Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays from the Hansens! 
Our Waterloo and Cedar Falls stores will close 
at 3 p.m. on Christmas Eve and be closed on Christmas Day.
Stores will close at 4 p.m. New Year's Eve and be closed New Year's Day.
Remember, the gas pumps in Cedar Falls are always open!

December 2018
Photo of the Month
The Hansen kangaroos have on their thick winter coats and played in the first snowfall of the year in November. Though you probably wouldn't see this scene in Australia, our roos have adapted well to the Iowa climate. For those really cold days, they stay inside their barn where there is a thick layer of bedding and heat lamps to keep them toasty warm. It's fun to watch them bounce around in the snow! 

Cash Cow

We only had one $5 winner in our November CA$H COW contest, and no one found any of the 11 jugs labeled with $100 :( When you've finished your gallon of milk, be on the lookout for those winning jugs!

We will label 12 jugs with the big cash prize of $100 in December. Best chances to find them are right away at the beginning of the month! But make sure to keep looking throughout the month as we mark ten $5 jugs every week!
Look inside the jug toward the label to see a "5" or "100". 

couponThe Real Deal:
Save 15% on any popcorn!

Use this coupon toward
this month's Caramel Popcorn  recipe!  

Festival of Cheese TODAY (Dec. 1)
Get in the holiday spirit and treat your taste buds at our fifth annual Festival of Cheese!

The event will be from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1, at Hansen's Dairy Waterloo, 3015 Kimball Ave.  Attendees can:
  • Sample our high-quality cheeses and ham
  • Save 10% on any cheese purchased during the event
  • Place orders for cheese baskets
  • Enjoy free Sidecar Coffee and Hansen's hot chocolate and egg nog
  • Win door prizes, including a cheese basket and a Hansen's ham

The event is free and open to the public.

Hansen's holiday baskets = perfect gift
Smoky Meat & Cheese Basket
Hansen's holiday baskets make the perfect gift for someone who has everything! 

We have eight baskets to choose from in a range of locally-sourced products and prices. Cheese lovers will enjoy our Cheese Sampler and  Meat & Cheese baskets. Our Local Luxury basket is all non-food and is sure to pamper that special person. Our Breakfast-in-a-Bag and Hearty Breakfast baskets make a nice locally-sourced meal. And anyone would love a Movie Night basket filled with popcorn and tasty snacks. 

Check out our flier on our website here and place your orders by calling or stopping at Hansen's Dairy stores!
Remember Hansen's for your ham and turkeys
Hansen's Holiday Hams will be available for sale at Hansen's Dairy stores in Cedar Falls and Waterloo beginning Dec. 10.  Frozen turkeys from Ferndale Farms are also available.
For questions, call our stores in Waterloo (319-234-3309) or Cedar Falls (319-266-3044).
Hansen's Hams
  • From Webster City Custom Meats in Webster City, Iowa (see their website here)
  • Bone-in, shankless, cured only with their own natural juices and certified hickory smoked, made especially for Hansen's customers.
  • Sold FRESH
  • Two sizes: half hams (7-9 lbs, serves 10) and
    whole hams (15-18 lbs, serves 20).
Ferndale Turkeys
  • Raised on a family farm in Cannon Falls, Minnesota (see their website here)
  • Free-range and raised without growth hormones and preventive antibiotics
  • Processed naturally with no added salt, water, or fillers
  • Sold FROZEN
  • Weights range from 10 to 20 pounds
Grant opportunities for ag-related teaching
Teachers, check out these two grant opportunities for agricultural instruction:

Silos & Smokestacks National Heritage Area Bus Grant 
  • Helps schools in the 37-county heritage area of northeast Iowa fund the transportation costs associated with field trips to designated SSNHA Partner Sites and farm sites. 
  • Funds 75% of the transportation to and from the school and the selected site, not to exceed $350. Applications for the 2018-19 school year are now available. 
  • More info: Click here
  • Deadline: Dec. 15, 2018
Agriculture in the Classroom Teacher Supplement Grant
  • The Iowa Agriculture Literacy Foundation, in partnership with the Iowa Farm Bureau Federation, is offering grants up to $200 to support the integration of agriculture into regular classroom instruction or after-school programs with an academic focus. 
  • Grants can be used for to fund innovative lessons, activities, classroom resources, guest speakers, outreach programs, field trips and other projects. 
  • More Info:  Click here or email [email protected] 
  • Deadline: Jan. 9, 2019
Customer of the Month
Alen Kajtezovic and his wife, Azra
The December Customer of the Month is  Alen Kajtezovic of Waterloo. 

Alen's first introduction to Hansen's Dairy products was visiting the Waterloo store to try the ice cream and asking the cashier how our milk is different from other brands.

"It really caught my attention, as I always try to shop for clean, healthy food with as little 'human touch' as possible," Alen said. His favorite products are Hansen's whole milk and ice cream, Oasis hummus and Iowa popcorn.

"Hansen's milk never makes my stomach upset, so the difference is really huge," he continued. "Milk is something that has been consumed by humans for ages, and these days there are so many people who cannot digest milk properly. I am convinced it is because of the kind of processed milk we've been drinking that our bodies don't like. So Hansen's milk is a step in the right direction ... one of a kind."

Thanks, Alen! 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 $24 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
The December Cow of the Month has the perfect name.

Midnite was born in the middle of the night on Dec. 18, 2012, and her coat is mostly black.

She will celebrate her sixth birthday this month. In this season of giving, she is providing us with 124 pounds of milk a day!

Cooking with Hansen's
From Julie Grunklee, 

My parents used to grow popcorn and give it away as Christmas gifts to our extended family. For months, we'd save milk jugs, wash them out several times and let them dry completely so we could fill them with popcorn in December.  We'd pick the ears by hand, shuck them, and then run them through my great uncle's corn sheller. We all had a chance to turn the crank and carefully feed the cobs into the hopper watching the yellow-orange kernels fill the tub below. 

After hours picking through the kernels and fanning away the chaff by hand, we'd finally get to pop some. While we liked popcorn fixed several ways, this was one of our favorites. It's a variation from the Dedham, Iowa, cookbook (my dad's hometown). I hope you enjoy it as much as we do! 

Oven Caramel Popcorn  
Prep time: 25 minutes
Bake time: 90 minutes                                
Total time: 2 hours 
Serves 10+
Starred items available at Hansen's Dairy stores.

  • 6 quarts popped popcorn*
  • 2 cups brown sugar
  • 1 cup Hansen's Dairy Butter*
  • 1/2 cup white corn syrup
  • 1/4 tsp cream of tartar
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • Preheat oven to 225 F. Place popped popcorn in a large roaster or 2 large baking pans.
  • Mix brown sugar, butter, syrup, cream of tartar and salt in a 2-3 quart sauce pan. Cook on medium-low heat until boiling for 2-3 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  • Remove from heat, add soda and stir well. Pour over popcorn and stir kernels well. 
  • Bake in oven for 75 minutes, stirring every 15 minutes. 
  • Optional - add a cup or two of nuts to the popcorn before pouring the caramel mix onto it.

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