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A new school year is upon us! Aug 3, 2020

Whether your kids will be learning from home or from the classroom, the importance of healthy and kid-friendly meals is constant.

We want to inspire your school year meal prep with some fun, creative recipes for breakfast and lunch (full of delicious Cher-Make sausage, of course).

A Healthy Way to Start the Day

A healthy and filling breakfast is how our kids make it through all their morning lessons! We have the perfect (and kid-approved) addition to your weekday breakfasts: Cher-Make 100 Calorie Chicken Sausage Links, in Original or Maple! They're healthy, versatile and delicious. You can eat them on their own, of course, but they also pair well with pancakes, waffles and eggs. If you're into upping your breakfast game, try adding them to scrambled eggs, quiche or frittatas too!

Here are some of our personal favorite breakfast recipes:

Breakfast Skillet: This recipe includes all the good stuff: Chicken Sausage Links, tons of colorful veggies, potatoes, eggs and cheese!

Breakfast Tacos: We usually save this recipe for Tuesdays (#tacotuesday). Breakfast tacos are fully customizable with your favorite veggies and sauces. All you need are taco shells, Chicken Sausage Links, and all the fixin's.

Breakfast Pizza: What kid (or adult) wouldn't want pizza for breakfast? Top your favorite crust with gravy (yum), eggs, cheese and Cher-Make Chicken Sausage Links (more yum).

Pro Tip: If you pre-chop your veggies and toppings at the start of the week, it makes all these recipes extra quick and easy!

Lunchtime Meal Planning - ✓

Whether your family is eating their lunch at your dining room table or in the lunchroom with friends, we've got your lunchtime meal planning covered! Healthy, filling and more than just a PB&J (no disrespect—we love those too).

Quick and Easy At-Home Lunches

Grilled Cheese with a Twist – Add some Cher-Make Summer Sausage to your grilled cheese and you've just upped your game! Pair this gooey, meaty sandwich with a cup of tomato soup for dipping and *chef's kiss*

Loaded Mac n Cheese – Sounds like every kid's favorite, right? Whip up some homemade mac (or just use the classic boxed stuff) and add some sliced Cher-Make Stadium Hot Dogs or Natural Casing Wieners for some added flavor and protein.

English Muffin Pizzas – A quick and easy meal that is customizable for every family member! Slice up your favorite Cher-Make Sausage, add your favorite veggies, sauce and cheese and create your perfect mini pizza! Ten minutes in the oven and lunch is served.

Not Your Run-of-the-Mill Lunchbox Meal

There's nothing better than being the kid with the most creative lunchbox meal!

Homemade Lunchables – Every kid loves those pre-packaged cheese and cracker lunches... but we've got a better idea. Slice up some delicious Cher-Make Summer Sausage, Wisconsin cheddar and put it in a Tupperware with your family's favorite type of crackers. Your kids can build their own protein-packed cheese and sausage stack.

Summer Sausage Pasta Salad – This pasta salad is packed with protein and veggies and is so much more fun to eat than a sandwich! Put it in your lunchbox with a small ice pack and consider it a lunchtime win!

A Breakfast Deal You Can't Miss

They say breakfast is the most important meal of the day and we want to help you start your day the right way with our Cher-Make 100 Calorie Chicken Sausage Links! Print off this coupon for $1 off a pack of Sausage Links. Enjoy!

Happy National Hot Dog Month! Jul 1, 2020

We wait for this month all year! It's National Hot Dog Month—the perfect time of year to enjoy one of our favorite meals and celebrate its history. We offer some great choices like:

Natural Casing Wieners: Our Natural Casing Wieners are one of our signature items that goes back to the original meat market. They are naturally smoked to give you an authentic snap with every bite!

Jalapeño White Cheddar Natural Casing Wieners: Our delicious Natural Casing Wieners are peppered to perfection and stuffed with creamy white cheddar cheese!

Big W Dog: This is the same hot dog served at Camp Randall Stadium and The Kohl Center! Perfect for your own "home games" and tailgates. Just look for Bucky on the label. On Wisconsin!

Stadium Hot Dogs: This long-standing member of the Cher-Make hot dog team has been satisfying Timber Rattler fans for over a decade! Make sure that they are available on your own "home plate!"

How will you celebrate?

Hot Dog History

Here are a few of our favorite hot dog 'did you knows!'

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

Hot dogs were served to King George VI when he visited the White House in 1939.

Hot dogs have gone to space! The Apollo 11 voyage was the first mission that featured hot dogs as a meal option (it looks a little different than an Earth dog though).

The first hot dog was sold at a baseball game in 1893!

