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Send them ‘Something Special from Wisconsin’

Photos courtesy of DATCP Cream City Caramels and Confections
SWEET TREATS: Cream City Caramels and Confections, based in Wauwatosa, Wis., makes its caramels with real butter and heavy cream. Why not pair it with one of Wisconsin’s craft beers?
Alice in Dairyland: Here are some great ideas for holiday gifts.

With the holidays fast approaching, many of us are considering how we will celebrate. Some of you are looking for new ways to celebrate from home, while others may be unable to join their families and friends. But you can stay connected by sending a piece of Wisconsin to everyone on your shopping list. Look no further than Something Special from Wisconsin for all your unique gifting needs.

Something for everyone

Since 1983, the Something Special from Wisconsin program has been trademarked through the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection. As you shop the aisles or the web for your holiday gifts, keep an eye out for the yellow and red Something Special from Wisconsin sticker. This sticker guarantees that at least half of the product ingredients, production or processing has come from within our state. With nearly 450 companies participating in Something Special from Wisconsin, there is bound to be something for everyone.

Do you have someone on your holiday shopping list who loves tea? Urbal Tea, blended in Milwaukee, has flavor options for everyone. Urbal Tea focuses on functional medicine and is packed with beneficial nutrients. The tea is hand-blended in Wisconsin and packed inside organic plant-based bags. Find your next tea at urbalhealth.com.

Urbal Teas

Urbal Tea, blended in Milwaukee, Wis., has flavor options for everyone. Urbal Tea focuses on functional medicine and is packed with beneficial nutrients.

Who in Wisconsin doesn’t enjoy a celebratory bloody Mary? Spark Spices, of Milton, offers Stumpy’s bloody Mary spice mix and a variety of other spices for all of your seasoning needs. The spices are handcrafted in small batches to ensure quality. With a wide variety of blends, there’s sure to be something to excite your taste buds. Spark Spices’ Zesty Snap seasoning makes a popular holiday dip with cream cheese, sour cream, craisins and 2 tablespoons of Zesty Snap. Turn ordinary tomato juice into a brilliant bloody Mary with Stumpy’s Bloody Brilliant mixed with vodka of your choice and garnish. Find more information and recipes at sparkspices.com.

Stumpy’s Bloody Mary spice mix

Spark Spices, of Milton, Wis., offers Stumpy’s bloody Mary spice mix and a variety of other spices for all your seasoning needs.

Stuff the stockings with chocolates from Driftless Chocolates made in Belleville. These handmade delicacies come in a variety of flavors like sea salt honey caramels (made with Wisconsin honey) and pecan caramels. Browse the flavor selections at driftlesschocolates.com.

 Driftless Chocolates

Stuff the stockings with chocolates from Driftless Chocolates made in Belleville, Wis. These handmade delicacies come in a variety of flavors like sea salt honey caramels (made with Wisconsin honey) and pecan caramels.

There are only a few treats I find irresistible, and caramels are one of them. Cream City Caramels and Confections, based in Wauwatosa, makes its caramels with real butter and heavy cream. These delicious treats are finished with chunky salt to bring out all the flavor, and they melt in your mouth. Cream City Caramels and Confections also offers assortment boxes and adventurous flavors like dill pickle, which is surprisingly delicious.

By purchasing Something Special from Wisconsin products, you are not only supporting local producers and processors — you also are supporting Wisconsin by investing those dollars in the local economy.

To find more local flavors, visit somethingspecialfromwi.com, and give thanks to our local farmers and agribusinesses all year long. Wishing you and your family a safe and happy holiday season.

Nunes is the 74th Alice in Dairyland.

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