Contests & Giveaways

Aug 7

Join Our Summer Pinterest Party

Update: This contest is over. No more entries will be accepted. Thank you to everyone who participated.

Discover new recipes AND enter for a chance to win fun prizes.

Challenge is celebrating the barbecuing season by throwing a Pinterest party with some of our favorite blogger friends, and we’d love for you Pinterest users to join the fun. You'll discover new recipes made with our quality butter AND have an opportunity to win fantastic prizes including two $250 gift cards, three $100 gift cards, two $50 gift cards, and 30 BBQ prize packs from our friends at Good Cook. The prize pack includes all the tools you’ll need for your next BBQ.

How to Enter

1. Follow these accounts on Pinterest:

2. Create a "Real Summer. Real Flavor" board on your page.

3. Repin the instructions pin.

4. Repin at least of one of your favorite recipes from Challenge Butter's "Real Summer. Real Flavor" board.

5. Click through to Challenge Butter's Facebook page to "Like," register, and finish your entry.

Thanks for participating and don't forget to come back daily to repin more recipes.

Contest Ends September 4, 2013. See Official Rules for more details. Also, a special thanks to our partners: Cookies & Cups, Glorious Treats, Confessions of a Cookbook Queen, and The Sweet Adventures of Sugarbelle.

posted on August 7, 2013

May 31

Sneak Peek at Runner-up Videos from the Video Vote Sweepstakes

Wow, there sure are a lot of creative Challenge Butter fans out there!

We received loads of fantastic video submissions during this spring's video voting sweepstakes. It made choosing the top three quite a chore, but we think we got it right. However, there were a few runner-up videos we thought you might enjoy, so we thought we would post them here for your viewing pleasure. Use the comments section to tell us what you think.

A Little Love (0:32)

Natural Enhancement (0:16)

Real Challenge? (0:16)

posted on May 31, 2013

Apr 12

Watch. Vote. Win.

Update: This contest is over. No more entries will be accepted. Thank you to everyone who participated.

Vote for your favorite fan-submitted video to enter for a chance to win up to $2,500 cash.

Butter some popcorn and grab a comfortable seat, the Real Challenge Reel Difference Video Vote Sweepstakes is live!

Simply tell us which fan-submitted video you think is best, and you will be entered for a chance to win up to $2,500 cash. Limit of one (1) entry per person per day until it ends May 1, 2013. More details and contest rules are available online.

Good luck!

posted on April 12, 2013

Feb 12

Congratulations to Our Winners

We've been very busy giving away cash and prizes over the past few months. In fact, three of our amazing promotions recently ended, and we wanted to update you with news about the grand prize winners. Thank you to everyone who participated, and stay tuned for more opportunities to win this year!

Butter & Jam Beaches Resorts Getaway to Jamaica

Sharon P. of Halfway, Missouri

"I was so excited I was on the verge of tears! My husband thought that I was playing a cruel joke on him when I called him with the news! We will soon be celebrating our 39th wedding anniversary--- on the beach at Beaches Resort by Sandals in Jamaica, courtesy of Challenge Butter– who just happens to be my new best friend!"

Sharon was the grand prize winner of $2,000 and a 4 Day/3 Night Luxury Included trip for two to Beaches Resorts in Jamaica.

Lone Star Four Star Sweepstakes

Terri W. of Austin, Texas

"For meals that have a,"tastes just like mom's", response from your friends and family you should always use Challenge Butter. Challenge Butter makes my dishes delicious!"

Terri was the grand prize winner of $1,500 and a Culinary trip for two to San Antonio, Texas courtesy of Challenge Butter and Epitourean.

Recipe for Caring Holiday Celebrity Chef Challenge

Carol K. of Seattle, Washington

"I am so happy to have won this sweepstakes! With two teenagers in the house, I can never do too much baking, and I love the taste and high quality of Challenge Butter. All of the celebrity chef recipes were wonderful, and I think that it is great when companies support their communities through donations to charitable organizations."

Carol was the grand prize winner of $2,500 in the Challenge Butter “Recipe for Caring” Holiday Celebrity Chef Challenge.

posted on February 12, 2013

Jan 29

And the Holiday Celebrity Chef Challenge winner is...

We're proud to announce that the Winning Chef in the “Recipe for Caring Celebrity Chef Challenge" is, drum roll please . . .

