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Chocolate Maker Hershey Enters Jack Links Meat Snacks Arena

With Jack Links and other meat snack manufactures eating into the chocolate snack sales, Hershey Co has announced the purchase of Krave Pure Foods.  A California Jerky manufacturer. It will be interesting to see what marketing Hershey’s will do. A jerky Reese’s Peanut Butter cup?  How about a jerky Hershey bar? Sounds good to us. Chocolate salty? Sounds pretty good.  Continue reading Chocolate Maker Hershey Enters Jack Links Meat Snacks Arena

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Super Bowl Party Recipes 2015

Are you still planning your Super Bowl party? Are you having the gang over and not sure what to make for snacks? Today has some great easy ideas.

What’s your favorite Super Bowl snack or recipe?

Hosting a Super-Bowl party is as much about the delicious snacks than watching the game itself. From cheesy dips, to sliders, to decadent sweets, the options are seemingly endless. In honor of the game, we've rounded up some of the most popular recipes from Pinterest, and they are insanely delicious. From sweet to savory, we have something for everyone!

See more via Super Bowl party recipes: mini taco bowls, bacon dip, more – Food –

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No More Cadbury Chocolate Creme Eggs????????

We see this story from the Detroit Free Press.

SAY WHAT! No more Cadbury Cream Eggs? What will the Cadbury rabbit do now?

A new deal that bans all Cadbury chocolates from being imported to America is sparking anger from chocolate lovers.

Read more via Good-bye Cadbury creme eggs? New deal bans british chocolates.

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USDA: Super Bowl Sunday, Food Safety Tips

If your planning your Super Bowl party, remember to think food safety first.

Following from the United States Department of Agriculture Food Safety and Inspection Service

Food Safety Education Staff

WASHINGTON, Jan. 26, 2015 – Super Bowl Sunday is about much more than football. In fact when many people think about the Super Bowl, they think about the mouth-watering appetizers, delicious buffalo wings and spicy chili that they will enjoy with their friends.

Super Bowl Sunday is the second largest food consumption day of the year in the U.S. (behind Thanksgiving). This means there are more opportunities for a food safety fumble to cause food poisoning while preparing and serving game day party foods in the home. While chips, finger foods, and dips might be a football fan favorite, these dishes involve a lot of people sharing communal items, which increases the risk of foodborne illness. Also if you serve buffet style, that means foods will be left out for long periods of time—all of these scenarios can be recipes for disaster.

In January, Kansas State University released the results of a study that tracked parents’ food handling behavior in the kitchen. After preparing a test meal that included meat injected with tracer bacteria, 82% of study participants left meat-originating bacteria around the kitchen on sinks, refrigerators, and cabinet handles. To promote safe food handling the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) is issuing a food safety playbook to help you keep your Super Bowl food both safe and delicious.

Plays to Food Safe Homemade Chicken Wings

  • Make sure your frying oil temperature is 375 °F before starting to fry.
  • Before frying, pat dry the chicken wings to prevent oil splatter when submerged in hot oil.
  • Make sure not to overcrowd the chicken wings in the frying basket. If the wings are crowded, they can be undercooked.
  • To take a temperature of your wings, place them on a clean plate covered in paper toweling. Use a clean food thermometer to check the internal temperature, for food safety the temp should be 165 °F. You should measure several wings before you finish cooking each batch.
  • If the wings are below the minimum safe internal temperature of 165 °F submerge them again in the hot oil.

Plays to a Food Safe Buffet

  • Keep hot food hot and cold food cold.
  • Hot foods must have a heat source to keep them warmer than 140 °F.
  • Cold foods should be kept on ice to remain at a safe temperature below 40 °F.
  • Perishable foods left out longer than two hours should be discarded and replenished with fresh servings.

Plays to a Food Safe Kitchen Towel

  • Wash your hands with soap and warm water for 20 seconds to avoid spreading bacteria to your towels.
  • Never reuse paper towels. This product is for single use only. When used multiple times, bacteria can find their way onto the towel and hitch a ride around the kitchen.
  • Kitchen towels build up bacteria after multiple uses. To keep the bacteria from getting the upper hand, you should wash your kitchen towels frequently in the hot cycle of your washing machine.

