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Our Spicemasters Have Cooked Up Three Delicious New Products! Aug 19, 2019

We're excited to introduce three new products to our line of authentic, hardwood smoked sausages: Jalapeño White Cheddar Natural Casing Uncured Wieners and 100 Calorie Chicken Sausage Links in Original and Maple flavors!

Lighten Up Your Morning with Our 100 Calorie Chicken Sausage Links!

Our new 100 Calorie Chicken Sausage Links are a healthy and delicious addition to your morning! Available in both Original and Maple flavored, these fully-cooked Sausage Links are crafted with all-natural ingredients and are great for a nutritious meal on the go.

Creating the new 100 Calorie Chicken Sausage Links was a journey of careful ingredient selection and natural hardwood smoking. You'll love the full-flavored taste of our all-natural links. With no artificial ingredients, except those naturally occurring in sea salt, our premium-quality Sausage Links are a delicious and easy way to put a lighter twist on breakfast. They are a perfect addition to quiches, frittatas or scrambled eggs!

Give Your Taste Buds a Tingle with Jalapeño White Cheddar Natural Casing Uncured Wieners

These authentic wieners are crafted with fresh green jalapeños, all-natural spices and creamy white cheddar, delivering a mild jalapeño taste.

This old-world recipe, with a twist, combines two authentic Wisconsin favorites: naturally hardwood smoked Cher-Make sausage and creamy white cheddar cheese. Fresh, natural and peppered to perfection, our Jalapeño White Cheddar Natural Casing Uncured Wieners are the perfect addition to your summer barbeque or a flavorful addition to your weeknight dinner.

We Created These New Products with You in Mind!

To create these new products, we listened to you, our customers—giving you the spices, ingredients and healthy options you've been asking for! You've asked us to provide a healthier breakfast option and more products with new, exciting tastes to share with friends and family.

At Cher-Make, we take pride in our stubborn standards and old-world processes that provide the perfect spice profile and just the right amount of hardwood smoke. The Jalapeño White Cheddar Natural Casing Uncured Wieners and 100 Calorie Chicken Sausage Links have been held to those same stubborn standards.

Impress Your Guests by Grilling Up Some Jalapeño White Cheddar Wieners!

Our new Jalapeño White Cheddar Natural Casing Uncured Wieners are meant to be shared with friends and family at your next summer cookout or tailgate party! They're a delicious main dish or a great way ramp up the flavor in your side dishes. One of our favorite ideas is to add some sliced Jalapeño White Cheddar Wieners to creamy white cheddar mac n' cheese!

Be the First to Try Our New Products!

We're giving you $1 off a package of 100 Calorie Chicken Sausage Links in Original or Maple flavor and $1 off a package of Jalapeño White Cheddar Natural Casing Uncured Wieners! These coupons are good through the end of the year—print yours today!

National Hot Dog Month! Jul 2, 2019

July happens to be one of our very favorite months of the year. Why? It's National Hot Dog Month! There is a lot of history behind the hot dog… and even some official hot dog etiquette. Read on to hear our favorite folklore and fun facts surrounding the hot dog!

Hot Dogs and Cher-Make!

Cher-Make Sausage Is proud to have their hot dogs served at all home UW Badger sporting events and all home Timber Rattlers game! Wisconsin sports and Cher-Make are a natural!

Cher-Make has a "dog" that will meet all cravings and needs:

  • Natural Casing Wieners: Available in an 18 oz. family pack and a smaller 12 oz. package, our Natural Casing Wieners are one of our signature items that goes back to the original meat market. These naturally smoked wieners feature a perfect blend of fresh pork and beef, natural spices, and are naturally smoked to give you an Authentic Snap with every bite!
  • Natural Casing Beef Wieners: All of the best of our Natural Casing Wieners but made with an all-beef formula that offers a hearty, full bodied flavor and snap!
  • Big W Dog: The newest addition to our line of hot dogs is the All-Beef Big W Dog. This super-sized dog was introduced three years ago after fans requested the same dog featured at Camp Randall Stadium and The Kohl Center be available at their own "home games" and tailgating get togethers. Look for Bucky on the label and On Wisconsin!
  • Stadium Hot Dogs: Another long standing member of the Cher-Make Hot Dog team, our Stadium Dogs are available in both the traditional and jumbo size! Blended with fresh pork and beef these naturally smoked, skinless hot dogs have been satisfying Timber Rattler fans for over a decade! Make sure that they are available on your own "home plate!"

Why Are They Called Hot Dogs?

According to hot dog folklore, the hot dog became popular in the United States when German immigrants began selling them from carts in New York City… as dachshund sausages.