Avery Pursell and her Apple Pie with Hot Buttered Rum Sauce recipe! $5,000, will be donated to her chosen charity HIS KIDS which helps families affected by childhood cancer. Congratulations Avery!

We also want to thank chefs Gale Gand and Jon Ashton for their willingness and enthusiasm to participate in the Holiday Celebrity Chef Challenge. Their talents truly made this charitable contest a success. Chefs Gale Gand and Jon Ashton's charities, West Deerfield Food Bank and Feeding America respectively, will also receive $2,500 each.

Check out all of the celebrity chef recipes.

Lastly, we want to thank all our voters! Together, we were able to raise awareness for three deserving causes and give away thousands of dollars to help make a positive difference in the lives of others.

posted on January 29, 2013

Nov 30

Your Chance to Give and Receive

Update: This contest is over. No more entries will be accepted. Thank you to everyone who participated.

The Recipe for Caring: Holiday Celebrity Chef Challenge

Here's a chance to give and receive. Vote for your favorite celebrity chef recipe, and Challenge Butter will give $5,000 to the winning chef's charity. But the giving doesn't stop there! Each runner-up will receive a $2,500 donation toward their charity, too.

Plus, by voting you could WIN some of the $5,000 in CASH and Prizes to use however you choose this holiday season.

  • Grand prize - One (1) winner of $2,500
  • Secondary prizes - Ten (10) people will win $250 in holiday bakeware items from Good Cook 

Check out the Chef’s exclusive recipes and vote in Challenge Dairy's 2012 Holiday Celebrity Chef Challenge today!

Vote Now

About the Celebrity Chefs

Gale Gand — playing for the West Deerfield Food Bank
Gale Gand, founding executive pastry chef and partner of the Five Diamond, four star restaurant TRU in Chicago, with it’s Michelin star, was named pastry chef of the year by The James Beard Foundation and Bon Appétit magazine in 2001. Host of the long running Food Network series “Sweet Dreams,”, aired on the Cooking Channel, Gand has appeared on “Iron Chef America”, “Martha Stewart”, Baking With Julia (Child)”, Oprah, and judged Bravo’s “Top Chef” and “Top Chef Just Desserts”, and many more.

Jon Ashton — playing for Feeding America
Jon Ashton is a graduate of St. Helens College in Great Britain and began his culinary career in several notable English restaurants, including the Derby Lodge Hotel and The Kirkfield Hotel in Newton Le-Willows. After moving to the United States to follow his childhood dream, Jon launched into the business with a passion for sharing his craft and making good food accessible. He is currently the food correspondent for the nationally syndicated morning show, The Daily Buzz, and contributing editor for PARADE and dash magazine.

Avery Pursell — playing for HIS KIDS
Drawing on her fine dining experience from some of Los Angeles’ top restaurants including Spago’s of Beverly Hills, home to Chef Wolfgang Puck and Vida (Chef Fred Eric), Avery Pursell has worked closely with Chef Gordon Ramsay and Top Chef Alumni Chef Marcel Vigneron. Avery burst on to the national food scene in 2012 by winning the Bravo TV Series “Around The World In 80 Plates” hosted by Chefs Curtis Stone and Cat Cora.

posted on November 30, 2012

Jun 22

Win a Family Getaway to Beaches Resorts

Update: This contest is over. No more entries will be accepted. Thank you to everyone who participated.

We’re celebrating Challenge Dairy's expansion to the Midwest by giving away a fantastic family getaway to Beaches Resorts.

Now you can find Challenge Dairy products at Dominicks and Walmart Supercenters in several midwest states including Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, Iowa, Nebraska, Kansas, Missouri, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Oklahoma, and Texas. This is exciting news to our hard-working dairy farming families, so we thought it would be appropriate to commemorate this expansion by giving away the ultimate family getaway – a Luxury Included® Vacation to Beaches Resorts! (See all retail locations)

Introducing the Challenge Dairy Butter & Jam Beaches Resorts Getaway Sweepstakes

Enter for your chance to win a Beaches Resorts Luxury Included® Vacation! One winner will win four fun-filled days and three starry nights at any Beaches Resort in Jamaica. Beaches Resorts is the ultimate getaway for everyone!

  • 4 Day/3 Night Luxury Included® stay at any Beaches Resort for two (2) adults and two (2) children 15 and under
  • $2,000 Cash for airfare and spending money

Beaches Resorts
The Luxury Included® Vacation for Everyone and Bringing Everyone Closer Together!

