Babcock Hall Ice cream pints
Recently Reuters published an article detailing the changing tastes in the ice cream market. Among other changes noticed in the worldwide markets for ice cream they reported that consumers are turning to niche brands with unusual ingredients. The mindset they quoted was “If I’m gonna have some ice cream, it’s gotta be the good stuff.”
Here in Wisconsin, the dairy state, we specialize in “the good stuff.” The University of Wisconsin Madison has as part of their agriculture school an entire laboratory and production facility devoted to the process of producing high quality ice cream and teaching students how it is done. As a result Wisconsin manufacturers include Chocolate Shoppe, Cedar Crest and the UW’s own Babcock Hall brands of ice cream. Graduates from this program are in high demand.
Wisconsinmade.com offers these ice creams for delivery packed with dry ice in a reusable foam cooler. Also available are delicious ice cream toppings to add to the treat. Looking for unique flavors of ice cream? How about these Wisconsinmade.com items:
- Cookie dough Black Licorice
- Mint Chocolate Coconut Almond
- Cookies and cream Espresso Oreo
- Mocha Machiatto Machinac Island fudge
- Orange custard chocolate chip Mint Avalanche
- Blue moon Zanzibar Chocolate
On a hot summer day a cool dish of special ice cream hits the spot. So join the international trend and get “some of the good stuff” for you and your family at Wisconsinmade.
Ice Cream! – Made with pride and passion in Wisconsin.
In honor of Father’s Day I’ve rounded up some fun cupcake ideas for all different types of dads. These cupcakes are much more memorable and infinitely tastier than the usual tie gift.
Golf Cupcakes from Simple Girl
Dad will enjoy these adorable cakes before he hits the links. You can even write him a special note on the flags.
Fishing Cupcakes from Tidy Mom blog
Give your dad a tasty snack for his next fishing trip. These super cute cupcakes are topped with blue icing and a fish fruit snack on a fishing poll made out of a tooth pick and some thread.
Lawn Mower Cupcakes from Disney Family Fun
I know a few dads who actually enjoy mowing the lawn, so if this applies to your dad, these are the cupcakes for him. The mower is made out of chocolate candies and black licorice, and the grass is coconut with green food coloring. These cute cupcakes are fun, easy to decorate and guaranteed to make dad smile.
Brats on the Grill Brownies from Edible Antics
I made these creative cupcakes for dads who love to grill. These tiny bratwursts are actually Hot Tamale candies on a brownie grill. I suppose you could use cupcake batter instead of brownies. I would just fill the cupcake tins with a little less batter than usual so the cakes don’t rise over the edge. This will give you a flatter surface to put the decorations on.
For more Father’s Day gift ideas and Wisconsin food, visit my Pinterest boards.
My Dad is coming from Virginia to visit me in Madison this weekend and I can’t wait to take him to one of my favorite ice cream shops, or should I say Shoppe? I am a huge fan of the Chocolate Shoppe. In fact, on more than one occasion I have entered my favorite ice cream shop on a snowy, below-zero day.
I sometimes wonder if I am the only person in Madison who craves ice cream during the 4+ months a year when our state turns into a frozen tundra. My favorite flavor of Chocolate Shoppe Ice Cream is Mint Avalanche, which is like mint chocolate chip kicked up a notch- instead of chocolate chips it has pieces of mint-chocolate candy and mint-chocolate cookies swirled inside. YUM! I have contemplated stocking up a few pints-no need to worry about freezer space, I can store them on my porch this time of year- but the poor employees of the Chocolate Shoppe need my visits because they seem a bit bored. I think this snowman with a Chocolate Shoppe hat and cone eyes is evidence of that. If I didn’t stop in they probably wouldn’t speak to anyone all day, which is a shame because they have a great sense of humor, which is evident by the nutrition facts on the side of the pint:
“Don’t even ask. This is the best ice cream made in Wisconsin, and it tastes so good because it has gobs of rich Wisconsin cream, tons of real ingredients for boat-loads of luscious flavors. That means it’s not low-fat, low-calorie or low-anything, and that’s why everyone loves it. You want nutrition, eat carrots. ”
So if you live in Madison, don’t forget about how lucky you are to have the Chocolate Shoppe near by. If you don’t live in Mad-town, you can click on this link to have Chocolate Shoppe ice cream delivered right to your door. Ice cream also makes an awesome gift. Let’s face it, who expects to open a box to find ICE CREAM! Just don’t send it to anyone on a diet.
Ice Cream Tip: Put a scoop of vanilla ice cream in your coffee in the morning in place of cream and sugar. It will sweeten your cup of joe while cooling it down at the same time.
Party food ideas for July 4th typically focus on red, white and blue foods. In fact, I previously offered a long list of such red, white, and blue foods. But food colored like our flag is only one of many party food ideas for July 4th. Let’s think beyond color.
