Are Restaurants in Wisconsin Required to Serve Cheese on Apple Pie?
Wisconsin, America's dairyland, has a love affair with cheese. So, is it true that the state of Wisconsin has a law that requires restaurants that serve apple pie to include a slice of cheese on top?
Two things I love in life are cheese and apple pie. I could live on these two foods for the rest of my life, if I had to. They both are tasty, but served separately, is the way I prefer to enjoy them.
So, it kind of caught me by surprise that my social media feed recently became filled with people stating that the State of Wisconsin requires restaurants to put cheese on apple pie. True or false?
In 1935, a law went into effect that required serving a small amount of cheese and butter with meals in restaurants. Of course, we all know butter and cheese are very much a part of the Wisconsin economy. However, many people over the years, mistakenly linked this law with apple pie. The law indicated no such requirement and subsequently expired in 1937.
The answer is FALSE. However, if you are looking for a state that comes closer to really having such a law, look northeast to Vermont. According to a report in the Wisconsin State Journal:
Vermont just passed a law in 1999 designating the apple as the state fruit and apple pie as the state pie. It also requires a good faith effort to serve either a glass of cold milk, a 1/2 ounce or larger slice of Cheddar cheese, or a large scoop of vanilla ice cream with a slice of apple pie
In Illinois, we could only wish for such a law! Yum, Yum!