November 2022
Happy Thanksgiving! Hansen's Dairy stores will be
open regular hours on Wednesday, Nov. 23, and
closed on Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 24.
Photo of the Month
The sun has set on our 2022 tour season! For nearly two decades, we've spent spring, summer and fall showing visitors how Hansen's milk, cheese, ice cream and butter gets from the farm to their table.

Thousands of visitors passed through our kangaroo pen, bottle-fed calves and tried hand-milking a cow. We watched children squeal in delight at the feel of a calf's friendly greeting and stand in awe at the size of full-grown Holsteins. There's just something about seeing first-hand the workings of a local, family-owned dairy farm.

We look forward to seeing those same magical moments during our 2023 tour season, which opens April 1. See you again next year!
Store hours
Daily, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Cedar Falls
Monday-Saturday, 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Sunday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Website special: Spend $30,
get a free gallon of milk!
Must present coupon at purchase.
Treat of the Month
Grab a sweater and snuggle up for the perfect taste of fall with our November Treat of the Month -- the Apple Pie Sundae.

This comforts-of-autumn treat features one scoop of Hansen's Apple Pie ice cream topped with whipped cream and caramel drizzle, and sprinkled with cinnamon and O'Brien's Own Almond Granola.

The Apple Pie Sundae is available all month at both stores for just $3.49.
Pizza of the Month
The weather has cooled but you can send your taste buds on a trip to the tropics with our November Pizza of the Month.

Our Ultimate Hawaiian Pizza features layers of ham, bacon bits, red peppers, pineapple and gooey mozzarella atop a fresh crust slathered with pizza sauce.

Pick up a large 14-inch Ultimate Hawaiian Pizza all month long at our Cedar Falls store for just $19.99.
Time to order your Christmas ham
Now's the time to order a Hansen’s Holiday Ham for Christmas! Deadline to order is Nov. 22.

The hams are from Webster City Custom Meats in Webster City, Iowa. They are certified white hickory smoked and cooked slowly to ensure a tender, juicy ham.

To order, stop in or call our Waterloo store (319-234-3309) or Cedar Falls store (319-266-3044).

HALF HAM (7-9 lbs, serves 10): Uncut $4.49/lb; Spiral Cut $5.49/lb
WHOLE HAM (15-18 lbs, serves 20): Uncut $4.39/lb; Spiral Cut $5.39/lb
Veterans Day
On Veterans Day, Friday, Nov. 11, we want to extend a special thank-you to all of our service members, past and present.

Veterans can get a FREE one-scoop ice cream treat (cake cone, sugar cone or bowl) by bringing in a valid military ID to our Waterloo or Cedar Falls stores. Spread the word to your favorite veteran!

We appreciate their service, today and always.
Small Business Saturday
Small Business Saturday is Nov. 26, and we've got plenty of gifts just waiting to be wrapped and put under the tree (or in the refrigerator)!

Need something for the office gift exchange? Pick up a Cedar Falls-crafted soy candle from Sweet Louise Candle Co. and a package of Peanut Brittle from The Candy Kitchen in Fairbank. Avoid arriving empty-handed to a holiday dinner with a bottle of wine from Iowa's Fox Ridge or Winneshiek Wildberry wineries. And a hand-crafted cutting board from Pining for You is a great gift for charcuterie board lovers. All of these gifts are available at our Cedar Falls store.

The little ones in your life would love a super-soft Hansen's stuffed kangaroo toy in their stocking. For the local foodie, pick up a Hansen's Dairy insulated bag and fill it with Hansen's cheese curds, some specialty cheeses, and our Wagyu beef sticks and summer sausage. It'll be the tastiest gift of the season! Don't forget to toss in a Hansen's Dairy T-shirt!
A Very Dairy Christmas
Step into a country winter wonderland at Hansen's inaugural holiday event!

A Very Dairy Christmas is set for Saturday, Dec. 10, at Hansen's Dairy Tour Center in Hudson. Guests can choose from two sessions: 1-2:30 p.m. or 3-4:30 p.m.

This cozy, family friendly event has all the magic of the holidays, including a visit with Santa (parents can snap photos), an ornament craft for kids and the chance to write a letter to the jolly old elf himself. (Santa tells us he'll write back!)