Beaches Resorts Luxury Included® Vacation offers more quality inclusions than any other resorts in the world. Your stay includes luxurious accommodations, unlimited gourmet and casual dining, a variety of land and water sports including scuba diving* & snorkeling, gratuities and airport transfers. You and your kids of any age will enjoy outrageous Pirate's Island waterparks featuring wild waterslides, swim-up soda bars and kiddie pools, supervised Kids Camps with certified nannies, the year-round activities of the Beaches Resorts Caribbean Adventure with Sesame Street®, including stage shows with your favorite furry friends & character parades. Plus Xbox® Play Lounge centers with the hottest games and now featuring Kinect for Xbox 360® and so much more!

Beaches Resorts truly offers something for everyone. Beaches Resorts, voted World’s Best for 14 years in a row. For more information call 1-800-BEACHES or visit online at

*Scuba diving available at no cost for certified divers.

Enter Now

For more details about the Challenge Dairy Butter & Jam Beaches Resorts Getaway Sweepstakes, please see the Official Rules.

posted on June 22, 2012

May 29

Lone Star, Four Star Sweepstakes

Update: This contest is over. No more entries will be accepted. Thank you to everyone who participated.

Win an unforgettable culinary adventure to San Antonio, Texas!

Hello, Texas!

Now you can find Challenge Dairy products at more locations throughout Texas including Walmart Supercenters, H-E-B, and several other retail stores, and we’re celebrating this market expansion by giving away a giant, Texas-sized grand prize to one lucky winner - a Texas Culinary Experience courtesy of our friends at

The Grand Prize winner will enjoy:

  • 2 nights deluxe hotel accommodations downtown near the famed San Antonio River Walk and historic Alamo
  • A fabulous foodie tour for two to explore San Antonio’s most authentic dining spots and local favorites
  • Two concert tickets to hear some traditional Texas tunes performed by world-class musicians
  • Dinner cruise for two served aboard a river barge as it drifts along the scenic San Antonio River
  • A tour of the landmark Pearl Brewery and Farmer’s Market topped off with an unforgettable Chef's Table dining experience for two
  • $200 spa credit for a little pampering and relaxation
  • and $1,500 cash for airfare and spending money

We’re also giving away hundreds of dollars in gift cards and, of course, some free butter. Over $4,000 in cash and prizes are up for grabs. Good luck!

Enter Now

Additional Locations throughout the Midwest

You can also find Challenge Dairy products at Walmart Supercenters in several midwest states including Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, Iowa, Nebraska, Kansas, Missouri, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, and Oklahoma. See all retail locations

Promotional period ends January 8, 2013. Please see the Official Rules for more details.

posted on May 29, 2012

May 16

Play Our New Instant Win Game

Update: This contest is over. No more entries will be accepted. Thank you to everyone who participated.

Spin the wheel for a chance to win $100,000!

Yes, you heard us right. All those zeros are correct. We thought some real cash could make your summer real fun.

But that's not all we're giving away. You could instantly win smaller cash amounts or fantastic prizes from our friends at Good Cook®, Krrrrisp Kraut®, and Langers Juice®.

  • Over 1,000 winners
  • Up to 6 spins per day
  • Special hidden $1.00 coupon*

In total, we are giving away over $15,000 in cash and prizes this summer†, and one lucky winner could win $100,000 in cash! 

Good luck and have fun!

Enter Now

* One coupon valid per person. 
† Contest runs May 15, 2012 - September 5, 2012. See the Official Rules for more details.

posted on May 16, 2012

Mar 7

Take the Bunny Cake Challenge

Update: This contest is over. No more entries will be accepted. Thank you to everyone who participated.

Time to have some fun!

If you haven't seen our latest Facebook contest, head over to for a chance to use your creativity to win CASH or some fantastic kitchenware prizes from OXO.

Here's how it works:

1. Design a Cake - Decorate your bunny by dragging and dropping any of the toppings onto your virtual cake.

2. Save its Photo - When your all done decorating, click the "Enter Your Bunny" button. Give your bunny a name and save the image of your cake.

3. Submit Your Photo - After you have downloaded your image, enter it into our contest by doing both steps below. (You might also find a hidden surprise.)
• Post it to our Facebook wall and introduce everyone to your bunny.
Email your bunny photo to us (with photo attached).

All entries must be submitted by April 30, 2012. See the Official Rules.

