It's surprising how many times over the past few years, while I'm making small talk with people and I mention that my husband is from Wisconsin.... the destinations and locations people reference. I couldn't even begin to count the number of times various people tell me about little places, restaurants, museums, parks and other random touristy type places that they have been to or enjoyed visiting when they were in Wisconsin last. Numerous times I've heard "the next time you are up there you need to go to...." And it ranges from everything like microbreweries to festivals, landmarks and even little mom and pop chocolate shops. So I feel it only fair to warn you that I have a Wisconsin Bucket List. Yes, that's right. I have compiled a list of places to see in Wisconsin and when they turn out to be really great places then I figured I would share them with you on the blog and today I am sharing Number 17 on my list....the National Mustard Museum.
Now I have quite the fondness for ketchup but a museum dedicated to mustard... with a gift shop and tasting bar?????? This I had to check out!!!!
Located in Middleton, Wisconsin (right next door to Madison) is the world's largest collection of Mustards and Mustard Memorabilia. In fact they have over 5,400 bottles of Mustard on display from over 70 countries and each of the 50 US states. The museum contains interesting advertisements for mustard's, old age medicinal uses for mustard, information of where mustard is grown and the types of mustard that are grown and a gift shop.
And the best part about the museum is that it is free to enter and they offer tastings of many, many, many varieties of mustard at their tasting bar. I sampled a key lime mustard, and bourbon maple mustard and a praline mustard. And there are countless mustard's available for you to purchase.
Ironically, National Mustard Day is August 2nd, so I may just have to celebrate that that year with a new variety of mustard. And, the next time you reach for your favorite condiment, I hope you will think of all possibilities of flavor combinations for something as common as mustard and all the places I plan on crossing off my Wisconsin Bucket List.