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Iconic Holiday Food of Wisconsin

Photo Credit: O&H Danish Bakery via Facebook

The holiday season is one of the most special times of the year, from gathering together with family and friends to exchanging meaningful gifts. But, there’s one more very important ingredient. The holiday FOOD! In Wisconsin, there are many iconic, holiday staples, whether it’s sweet, sip-worthy, or savory. Keep reading and relish in these indulgent holiday flavors. 

Sweets

Photo Credit: Amy’s Gourmet Apples via Facebook

We’re skipping right to the sweets–one of the all-time favorite holiday flavors. But Wisconsin takes their seasonal sweets to a whole other level.

Starting with Wisconsin’s official state pastry, the award winning kringle from O&H Danish Bakery is a must-add to your shopping list! With an assortment of tasty flavors, from everyday kringle favorites to seasonal kringle flavors, you may want to pick up a few…

From one sweet staple to another, we’re heading to Amy’s Gourmet Apples in Cedarburg, Wisconsin. Choose from one of their year round chocolate and carmel classics or special, seasonal selection, perfect for any and every holiday.

The holidays wouldn’t be the same without the creamy chocolates and candy! Baraboo Candy Company covers all the bases, with the original Wisconsin Cow Pies–made with only the finest butter and milk from America’s Dairyland–milk and dark chocolates, taffy, and even hard candies.

These are only a few of the endless sweet treats of Wisconsin. Start here and stay on the lookout for more as the holidays get closer! 

Sips

Photo Credit: Connolly’s Tom and Jerry Batter via Facebook

Up next on our Wisconsin holiday food quest, we’re discovering the state’s most flavorful sips, from hot beverages to chilled cocktails. 

Curl up with a warm, illustrious Tom & Jerry, a unique Wisconsin cocktail, especially during the wintertime. It’s not only warm, but also the perfect dash of sweet and creamy. Pick up an authentic, Wisconsin-made batter, such as Mrs. Bowen’s Tom & Jerry Mix–made in Manitowoc–or Connolly’s Tom and Jerry Batter–produced in Superior. If you’re feeling creative and crafty, make it yourself with one of these popular recipes

The crafty cocktails don’t stop there…sit back and relax this holiday season with an Old Fashioned–a beloved beverage by many Wisconsinites. We’re here to make it easy on you. All you have to do is snag a mix, like one of Gary’s Old Fashioned Mixes, which is made right in Freedom, Wisconsin! To make it even more Wisconsin, mix up an Old Fashioned of your own using Jolly Good Soda. Here’s the recipe.

Last but not least, another icon to the Wisconsin cocktail list–the Bloody Mary! Like all of these classic holiday concoctions, many local bars and restaurants throughout the state have their own unique and flavorful renditions. But, if you’re staying in for the holiday’s, a mix or secret recipe is the perfect fit. Try Drink WISCO-N-SIN’s bloody mary mix or this secret Old Wisconsin recipe

You simply can’t beat Wisconsin’s holiday flavors.

Savory

Photo Credit: Gardner’s Wisconsin Cheese & Sausage

Now, for the grand finale…Wisconsin’s savory specials! From rich, creamy cheeses to the finest sausages, this holiday season is shaping up to be the jolliest yet.

Say cheese! We’re sharing some of the best of the best when it comes to cheese–our state’s most well-known flavor. First stop: The Mousehouse Cheesehaus in Windsor. It’s the go-to cheese shop loaded with all your favorite flavors–and even new ones including cheddar, asiago, swiss, and many, many more. All cheeses are hand-crafted to perfection.

From cheesy goodness to savory sausage, the holiday flavors are top-notch here in Wisconsin. For all your sausage needs, Usinger’s Famous Sausage in Milwaukee is the place, with over 70 varieties of sausage! Shop the deli and browse their entire spread. The best part? They use an original family recipe. It’s truly from their family to yours.

To get the best of both worlds, Gardner’s Wisconsin Cheese & Sausage in Marshfield has the ultimate combination of both cheese and sausage–the ideal holiday charcuterie spread. Grab artisan and oven-baked cheese paired with prime artisan meats. Get a little taste of everything. 

Once you’ve tried this savory showcase once, you’ll be hooked on an all-new flavorful holiday tradition. 

Wisconsin is the place to be for tasty holiday food and mouth-watering flavors. Home to many iconic staples, sweets, sips, or savory, Wisconsin knows just how to make this holiday season even more special. 

Hailey Rose: Writer for Discover Mediaworks. A born & bred Wisconsinite with a love for fishing, hunting, and enjoying the great outdoors.

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