Hop to it!

posted on March 7, 2012

Mar 1

Real Heritage Recipe Contest Winners

Thank you to everyone who participated in the Real Heritage Recipe Contest. Your involvement made it an overwhelming success. You submitted and selected some delicious recipes. Here are your winners:

Breakfast Winner:
Cranberry Pecan Spicy Cinnamon Buns

Appetizer or Side Dish Winner:
Seared Lemon Butter Scallops With Fresh Tarragon

Main Dish Winner:
Amazing Macaroni and Cheese

Desserts Winner:
Grammy's Ladyfinger Cookies

Congratulations to all the winners, finalists, and daily cash prize voters!

posted on March 1, 2012

Aug 23

Still Time to Enter 100 Years, 100 Days of Winners

Update: This contest is over. No more entries will be accepted. Thank you to everyone who participated.

With over 150 winners so far, we're well into our "100 Years, 100 Days of Winners" instant win game. But there's still time to register for your chance to win the $10,000 grand prize or one of the other exciting prizes. Help us celebrate our one hundred year milestone by entering before it ends on September 23, 2011.

Spin to Enter Now

posted on August 23, 2011

Jun 14

100 Years, 100 Days of Winners

Update: This contest is over. No more entries will be accepted. Thank you to everyone who participated.

To continue the celebration of our 100 Year Anniversary, we've launched a new “100 Years, 100 Days of Winners” Instant Win Sweepstakes.

Challenge has much to celebrate and will be offering promotions throughout the year in honor of our 100th birthday. Beginning June 15, Challenge will kick off a “100 Days of Summer” online instant win game, rewarding hundreds of fans with cash and baking goodies. One lucky player will even receive $10,000. Check for details.

With hundreds of winners and over $25,000 in cash and prizes up for grabs from Hefty® BlackOut and Good Cook® kitchenware, you’ll have an excellent chance to win. Contest ends September 23, 2011.

Play for your chance to WIN!

posted on June 14, 2011

Jun 9

Sing Happy Birthday to Win a Cake

June 11th Only - Submit a Happy Birthday song video for a chance to win a free birthday cake.

The first 100 fans to sing Happy Birthday to Challenge Butter via video on its Facebook page on Challenge Butter Day (June 11, 2011) will receive a voucher for a free birthday cake to use at their local Challenge Butter retailer.

This contest is only open for one day, so grab a camera, warm up that voice, and send us a your best birthday song! Complete rules and regulations can be found on

posted on June 9, 2011

Jun 6

Real Challenge, Real Adventure Family Sweepstakes Winner Announced

Congratulations to Jenn T. from Fair Oaks, CA!

Jenn was randomly selected as the grand prize winner of the Real Challenge, Real Adventure Family Sweepstakes. Interestingly, we learned Jenn is an avid baker and food blogger who uses Challenge Butter exclusively. In fact, some of her recipes have been published and have won multiple contests. Way to go, Jenn! We truly hope your family enjoys their time in Yellowstone.

posted on June 6, 2011

Apr 26

Win a Trip to Yellowstone National Park

Update: This contest is over. No more entries will be accepted. Thank you to everyone who participated.

Don't forget to enter. There's still time to win a family trip to Yellowstone.

The majestic elk has been part of our brand since we began in 1911, and we would like to remind you about the chance to see one roaming free in the wild. Enter the Real Challenge, Real Adventure 100th Anniversary Sweepstakes before May 31, 2011, and you could win a trip to Yellowstone National Park or one of the other great prizes. Must be 18 or older.

Enter Now

posted on April 26, 2011

Mar 16

The Real Challenge, Real Adventure, Family Sweepstakes

Update: This contest is over. No more entries will be accepted. Thank you to everyone who participated.

Win a Family Trip to the Greatest of the Great Outdoors: Yellowstone National Park

For 100 years, the majestic elk has been the symbol of Challenge Dairy products. Now more than ever, its steadfast and graceful demeanor reflects our commitment to providing our customers with the highest quality, natural products.

To help commemorate 100 years of Challenge Dairy, we are giving one lucky family the opportunity to roam wild with the elk in one of America’s oldest, most beloved destinations, Yellowstone National Park. With the serenity of the wilderness and the Tetons as the backdrop, enjoy classic accommodations, horseback riding, open bus tours, and more. It’s our way of saying thanks for 100 years of families enjoying 100% pure, real Challenge Butter.