Vendors' carts quickly became known as “dog wagons," and the term hot dog was coined.

But How Old IS the Hot Dog, Really?

The hot dog may be much older than you think. The origins of the hot dog can be traced back as far as the 15th century. Where did the hot dog come from? Parts of Germany and Austria, like Frankfurt and Vienna. That explains where the names frankfurter and vienna sausage came from!

German immigrants introduced hot dogs to the United States in the 1800s. In the 1870s, the first Coney Island hot dog stand was opened… and their popularity grew and spread.

Bonus Fact: Mickey Mouse's first spoken words onscreen were “hot dog!"

We Eat A Lotta Hot Dogs

According to the National Hot Dog and Sausage Council, Americans purchase 350 million pounds of hot dogs at retail stores each year - that's 9 billion hot dogs!

On Independence Day alone, Americans will eat 150 million hot dogs!

New York vs. Chicago Dogs

Want to hear a very passionate debate? Ask New Yorkers and Chicagoans who has the better hot dog. A traditional Chicago Dog is an all-beef dog on a poppy seed bun with raw onions, relish, mustard, tomatoes, pickles, sport peppers, and celery salt. A New York dog is topped with mustard and onions or kraut.

We don't judge toppings—we just want you to eat your hot dogs however you like them!

Hot Dogs + Baseball 4Ever

The first hot dog was sold at a baseball game in 1893, solidifying the bond between hot dogs and America's pastime.

Hot dogs have continued to be a fan-favorite at baseball games. Baseball fans are expected to eat 18.3 million hot dogs and 4 million sausages this season alone!

The Rules of the Hot Dog (Yes… There Are Rules)

The National Hot Dog and Sausage Council has a full hot dog etiquette guide. Here are some of their dos and don'ts:

Do eat your hot dog on a bun with your hands… please no utensils.

Do lick away extra condiments from your hands after you've finished your hot dogs.

Don't take more than five bites to finish your hot dog!

Don't put toppings between the hot dog and bun… you should always “dress the dog" not the bun!

To learn more about our great offerings and to discover delicious hot dog recipes, visit our website!

Whatever your favorite toppings, we hope you'll enjoy a hot dog (or two, or three) this summer!

We're even offering a $1 off coupon for an 18 oz. package of our Natural Casing Wieners! This coupon will only be on our website until the end of July... so print it today!

Happy National Dairy Month, Wisconsin Farmers! Jun 14, 2019

June is National Dairy Month—a perfect time to honor the Wisconsin farmers who make possible one of our favorite combinations—cheese & authentic Cher-Make sausage. Thanks to your long hours and dedication you've earned Wisconsin the title of America's Dairyland. That's why our cheese is Proudly Wisconsin!

From all of us at Cher-Make Sausage, Happy National Dairy Month. We especially want to thank our Wisconsin farmers for all you do! You make us Wisconsin Proud!

Cher-Make and Father's Day Are a Perfect Combo

Cook up something special for dad this Father's Day! Fill your grill with Cher-Make! Our Home Game Bratwurst, Chicken Bratwurst, Natural Casing Wieners or Big W Dogs are summertime favorites that won't disappoint. Looking for a new take on our Authentic Sausages? Try one of our favorite recipes like Baked Rigatoni & Italian Sausage, Brat and Caramelized Onion Flatbread or Pepper Jack Bratwurst Fajitas.

Don't forget to let dad know how he Cher-Make's a Difference in your life this Father's Day!

Finally, Some Warm Weather... Time to Fire Up the Grill!

Can you smell the delicious grill smells wafting through the air? It's a sign that summer weather is finally here to stay. So, there's no better time to stock up on your summertime grilling essentials like charcoal, cold brews, and of course, authentic Cher-Make Natural Casing Wieners and Bratwurst. If you want that Camp Randall experience in your own backyard, don't forget our Big W Dog, and all-beef dog that's big on flavor.

Ring Bologna on the Grill?

Here's a new twist on an old mealtime favorite! We'd suggest grilling up Wisconsin's #1-selling Cher-Make Ring Bologna! Find out how to make delicious Ring Bologna kabobs in our recipe video below!

Just in Time for Grilling Season—$1 off an 18 oz. Package of Natural Casing Wieners

Take advantage of our $1 off coupon for an 18 oz. package of our Natural Casing Wieners! This coupon will only be on our website until the end of June... so print it today!

Take Me Out to the Ball Game Apr 4, 2019

Baseball season is here, and Cher-Make is the Official Hot Dog and Sausage of the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers! We want you to join us at the ballpark—opening day for the Timber Rattlers is Saturday, April 6th against the Cedar Rapids Kernels!