Americans purchase 350 million pounds of hot dogs at retail stores each year. That's 9 BILLION hot dogs!

The origins of the hot dog can be traced back as far as the 15th century to parts of Germany and Austria, like Frankfurt and Vienna. (That explains where the names frankfurter and Vienna sausage came from).

Cross your fingers that your next trivia night features a hot dog fact—you'll be a hero!

A Dollar Off Your Dogs

Visit our website to print a coupon for $1 off a family pack of Natural Casing Wieners!

Pro tip? This quick family meal is customizable with hot dog toppings. Check out our website for recipes!

Let's Cher-Make Some Time for the Great Outdoors Jun 4, 2020

June is National Camping Month and National Great Outdoors Month. Being from Wisconsin, we truly appreciate the warm weather that summer brings. And we don't know about you, but we try to spend as much time outside as possible, especially now when some of our 'normal' activities are still limited!

But, What to Eat?

Well, we've got your camping, beach, picnic, park and campfire meals covered.


If you're cooking over the fire, we've made it easy to make a tasty meal. Traditional favorites like our Natural Casing Wieners, Homegame Bratwurst and 100 Calorie Chicken Brats are all precooked—that means less than ten minutes over the fire and you're ready to eat! Breakfast is just as easy. Our 100 Calorie Chicken Sausage Links are precooked too! Cook them right over the fire or in a pan with eggs. Either way, it's the best way to start your day.

No Fire? No Problem!

If your outdoor activity requires a cooler, consider packing snacks like Cher-Make Original, Beef or Garlic Summer Sausage and cheese. It's easy and a crowd-pleaser! For lunch, we'd suggest filling a Tupperware with the Summer Sausage Caprese Salad or Tropical Pepper Jack Chicken Salad. They're easy to pre-make and keep cool over ice. Just pack a few plates and you've got a quick and filling lunch-on-the-go!

For the Kids

If your kids are looking for another summer activity, check out our Cher-Make in the outdoors coloring pages! Color at home and then venture outdoors to enjoy your meal! We'd love to see your kids' artwork! Share them with us on our Facebook page!

This Deal is On Fire

Print off this coupon for $1 off a family package of our Natural Casing Wieners, Polish Sausage, Homegame Bratwurst or Pepper Jack Bratwurst! Enough food to treat your whole family to an outdoor meal!

New Season, New Hobbies and New Appreciation for our Essential Workers! May 19, 2020

We Can't Say THANK YOU Enough!

To our Cher-Make employees,

Thank you! We couldn't ask for a better team, especially during this crazy time.

You show up each day with a great attitude and work hard, and we're lucky to have a group with your skill and your commitment. We appreciate you and everything you do!

We also want to recognize our Cher-Make sales team who has been present at the retail level supporting our Wisconsin grocery customers since day one of the pandemic. Our company built its business and reputation on service at the store level, working off of “route trucks" in the early days and continuing to support those in the meat departments to ensure Wisconsin families have the freshest sausages available.

To our front line and essential workers,

Thank you to everyone who has helped keep food on the shelves and the supply chain open—like those who work in a grocery store, at food processing plants or as truck drivers! You have helped companies like ours provide food to families and keep family meals as normal as possible, and for that we are incredibly grateful.

As we enter into this new season and some things begin to return to a new normal, let's continue to show our appreciation to all the essential workers who have carried us through these uncertain times!

Create Your Own Cookbook: Kids' Coloring Edition

Let's face it. We've all been a little stir-crazy. Some of us have picked up new hobbies (learned to grill, anyone?), spent hours virtually chatting with our friends or read that book we've had on our nightstand for ages!

Our kids have done the same... but they're always looking for new activities! That's why we've released a collection of Cher-Make coloring pages—each page complete with their own recipe!

During the month of May, print out our coloring sheets and compile your own Cher-Make cookbook. We'd love to see your completed coloring or recipes on our Facebook page!

Plus, keep your eye out for some new releases in June!

Fill the Grill!

Grilling happens all year, but summer BBQ season is the BEST! That's why we want to help you fill your grill! Print out this coupon for $1 off a family pack of Cher-Make Natural Casing Wieners, Polish Sausage, Homegame Bratwurst or Pepper Jack Bratwurst!

Our Favorite Cher-Make Easter Tradition Apr 3, 2020

Even though your Easter traditions may look at little different this year, one thing has stayed the same: the natural blend of seasonings, hardwood smoke and snap of our Polish Sausage.

“When most of us think of Easter treats, our thoughts immediately turn to jellybeans, 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! 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.