Enter Now

posted on March 16, 2011

Feb 24

Savor the Sun Grand Prize Winner

Congratulations Ginger and Family

Congratulations to Ginger T. and her family - the Grand Prize winners of our Savor the Sun Sweepstakes! They will be making a trip from San Antonio, TX to the gorgeous Italian Villages on the islands of Turks & Caicos, courtesy of Beaches Resorts - the Luxury Included® Vacation for Everyone!

"I am so excited for this vacation! We were just trying to figure out what kind of vacation we should take this year as a family and couldn't decide. My kids are so excited! Thank you Challenge Butter! We love the Tuscan Style Butter on our bread with our favorite Italian dishes." - Ginger

posted on February 24, 2011

Jul 27

Summer Fun Sweepstakes

Update: This contest is over. No more entries will be accepted. Thank you to everyone who participated.

Summer is fun, especially when filled with your favorite foods, travels, and activities.

It’s when you find excuses to be outside and make up reasons to go places. It means jaunts to the park, quick trips to the store, days at the beach, and visits with friends. With all that scooting around, we would like to help you cruise across town in style.

That’s why we’re giving away a new Vespa S 50 4V.

posted on July 27, 2010

May 28

Announcing the Real Challenge for Real Bakers Photo Contest Winners

Your votes are in and the results have been calculated.

Congratulations to Michaela! Her Saturday morning bread baking story and photo was selected as the winner of an incredible 48-piece collection from Nordic Ware®, including Spring-themed Bundt™ pans, cookware sets, and other accessories.

And congratulations to our other contest winners who will also be receiving some quality bakeware from Nordic Ware®. Susan’s mouthwatering Pink Buttercream Cupcakes got her a 2nd Prize placement and 28-piece bakeware package, and Kara’s Real Oreo Cupcakes posted a close finish, awarding her the 3rd place 14-piece package.

Thank you to everyone who participated in this contest and to Nordic Ware® for providing bakeware that’s on every discerning baker’s wishlist. It was fun to read your stories and share them with others.

1st Place: Baking Bread on a Saturday Morning

First Place

What's your favorite thing to bake and share your favorite baking story:

Ever since I can remember, my mother baked bread every Saturday morning. I continue that tradition now that I am a mother myself. There is nothing more basic and delicious than butter melting on thick slices of homemade bread. My family still uses the same sourdough starter that has been passed down to four generations. After a morning spent baking bread, I feel like I accomplished something important. Nourishment for the body, yes, but even more for my soul.

— Michaela from California

2nd Place: Pink Buttercream Cupcakes

Second Place

What’s your favorite thing to bake and share your favorite baking story:

Big, little, or in between, cakes, especially buttery yellow cakes, are my favorite to bake. It cuddles so nicely with any flavor from chocolate to berries. I will share a funny baking story, but it wasn’t so fun at the time! My dear, and always efficient husband, tried to carry 3 wrapped trays of the pink cupcakes that I had promised for a local benefit, all in one trip. And trip he did. I did salvage one tray, but the rest were “cupcake cobbler”. We managed to save the dipped berries from the tops, and I hear they sold like hot cakes. I consoled myself with sweet buttery remains! Next time, I’m going with cookies, and hopefully I will have some nice new bake ware to donate too.

— Susan from Florida

3rd Place: Real Oreo Cupcakes!

Third Place

What’s your favorite thing to bake and share your favorite baking story:

The smells and tastes of baking something delicious are only part of the story. That’s why I love baking. It begins when I find the perfect recipe and begin shopping for only premium ingredients, like real Challenge butter. When I spend the time to bake the best, I want to make sure it tastes the best. That’s the secret of any great baking story!

— Kara from California

posted on May 28, 2010

May 11

Time to Vote: Pick Your Favorite Baking Story

Thanks to everyone who entered the Real Challenge for Real Bakers Photo Contest.

It’s been a lot of fun reading about the kitchen exploits of our customers, the true bakers. Now it’s time to vote for your favorite.

We have narrowed down the list of entries to five outstanding finalists, but we need your help to determine who should win the quality bakeware prize packages from Nordic Ware®. You may vote once per day until May 17th by going to and selecting your favorite entry.

posted on May 11, 2010

Mar 30

The Real Challenge for Real Bakers Photo Contest

Update: This contest is over. No more entries will be accepted. Thank you to everyone who participated.

