As we continue to explore the Phoenix metro area and discover great new places for you to eat and experience, we noticed something. Lots of locals are working together and supporting each other. From restaurants to hotels and everything in between, we all seem to support each other. Fueling this great foodie economy and opening up opportunities everywhere you look. A few months ago we fell in love with Scooptacular ice cream and in our visit to explore all their wonderful flavors we learned that there is a connection with Danzeisen Dairy. It makes sense since they are not far from each other in the Laveen area and we all know we need great milk for great ice cream.
We set up a visit to their dairy and learned all there is into making those cold glass bottles filled with incredibly tasty milk. Pure love of this quality milk exudes from customers and there is plenty of reason for it. The dairy follows a family principal that if you make sure the cows are happy you are guaranteed to have a better product and ensure your customers are happy. That type of business model is proving to be popular with consumers and is driving an almost cult like following. The first time I ever noticed the glass jugs was while standing in line at the grocery store. The lady ahead of me was returning her jugs for the deposit back. It’s been a long time since I saw that happening and it must have been the look on my face but she immediately started telling me how amazing the milk was and that, “it will be the best milk you have ever had”. It is hard to resist when you have someone you don’t know getting super excited about something that seems so every day.
In addition to learning about the dairy and how they are using machines from the 50’s, which they think helps make the milk as creamy and delicious as it is, we also got a taste of all their flavors. There are the normal skim, 1% or 2% milk fat but even more incredible are the flavored versions. Chocolate, strawberry, and even an orange flavor await you in some grocery store refrigerators and if you happen to be lucky enough there is a root beer flavor as well. During the holidays they make an eggnog but it’s only for a limited time and this is definitely that time of year. Not everyone loves eggnog, even in my family it is split right up the middle. So here are a few ideas on how to use their creamy eggnog throughout the holiday season even if you don’t normally like it.
* Eggnog pancakes – substitute milk or water with eggnog for a rich, fluffy stack of flapjacks.
* Shaken, Not Stirred – Martini with eggnog, vodka, nutmeg.
* Eggnog bread – adding eggnog to your favorite bread recipe gives you a moist, rich bread.