Join me this Easter in celebrating one tradition that hasn’t changed... the same great taste of our Polish Sausage! Not only does it ‘Cher-Make a Difference!’ but it’s SMACZNE!”

-Tom Chermak

Enjoy the Great Outdoors and Get to Grilling!

If there’s one thing we can be thankful for it’s that spring is officially here! That means, it’s time to fire up the grill. Cook up some Cher-Make Natural Casing Wieners, Jalapeño White Cheddar Natural Casing Uncured Wieners or Homegame Bratwurst to usher in the warmer weather. If you want to start grilling season out with a bang, get creative with your hot dog toppings!

Want to feel like you're on the boardwalk? Try the Chili Dog—topped topped with chili and your choice of cheese, onions or jalapeños!

Have some hometown spirit? How about the Wisco Dog—topped with mac & cheese, bacon and tangy BBQ sauce.

How about combining your favorite foods? Go with the Pizza Dog—it's the perfect combo of two of everyone's childhood favorites, pizza and hot dogs!

Keepin' it classic? We'd suggest the BLT Dog—traditional BLT ingredients on a hot dog… a new summertime favorite!

Take Your Easter Brunch to the Next Level

Add some 100 Calorie Chicken Sausage Links in Original or Maple flavor to your Easter brunch! They're light on calories but full in flavor.

Add them to quiche or frittatas... or eat them on their own!

Visit our website for a coupon for $1 off a package of 100 Calorie Chicken Sausage Links!

Let the Madness Begin! Mar 2, 2020

Where are you going to be on March 19 th? Watching the first round from the comfort of your living room? Out with friends? Hitting the escape key at your desk when your boss walks by? Just kidding... you would never do that!

Wherever you are, you're sure to be hungry. Luckily, we know some people who have the perfect snacks to keep you full through all the madness! (Hint: It's us... at Cher-Make).

Want to enjoy the taste of the Kohl Center with your basketball? Grill up some Big W Dogs—the same hot dogs sold at, you guessed it, Camp Randall and the Kohl Center. If you're feeling a little spicier, try our new Jalapeño White Cheddar Natural Casing Uncured Wieners—they have just the right combination of heat and creamy white cheddar cheese.

Cooking for a crowd? Whip up some Beer Brat Chili, filled with healthy ingredients like our 100 Calorie Chicken Brats, green pepper and onions. Put out some toppings like sour cream, cheese and crackers and you'll be the tournament MVP.

Don't rule out some savory breakfast foods for the early games! Try out our Breakfast Pizza or Breakfast Taco recipes. They taste as good as they sound.

Or, put a Cher-Make twist on an old favorite— Buffalo Chicken Bratchos combine the hotness of Buffalo sauce and our 100 Calorie Chicken Brats!

If you're short on time, a plate of Cher-Make Summer Sausage and cheese is always a crowd-pleaser.

The Sweet Sixteen Could Get a Little Sweeter

Visit our Facebook page to enter for your chance to win a Sweet 16 Survival Kit, filled with Badger items and a variety of Cher-Make Sausage!

Celebrate During the Month of February with...Breakfast! Feb 11, 2020

Did you know February is National Hot Breakfast Month? This national celebration is meant to encourage everyone to set aside some extra time every morning to a make hot, fresh breakfast. I don't know about you, but we can get on board with that suggestion. We've even crafted the perfect sausage to make all your February breakfasts that much tastier... and healthier!

Our 100 Calorie Chicken Sausage Links in Original or Maple flavor pair perfectly with, well, just about everything! We're talking, scrambled eggs, omelets, pancakes, waffles, quiche, frittatas, crepes, toast, breakfast burritos, breakfast sandwiches. You get the picture. Plus, three links are only 100 calories! Making it that much easier to stick with your New Year's resolutions or start that health journey right now.

We've created a few new recipes to get you started! Try our Breakfast Tacos, full of veggies, eggs and 100 Calorie Chicken Sausage Links! Or, turn one of your favorite foods into a breakfast item... Breakfast Pizza!

The best part about carving out a little extra time for breakfast in the morning? That you get to spend the beginning of your day around the table with your family or friends!

Want to add some 100 Calorie Chicken Sausage Links to your February breakfasts?

We're offering a coupon for $1 off a package! Just head over to our website and print one today!

We're Wisconsin's Number-One-Selling Ring Bologna for a Reason

It's the taste, of course! Our Original, Beef and Garlic Ring Bologna has been a tradition for countless families for years. We all remember that meal growing up, whether homecooked by your mom or a special treat when you went over to grandma and grandpa's house.

