STEF SHAPIRA For those living in Central Texas, kolaches are a part of every day life. Whether they stop to get kolaches on family road trips, eat them fresh out of the box with junior-high-school friends the morning after a slumber party, or bring a fresh dozen to the office to share with co-workers, kolaches …
Kolaches…even in Brooklyn
Do you know how popular these little guys are? About approximately 26,000 kolaches sold out in five hours at the 28th Annual Burleson County festival in 2012!
The kolache has evolved over time to become not only a Czech food, but also a distinctly Texan one. Thus, kolaches have become just as much of a symbol of identity for Texans as for the Czech people who brought kolaches to Texas in the first place.
The Kolache Factory, the largest specialty kolache franchise in the world, which is based out of Texas, serves fusion kolaches such as Chicken Enchilada (further Mexican influence), BBQ Beef (an homage to Texas cattle), and pecan pie (a common Southern food and the pecan is Texas state tree). Kolaches went from being a traditional Czech dessert to a product of the American melting pot.