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How Well Do You Know Wisconsin? Feb 8, 2019

Most of us from Cher-Make are Wisconsin born and bred, as are many of our dearest fans. And, we'd like to think we know a thing or two about our great state—where strong work ethic goes hand-in-hand with a tradition of beer, cheese, sausage, and Wisconsin pride.

In celebration of National Wisconsin Day on February 15th, here are some fun facts about this great state. Try stumping some of your colleagues and friends!

  • How did Wisconsin get the nickname, “The Badger State?”
  • oIt wasn't fur trading that brought us this moniker, but rather mining. Instead of setting up permanent homes, the early miners burrowed into the hillsides like badgers to find shelter.
  • How did sausage making first begin in Wisconsin?
  • oYou may be surprised to find that sausage was created here before the arrival of immigrating Europeans. Native Americans were first in creating a mix of deer meat and other wild game with wild rice, corn, fat, and berries before stuffing into animal skins or shaping into patties for smoking.
  • Where was the first cheesehead worn?
  • oIt was first seen at a Brewers game, not a Packers game! The hat was made of a couch cushion with holes burned into the foam, then painted yellow.
  • In what city did a 20-pound chunk of Sputnik IV crash into?
  • oIn 1962, a piece of the unmanned Soviet satellite crashed into the ground in Manitowoc (also the home of Cher-Make). It was returned to the Soviets, but a replica remains on display at Manitowoc's Rahr-West Art Museum.
  • What Wisconsin sausage company makes both the number one selling ring bologna and number one selling chicken brat in Wisconsin?
  • oWhy, none other than Cher-Make, of course!

To celebrate National Wisconsin Day in your own home, why not sink your teeth into some of Cher-Make's Authentic Wisconsin Sausage? It'll have you feeling all kinds of proud.

We recommend our Stick to the Ribs Soup. This warming soup, made with hearty chunks of carrot, celery, and Cher-Make's famous Beef Ring Bologna is sure to satisfy and warm you up on even the chilliest of days.


Is Good Health on Your Radar? Jan 8, 2019

If you're like most of us, you probably feel you overindulged over the holidays and you're ready to leave the bloat and sluggishness back in 2018.

Luckily, it's becoming easier and easier these days to find healthy solutions that won't weigh you down, but still allow you to enjoy all the flavors you love. One of our favorite creations at Cher-Make is a low calorie, high flavor sausage that keeps good health in mind: our Chicken Brat!

Available in Original, Pepper Jack, and Mild Italian flavors, you can find an option to suit your taste!

Best of all, these beauties are only 100 calories! Now, you can enjoy the full flavor of a Cher-Make Sausage without the guilt!

Try them for a light lunch in our Apple Spinach and Sausage Salad alongside tart Granny Smith apples, feta cheese, and honey mustard dressing or in a hot, filling dinner with our Orzo with Corn, Kale and Sausage recipe. Packed with veggies and our calorie-saving chicken brats, this meal is a healthy choice that will satisfy your appetite.

Badger Ticket Giveaways

As a thank you for visiting our blog, we'd like to let you in on a little secret. We have some fabulous Badger Basketball ticket giveaways coming up in January. Here's the latest scoop:

January 2nd – 11th, you can win two tickets to the Badgers versus Michigan game on January 19th.

January 11th – 18th, you can win two tickets to the Badgers versus Northwestern game on January 26th.

January 18th – February 4th, you can win two tickets to the Badgers versus Illinois game on February 18th.

To enter, follow us on Facebook and keep an eye out for our posts during each week!

Happy New Year from all of us a Cher-Make! We hope 2019 is the best year yet!


The Holidays are Here! Dec 12, 2018

It's that time of year again when we ask ourselves, “Where did the year go?" and “Will I really be ready for the holidays?" Somehow, between the shopping, the parties and festivities there are always a few moments where we get a chance to reflect and cherish those special holiday memories, plus catch a glimpse of the promise of the New Year.

Here at Cher-Make, we want to take the time out to thank all those who make our Authentic Sausages a part of their family dinner time, summer cookouts, tailgating or just simply snacking! Thanks to you, and all of our hardworking employees, we were able to celebrate our 90th year of making great-tasting, naturally smoked Authentic Wisconsin sausages. We take pride in staying true to the recipes and standards that have been passed down for three generations and look forward to continuing this tradition for years to come. Thank you!

Appetizer Fun

Take some time with the ones you love and enjoy some of our favorite recipes of the season!

Try our festive Rudolph Hot Dog Bites, made with our Stadium Hot Dogs and prepared dough. They're as fun to make as they are to eat and will be enjoyed by kids and adults alike!

Another recipe sure to please the whole family, is our Pita Bread Christmas Tree appetizer! This healthy take on the holidays is made with our 100 Calorie Chicken Brats and guacamole. Enjoy, without the guilt!

