Saturday, May 07, 2011
Mars Cheese Castle
This weekend I went north to Wisconsin to visit the Milwaukee Art Museum. As I filled up the car with gas I was astonished by the high price of gasoline; Chicago is up at the top in terms of highest cost / gallon in the US. At least we have that going for us...
But on the way is the Mars Cheese Castle! For some reason I am a sucker for the marketing of this tourist trap; it isn't enough to be a Castle - it has to be some sort of a "space" castle as you can see in the logo.
The Mars Cheese Castle has been totally rebuilt in 2011 in true castle style, with pennants and the main entrance in the appearance of a moat. Good for them! The old location didn't have even a fraction as much "castle".
In addition to selling beer, cheese, sausage and trinkets they had a variety of t shirts. I thought of Dan living in the tundra of Madison when I spied this shirt. At least they have a sense of humor about it.
This shirt is TRUE - while people here in Chicago drink themselves into a stupor to a degree that astonishes most out-of-towners (check out St. Patrick's Day or a Cubs bleachers denizen anytime) Wisconsin still out-drinks us by a wide margin. Every town has an incredible variety of bars and drinking seems to be mandatory.
I bought this (as a gift) at the Cheese Castle; it is cashew brittle and it tastes great. It may be the most unhealthy thing ever. I don't know of anything that comes close to it in terms of calories; 76 calories a serving and 24 servings in a tiny little box is astonishing.