Crossing the Cheddar Curtain

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Woodman's store front

Not far over the border of northwest Illinois, you will find Kenosha, Wisconsin and Woodman’s Market.  I make a trek up there about every six months or so to check out what’s new.  Woodman’s has everything.  Everything.  I have never seen such a huge grocery store.  It’s not one of those warehouse stores, but long, long aisles of everything.  I can’t stop saying everything because it’s true.  To me, it’s a food playground.

Woodman's long aisle view

This is only part of the ethnic aisles.  There is something from every part of the world.

I have many friends who bake and enter baking contests, so that aisle was my next stop.

Woodman's cake mixes

I knew red velvet was popular, but pink and blue?

Woodman's frostings

These were completely new to me;  first you buy a can of frosting creations, then pick a flavor to stir into it.  They have strawberry shortcake, mint chocolate, caramel, cinnamon roll, cotton candy, orange creme, chocolate almond, and white chocolate raspberry.  So how would the blue velvet cake look with blue cotton candy frosting?!

Just in time for summer, I found these toppings for pie or fruit cobbler.

Woodman's cobbler topping

There were all kinds of the usual cupcake liners, but I had never seen parchment cups before, in small, large, and extra-large.

Woodman's parchment cups

What’s Wisconsin without its famous cheeses?  You will be able to find any kind of cheese in several long cases.

Woodman's cheeses 1

How about some little mini cubes of cheese to toss in salads or on top of pizzas?  They are really tiny.

Woodman's cheese mini cubes

Okay, this one really threw me-  Fudge Cheese? Anyone know what this tastes like?

Woodman's fudge cheese

Of course we all know Wisconsin is also famous for its sausages and brats.  You will never find a store with more assortment than Woodman’s.

Woodman's sausages

To go along with all the sausage and brats, there are also huge aisles with every flavor of mustard, ketchup, pickled everything, barbecue sauces, and every condiment in between.  And not to forget the bread and buns.  Another huge area.

The massive frozen area even has pasties like you would buy in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan.  I also found another favorite: there are many people who love Blue Bunny ice cream and their other frozen treats.  Let’s just say Woodman’s is Blue Bunny heaven.  The frozen vegetables are endless with every kind and combination, as are the frozen pizzas.  Many of the pizzas are from local places, but also Chicago Deep Dish from Gino’s.  I also forgot to mention the produce area.  Wonderful, fresh and much of it local.  I spent more time and money there than anywhere else in the store.

Woodman's pasty

As I was ready to check out, something familiar caught my eye in the cereal aisles.  It was the Silver Palate logo like on their cookbook.   I had no idea they made oatmeal.  Apparently it won some kind of award, too.

Woodman's Silver Palate oatmeal

It was time to go before I would have to camp out for the night.  I drove home a happy foodie, but then remembered it all had to be put away when I got home.  Call me a cheesehead for the day and I’m good.

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11 Responses to Crossing the Cheddar Curtain

  1. August 8, 2014 at 2:32 am #

    Fudge Cheese! Many years ago, a friend and I would order a product like this from Maine. No catalog, just he would call us on the phone and see what we would be interested to purchase. I have been searching for this again. Our product had very small pieces of nuts in it, but it wasn’t very sweet. It was more of a dark chocolate and dry (not creamy). Perfect with a cup of coffee sliced very thin to make it last longer and then stored in the freezer for special occasions.

    This store is going on my bucket-list! Thanks for sharing your find! I have been searching for this for years!

    • August 8, 2014 at 7:57 am #

      Martha, I’m so glad I mentioned the fudge cheese and that there was someone out there looking for it! If you are not within driving distance, maybe you can order it online. Next time I am at Woodman’s, I guess I will have to try it!

  2. August 8, 2014 at 4:53 am #

    That is the kind of place I would love to visit if ever on vacation in Wisconsin. I’d buy all kinds of souvenirs in there.

    • August 8, 2014 at 7:58 am #

      Lisa, we could spend all day in there.

  3. August 8, 2014 at 6:03 am #

    I have cheese envy!

    And you will love those parchment baking cups. Once I started using them, I was hooked.

    • August 8, 2014 at 8:25 am #

      Madonna, don’t know why I have never seen those parchment cups before. Glad I found them.

  4. August 8, 2014 at 9:40 am #

    Love Woodman’s. Did you know it’s employee owned? The variety is incredible and the prices are reasonable. They carry oodles of local stuff. I just wish there was one closer to my house, but my friend and I are planning a ‘field trip’ next week. Woohoo.

    • August 8, 2014 at 1:57 pm #

      Hi Kim- Have fun on your field trip to Woodman’s! Yes, interesting that it is employee-owned. How I wish they would open up a branch closer to me. I know so many people who make the trip up there from my area. Not that it’s really far, only about 25 minutes away, but one closer would be wonderful. It’s no fun driving up there in ice and snow.

  5. August 8, 2014 at 1:57 pm #

    I have a recipe for cheese fudge. It is made with velveeta. It is not one of my favorites. I am sure Woodman’s has something scrumptious. Want to come!

    • August 9, 2014 at 9:35 am #

      Ellen and Shirley, I remember seeing that Velveeta fudge recipe years ago, but could never bring myself to try it! I hope the Woodman’s version is better.

  6. August 8, 2014 at 5:01 pm #

    I, too, remember a recipe for cheese fudge … not sure if it was with Velveeta (like Ellen posted) or with shredded Cheddar… but long ago it was in a Kraft cookbooklet ….and, I think, a winner in one of their contests. Never made it….and doubt I still have that book. The one at Woodman’s sounds a bit more gourmet than Kraft!

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