I’m thinking of party foods that celebrate with bold aroma, flavor…and SOUND. Yes, today I suggest noisy foods, loud foods, foods that audibly declare their presence at a patriotic holiday party. Here are foods that kids love because they make noise!
The most obvious July 4th party food is POPCORN. Who doesn’t like popcorn? Can’t think of anyone. Popcorn is a healthy, high-fiber, relatively low-calorie snack, but even better…it’s food that TALKS. It interrupts with SOUND. Whether you pop it on the stove-top or in the microwave, folks hear that a big, delicious bowl of popcorn is on its way! Even deaf party guests will SMELL the popcorn coming. YES, popcorn is a patriotic food simply by its boldness of presence. Too bad we can’t set it on fire and still eat it. Keep reading for more party food ideas for July 4th.
Fall in Wisconsin means CRANBERRIES! Have fun this weekend at Wisconsin cranberry festivals where folks can visit the fields, watch the harvest, and taste the cranberries cooked into delicious breads, jams, sauces, pies, cakes,salads, and meats – you name. If it can be eaten it can have cranberries in it!
And why eat cranberries? Cranberries are health food. Cranberries are the second healthiest fruit, some scientists say they’re the most healthiest. Cranberries are loaded with anti-oxidants and health-supporting phyto-chemicals. These small red berries pack a punch on free-radicals and bacteria. They benefit the circulatory, endocrine, and immune systems. A major benefit of eating cranberries is their protection of the digestive system against harmful bacterial infections and ulcers. Cranberries can help stave off cancers affecting the digestive tract, reduce the risk of heart disease, and may even prevent people from getting the flu.
So now I bet you’re wondering when you last ate a cranberry. I probably eat cranberries every day, but that’s because I have a sweet tooth and I’m lazy. Sweetened dried cranberries are a fast snack I pack in my lunch. They make a great mid-morning or late-afternoon pick-me-up at the office. Cranberries are a quick healthy snack I feed my children when they start to fuss from after-school fatigue and hunger. Because sweetened dried cranberries are regularly on-hand in my cupboard, I call on them to liven up banana breads, muffins, cookies, coffee cakes, pies, and desserts. I toss them into vegetable side dishes, salads, and soups for health, color, taste, and texture. Last night I made my favorite rice dish which features cranberries and wild rice. This side dish tastes wonderful with pork, poultry, or fish. It’s festive, different, and easy. Click on “Continue reading…” for more links to delicious recipes using cranberries.
Looking to cook some Wisconsin Recipes? Here are links to delicious recipes using ingredients made in Wisconsin. From the traditional to the goofy- it’s all Wisconsin food all the time!
Recipes by Wisconsin Ingredient
It’s no secret we love beer in Wisconsin. Not only do we drink beer, but we cook with beer too.
Everyone knows Wisconsin has the best wursts! Try some of these easy and delicious bratwrust recipes for dinner tonight.
If you’ve ever been to America’s Dairyland, you know Wisconsin has the best cheese selection around. From fried cheese curds to grilled cheese, I love to use Wisconsin cheese in fun and creative ways.
Wisconsin is one of the biggest maple syrup producers in the United States.
From salad to cookies, I am always on the look out for new ways to use healthy and delicious cranberries.
Traditional Wisconsin Recipes
Some yummy recipes with a Wisconsin twist.
Other Wisconsin Made Ingredients
You may not think of bacon or popcorn when you think of Wisconsin, but both are produced here. This is the section for recipes with the less recognized Wisconsin ingredients.
Recipes from Wisconsin Cookbooks
I am lucky enough to have access to all of the cookbooks from Wisconsinmade.com – here are some recipes from Wisconsin cookbooks.
Be Mine Valentine Breakfast basket
Valentine’s Day arrives in 3.5 days! Sidetracked by an early Mardi Gras, we’re short-changing Lincoln’s birthday, and racing to the heart of planning a Valentine’s Day party. My husband is more prepared for Valentine’s Day than I am. This weekend he bought each of the kids a heart-shaped box that has a Looney Tunes character on the cover and contains 4 chocolate candies. Last year they loved it, but preferred eating the high-quality chocolates he bought for me. Today the kids and I will plaster white and red heart-shaped paper doilies on the kitchen windows and cabinets, and hang them from the light fixtures. But what to cook for the main dish – our “good food”?
Clueless, I asked my office mates how they’ll celebrate Valentine’s Day. Their answers ranged from, “Don’t know; maybe I’ll wear a red shirt” to “I already bought myself a box of chocolates and ate it” to “Well, we have kids, so I’ll probably order a heart-shaped pizza and make a chocolate dessert.” This last response was the most promising so I followed up with, “Will you decorate the house?”
“No.” Renee said, “Not this year, we’re remodeling. But normally I put out my Valentine’s Day plate and we hang Valentine’s Day window clings.” Renee is definitely working at my speed.
So, heart-shaped pizza. Is that all there is for a main dish? What can I make that meets these three requirements in this order?
- “good food” my kids will eat
- easy to prepare
- festive for Valentine’s Day