Everyone loves to enjoy a Cher-Make hot dog or brat at the game, but you can get the same great ballpark taste at home too—with our Stadium Hot Dogs!

And the Winner of the Timber Rattlers' 2019 Food Fight is…

The Almighty Pork Sandwich! This sandwich is a grilled, Cher-Make brat cut in half, topped with BBQ pulled pork, melted Swiss cheese, peppered bacon, red pepper jelly, and fried pickles served on an onion roll. Amanda Baranczyk's entry won the fan vote and will be available on this year's concession menu at Neuroscience Group Field at Fox Cities Stadium!

A Cher-Make Easter Tradition

When most of us think of Easter treats, our thoughts immediately turn to jelly beans, chocolate bunnies and cream-filled eggs lying in a basket full of Easter grass. Here at Cher-Make, our minds travel back to packaging coolers filled with racks and racks of polish sausages. The smell of garlic and natural hardwood smoke permeated the air in the plant! Our standard sausage link size back in the 70's and 80's was a 9" long link, but at Eastertime our customers demanded a 16" link to satisfy all their relatives! An old newspaper ad that we have in our files has a headline that reads “Smaczne! Skowey Dwadziesta Centow!" That's Polish for “Delicious! Save Twenty Cents!"

Through the years this classic has been known as Kielbasa, Polska Kielbasa and today's standard name Polish Sausage. As generations and customs change, so have the family-sized dinner links. The one thing that has not changed is the same natural blend of seasonings, hardwood smoke and snap of our Authentic Wisconsin Polish Sausage. Today we offer that same great taste experience in a bun-sized 5" link available in 20 oz family packs.

Join me this Easter in introducing our Polish Sausage to a new generation. Not only does it “Cher-Make a Difference!" but it's SMACZNE!

Start Outdoor Grilling Season Right

Spring is officially here, and so is outdoor grilling season! Fire up your grill to cook up some Cher-Make Hot Dogs…then add your favorite toppings! Check out our website for tons of great recipes like:

  • The classic Chili Dog—topped with chili and your choice of cheese, onions or jalapeños!
  • The Reuben Dog—all the ingredients from your favorite sandwich on your hot dog!
  • The Pizza Dog—combining two of everyone's childhood favorite foods, pizza and hot dogs!
  • The BLT Dog—traditional BLT ingredients on a hot dog…a new summertime favorite!

Take Advantage of This Deal!

Take advantage of our $1 off coupon for an 18 oz. package of our Natural Casing Wieners!

March Madness Party Snacks Mar 19, 2019

Up your March Madness game this year by adding some Cher-Make appetizers to your tournament viewing parties! We're a Proud Partner of University of Wisconsin Athletics, so we'll be watching!

Turn up the heat with a healthy twist on an old favorite— Buffalo Chicken Bratchos combine the hotness of Buffalo sauce and our 100 Calorie Chicken Brats.

Whip up some satisfying Sausage Tater Skins, filled with our Natural Casing Wieners, sauerkraut and cheese.

How about a crowd-pleasing Chili Dog? Set out a tray of toppings and let your guests top their dogs with all their favorites—or get creative by adding your own topping twist! This recipe tastes delicious with any of our varieties of wieners and hot dogs!

Who doesn't like Mac & Cheese? Load up this classic dish by adding some Cher-Make Stadium Hot Dogs! One bite and you'll wonder how you ever ate the boxed stuff.

If you're short on time, a plate of Cher-Make Summer Sausage and cheese is always the first to be devoured at any party!

Speaking of March Madness, we have a winner in our Sweet Sixteen Giveaway! Congratulations to Richard Schott from Pewaukee, WI! The Sweet Sixteen Survival Kit is filled with Badger items and a variety of Cher-Make Sausage.

Spring has Sprung

Not into basketball or already have a busted bracket? Celebrate the beginning of grilling season instead! March 20 th is the first day of spring—so fire up your grill and cook your first brats and hot dogs of the year! Nothing welcomes warmer weather and grill smells quite like the delicious Summertime BBQ Dog.

Work with Cher-Make

Our first local job fairs were a huge success! We still have a variety of job openings throughout our facility, on all three shifts and offer competitive wages, a full benefit package and of course, free lunch! Cher-Make also offers a limited time, $300 signing bonus!

For more information or to apply today, head to our website.

Don't Miss This Deal

Take advantage of our $1 off coupon to try any of our chicken sausage products—a healthier option with all the same great taste and quality Cher-Make ingredients! This coupon will only be on our website until the end of March...so print it today!

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.