In Wisconsin, TikToker Halley Kate tried cheese curds, Caribou Coffee


From her new home in the Hamptons to Wisconsin. Influencer Halley Kate, who has 1.2 million TikTok followers, recently visited our state and shared her experiences in a series of social media posts.

Why? Her boyfriend Reed’s hometown is here. And it looks like it’s around La Crosse.

While in town, the New York City socialite tried cheese curds and Caribou Coffee, tried the driving range, stopped by an antique store and drank Wisconsinbly.

Since she was traveling with her dogs, Halley and her boyfriend embarked on a 16-hour road trip, for which the 23-year-old vlogged. They drove right through it – well, except for gas stops, Dunkin’, Subway, walking the dogs… and a tragic accident with a raccoon.

As they passed The Mousehouse Cheesehaus in Windsor, north of Madison, Halley called it “the most Wisconsin thing I’ve ever seen in my entire life.”

In another TikTok, Halley — wearing an Urban Outfitters dress paired with muted red Adidas — stepped out of her new 2024 Land Rover Defender and waved. That viral TikTok audio that reads “Hello, New York!” supported her. As the camera panned to a field of horses, you heard the sound of cows mooing.

“I visited my friend’s hometown in Wisconsin,” she wrote over the clip with cheese, cow and cowboy smiley emojis.

The Wisconsin girls in her comments section were excited. And many recommended – read as: demanded – that she try cheese curds.

Here’s what she thought and what else she did during her stay here:

What did social media influencer Halley Kate think of Wisconsin fried cheese curds?

Luckily, while driving, Halley and her boyfriend passed a giant sign in front of Rudy’s Drive In Restaurant in La Crosse that read, “Cheese curds too good,” she said in a TikTok. She had her husband ‘swerve the car’.

In classic drive-thru fashion, their order was placed on a tray hooked to the window of the vehicle.

“It literally looks like fried cheese,” she said as she showed the curd to the camera.

She said Reed eats them with ketchup, which weirded her out. Us too, Halley. We also.

Without sauce, they reminded her of mozzarella sticks. With ketchup… just no.

“The consensus is that it can’t taste good, it’s fried cheese,” she said in the video. “But that tastes like a mozzarella stick you can get anywhere.”

She even captioned the video: “Cheese curd is half…I said it😬”.


Like any good Wisconsinite, Reed jumped to the Dairy State delicacy’s defense, saying his girlfriend is going to get “so much hate” for hating them.

“I apologize to all Wisconsinites if this is offensive to you,” she said to the camera.

But we have to recognize that there was a key element missing from Halley’s cheese curd experience. Ranch – a total game changer.

And Halley, if you’re ever passing through the Milwaukee area, these were our readers’ favorite fried cheese curds.

Halley Kate calls Caribou Coffee ‘so damn good’

When Halley said she would be in Wisconsin for a week, she received a flood of Instagram DMs telling her to try Caribou Coffee, she shared in a TikTok. A follower told her it would change her life.

“I have to say I’m intrigued and will be the judge of that,” Halley said in the video.

As she walked through the drive-thru, she frantically ordered an espresso shaker with vanilla oat milk. But apparently that would end up being an excellent choice.

After saying “wait” in shock several times, she described it as “so damn good.”

“I’ll get that any day,” she said.

Her post caught the attention of the Minnesota-headquartered coffee company, which commented, “We’re so glad you stopped by 💙.”

‘They can stick around in Wisconsin’: influencer Halley Kate put on her drink

The next time we saw Halley Kate in a drive-thru, she would be trying to soothe a hangover with a Diet Coke.

“They can hang in Wisconsin,” she said in a TikTok.

Her team started golfing at 5 p.m. and ended up staying out until the bar closed.

“One thing about Wisconsin: They will get you drunk,” she said in the video. “And for like zero f—— dollars.”

The night before, she said, she ordered a round of four drinks and four shots. She handed the bartender $100 and told her to keep the change. The bartender asked if Halley was sure.

The influencer was shocked when she was told her total bill was $28 – “the price of one drink” in New York.

While posting about being more conscious about drinking, she said in the video: That went right out the window here.

“I can feel it this morning… I had a lot of fun though and I will definitely be going out again tonight,” she agreed.

‘All love, from Wisconsin’

The influencer shared a carousel of photos from her time at America’s Dairyland with the caption: “all love, from wisconsin xx🧀😊”.

Her feed photo was of her outside the La Crosse antique center. She also shared photos of a barn with alpacas outside, on a golf course, out and about with the big open sky, a delicious looking meal and the Library Bar.

The couple’s next stop: Michigan to visit Halley’s family.

Who is Halley Kate?

According to a recent TikTok Halley made about her journey to social media stardom:

Halley, who grew up in Virginia, worked in retail and the food industry, including at Justice and Tropical Smoothie Café.

She always loved fashion and moved to New York City at the age of 18 to attend LIM College: The Business of Fashion & Lifestyle.

A few weeks after the move, Halley realized how expensive it was to live there and that she didn’t have the money. She got a job as a sales associate at Free People in Rockefeller Center.

During her second year, she also interned with a famous stylist, but it was unpaid.

“I felt so overworked, so stressed and just wondering what I wanted to do with my life,” Halley said in the video.

When the COVID-19 pandemic hit, her internship was canceled and she was laid off from her retail gig. She moved back into her childhood bedroom and started posting on TikTok “because I literally had nothing else to do.”

In April 2020, she posted a Snapchat video showing that she would be TikTok famous by the time quarantine was over. She would be right.

Early in her TikToker days, Halley sold style bundles, she shared in the video. Essentially, she had people send her Pinterest boards for style inspiration and went thrift shopping for them.

Eventually, her TikToks evolved into a down-to-earth way to share her life and make brand deals.

Just a few months ago, Halley made headlines — and TikToks — after he was punched in the face by a stranger while walking on a New York sidewalk.

“My life is inherently crazy, and so it just feels natural to post that and share it with you,” Halley said in the video about her social media journey. “I’m also an oversharer through and through, so I’m very happy that I made that substantive switch. And I’ve never looked back since.”

She dabbled in social media full-time during her junior and senior years of college. After graduating, she continued to do so and has amassed 1.2 million followers on TikTok and 146,000 on Instagram.

“This literally changed my entire life,” Halley said in the video. “The fact that I have all this, and you guys and all these opportunities, is the greatest blessing and I will never take that for granted.”

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