Are you taking a Wisconsin road trip and looking for the perfect state-themed snack to nibble on while driving? Wisconsin is known for many things: cheese, beer, cheese, pretzels, cheese, cranberries, cheese… well, you get my drift! Here are some must-try Wisconsin-themed road trip snacks to pack in your cooler or stop to grab on your next road trip through Wisconsin. Plus I’ve included a Wisconsin Snack Mix recipe that combines all the best regional snacks and flavors into the perfect Wisconsin road trip snack! Are you ready to eat?
Wisconsin Road Trip Snacks
If I asked you what snack food is Wisconsin known for, no doubt you’d probably say cheese curds! Whether you like them fried or au naturel these squeaky morsels of goodness are a must-eat delicacy when road tripping through the state. They truly are one of the most iconic foods of Wisconsin.
It’s best to pick up some authentic Wisconsin cheese curds from a local cheese shop while on the road. Check out Mars Cheese Castle, Mousehouse Cheesehaus, or Ehlenbach’s Cheese Chalet!
In the snack mix recipe below I’ve represented Wisconsin’s famed cheese curds with moon cheese (think freeze dried cheese, buy it at grocery stores, drug stores, or online at Amazon) for texture and taste but you can also use cheese crackers (like Cheez-Its) if you can’t find any near you.
The cranberry is Wisconsin’s official state fruit. As the leading producer of cranberries in the US (with more than 60% of the country’s supply coming from the state) it’s no wonder this berry tops their list. So be sure to grab a bag of raisin-like dried cranberries to munch on while driving for the perfect Wisconsin road trip treat.
Corn is the state grain of Wisconsin. While corn itself might be a little too messy to consider road food, popcorn (especially cheesy popcorn) or corn nuts ( roasted or deep-fried kernels) will make a great Wisconsin road trip themed snack.
In the recipe below I used corn nuts. Though they aren’t technically nuts, they satisfy that crunchy element you look for in a trail mix. Don’t like corn nuts? Use popcorn instead!
With the state’s strong German heritage, Bavarian pretzels would be fierce contenders for national snack of Wisconsin. Authentic pretzels have a touch, chewy outer skin, a soft center, and are covered in thick salt. Paired with a cold beer, there might not be anything so Wisconsin of a treat.
You might want to stay away from beer if you’re driving, but pretzels are a great car snack. Stop for a Bavarian version on the road or just grab a bag of mini hard pretzels (like those used in the recipe below) for a road trip snack.
With that German heritage in mind, sausages are another snack food synonymous with Wisconsin. Whether you’re grabbing a brat at an Oktoberfest celebration or munching on smoked sausage bites on the way there, sausage is an essential item on a list of Wisconsin snacks.
In 2013 the Kringle was designated as the official state pastry of Wisconsin. What’s a Kringle? It’s an oval-shaped pastry that’s made from a flaky dough with a nut or fruit filling. This sweet treat was brought to the area by Danish immigrants in the 1800s and today is a favorite among locals. Find it in bakeries and convenience stores across the state.
Wisconsin Snacks FAQ
Wisconsin is probably best known for cheese! But here are some other Wisconsin foods to try on a road trip: cheese curds, beer brats (bratwurst), frozen custard, pasties, beer cheese soup, cream puffs, sausages, butter burgers, morel mushrooms.
State Grain: Corn
State Fruit: Cranberry
State Pasty: Kringle
State Dairy Product: Cheese
Wisconsin Snack Mix Recipe
Want more? For the ultimate Wisconsin road trip snack, try this Wisconsin snack mix recipe that combines all the best food in Wisconsin and flavors in the state into one easy-to-eat package perfect for snacking on the road.Print
Wisconsin Snack Mix
- Total Time: 5 minutes
- Yield: 3 cups 1x
This Wisconsin snack mix combines all the official state snacks and best-known flavors into one treat that’s perfect to take on the road.
- 1 cup Moon Cheese (buy it here, or substitute cheese crackers)
- 1 cup Pretzel Sticks
- ½ cup Corn Nuts (or substitute popcorn)
- ½ cup Dried Cranberries
- Mix all ingredients together in a bowl.
- Store in an airtight container in a cool, dry area.
- Category: Snack
- Cuisine: American
Keywords: snack, road trip, snack mix, trail mix, Wisconsin