Consumers can learn more about key food safety practices at and follow @USDAFoodSafety on Twitter. Consumers with questions about food safety, can call the USDA Meat and Poultry Hotline at 1-888-MPHotline (1-888-674-6854) or chat live with a food safety specialist at, available from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Eastern Time, Monday through Friday, in English or Spanish.

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Superior Restaurant Makes Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives

Shorty’s Pizza and Smoked Meats in Superior Wisconsin makes the big time with an appearance on the Food Network this Friday night. 

After 38 years in the food industry, David Andert is checking one goal off his bucket list. The executive chef at Shorty’s Pizza and Smoked Meats is making his national debut on the Food Network’s top-rated Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives hosted by Guy Fieri on Friday night.

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Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Full story via Shorty’s makes Food Network debut | Superior Telegram.

Shorty’s Pizza and Smoked Meats web site.

Good to see local businesses in the limelight. 

Have you eaten at Shorty’s? 



Texas Brewery Sells 99-Pack Beer

99 cans of beer on the wall, 99 cans of beer.
Take one down and pass it around, 98 cans of beer on the wall.
98 cans of beer on the wall, 98 cans of beer.
Take one down and pass it around, 97 cans of beer on the wall.
97 cans of beer on the wall, 97 cans of beer.
Take one down and pass it around, 96 cans of beer on the wall.

You can sing the rest but with bottles here.

The story has a brewery in Texas where everything is big, a 99 pack of beer. 

Move over 6-pack — the much more impressive 99-pack of beer has arrived. A small Texas craft brewery, Austin Beerworks, has rolled out an 82-pounds, seven-foot-long cardboard case of 99 cans of its “Peacemaker Extra Ale,” now nicknamed “Anytime Ale,” for $99, and it hits shelves this week.

Read the whole story via Texas Brewery Now Sells Massive 99-Pack Of Beer For $99 | The Daily Caller.

Why hasn’t Miller or Bud come out with a mega pack like this? 

What do you think?

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Cheese Judging Results From Dodge County

The best in cheese from the Dodge County Fair.

Open Class Cheese Judging Results
2nd – SPECIALTY CHEESE CO. INC, Reeseville, WI
Dairy Products – CHEESE – BRICK
2nd – SPECIALTY CHEESE CO. INC, Reeseville, WI

See other winners at Open Class Cheese Judging Results | Dodge County Fairgrounds.

What’s your favorite cheese?


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Wisconsin Bloody Mary’s

If you live in Wisconsin, you know a lot of establishments serve Bloody Mary’s. Who has the best? Do like a simple Bloody with celery and an olive? How about one with a beef stick added? Who has the best? Is Wisconsin starting a Bloody Mary War? We found this story over at 1360 WTAQ.

A place in Milwaukee has one you may not finish but certainly is unique.

Coming in at $50, the drink will hit you right where it hurts — your gut and your wallet. According to Sobelman’s announcement, the ingredients are as follows: cheese, sausage, pickle, olive, onion, mushroom, asparagus, scallion, shrimp, lemon, Brussels sprouts, tomato, celery, two Baconadoes (skewers of bacon-wrapped jalapeno cheeseballs) topped off with an entire fried chicken. No word on the calorie count, but then again — do you really want to know?

via The ‘Chicken Fried Bloody Beast’ Is A $50 Bloody Mary With A Whole Fried Chicken.

 Sobelmans web site.

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Our favorite is in the northwoods of the Nicolet Forest in Lakewood Wisconsin.

Mulligans Sports Bar & Grill has Pam’s Famous Bloody Mary. We love the slice of garlic bread. 

Where do you enjoy a great Bloody Mary? 



F.D.A. Rule May Cut The Cheese

It would seem big brother is at it again. This time, the process of making some cheese by the FDA.

The Nanny State, at it again!

A decision by the Food and Drug Administration to question the use of wooden planks to age some cheeses has produced a stink that rivals Limburger, prompting an uproar among the artisanal cheese makers and consumers who fear they might lose access to products like obscure blue cheeses from Vermont and imported Parmigiano-Reggiano.

Story via F.D.A. Rule May Alter Cheese-Aging Process –

How far should government regulations go for the so called safety and health issues. Should some foods be banned from being manufactured? 

What do you think?   


