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“Cranberries…To Go!” Third Quarter 2015 Recipe Contest

We are very excited to announce our latest recipe contest! The third quarter contest runs from July 1 through September 30 with the theme of “Cranberries…To Go!”

We’re looking for recipes using cranberries in any of their forms (fresh, dried, cranberry sauce or juice) that are easy to take with you “on the go.” From picnics to tailgate parties, cranberries can be used in recipes year-round. Share your best portable cranberry recipes for this contest, and if our taste test kitchen chooses your recipe as a winner, you’ll receive a special prize from the Wisconsin Cranberry Discovery Center.

Please use the recipe submission form to submit your recipes. Using the form ensures we have all the information we need from you for a complete submission. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact us, and thank you for your participation! Ready, set, Cranberries… to GO!

New Recipe Contest Announced – “Cranberry Treats Kids will Crave”

The Wisconsin Cranberry Discovery Center is happy to announce our latest quarterly recipe contest.  The theme for this, the 2015 second quarter contest, is “Cranberry Treats Kids will Crave.”  The contest runs from April 1st, 2015 – June 3oth, 2015.

By the end of this contest, kids will be out of school and summer will be in full swing!  Picnics, ball games, swimming pools and camping trips will abound.  Therefore, our test kitchen cooks are looking for delicious recipes that are kid-pleasing treats.  Recipes submitted can use cranberries in any of their forms: Cranberry juice, fresh or dried cranberries and even cranberry sauce may be used.  This is a contest that can have you getting your children or grandchildren involved – we’d love to see pictures of you working together to create your recipes!

Please remember that you MUST use the recipe submission form for your recipe to be considered in the contest.  You can find it HERE.

As usual, the winners will receive a special prize from the Wisconsin Cranberry Discovery Center.  Have fun creating kid-crave-able treats that will keep kids happy all year long!

New Recipe Contest Announced – “Cranberry Winter Warmer Uppers”


Fall has arrived in the midwest and along with it, cooler temperatures.  While the cooling weather may be sad for some of us, it is the “hot” inspiration for the Wisconsin Cranberry Discovery Center’s latest quarterly recipe contest!  

The theme is “Cranberry Winter Warmer Uppers” and we will be accepting recipe submissions from October 1st – December 31st, 2014.  You may use cranberries in any form in your submission – whole berries, sweetened and dried, cranberry sauce or cranberry juice. Use your cooking creativity to “warm up” our test kitchen tasters and cranberry-loving readers!

Please use the online submission form here to submit your “Cranberry Winter Warmer Upper” recipes and be entered into the contest.  Winners receive special prizes from the WCDC and have their recipes published in our Cranberry Chatter newsletter and online.


3rd Quarter Recipe Contest “Cranberry Summer Favorites”

Cranberry pie

Summer time is here so let’s celebrate!!!  Picnics, Graduations, Weddings, Family reunions and  back yard barbecues all occasions to show-off your favorite cranberry recipes.

July 1st marks the beginning of a new recipe contest.  This quarter’s recipe contest theme is “Cranberry Summer Favorites.”  The contest runs until September 30th and  the winners receive special prizes from the Wisconsin Cranberry Discovery Center. Winning recipes will be published in our “Cranberry Chatter” newsletter and on our website.  Please use our online form to submit your recipe and be sure to include all information necessary to successfully recreate your recipe.  Our judges are anxiously awaiting your “Cranberry Summer Favorite” submissions!

New Quarterly Recipe Contest – “Crantastic Cookie Recipes”

We are thrilled to announce our newest recipe contest here at the Wisconsin Cranberry Discovery Center!  The New year is here… what a crantastic opportunity to share new ways to incorporate cranberries into our year round baking. That’s why the theme for this quarter’s recipe contest is “Crantastic Cookie Recipes.”

Here’s how you can enter, just submit your crantastic cranberry cookie recipe your friends, family members, and co-workers have been raving over. Our judges are looking for scrumptious cookie recipes that feature cranberries in any form. The recipe must be easy to follow, include all of the ingredients and pertinent information needed to be successful in recreating your recipe. As usual, the recipes you submit must also rate high in deliciousness!

The contest will run from January 1 through March 31.  The winners receive special prizes from the Wisconsin Cranberry Discovery Center and will have their recipes published in our “Cranberry Chatter” newsletter and on our website.  Please use our online form to submit your recipe and be sure to include all information necessary to successfully recreate your recipe.  Our judges are anxiously awaiting your “Crantastic Cookie Recipe” submissions!

WCDC Purchases Historic “Union Cranberry Company” Warehouse Building

Wisconsin Cranberry Museum Artifacts

The Wisconsin Cranberry Discovery Center officially announced last week that it has purchased the building that currently houses the Center from the Warrens Cranberry Festival.  The WCDC has been located in the building at 204 Main Street since 2004, but had been renting from the Warrens Cranberry Festival until the purchase was made official at the beginning of June.

WCDC Director Barbara Hendricks says that the purchase is the next exciting step in the Discovery Center’s growth.  “We’re so thrilled about this opportunity to continue to further our mission of educating the public about Wisconsin’s number one fruit crop, the cranberry.  Having the chance to continue doing so in this historic building in downtown Warrens is really fabulous.”  Hendricks went on to say, “Guests from all over the world stop in to visit the Center, offering us the opportunity to educate them about historical and present-day Wisconsin cranberry production practices.  We communicate the health benefits and versatility of the fruit as well as how the industry is preserving the multigenerational heritage and history of cranberry farming.”

