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Start Your Day with Something Special from Wisconsin

With the holidays approaching, many of us are thinking about how we will celebrate this year. Some people are looking for new ways to celebrate from home, and others are unable to be with their usual family and friends. Stay connected by sending a piece of Wisconsin to everyone on your shopping list this year. Look no further than the Something Special from Wisconsin™ (SSfW) program for all of your unique gifting needs.

Since 1983, the Something Special from Wisconsin (SSfW) program has been trademarked through the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade, and Consumer Protection (DATCP). As you shop the aisles or your computer for your holiday ingredients and gifts this year, keep an eye out for the yellow and red SSfW) sticker.

All the companies apart of this program have at least half of their product ingredients, production, or processing activities sourced from right here in Wisconsin. With nearly 450 companies participating in this special program, there is bound to be something for everyone.

Here in Wisconsin, many people enjoy a celebratory Bloody Mary. Spark Spices, of Milton, offers a Bloody Mary spice mix and a variety of other spices for all your seasoning needs. They are handcrafted in small batches to ensure quality. With a wide variety of spice blends, there’s sure to be something to spark your taste buds. Their Zesty snap seasoning makes a popular holiday dip with cream cheese, sour cream, craisins, and two tablespoons of Zesty Snap. Turn ordinary tomato juice into a brilliant Bloody Mary with Stumpy’s Bloody Brilliant then vodka of your choice and garnish. Find more information and recipes at

Add in Colonel Pabst Worcestershire Sauce to bring bold flavor to your Bloody Mary. The main ingredient in their sauce is beer from Lakefront Brewery in Milwaukee. Their Worcestershire Sauce is small-batch brewed using an old Pabst family recipe and is great for seasoning all kinds of meat and seafood. For more recipes suggestions visit

Don’t forget the cheese! Whether you are making a Bloody Mary or holiday snack board, cheese is always a good addition. Hoards Dairyman Farm Creamery has some delicious options for you. Their Belaire is a creamy semi-soft cheese that melts well and is made from Guernsey milk. The Sark cheese is a melt in your mouth creamy cheese that would complement a Bloody Mary well. Both of these cheeses taste good in just about anything.

By purchasing Something Special from Wisconsin products, you are not only supporting local producers and processors, but you are also supporting the Wisconsin way of life by keeping those dollars in the local economy. To find more local flavors, visit, and you can give thanks to our local farmers and agribusinesses all year long. Wishing you and your family a safe and happy holiday season!


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