Unique to A Very Dairy Christmas is the opportunity to see a kangaroo and a calf up close.

Guests will also enjoy sampling from a deluxe holiday charcuterie spread filled with a variety of locally sourced cheeses, meats, crackers, jams, fruits, vegetables and more.

We'll also have a selection of holiday candies and other sweets. Of course nothing says Christmas quite like Hansen's Dairy Egg Nog and hot chocolate made from our rich, creamy chocolate milk.

Those who bring a new, unwrapped toy to donate to the Salvation Army Christmas drive will be entered into a drawing to win a Hansen's Dairy gift basket.

Only 75 tickets will be sold for each session. Tickets go on sale Nov. 14 and are only available online at
Customer of the Month
Our November Customers of the Month are brother-sister duo Owen and Mazie Kelly of Waterloo.

Mazie, 8, and Owen, 11, have been customers at our Waterloo store since they were just little tots, shopping for ice cream, milk, butter and other products alongside their mom, Heather.

Mazie and Owen love that they can sample different flavors of ice cream before choosing what goes on their cone. Owen's favorites are Coffee and Cookies & Cream, while Mazie's "is usually something sweet with candy chunks in it," Heather says.

Thanks, Mazie and Owen (and mom Heather)! Customers of the Month receive a $5 gift certificate to use at our stores and two free hands-on tour passes to the farm (a $30 value). You could be chosen by filling out an entry form at our stores or through your comments on our Facebook and Twitter pages.
Cow of the Month
Our November Cow of the Month is Whisper, who's the beginning of a "W" adventure on the farm.

At Hansen's Dairy Farm, cows are named using the first initial of their mother's name, and we never repeat a name. Whisper is the start of the "W" line. What's fascinating is she's the result of the transfer of a 24-year-old embryo.

Whisper is a healthy, calm and beautiful Holstein who just gave birth to her first calf, Whistle.

We look forward to continuing our "W" line -- which we anticipate will be Wonderful. (See what we did there?)
Cooking with Hansen's
Here's a hearty homemade macaroni and cheese recipe, Hansen's Dairy style. It's a meal in itself! Make it your own by trying different combinations of cheeses — just make sure you use block cheeses and shred them yourself. Pre-shredded cheeses do not work as well.

Click here for a printable recipe. For more simple, delicious recipes using local and seasonal foods, go to Enjoy!
Homemade Macaroni & Cheese
Total time: 30 minutes
Serves: 4-6
  • 1 package Kalona Amish Egg Noodles (fettuccine)*
  • 1/2 package Edgewood Locker smoked bacon (about 6 strips)*
  • 1/2 block Sharp Cheddar cheese (about 8 ounces)*
  • 1/2 block Butterkaese cheese (about 8 ounces)*
  • 1 1/2 cups Hansen’s Dairy milk*
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • 2 Tbsp flour
* Items that can be purchased at Hansen’s Dairy stores
  • Bring 6 cups of water to boil in a 5-6 quart pot.
  • While waiting for water to boil, cut bacon into 1/2-inch chunks and skillet fry on medium-low heat, stirring occasionally.
  • Shred cheeses.
  • Crush noodles and cook for about 10 minutes or until desired softness.
  • Place cooked bacon in a small bowl, saving 3 tablespoons of grease in skillet.
  • Drain noodles and set aside in pot.
  • Heat bacon grease in the skillet.
  • Blend in flour and salt and cook for 2 minutes, constantly stirring.
  • Slowly add milk and cook over medium-low heat, stirring constantly, until the sauce is barely thickened.
  • Remove from heat and add half the cheese. Stir until cheese is melted.
  • Pour sauce over noodles and stir well.
  • Add bacon and remaining cheese. Stir well.
  • Sprinkle with black pepper and serve.
Hansen's Dairy Cedar Falls
123 E. 18th St. • 319-266-3044
Monday-Saturday: 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Sunday: 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Hansen's Dairy Waterloo
3015 Kimball Ave. • 319-234-3309
Daily: 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Hansen's Dairy Farm, Hudson
8461 Lincoln Rd.
Daily, 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.
8461 Lincoln Rd
Hudson, IA 50643
 (319) 242-1074