Our Original Ring Bologna is one our most popular products and the ultimate comfort food. Our recipe is time-tested with a proven spice profile made with our old-world process. It can be added to pastas (we all have great memories of ring bologna with mac & cheese), salads, cooked on the grill or served traditionally with buttery mashed potatoes and the vegetable of your choice.

All we know is whichever way you serve it; your family will continue to enjoy Cher-Make Ring Bologna Wisconsin tradition!

Cher-Make's the Difference!

Welcome to 2020! Jan 2, 2020

We hope you had a joyous holiday season and a happy start to 2020!

We know the New Year and holiday get-togethers don't end on New Year's Day! Our new Black Knight Classic Reserve Summer Sausage has hit the store shelves—it's the perfect appetizer that will please even the most sophisticated snackers.

It's also the time of year when everyone makes their New Year's resolutions, re-centers after the holiday rush, and when many begin to focus on their health.

We know it's a hard commitment to make—to give up some foods you love in favor of healthier eating. There are Wisconsin traditions that you don't want to miss like barbeques during the fleeting summer months or fall tailgates when everyone crowds around the grill. We don't want you to have to give up those moments either. That's why we've crafted a line of 100 Calorie Chicken Sausage that you can enjoy with any meal, any time of the year.

We offer health-conscious bratwurst and sausage options like the 100 Calorie Chicken Bratwursts in Original and Pepper Jack and 100 Calorie Italian Sausage. We haven't forgotten about starting your day out right with the 100 Calorie Original Chicken Links and the 100 Calorie Maple Chicken Links.

Here are some of our favorite 100 Calorie Chicken Sausage recipes!

  • Apple, Spinach and Sausage Salad This salad is full of flavor and nutrients! Superfood spinach tossed with feta cheese, onion, apple slices and of course some Cher-Make 100 Calorie Chicken Bratwurst!
  • Southwestern Sausage Salad Enjoy a taste of the Southwest with this tangy salad! Mix 100 Calorie Pepper Jack Sausage, corn, beans and green pepper and toss it with romaine lettuce and you've got a quick and easy lunch or dinner!
  • Italian Chicken Sausage and Broccoli Ziti This easy weeknight dinner is a family favorite. The star of the dish is our 100 Calorie Chicken Sausage—combined with broccoli, your favorite pasta with Italian dressing and fresh parmesan. It makes some tasty leftovers too!
  • Italian Chicken Sausage Stir Fry This quick, easy and healthy dinner is full of veggies and flavorful 100 Calorie Italian Chicken Sausage.
  • Start your day the right way with our Breakfast Skillet! Featuring our 100 Calorie Chicken Breakfast Sausages, full of colorful red and green peppers and packed with protein, this healthy meal tastes great and keeps you full!

You can find our line of 100 Calorie Chicken Sausage at your local grocer! Let us help you achieve a new year, healthier you!

Cher-Make's the Difference!

Introducing Black Knight Classic Reserve Dec 5, 2019

We are proud to reintroduce one of our heritage products, our Black Knight Classic Reserve Premium Beef Summer Sausage. Black Knight Classic Reserve holds a special place in the lives of many that work at Cher-Make and have gone before us. As a boy, I can remember running to the doors of my parents, friends and extended family to give them the gift of Black Knight at the holidays. Our family members, employees and friends have continued this tradition for decades by giving the best that we had to offer. Black Knight Classic Reserve features a special recipe of fresh, lean beef and a unique spice blend that has been passed down for generations. It's still hand-crafted with its signature black casing—nothing has been changed or rushed.

This holiday season we invite you to enjoy and share our Black Knight Classic Reserve… crafted with honest ingredients and stubborn standards.

Be the Hero of Hunting Season Nov 6, 2019

Your alarm goes off long before the sun comes up. But you're not tired, you're full of excited energy. Maybe this is the year you get that 10-pointer. You grab your thermos, your lunch and head out to the woods. It's hunting season.

That means you'll need to prepare for deer camp. We have options for every meal, all day. Our Chicken Sausage Links are a perfect breakfast food—they're even pre-cooked so they can be made on the stove, grill or over the fire out in the woods. You can snack on Cher-Make Summer Sausage in Original, Garlic or Beef or use it to make a delicious and filling sandwich. When the dinner bell rings, cook up some traditional comfort food—Cher-Make Ring Bologna with a side of buttery mashed potatoes and green beans.

Show up with the Cher-Make sausage and you'll be the hero of hunting season!

