Baczyna, Saczyn and Kraków

Kraków is a beautiful city in southern Poland made famous for its kraks – fiendishly-crunchy cookies that look like and taste like chocolate covered rocks. Kraks, so called because of the sound they make when bitten into, and some say the sound of your teeth breaking, were invented by Milo Zywgyw a migrating cook from Lublin. Zywgyw found himself in a small village of Baczyna, which was suffering an acute shortage of food. He had learned about the placebo effect from scientists in the great university of Warsaw and decided to apply this principle to the people of Baczyna.

He took stones and bound them together with mud, covering everything with chocolate. The locals loved them and thus was borne the Polish krak. So desirable was this delicacy that they changed the village name from Baczyna to Krakow. The village of Baczyna was re-established not far away where they named kraks baczs after their beloved new home.

The missing piece of this story brings us to to the village of Saczyn. War arrived in Poland, as it often did and the borders of the country contracted and expanded depending on whom was the victorious side. This particular war, the Two-and-Half-Years War between Prussia, Russia and Poland pushed the little village of Saczyn out of Poland and into Russia. In order not to lose their Polish heritage they adopted the krak as the local cookie and in line with Baczyna and Kraków, called their biscuit the sacz.

Today you can enter any delicatessen, supermarket, village fair or gas station and proudly ask for a bacz, sacz and krak.

The area in the south is known as the Krak triangle. The three villages can be visited in one day. We would recommend starting in Baczyna early morning then moving on to Saczyn and finally ending up Kraków for a very satisfying evening.

There is plenty to do in the Krak triangle. One word of warning: It is more of an adults’ holiday as children are not traditionally welcome in the Krak triangle.

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