I’ve tried some weird Wisconsin foods since I moved to America’s Dairy Land. When I say weird, I mean weird to me since I’d never tried it before. All of these foods are delicious, and only the rollmops require an adventurous spirit when trying for the first time.
1. Kransekager– Many Danish immigrants came to Wisconsin and started bakeries, making Wisconsin famous for Danish baked goods like flaky Kringle pastries. Another even more extravagant Danish pastry that has caught on in Wisconsin is the Kransekager- a giant pastry made of rings of cake, stacked on top of each other. This weird but wonderful cake is used to celebrate weddings and other happy times.
2. Wisconsin Cheese Curds– If you are from Wisconsin you are probably thinking “What is this blogger chick talking about? Cheese curds aren’t weird!”, but yes, my Badger friend, they are very weird to those of us who didn’t grow up munching on squeaky globs of cheese. Visit my previous blog posts: What’s a Cheese Curd? and 5 Things to Do with a Cheese Curd to learn about this cheesy delight.
3. Chocolate Cheese– Move over cupcakes,food experts are reporting that the newest food trend is chocolate and cheese together. But Wisconsin has been enjoying this odd combination for a few years now. Master cheesemaker Sid Cook from Carr Valley Cheese won 1st Place at the 2004 and 2nd in 2006 American Cheese Society Competition for his Cocoa Cardona Goat Cheese, proving Wisconsin has some great food innovations.
4. Rollmops– A roll mop is a piece of fish (herring) wrapped around a piece of cucumber, then the whole thing is put in a jar with vinegar and onions to pickle. Scary I know. Even as an adventurous eater the sight of them makes me hesitate a little, but as soon as I bite into one I’m glad I did because they are delicious! Believe it or not, rollmops and our other pickled goodies (plain herring, polish sausages, eggs…) are some of the most popular items on Wisconsinmade.com. Just goes to show you what is weird to one person can be delicious to someone else!
I’m curious. Have you heard of these foods before? Tried any of them? What do you think? Any weird Wisconsin foods I missed?