Happy Thanksgiving from Our Family to Yours

Food, family and thankfulness are the centerpiece of every Thanksgiving meal. Check out some of our favorite Thanksgiving recipe ideas to share with family and friends when everyone gathers around your table:

Our Cher-Make Charcuterie is the perfect Thanksgiving centerpiece. Heaped full of Cher-Make Summer Sausage, this stunning platter can be supplemented with festive fruits, olives, cheeses and crackers of your choosing!

Our fall-appropriate Apple, Spinach and Sausage Salad features Cher-Make 100 Calorie Chicken Bratwurst and tart granny smith apples. This lighter fare is a great compliment to traditional Thanksgiving side dishes!

We know a crowd-pleasing appetizer when we see one. The best part? It's quick and easy! Cut up Natural Casing Wieners and turn them into tangy BBQ cocktail sausages. Mix the sauce, put them in a small slow cooker and get ready for them to disappear!

Summer Sausage Stock Up

It may not be summer, but it is the perfect season for summer sausage! Stock up for Deer Camp or your Thanksgiving appetizer platter! We're offering a coupon for $1.00 off a package of Cher-Make Summer Sausage!

We’ll Help You Turn Your October Into Oktoberfest! Oct 7, 2019

When Did the Tradition of Oktoberfest Begin?

The tradition of Oktoberfest began on October 12, 1810 when Crown Prince Ludwig, (later King Ludwig I) married to Princess Therese of Saxony-Hildburghausen. The citizens of Munich were invited to attend the festivities held on the fields in front of the city gates to celebrate.

The wedding celebration, which ended with horse races, was for all of Bavaria. The decision to repeat the horse races the next year gave rise to the tradition of the Oktoberfest.

Cher-Make is Your Headquarters for Traditional Oktoberfest Sausage

Bratwursts are a staple of Oktoberfest and our old-world recipes make the Homegame Bratwurst a must!

Braunschweiger is a traditional German food, named for the city of Braunschweig, Germany. Eat it by the slice, on rye with a thin slice of onion or turn it into a dip.

Our hardwood-smoked Natural Casing Wieners are another traditional German Oktoberfest food. The term “wiener" is an abbreviation of the German word for Vienna sausage, “Wienerwurst."

Oktoberfest-Inspired Recipes

Slow Cooker Bratwurst and Autumn Fruit is a rich and hearty stew perfect for a crisp, late October day! This recipe uses traditional 'wurst and other fall favorites... it will make you feel like you're in a Munich beer hall!

Bratwurst topped with:

  • Dusseldorf mustard—a sweet and sour mustard similar to Dijon.
  • Sauerkraut—finely cut, fermented cabbage that has a distinct sour flavor. Sauerkraut literally means “sour cabbage" in German!

Did you know? Sauerkraut is thought to have originated in Northern China during the reign of Genghis Khan and was brought to Europe by migrating tribes.

For a lighter 'fest: Use our 100 Calorie Chicken Brat!

You can find all of these (and more) Cher-Make products at your local grocer! Cher-Make Sausage for Oktoberfest Cher-Makes the Difference.

It's That Time Of Year Again Sep 24, 2019

The crisp fall air, the leaves changing colors, football back on TV. The time of year when your weekends are filled with grilling and hosting friends at your tailgate.

And we know a thing or two about tailgates. Especially how to cook up some crowd-pleasing, hardwood-smoked Wisconsin sausage!

Here are some of our favorite grill-ready Cher-Make sausages and some sausage-filled recipes, because what's a tailgate without some side dishes?

Here's What We'll Be Grilling:

*Pro Tip: Top your 100 Calorie Italian Sausage (in a bun) with pasta sauce and mozzarella and toss it back on the grill until that cheese perfectly melty! Buon appetito!

Tailgate-Ready Apps and Sides

You can't go wrong with a Cher-Make Charcuterie! Cher-Make Summer Sausage is the star of this platter. All you have to do is add cheese, fruit, nuts, spreads and bread!

Make a dish of Loaded Mac & Cheese ahead of time and just warm it up on the grill! It's our favorite creamy, white cheddar mac full of Cher-Make Stadium Hot Dogs.

One of our family's favorite tailgate sides is Sausage Tater Skins! Potato skins loaded with Natural Casing Wieners and cheese (we add sauerkraut too!) are easy to make ahead of time and delicious when you crisp them up on the grill.

The Extras

Now that your menu is planned it's time to grab your folding tables, your grill, your cooler and your friends and head to the stadium. Whether you're wearing red and white on Saturday, green and gold on Sunday or your high school team colors under the Friday night lights, you'll definitely have the best tailgate on the block.

Cher-Make Sausage Cher-Make's the Difference!

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.