Cherry Thing-A-Ling, Batesville’s Famous Pastry, Returns This Week

Posted On February 13, 2018

By Mike Perleberg

Clem and Bertie Schmidt. File photo

(Batesville, Ind.) – Deep-fried cherry goodness is about to tickle taste buds in Batesville and beyond.

The annual Cherry Thing-A-Ling sale is coming up this weekend at Schmidt’s Bakery. The small town bakery owned by Bertie and Clem Schmidt has been selling the cherry fritters each President’s Day weekend since the 1970s.

The treats were inspired by the folk tale of George Washington chopping down a cherry tree.

They’ve become a hit, with a total of 82,908 Cherry Thing-A-Lings sold to more than 4,100 customers last year. While there are plenty of local customers, folks come from as far away as Tennessee or Wisconsin to get their box of them.

“This started as a one-time promotion on a Sunday in the 1970’s and then turned into tradition. We are blessed to have this community embrace this and look forward to it every year, this is something that makes Batesville exciting,” said owner Bertie Schmidt.

Schmidt’s Bakery will sell the Cherry Thing-A-Lings Friday, February 16 through Monday, February 19. Out-of-town orders will ship on Tuesday, February 20.