New Gluten-free Label Rules Begin

More regulations from Big Brother. Starting today, voluntary labeling of gluten-free products begins. 

WASHINGTON, D.C. (WKOW) — Starting Tuesday, you’re going to see more gluten-free labels on grocery items.
The Food and Drug Administration approved a new regulation for voluntary labeling of gluten-free products.

Read more via New gluten-free label rules start Tuesday – WKOW 27: Madison, WI Breaking News, Weather and Sports.

Is anything with government voluntary? NO!!!!!!!

Do you eat gluten-free? 


National Cheesecake Day

Today is National Cheesecake Day. What’s your favorite cheesecake flavor.

Have you tried a turtle cheesecake?

In Northeastern Wisconsin, we recommend Uncle Mike’s Bake Shop, we think he made the original turtle cheesecake. Looking at their web site they might have web problems with cheesecakes. It still is well worth getting a cheesecake from Uncle Mike.

Also, this from

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Baked cheesecake with raspberries and blueberrie (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Made in 2009, the world’s largest cheesecake weighed in at 4,700 pounds. No word on how many pounds its enjoyers packed on eating it.

Here’s more Cheesecake Recipes from The Food Network. 

Go enjoy some cheesecake.


Limeade Oreos

It seems Nabisco has come out with a Limeade Oreo cookie. Have you seen them in stores?

The Wisconsin State Journal asks the question. 

As I said on Twitter recently, we seem to be in a race now to see whether Oreos will released a Doritos-flavored Oreo first, or if Doritos will release an Oreo-flavored Doritos first.

via Yeah, I Ate That: Limeade and Peanut Butter Cup Oreos : 77-square.

Have you tried Limeade Oreos? 



Do you know what GMO’s are? Genetically Modified Organisms are in some foods produced in this country. How do you know if the food you are eating had GMO’s in it? The rest of the world states on their food labels if GMO’s are present but in this country, it is not required. When the first lady Michelle Obama touted her new food label law changes through the FDA, it seems GMO labeling was omitted, forgotten or purposely left out.Why is she missing in action for GMO labeling? 

The story from the Huff Post. 

On February 27, First Lady Michelle Obama launched a media blitz to tout the FDA’s proposed new rules for nutrition labels on packaged foods. Both the FDA and Mrs. Obama trumpeted the changes, the first in 20 years and 10 years in the making, as being designed to help consumers “make healthy food choices for their kids.”

Changes to nutrition labels are long overdue, and it’s great that Mrs. Obama is leading the charge to force food manufacturers to provide more accurate information about their products.

But conspicuously absent from the media hype was any mention of the one label that consumers have been crystal clear about wanting, the label that consumers in nearly 60 other countries have but Americans don’t–a label that tells us whether or not our cereal or soda or mac & cheese contains genetically modified organisms (GMOs).

via New FDA Food Label Rules Ignore the GMO Elephant in the Room | Ronnie Cummins.


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First Lady Michelle Obama speaks to ED employees in the auditorium at the U.S. Department of Education. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

We have to wonder if Mrs. Obama is really concerned with healthy food and nutrition? Just like school lunches, she can’t seem to get it right.  

Even when government tries to fix something, they still somehow always screw it up or did food manufacturers pay off the FDA to skip GMO labeling?

What do you think?  

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Butter Prices Soaring

Hold on to your hats, bonnets, wallets and purses. Butter prices are soaring in the commodity markets. As of the writing of this article, the CME Group Spot Dairy Product Prices for July 22, 2014 was $2.5800 / pound, up .07 per lb. as of 12:30 pm central time. Holly cow, does that mean butter prices will be above 3.50 or even $4.00 per pound? Can you believe back on January 4, 2014 the CME wholesale price was $1.5413! We wonder what will consumers do if the price of butter keeps going through the roof?

Will you now have your baked potato without butter and sour cream? Will people not buy sweet corn because they can’t coat it with that creamy taste of Wisconsin’s best butter? Will you stop using butter in your baking? Will margarine sales start to climb? Will consumers stay away from butter altogether?

You mean no butter cookies? No butter on your toast? In Wisconsin do you mean no Butter Burgers at Culvers or  Kroll’s West in Green Bay?

How high will prices go for you to say no to butter? Will you switch to margarine?

What do you think?