You could win some fantastic Nordic Ware® items for your kitchen.

Springtime represents a season of new life and excitement, and there’s no better way to celebrate than by introducing new recipes and flavors to your traditional Easter meal. But this year while you’re baking up memories for your family and friends, snap a few pictures or find an old favorite to enter into the Real Challenge for Real Bakers Photo Contest.

Quality cookware is an excellent complement to quality ingredients. Our friends at Nordic Ware have been the leaders in cookware for over 60 years, and we’re excited to give away $2,500 in Nordic Ware prizes in our Real Challenge for Real Bakers Photo Contest.

Enter Now

posted on March 30, 2010

Mar 2

“Taste of the West” Sweepstakes Winners

Congratulations to Brittany L. from Ferndale, WA and Megan S. from Austin, TX.

Congratulations to Brittany L. from Ferndale, WA, winner of the 7-day/6-night Grand Prize trip to the incredible Mountain Sky Guest Ranch in Montana's Paradise Valley.

“When I was contacted by email I certainly didn’t think the words ‘You are a winner’ meant the Grand Prize! My boyfriend even joked, ‘Maybe it’s a lifetime supply of butter,’ which would have been awesome too considering the amount we go through.”

Also, congratulations to our first prize winner, Megan S. from Austin, TX who will be receiving a fantastic kitchen package from OXO and Spice Islands.

posted on March 2, 2010

Dec 9

Enjoy 20% Off From OXO

Happy Holidays from OXO.

Enjoy 20% off from now through December 31st. And if your order is more than $25, you'll get free shipping as well!

posted on December 9, 2009

Dec 8

The Cinnamon That Tastes More Like Cinnamon

When we started the sweepstakes, we were seeking a partner that would be a natural fit with Challenge butter, and who better than Spice Islands!

With such an extensive collection of spices, we knew they would have everything you’d need for your cooking and baking needs.

Spice Islands travels the world to find the best sources – no matter how remote. So that means their spices are the highest quality available and only the best goes into their bottles, that way your creations taste as flavorful as possible.

With even more holidays coming up around the corner, we know that cinnamon is a common ingredient used in your fall and winter treats!

But did you know that not all cinnamon is the same? That’s why Spice Islands travels all the way to the Mekong Delta to harvest its cassia cinnamon. Some cinnamon has a mild woody flavor. That’s understandable, considering it’s actually tree bark. But still, who wants to bite into a woody snickerdoodle? Not us! The flavor of cinnamon can vary greatly depending on the kind of tree it comes from, where it’s grown and how it’s processed. Spice Islands gets their Saigon cinnamon from a type of cassia tree that grows in the mountains of Vietnam. It’s not as common and harder to get, but it’s worth it because it’s the highest grade of cinnamon on earth. Spice Islands cinnamon has a higher volatile oil content, which means it’s more potent. It has a rich, slightly sweet, warm flavor that we know you will enjoy!

Next time you’re at the store, look for the beautiful reddish brown cinnamon in the Spice Islands bottle. It’s cinnamon that tastes more like cinnamon. So give your desserts something special.

And don’t forget to try their recipe of the week for Grandma’s Ginger Cookies!

posted on December 8, 2009

Dec 2

Mountain Sky Guest Ranch - A Real Taste of the West

It's time again for another guest blogger. Please welcome RC Townsend, the Activities Director and Group Sales Director for Mountain Sky.

When Challenge approached us about the “A Taste of the West” sweepstakes, we were honored to sponsor the vacation portion of the prize. The fit felt perfect—our respective commitments to excellence had landed us at the top of our fields, and we were confident that we would provide winners with a taste of the west as fine as their butter.

For nearly 75 years, Mountain Sky Guest Ranch has offered guests Montana’s majestic natural setting and a chance to reconnect with the land – and each other. The ranch boasts an 80% guest return rate year after year, and we achieve this through a recipe that is one part breath-taking scenery, two parts fine dining, a generous portion of activities ranging from horseback riding and hiking to fly fishing and rafting. All of this is topped off with our single most important ingredient — staff interaction that often leads to lifelong friendships with our guests.

