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13 Madison Foods to Eat in 2013

13-madison-foods-1A new year means new good eats, and there’s no shortage of tasty Madison foods to enjoy in Wisconsin’s capital city.  Eating every awesome dish in Madison is impossible, so here are my top 13 Madison foods to enjoy in 2013.

1. Brat Fry at Bavaria Sausage Kitchen- On Wednesdays and
Saturdays in the summer Bavaria Sausage Kitchen hosts a brat fry. For $5
you can get chips, a drink and an authentic German bratwurst in a crusty
bun with your choice of toppings. Belly up to a picnic table and enjoy
the glories of living in Wisconsin! (Click continue reading for 12 more!)


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The Cheese Doctor Is In – Wisconsin Dairy Industry Raises Money to Renovate Babcock Hall

the-cheese-doctorAccording to a recent article in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, the Wisconsin dairy industry is working to raise around $16 million to renovate Babcock Hall Dairy.

Why Babock Hall? Then and Now

Babcock Hall at The Universtiy of Wisconsin-Madison is home to the Wisconsin Center for Dairy Research and the Food Science Department. The hall was named after Stephen Babcock who developed a milk fat test that is still used today to test the quality of milk to determine which batches are best for cheesemaking.

The significance of Babcock Hall to Wisconsin is not just historical, the cheesemakers trained at Babcock Hall serve as cheese doctors on call. Cheesemakers around the state can contact a Babcock Hall cheeesemaker if they are having a problem with their cheese, and the “cheese doc” will diagnose it and recommend a course of action. The advice of the cheese docs has even been sought out by big corporations like Dominos and McDonalds. Proving when you need a cheese expert, Wisconsin is the place to be.

Keeping Up With the Cheesemakers

The problem is, you can have the best doctor in the world but if his office is in a run down shack you might think twice about his qualifications. That’s what’s happening at Babcock Hall, the dilapidated 60 year old dairy plant does not reflect the expertise of the cheesemakers trained there. Plus, the latest cheesemaking techniques need the latest cheesemaking equipment, which Babcock Hall sorely needs. In the light of recent upgrades to dairy plants at universities in New York and South Dakota, Wisconsin needs to update the plant to maintain our state’s tradition of cheese excellence. Considering the Wisconsin cheese is a $27 billion a year industry that employs 146,000, money spent on Babcock Hall improvements is money well spent.

Want to try some cheese and ice cream tasty enough to wear the Babcock Hall logo? Visit to have it shipped to your door anywhere in the continental USA. (Note: Cheese is not available for shipping during summer months.)

Babcock Hall vs Chocolate Shoppe – Wisconsin Ice Cream Showdown

In Madison, Wisconsin we are beyond lucky to have not one, but two of the best ice cream makers in the country: Babcock Hall Dairy and The Chocolate Shoppe. The only problem is, which one do you choose? Here is breakdown of the two ice cream shops and the fabulous flavors they have to offer.


Babcock Hall Ice Cream


First Scooped In: 1951

Famous Flavors: Chocolate Peanut Butter, Butter Pecan, Vanilla, Blue Moon (blue ice cream that tastes sort of like Fruit Loops)

My (Amanda’s) Personal Favorite: Orange Custard Chocolate Chip because orange and chocolate is an underrated combination!

Most Outrageous Flavor: Berry Alvarez- Berry ice cream with blueberry and raspberry swirl and strawberry pieces.

Mascot: Bucky Badger

Awards and Recognition:

Voted Best in Madison By Madison Magazine

Where To Find It:

  • Babcock Hall Dairy Store in Madison, Wisconsin.
  • Have it shipped to your door, anywhere in the USA, from



Chocolate Shoppe Ice Cream babcock-hall-vs-chocolate-shoppe-2

First Scooped In: 1962

Famous Flavors: Old Fashioned Vanilla, Zanzabar Chocolate

Most Outrageous Flavor: Bang!! Caffeinated Ice Cream

My (Amanda’s) Personal Favorite: Mint Avalanche because I love mint chocolate chip and this is it on steroids! It has pieces of Andes mints, chocolate cookies and fudge swirl.

Mascot: A cow licking an ice cream scoop.

Awards and Recognition:

Old Fashioned French Vanilla won a blue ribbon with a pefect score in 2011 from the National Ice Cream Retails Associations.

Malt Amore (malted milk ice cream with chocolate chips and chocolate fudge swirl) was named the “Ultimate Scoop” by Food Network’s show Crave.

Where To Find It:

  • Three Madison, Wisconsin ice cream shop locations.
  • Several independently owned shops around the Midwest and beyond, see the map.
  • Have it shipped to your door, anywhere in the USA, from


Which ice cream is your favorite?





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