Slightly fancier gathering in the plans? Our Holiday Crescent Wreath is a must! This twist on the classic Pigs in a Blanket is shaped into a wreath and topped with a fresh red pepper bow. It's sure to impress!

Enter Our Holiday Giveaway!

Do you have someone in your life who "Cher-Makes's a Difference?" Maybe it's a neighbor who is often outside helping others shovel, a friend who loves volunteering her time in the community, or even a family member who sacrifices their time in order to help you.

Well, now you have an opportunity to thank those good folks in your life! Enter them in the “Cher-Makes's the Difference" holiday giveaway.

Three lucky winners will receive a prize pack containing a variety of Cher-Make products, a Wisconsin-shaped cutting board, an Under Armour Wisconsin cuffed beanie, a Wisconsin lunch cooler, a mug, hot chocolate mix, and more!

Plus, for being so kind as to nominate someone, you may also win a little something. The nominator of each winner will receive a smaller version of the great prize pack!

To enter, simply click here!

The winners will be chosen on Tuesday, December 18th, just in time for the holidays! What a great chance to enjoy some family-favorite Authentic Sausage with the ones you love.

From the Cher-Make family to yours, we wish you a very Happy Holiday Season with those who “Cher-Make a Difference" in your life.


Deer Camp Menu Nov 6, 2018

Loading up for Deer Camp? The right food can make or break your trip. Choose our Authentic Sausage products, made with the highest quality ingredients and natural hardwood smoking. They Cher-Make the Difference!

Early mornings and long, cold days call for meals that are not only hot and filling, but also quick and delicious.

Start off with our famous Chili Dog. Both convenient and tasty, these are made with the same Cher-Make all-beef Big “W" Dogs sold at Camp Randall and your favorite homemade or canned chili. Then, just set out a spread of simple toppings so everyone can top their own dog. Assembled in minutes, this meal will keep you and your hunting buddies fueled for hours.

Our Summer Sausage Grilled Cheese and Tomato Soup is a must for your time at the cabin. There's just nothing as comforting on a cold day as a hot bowl of soup and a melty grilled cheese sandwich to dip in it. This version is even more flavorful and filling—with the addition of three cheeses and our famous summer sausage. Be prepared—they will ask for seconds!

Have dinner duty? Fill them up with a hearty plate of Ring Bologna, Creamy Mashed Potatoes, and Sautéed Garlic Green Beans . This classic meat 'n' potatoes meal has simple prep and a nostalgic flavor that will make them eager to pull up a chair.

These meals, made with our Authentic Cher-Make Sausage, will keep you and your crew fueled and satisfied as you patiently wait in the woods for your buck.

Not heading for the Northwoods? These comforting fall meals are perfect for the whole family—whether you're just in from raking leaves or just craving a warm, filling meal. These classic flavors will draw everyone to the table.

Heading to the store to stock up? We'd like to share a money-saving coupon with you. Now through January 31st, 2019, enjoy $1 off any variety of our famous Cher-Make Summer Sausage. It's a family favorite that's great to have on hand for holiday parties and everyday snacking.


Celebrating 90 Years Like Only We Can Oct 2, 2018

Welcome to our very first blog post. Cher-Make may be new to the blogging scene, but we know plenty about the sausage scene. We've been in business for 90 years now and we're proud of it!

To fully appreciate the craftsmanship of our product, we think it's important to understand the Cher-Make story. Let's take a little walk down memory lane.

In 1928, our founders, husband and wife Emil and Regina Chermak (sure-MOCK), opened a small butcher shop in Manitowoc. Their son, Art Chermak, hand-delivered the small-batch sausages to area stores, while his younger sister Betty helped out as the business grew.

Cher-Make quickly grew in popularity due to our focus on using only the freshest meats, hardwood smoke, and a signature blend of quality spices. In 1938, we expanded into a manufacturing plant in downtown Manitowoc, and into yet another in 1944—the same location where you'll find us today. In 1950, Betty's future husband, Merlyn Hoefner, teamed up with Art to set the foundation for growth and our dedication to authentic, hand-crafted small batch sausage making.

These days, Art's son, Tom Chermak, and Merlyn's son Chuck and son-in-law, Bill Becker, lead the company.

As you can see, family is important to us. And so are our products. We put our name on them—and that means something. It means we are dedicated to making a quality product you'll be happy to serve your own family—and that Cher-Make's a Difference.

We want to welcome you into the family by sharing this comforting Chermak family recipe that we've enjoyed in our home. With the crisp fall weather that has set in, there's nothing quite like coming home to something hearty, filling, and made with love. We hope your family will enjoy this recipe as much as we have over the years.


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