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State fair cream puffs not all 'Made in Wisconsin'


WEST ALLIS, Wis (WSAU -Wheeler News)  The legendary cream puffs at the Wisconsin State Fair are hot items, even after we learned that the cream is from an out-of-state company for the first time in 89 years.

The Golden Guernsey dairy in Waukesha traditionally provided the cream until the plant closed in January, and the Wisconsin Bakers Association scrambled to find somebody else. It hired Prairie Farms of Carlinville Illinois – and the bakers knew the uproar it might create, so they had the firm explain that the milk for the cream puffs still comes from Wisconsin, as far north as Highway 29. Schmidt said his group tried to get a Wisconsin dairy as the supplier, but nobody could provide up to 1,500 gallons of cream that’s needed for each day of the 11-day State Fair.

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel columnist Jim Stingl asked some cream puff eaters what they thought about an Illinois firm providing one of Wisconsin’s signature products. One said it tasted good, but he felt cheap afterward. Another called it the new normal, since everything seems to come from somewhere else.

Sales are still hot. If the weather stays good, the bakers will sell over 400,000 cream puffs for only the second time since they were introduced at the State Fair in 1924.

The fair runs through Sunday in West Allis.