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Help us name our newest ice cream float!

Just in time for the hot months of summer, the Taste Test Kitchen staff at the Wisconsin Cranberry Discovery Center is proud to announce the introduction of its newest float, the _________________. Help us name our new cranberry float!

That’s right; the new treat is simply so delicious – we don’t even know what to call it! Now’s the time to pull on your thinking caps as the staff of the Discovery Center ask for your help in naming our new ice cream float!

Known for serving many flavors of cranberry ice cream, our new, nameless float combines two scoops of Cranberry Delight ice cream with Ocean Spray’s® new Sparkling Cranberry drink. The bubbly Sparking Cranberry drink mixed with our cool, creamy cranberry ice cream is the perfect way to cool down after a day exploring the bogs!

Starting Monday, July 11th and running through Friday July 15th, the Discovery Center will accept name suggestions via Facebook or email (marketing@discovercranberries.com). If you have a name you would like to recommend, simply post it on our Facebook wall or send our staff an email.

After receiving name suggestions, we will host a poll on our Facebook wall for you to vote on your favorite name during the week of July 18th! Watch for more detail on Facebook and Twitter and help us name our nameless float!

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7/25/11 UPDATE:      Late last night we tallied all of your Facebook, email and online votes and determined the winning name of our new ice cream treat. After seven days collecting submissions from the public and another seven of open voting, the Wisconsin Cranberry Discovery Center is proud to announce that the winning name is…

The CRANBERRY DREAM FLOAT.

Combining two scoops of our creamy cranberry delight ice cream with Ocean Spray’s Sparkling Cranberry drink, our all new Cranberry Dream Float is the perfect way to cool down this summer! Be sure to stop by our Taste Test Kitchen soon to enjoy your very own Cranberry Dream Float.

Discovery Center Announces Cranberry Salad Recipe Contest

Salad with Dried Cranberries

Just in time for the hot summer season, we’re proud to announce our latest cranberry-themed recipe contest; Cranberry Salad. Green and leafy or cool and smooth, we know everyone has their favorite way to incorporate Wisconsin cranberries into delicious salads.

Here’s your chance to share your favorite recipe! Simply submit your recipe today for your chance to win fabulous prizes. For great tips and inspiration, be sure to visit the Discovery Center’s newly designed electronic recipe box for more great cranberry recipes.

Be sure to submit your favorite recipe today as time is limited! Please be as specific as possible with ingredients and measurements to insure we are able to best replicate your favorite cranberry salad. Contest ends August 31st.

Building team unity, one pie at a time

There’s no “I” in team, but there is an “I” in pie, and the employees from Tomah’s U.S. Cellular store found out that there’s a lot more in common between pies and teams than they may have thought.

Bypassing traditional teambuilding activities, Manager Melonie Lamb instead chose a “Make, Bake and Take” class at the Cranberry Discovery Center. Melonie and her co-workers spent a Saturday morning in June baking cranberry pies together.

Teambuilding exercise at the Discovery Center

“A pie is made up of many separate ingredients, and when you put them together it all works,” Melonie explained. “Within a team, it is important to understand how every person is a ‘different ingredient’ and that you can have great results when all the ‘ingredients’ come together.”

As a former volunteer at the Discovery Center, Melonie knew the welcoming, warm atmosphere well, and figured it would be a neat opportunity for teambuilding.

Although six of the eight participants had never made a pie before this class, both Melonie and Natalie, the Discovery Center baker who led the class, agreed the whole group felt a great sense of success following the lesson.

Because of the low-level of experience within the group, Natalie’s class focused on making a simple, one-crust cranberry pie. The filling bubbles and cakes over the crust slightly as it bakes and is a great introduction to pie making.

“Everyone got to take home warm, oven-baked pies when they left, and you could see the feeling of accomplishment on everyone’s faces,” Natalie said.

Make, Bake and Take classes are offered through the Cranberry Discovery Center, and can be arranged by calling at 608.378.4878. Class capacity is 12 participants, and participants can make treats ranging from cran-apple pies to scones to cinnamon rolls.