’m a tad sketchy on this but stick with me and you’ll be in for a real treat this week if you visit one of our just-mentioned locations in Texas when our hot light is on, because we’re giving free samples of our kolaches (with an “s”, the Texas way to say it) to everyone who walks in and if you purchase any one of our six kolache varieties we’ll give you a small coffee or soda for free.
A kolache by strict definition is a soft, semi-sweet pastry with a dollop of fruit in the center. This fruit pastry originated hundreds of years ago in Central Europe as a wedding dessert and today in many parts of the United States this type of kolach is loved and in some neighborhoods, nearly worshiped. Kolache Kults.
But, the kolaches we make and bake fresh each day in our Krispy Kreme stores would not be called kolache by those who grew up on the fruit/dessert variety, they would call our kolaches: “klobasnek”. Why? To a Czech, kolache are only filled or topped with non-meat items like prunes, apricots, or poppy seed. Out here in Texas we put quality meats and other delicious things in ours and that’s what a Czech would call klobasnek. I found this out recently when my wife’s 95 year old uncle who is Czech and lives in Pittsburgh said to me that true kolache would NEVER have sausage or cheeses or bacon or eggs or, for heaven’s sake, jalapeños in there with sausage!
“What you’re selling is KLOBASNEK, not kolache…your terminologies not right!” said Uncle Macko. I must inform the reader that Uncle Macko is a very sweet and gentle man but, refreshingly, he is honestly blunt and to-the-point when it comes to food whipped up by steel-mill-working Czech families – he should know, he still cooks for himself, stuffed cabbage and all that. I didn’t disagree with him and soon learned that he was right…but he was also wrong because in Texas the kolaches we prepare are called kolaches and it’s been that way for a century or two and you’ll never guess why – because that’s what the Czechs who settled in the central part of our state decades ago have called meat-filled pastries from the time they arrived here. That bit of nomenclature evolution is too complicated to get into as it’s time to clear the air with some very easy-to-memorize facts about Krispy Kreme and our Texas kolaches.
FACT: We make and bake kolaches fresh daily in our Krispy Kreme stores in Austin, San Marcos, and San Antonio. We call them kolaches because that’s what they are.
We offer six varieties – Ham & Cheese; Sausage, Jalapeno & Cheese; Bacon, Egg & Cheese; Potato, Egg & Cheese; Sausage & Cheese; and Pepperoni Pizza. Each kolache is hand-made and fresh-baked in our stores seven days a week and they’re served up along with our signature “Krispy Kreme Smile.” And just as with the quality of our doughnuts, from our Original Yeast-Raised Glazed Doughnut served hot off the line every day, to all the other Krispy Kreme doughnuts and doughnut products we offer, you can be sure our kolaches are the freshest and best-tasting in the world – or at least that’s what Uncle Macko said when he tried one of ours…but no matter how hard I pushed him (which wasn’t very hard) I could never get him to stop calling our kolaches, klobasnek.
Bottom line, there’s absolutely nothing confusing about the taste of kolaches in Glazing Saddles’ Krispy Kreme stores in Texas. That’s as simple as I can say it. Come by this week and have a free kolache sample and see for yourself*.
*Sampling and free small coffee or drink with kolache purchase ends this Sunday, September 16th. Sampling done during Hot Light hours only.