Located just north of Yellowstone National Park in southwestern Montana, we offer guests more than 8,000 acres of beautiful, rugged countryside that backs up to the vast and pristine Gallatin National Forest. Whether you experience this landscape on horseback, while hiking, on a raft or drift boat, or wading in a stream, we’re confident that you’ll truly get a quality taste of the western lifestyle. For those too young for the trails, we offer kids programming with unparalleled energy and creativity. Those looking for more relaxation than adventure can enjoy the stunning views from our pool and spa facility, kick their feet up in the quiet and peaceful setting on the front porch of the lodge or their cabin, or they can sneak off to enjoy one of our secluded hammocks. Whatever your age, whatever your desire, we’re confident you’ll experience the best the west has to offer at Mountain Sky.

Good luck to all the sweepstakes entrants, and Happy Holidays from all of us here at Mountain Sky Guest Ranch!

posted on December 2, 2009

Nov 24

Happy Holidays from OXO!

Today we'd like to feature a post by a guest blogger from OXO, Bena Shah! Read below to see what she has to say about your holiday cooking preparations.

It’s hard to believe that the holidays are almost here – where did the time go?! At OXO, we’re no strangers to the slicing, dicing, chopping and roasting that comes along with Thanksgiving and all of the other holidays this time of year. It is our fundamental belief that having the right tools at your fingertips makes you comfortable and confident in the kitchen. And feeling comfortable and confident in the kitchen can make the difference between serving up a bird that you can be proud of and one that you might hope heads south for the winter.

For nearly 20 years, OXO has been dedicated to creating tools that make everyday living easier. In that time, we’ve introduced over 800 household tools, each based on the philosophy of Universal Design, which takes as many needs as possible into consideration in the design process. The result is a product that is easy – and fun – to use by the widest range of users – young and old, male and female, lefties and righties, and gourmands such as yourself. The principles of Universal Design result in a Carving and Cutting Board with tapered grips for easy lifting, even with a turkey on board; a Smooth Potato Masher with a horizontal handle to give you the leverage you need to make mashed potatoes with no lumps (really!); and airtight, watertight, leak-proof TOP Containers to store those delicious leftovers.

We were so thrilled when the folks at Challenge Dairy came to us with their “Taste of the West” sponsorship – it was such a natural fit. Like our devotion to the right tools, Challenge has a commitment to providing the right ingredients. We’ve been keeping up on the mouth-watering dishes that have been posted and may try out more than a few in our test kitchen as our own pre-holiday prep.

Good luck on the contest and Happy Holidays from OXO!

posted on November 24, 2009

Nov 2

Bloggers: Enter Now For Your Chance To Win!

Update: This contest is over. No more entries will be accepted. Thank you to everyone who participated.

To all you bloggers out there, we thought we'd do something special just for you!

For any blogger that writes a post about the Challenge Dairy A Taste of the West Sweepstakes, you could be entered into a drawing for one of five $100 gift cards!

And it's simple to enter so just follow these three steps:

  • Write a blog post which talks about the Challenge Dairy "A Taste of the West" sweepstakes and links to the registration page at
  • Publish it to your personal or company blog
  • Email us the link to your blog

You'll be automatically entered for a random drawing which will take place on or around January 8, 2010.

We'll notify the five winners at the e-mail address they provide to us... so make sure you check that e-mail. Oh, and don't forget to keep us out of your spam folder!

We told you it was easy! :-)

See the official rules

posted on November 2, 2009

Oct 15

The Challenge Dairy "A Taste of the West" Sweepstakes

Update: This contest is over. No more entries will be accepted. Thank you to everyone who participated.

We’d like to invite you to enter for a chance to win A Taste of the West for a 7-day/6-night trip for 4 people to the incredible Mountain Sky Guest Ranch in Montana’s Paradise Valley, just North of Yellowstone National Park.

In addition to world-class fine dining, the guest ranch features cozy accommodations, horseback riding, hiking, fishing, rock climbing, clay shooting and much more!

Revive, rejuvenate and reconnect with a variety of activities for everyone.

Airfare, food, accommodations and certain activities are all-included in this $17,000 luxury getaway.

But that’s not all. We’ll also be churning more good luck with an $850 kitchen package for an additional winner from Spice Islands and OXO.

Spice Islands is renowned for sourcing and delivering the world’s most flavorful spices, herbs, and extracts. With over 100 distinct products you are sure to find a new favorite among their premium spices and blends at your local grocer.

OXO offers over 850 household products that ease the tasks of everyday life for the widest range of users possible. Their collection of TOP Containers are perfect to store any culinary masterpiece.

So go ahead and enter now!

posted on October 15, 2009