The WCDC building was originally constructed in 1900 from locally quarried sandstone and operated as a warehouse for the “Union Cranberry Company.”  After renovations in 2004, the century-old building now houses a 4800 sq. ft. hands-on exhibit hall, a cranberry ice cream parlor and bakery and a Wisconsin cranberry gift shop that boasts over 200 items made with Wisconsin cranberries.  If you’re not able to stop in to shop, the WCDC also has an online store at www.thecranberrystore.com.  Over 20,000 people visited the WCDC last year; many of them tour groups of children from schools that, many times, choose to come as a part of their school’s agriculture curriculums.

The Center operates as a non-profit organization and relies heavily on donations to continue to grow their mission and on volunteers for staffing its tours, ice cream counter and its gift shop.  “We’re always looking for new volunteers to add to our WCDC family.  We also love adding new members to our donor program, “Friends of the Discovery Center,” especially now as we move forward in the next phase of our journey to educate the public.  People who are passionate about our education and outreach programs have been and will continue to be a major part of who we are.”

“Cranberry Main Courses” Recipe Contest Winners

The results are in: The test kitchen cooks are happy – so happy, in fact, they couldn’t choose just three winners for the first quarter recipe contest!  We had so many delicious recipes submitted this time around that our judges couldn’t decide on only three winners and instead chose four.  Talk about a win-win situation!

We’d like to offer our congratulations to all the “Cranberry Main Courses” winners.  They are:

- First Place: “Cranberry Chicken Feta” submitted by Mary Leverette (Columbia, SC)

- Second Place: “Rockin’ the Crockpot Cran-Asian Ribs” sumbitted by Lori McLain (Denton, TX)

- Third Place: “Cranberry Balsamic Butter Fish” sumbitted by Hidemi Walsh (Plainfield, IN)

- Third Place (again!): “Smoked Turkey PomCranberry & Nut Salad Sandwich” submitted by Sherri Williams (Crestview, FL)

Congratulations to all the winners – you delighted our test kitchen judges!  All the winning recipes can be viewed here.  Winners each receive special prizes from the WCDC.

If you want to get in on the cooking action, be sure to enter our 2nd Quarter 2013 recipe contest with the theme of “Cooking Light with Cranberries” here.  All the details for this contest are on our blog, here.  Cook up something light and delicious for our test kitchen, just in time for summer!

“Holiday Cranberry Candies” Recipe Contest Winners Announced

The winning recipes from our “Holiday Cranberry Candies” quarterly recipe contest had our mouths watering and delighted our test kitchen judges.

Congratulations to Amanda Green for winning first place with her “Cashew Cranberry Delights” (recipe below), Anna Rye for her second place “Cranberry Truffles” and to Karen Schmidt for her “Ruby Cranberry Gum Drops.”

All the winners receive prizes from the WCDC and have their recipes featured in our “Cranberry Chatter” newsletter and on our website!  Click here for the full recipes of all this quarter’s winners.  To enter our current recipe contest, please click here for all the details!

Amanda Green’s 1st Place “Cashew Cranberry Delights”


- 12 ounces salted cashew pieces

- 4 ounces sweetened dried cranberries

- 16 ounces caramels, unwrapped

- 4 tablespoons cream

- 10 ounces dark chocolate

- 8 ounces milk chocolate


Melt the caramels w/ the cream in the microwave, mix till all lumps are out.

Lightly grease two large cookie sheets and arrange the cashew pieces in small mounds.

Use a small scoop and place a round of caramel over each mound of nuts.

Push 4-5 sweetened dried cranberries into the top of each mound of caramel.  Place in the fridge and allow to firm.

Melt the two chocolates together and stir till smooth and no lumps.

Dip the firmed up nut/caramel mound into the chocolate and coat both sides.

Place on an ungreased cookie sheet and refrigerate till chocolate is hard.

Remove from cookie sheet and place in airtight container in cool place for up to a month.

New Year, New Quarterly Recipe Contest

January is a time for fresh starts and at the WCDC that means a new quarterly recipe contest!  This time around, the theme of the contest is “Cranberry Main Courses.”  We’re looking for recipes that showcase the versatility and deliciousness of cranberries used in main courses. 

The contest will run now through the end of March.  Winners, as always, will receive a fabulous prize from the WCDC and have their recipes published in our newsletter and online.  You can submit your recipes using our online recipe submission form.  

The taste buds of our test kitchen judges are anxiously awaiting your submissions, so be sure to get them sent in soon!  If you’re looking for some something to get your creative berry juices flowing, check out our recipe box and our Pinterest profile for inspiration.  You’ll be happy you did!

2013 “Cooking with Cranberries” Make, Bake and Take Classes Announced

We’re very happy to announce the dates of our very popular “Make, Bake and Take” classes for winter 2013!  We will be hosting three classes in this series:

- February 2: Cranberry Pie

- March 2: Cranberry Scones

- April 6: Cranberry Sweet Breads

Each class will run from 9:00 am – 11:30 am and has a $15 registration fee.  These classes fill up very quickly as space is limited, so be sure to print off and fill out our 2013 Make, Bake and Take Registration Form as soon as possible.  Your spot will be reserved as soon as we receive your registration form and payment.  Please note the specific tools you will need to bring to each class – and let us know if we can assist in providing any of the tools for your use on the day of your class.