December 2022
Happy Holidays! Hansen's Dairy stores will close at 4 p.m. on Christmas Eve and New Year's Eve, and be closed on Christmas Day and New Year's Day.
Photo of the Month
If you're a fan of the classic holiday comedy "Christmas Vacation," you'll recognize this recreation of a scene in which Cousin Eddie (played hilariously by Randy Quaid)
famously declares the "sh*tter was full" while smoking a cigar and drinking a beer.

Herd Manager Blake Hansen had some fun spoofing that iconic movie scene at the farm's manure pit. A key difference (among many) between the cringy Cousin Eddie and Blake is their view of their respective waste products.

Eddie rightly saw his waste (eww) as something to be discarded, and did so with a wildly inappropriate disposal in the city storm sewer. Yikes, Eddie.

On our farm, manure is seen as liquid gold. We save it for future use, knowing it'll come in handy — and save us tons of moo-lah in fertilizer costs. Twice a year, we agitate the manure in the pit (seen here), then pump it out to inject below the surface of our 400 acres of farm land. You see, manure contains properties that enrich the soil for growing crops. Every spring we plant corn, which is harvested in the fall and becomes silage. Silage is what our cows eat.

We had fun shooting this photo (check our Facebook page for video!), hoping it would bring extra holiday cheer with a side of education on the processes of a working dairy farm. Merry Christmas! Sh*tter was full!
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
If you love egg nog, this treat is for you!

The Egg Nog Shake is vanilla ice cream mixed with Hansen's thick, rich egg nog.
Top it with whipped cream and nutmeg and just like Clark Griswold, you'll be saying "It's good ... it's good!"

(Note: That's two "Christmas Vacation" references in one newsletter so far. Keep reading for more ...)

The Egg Nog Shake is available all month at our Cedar Falls and Waterloo stores for just $4.69.
Pizza of the Month
Throw yourself an early holiday fiesta with our Pizza of the Month, the Taco Pizza!

The Taco Pizza features taco sauce, taco-seasoned beef and refried beans topped with mozzarella and cheddar cheeses, lettuce, tomatoes, and taco chips for a satisfying crunch.

Pick up a large 14-inch Taco Pizza all month long at our Cedar Falls store for just $21.99.
Give the gift of local goodness
Are you looking for a unique gift for that certain someone? ​​Give the gift of local goodness! We’ve got three Holiday Gift Basket choices.

Baskets are made to order and must be prepaid, so call or stop in to any Hansen’s Dairy store or order online for pickup. As with all local food, items are subject to availability but substitutions of similar products will be made.
Date night, $30
Hansen’s Cheese Curds
Wagyu Beef Sticks
Fit-Pop Popcorn
2 Holiday Cake Pops

Meat & Cheese, $35
Hansen’s Cheese Curds
Spring Green Colby Jack Cheese
Wagyu Summer Sausage
Edgewood Pork Sticks
Smoky Meat & Cheese, $45
Smoked Baby Swiss Cheese
Apple Smoked Cheddar
Smoked String Cheese
Wagyu Summer Sausage
Edgewood Smoked Beef Sticks
Holiday cheese trays
Pre-order a Meat & Cheese Tray for your holiday gatherings. We've got two sizes available to fit your guest list.

Place your order online, or stop in or call either of our stores: Waterloo, (319) 234-3309; Cedar Falls, (319) 266-3044. Please allow 72 hours notice before pickup time.
Half Tray $35, serves 8-12 people
Two varieties of Wisconsin cheeses
Hansen’s Cheese Curds
Wagyu Summer Sausage
Edgewood Locker Pork Sticks
One sleeve Toasteds crackers
Full tray $55, serves 16-20 people
Two varieties of Wisconsin cheeses
Hansen’s Cheese Curds
Wagyu Summer Sausage
Edgewood Locker Pork Sticks
Two sleeves Toasteds crackers
Stay cozy with hot chocolate
’Tis the season for hot cocoa, and Hansen’s Dairy chocolate milk makes the best!

Out shopping? Grab a hot cup of comfort in these creamy flavors:
  • Original
  • Salted Caramel
  • Mint
  • Mocha
  • Double Chocolate

Only $1.39 per 12 oz. cup, available all month at both stores!
Holiday ice cream flavors
Does it ever get too cold for ice cream? We don’t think so either! That’s why our fun winter flavors are back for your enjoyment all season long.

Apple Pie, Pumpkin Pie and Candy Cane are sure to get you in the spirit of the holiday!

Available in a treat from the dip cabinet at each store, or take a half-gallon or pint home with you!
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 are only available online at
Customer of the Month
Our December Customer of the Month is Brianne Heaton.

Brianne recently moved to Waterloo and toured our Hudson farm with her boyfriend and daughter.

They now are steady customers at our Waterloo store and our farm store. Family favorites are Hansen's ice cream, cheese curds, butter and our Wagyu-Holstein steaks.

"Everything is fresh and delicious," she says. "I love how product is on the store shelves in less than 24 hours!"

Thanks, Brianne! 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
"Why is the carpet all wet, Todd?!"

In an oft-quoted scene from "Christmas Vacation," the Griswolds' neighbor Margo accusingly asks her husband what happened to the carpet in their '80s-posh home. Nosy and pretentious, Margo regards her quirky neighbors (and Todd) with contempt and disdain.

We're happy to report our December Cow of the Month, Margo, is nothing like her movie namesake.

Margo is a polite cow who's always the last to enter the milking parlor, letting her fellow milkmaids go first.

Margo is a gentle giant who stands tall and strong, with a milk output of more than 100 pounds per day. And for the record, she doesn't know why the carpet is all wet.
Cooking with Hansen's
Here's a cornbread recipe you can enjoy with sweet maple syrup, honey, leftover ham or even as a quick breakfast when you're walking out the door.

Click here for a printable recipe. For more simple, delicious recipes using local and seasonal foods, go to Enjoy!
Cheesy Corn Bread
Prep time: 10 minutes
Bake time: 30 minutes
Total time: 40 minutes
Serves: 8 or more
  • 2 large eggs*
  • 4 Tbsp Laughlin Honey*
  • 1 cup Hansen’s Dairy Milk*
  • 1/4 cup + 1 Tbsp Hansen’s Dairy Butter*
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup cornmeal
  • 1 Tbsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 cup Bongards Shredded Cheddar Cheese*
* Items that can be purchased at Hansen’s Dairy stores
  • Preheat oven to 350F.
  • Use 1 Tbsp butter to grease 9x9 baking pan.
  • Melt remaining butter (about 1/4 cup).
  • In smaller mixing bowl whisk eggs together.
  • Add in milk, butter and honey. Mix well.
  • In larger mixing bowl combine dry ingredients.
  • Add wet ingredients to dry ingredients. Mix until just incorporated.
  • Add cheese. Mix until just incorporated.
  • Bake at 350F in greased pan for 30 minutes or until golden brown and toothpick comes out clean. 
  • Serve alone or drizzled with additional honey, butter or maple syrup. 
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.
Closing at 4 p.m. Christmas Eve
and New Year's Eve
Closed on Christmas Day
and New Year's Day

Hansen's Dairy Waterloo
3015 Kimball Ave. • 319-234-3309
Daily: 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Closing at 4 p.m. Christmas Eve
and New Year's Eve
Closed on Christmas Day
and New Year's Day
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