Giving gifts is fun. But thinking of gifts for everyone on your list is work. To help you cut straight to the fun part, we’ve put together a failsafe list of Wisconsin foodie gifts that are sure to delight. All of the shops we list are worth the trip, though they offer online shopping too. Gather up these goodies, and you’ll be set for the season. You’re also allowed to use this as your personal wish list, for as much hint-dropping as you’d like:
Bacon lovers and pro chefs across the country swoon for Nueske’s. In their Wittenberg shop, you’ll find all kinds of applewood-smoked meats and local specialty foods in beautiful gift baskets. Their Breakfast Tin is a favorite, with thick-sliced smoked bacon, Canadian bacon, buttermilk pancake mix and Wisconsin maple syrup.
You’ll have better luck shopping for beer in person than online. Many beloved Wisconsin craft beers are available in grocery stores; favorites Point Beer, New Glarus, and Capital Brewery all have store locators on their websites. Try Mars Cheese Castle in Kenosha for an extensive collection.
Where to begin? Well, your local Wisconsin cheesemonger, if you have one. Otherwise, try Wisconsin Cheese Mart in Milwaukee, Tim & Tom’s Cheese Shop in Kenosha; Le Coulee Cheese in La Crosse, or Simon’s Specialty Cheese in Appleton for all your Wisconsin cheese needs.
Wisconsin produces more cranberries than anywhere else, and you’ll find more cranberry treats at the Wisconsin Cranberry Discover Center in Warrens than anyone could imagine, from cranberry cream coffee to cranberry soup mix.
Door County Cherries
Dried cherries, cherry salsa, cherry wine, cherry jams, and cherry spreads…there are many tasty variations on the cherry theme at The Cherry Hut in Fish Creek.
Kopps Frozen Custard, in Glendale, Brookfield, and Greenfield will ship custom 10-packs of custard, and they’ll even throw in their premium hot fudge and mammoth pecans.
Our newly christened official state pastry is always a welcome gift. Racine is the kringle capital, and rather than pick just one, we suggest trying Bendtsen's, Larsen's, Lehmann's, and O & H Danish Bakery.
There’s nothing like real Wisconsin maple syrup, so a gift box from Anderson’s Maple Syrup in Cumberland is sure to hit the spot. They offer syrup in bulk too, which is probably more fun to think about than it is to actually wrap up and give as a gift.
Famous Usinger’s in Milwaukee is known as “America’s Finest Sausage.” A festive gift box from Usinger’s, with its special sausage knife, is an iconic Wisconsin gift.
Three Lakes Winery is the home of Wisconsin’s original cranberry wine, while White Winter Winery in Iron River is known for its honey mead. Looking for something more traditional? Wollersheim Winery in Prairie du Sac makes a dry Riesling that was named “Wine of the Year” at the 2013 San Diego International Wine Competition.
We wish you a happy shopping experience, full of tasty samples. For more gourmet Wisconsin gift ideas, read on.