Head to one of these local establishments to pick up a variety of snacks during Packer games or a weekend movie marathon.
Colder temperatures mean more time spent indoors — and more time eating in front of the TV (especially during Packer games). Instead of reaching for that tried-and-true bag of Doritos or a plate of nachos, visit one of these local establishments for all of your snacking needs.
Where: 2433 E. Layton Ave., Cudahy | 2942 S. 108th St., West Allis | 414-486-1200
What to Try: Fat Boy Dangerous Double Cheese popcornJane’s, which opened its Cudahy location in 2012 and its West Allis location in 2017, sells over 40 traditional and innovative popcorn flavors, including butter toffee, cotton candy, puppy chow, cheesy caramel glaze, tutti-frutti and Snickers bar.
But, in true Wisconsin fashion, cheese popcorn sells the best, said Jane’s owner Tiffany Corning. “Our most popular is our Fat Boy Dangerous Double Cheese (and double butter),” she added. Jane’s also offers holiday gift tins, gift baskets and online ordering.
Where: 4425 N. Oakland Ave., Shorewood | 414-906-1042
What to Try: Banana pudding popcorn
From plain to cheesy to spicy to sweet, Goody Gourmets offers popcorn for all taste buds, among them barbecue, pizza, caramel with pecans, garlic parmesan, even banana pudding and lemonade. Goody Gourmets also sells a number of confections, including chocolate-dipped graham crackers and pretzel rods, and turtles.
Where: 6832 W. Becher St., West Allis | Inside the Milwaukee Public Market, 400 N. Water St. | 414-543-4230
What to Try:Wisconsin artisan cheeses: Morel & Leek Jack; Pleasant Ridge Reserve old-world cheeseThis family-owned purveyor of meats, cheeses and bar snacks (hard-boiled pickled eggs, anyone?) has been a neighborhood staple for more than four decades. Besides nearly 400 cheeses (including sheep and goat’s cheese, sartori, Gruyere and, of course, cheddar and cheese curds, as well as summer sausages and Nueske’s meat products), the shop carries crackers, cookies, jams, jellies, honey and hot ham and rolls on Sundays.
Mark Lutz, who has owned the business with his wife, Linda, since 2002, said cheddar cheese is the hottest seller. The shop also has a large selection of Wisconsin-made cheeses. “We carry cheeses from mild to 20 years old,” said Lutz. “If you’re looking for a Wisconsin-made cheese, we got it.” During the holidays, the business is the only one in the area to sell baker’s cheese (a sort of dried cheese curd) used in traditional Scandinavian dessert recipes. “We get a ton of calls for that,” added Lutz.
Both locations include a café with an extensive sandwich and breakfast menu. The West Allis shop also has a garden patio and hosts many events, including card game nights and bachelor and bachelorette parties.
Where: 215 W. Highland Ave. | 414-272-3544
What to Try: Bacon Horseradish or Buffalo Cheddar Cheese CurdsConveniently located next to Usinger’s Sausage, the Wisconsin Cheese Mart sells a staggering number of cheeses, including Limburger, Havarti with horseradish and chive, Gouda, cheese curds and many different types of cheddar. The Cheese Mart also offers summer sausages and a strong selection of gourmet snacks and candies, including kringle, bacon cheese spread, hickory sticks and hazelnut crisps.
Where: 1838 E. Layton Ave., St. Francis | 414-481-3008
What to Try: A Snack Box with nuts, Usinger’s sausages, pretzels and cheeses
This small market carries bulk candy and chocolate bars, chips, crackers, cheeses, donuts, sausages and more. Layton Fruit Market also sells hot ham and rolls every Saturday and Sunday.
Where: 100 E. Capitol Dr.; 414-961-2597 | 7590 W. Mequon Rd., Mequon; 262-242-0426 | 7000 W. State St., Wauwatosa; 414-778-2012 | 2826 S. Kinnickinnic Ave., Bay View; 414-755-3202
What to Try: Organic peanut butter cups or deli-made horseradish and cheddar dip
This healthy food supermarket carries specialty sodas, sandwiches, cheeses and crackers, organic dips and salsas, pretzels, cookies, cheese puffs and organic chocolate. Purchase sandwiches, salads, breakfast items and coffee from the supermarket’s café.
Where: 1441 E. Russell Ave. | 414-747-9012
What to Try: Chili cheese dip or a three-cheese panino This charming, old-fashioned grocery store, with wooden floors and high shelves, offers store-made dips, European cookies, pretzels, crackers and popcorn, specialty sodas, cookies and donuts and a cheese and meat counter. The store also sells a variety of panini.
Where: 801 E. Bolivar Ave., St. Francis; 414-483-4500 | Southridge Mall, 5300 S. 76th St., Greenfield; 414-421-2095 | Brookfield Square Mall, 95 N. Moorland Blvd.; 262-784-4927
What to Try: Crazy Corn
Formerly known as Quality Candy, this Milwaukee institution, with an adorable grinning squirrel for a mascot, sells chocolates, candy and gourmet popcorn — including cheese corn, spicy corn and Crazy Corn (a sweet and salty mix).