A DSD Highlight….
From Nancy Stohs’ column on the food and cooking pages of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel:
Herb Kohl won’t shutter fair’s popular Milk House
[Sen. Kohl pictured with a customer in 1990……]
Sen. Herb Kohl’s announcement that he’s retiring after this term has sent political pundits into a happy frenzy of analysis and speculation.
But the real question on the minds of Wisconsinites:
What about the flavored milks at State Fair?! Will they disappear, too?
Relax, Dairylanders. Herb’s Superb Milk House will go on, even after the four-term senator turns in his congressional badge.
“It has no expiration date,” he told a staffer last week in response to our inquiry.
Kohl, who before politics ran Kohl’s Food Stores, the grocery business started by his immigrant parents, started the milk house in 1990, a year and a half after his first Senate election. He got the idea from former Minnesota Sen. Rudy Boschwitz, who had a popular flavored milk stand at the Minnesota State Fair.
Each year, Kohl has made a point of appearing at the milk house as often as possible to greet constituents – of all ages.
And he’s held the line on price. The milks, sold in 10-ounce recyclable cups, have sold for 25 cents since the beginning. Until a couple of years ago, fair program booklets featured a widely used two-for-25-cent coupon.
Current flavors are chocolate, strawberry, root beer, banana and cherry-vanilla. “Retired” flavors include raspberry and the short-lived mocha, called “moocha.” Root beer and chocolate are the most popular – the latter being the senator’s favorite flavor.
“He’s always told the kids he likes chocolate cows and strawberry cows the best,” said JoAnne Anton, the senator’s state director.
(I’m partial to cherry-vanilla myself.)
The milks are made by Kemp’s Dairy, using all Wisconsin milk. Anything else would be just plain wrong….
continued at: http://www.jsonline.com/features/food/122843184.html
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