In Wisconsin, we like to eat and drink. Check out these 12 food and drink items that are unique to badger state residents.
Wisconsin is the frozen custard capital of the world. Frozen custard contains more butter, fat and egg yolk than ice cream. The result is a denser, creamier and softer dessert. The two oldest custard stands in the Milwaukee area are Gilles on Bluemound and Leon’s on South 27th Street. Both have been in business for more than 60 years.
It's a Friday tradition for many families in Wisconsin. Originally started as a special at restaurants for Catholics who did not eat meat on Fridays during Lent, it has become a tradition that has expanded to any Friday. The Wisconsin Fish Fry is a meal of battered fried fish with french fries and coleslaw.
This is a Wisconsin take on preparing the state’s favorite summer sausage - the bratwurst. Everyone has their own family recipe: brats soaked in beer, and onions before or after grilling. The type of beer is up to you!
In Wisconsin, they seem to be everywhere. It is considered a local delicacy.
Hot Ham and Rolls
This Sunday tradition is thought to have started on Milwaukee's south side sometime around World War II and has since spread to other parts of the state. Hot sliced ham and rolls are a favorite for many families on Sunday for lunch or dinner. Many bakeries and even some major food stores have jumped on the bandwagon, offering hot ham and rolls specials only on Sunday.
Cheese has long been the pride of the Dairy State. This year Gov. Scott Walker made cheese the official state dairy product. The making of cheese in Wisconsin dates back to the 19th century and the state continues to be one of the nation’s top cheese producers. More than 600 varieties of cheese are produced in Wisconsin. The grilled cheese sandwich is favorite at the Wisconsin State Fair.
Wisconsin is one of many places that lays claim to the invention of the Butter Burger. A regular hamburger with a pat of butter on top. It’s the perfect combination of beef and dairy, two Badger state staples. Best we can tell, Kroll’s in Green Bay started the trend when it opened its doors in 1936 and shortly thereafter “Solly” Salmon opened a coffee shop in Milwaukee and added a pat of butter to his burgers and the rest is history.
Brandy Old Fashion
If Wisconsin had an official state cocktail, it would be the Brandy Old Fashion.The cocktail is a staple in many of Wisconsin’s hundreds of supper clubs, but it is hard to find anywhere else in the country. The drink consists of two or more ounces of brandy, an ounce of generally premixed “juice” made of sugar, water, and bitters, plus a splash of Sprite or 7UP soda. The glass is garnished with an orange slice and a cherry.
Booyah is a thick stew, consisting of a variety of meats and vegetables cooked in a huge pot over a couple of days. In Wisconsin, it's most popular in the Green Bay and the northern part of the state.
It's the official Wisconsin state pastry! This heavenly flaky crusted fruit flavored goodness is one of the first things people serve to out of state guests. Put it out on the table and it's almost guaranteed to be gone when you come back.
Wisconsin is known for its beer! Plain and simple it's one of the most iconic things to come out of Wisconsin and we are DARNED PROUD OF IT! From the birth of small town craft breweries to the big dog, MillerCoors... you can be sure, you won't go thirsty in Wisconsin.
The Pasty, a meal wrapped in a pastry, is a regional comfort food popular in Wisconsin and Upper Michigan. It’s made by placing different types of meats, vegetables, and potatoes on one- half of circular pastry. The pastry is then folded over and baked to a golden brown. The pasty was introduced to Wisconsin by Cornish mineral miners who settled in Mineral Point, during the 1800’s. One of the oldest pasty shops in the Milwaukee is Reynolds on Burleigh. They have been serving the meat pies for more than 60 years.