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  • Host a Classic Christmas Party for Family & Friends

    Host a Classic Christmas Party for Family & Friends

    One of the most important parts of the holiday season is sharing your family traditions with your children. Pass on beautiful memories by hosting a classic Christmas party for friends and family with Hickory Farms and these tips.

    Holiday Traditions

    Although Christmas celebrations began around 336 A.D., the holiday really took off in the 1800s when it became a treasured family holiday. From these historic roots, classic pieces of the ancient celebration, such as Christmas greenery, Saint Nick, the tradition of gift giving, and mistletoe kissing, emerged. To keep your party grounded in tradition, be sure to incorporate a few of these classic elements.

    Preparing Your Home

    Christmas decor instantly makes your home warm and welcoming. Make sure that your friends and family really feel the holiday spirit by sprinkling your home with green and red accents. Try throwing a red gingham blanket over your sofa and draping your mantle in garland. For an extra yummy decorative option, thread strings with our Peanut Brittle Popcorn with Chocolate Drizzle for your tree. Your guests will love plucking their dessert from the branches.

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    Plan the Menu

    Nothing really creates as many holiday memories as food. For a classic and elegant menu, start by preparing a Beef Tenderloin paired with a truffled wine sauce. This delicious combination of classic flavors is made extra special with the addition of cremini mushrooms, truffle oil, and a big splash of the Pinot Noir from our All The Cellar's Best gift box.

    Complete your meal with festive sides, such as a mixed green salad with our Mandarin oranges, cranberries, and slices of our Triple Crème Cheese. Cinnamon stewed apples made with our Fuji Apples, spices, and sugar is another great side dish that will add a nice sweetness to your savory meal.

    Pay homage to classic holiday traditions with these guidelines for festive food and decor. For everything from your holiday hors d'oeuvres to your holiday gifts, Hickory Farms has the perfect gift basket for you.

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  • Easy to Make Snacks for Holiday Carolers

    Easy to Make Snacks for Holiday Carolers

     

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    Caroling is a special holiday tradition that has been passed down from generation to generation. Whether you prefer to sing holiday classics or contemporary favorites or contemporary favorites as a holiday caroler, caroling is a great excuse to enjoy your neighborhood's beautiful decorations, while spending time with your family and friends. Make sure to keep your strength up this season by bringing along a couple of these festive, easy-to-make snacks featuring Hickory Farms gourmet fruits and nuts.

     

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    For a fun contrast in flavors and textures for your holiday snacks, put together a simple, yet delicious popcorn snack mix. Start by popping a bag of microwave popcorn. Then, mix it into a salted caramel sauce. Spread the mixture onto a baking sheet and cook for five minutes. Finish the caramel popcorn by adding chocolate-covered peanuts from our Sweet & Salty Nut Sampler.

     

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    Make a quick and easy snack for a crunchy dessert in just minutes with chocolate-covered graham crackers. Simply melt wafers in a  double broiler, and then toss in the crackers to coat. Before the chocolate hardens, quickly sprinkle the cracker with roughly chopped nuts from the Our Finest Mixed Nuts Gift Tin.

     

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    If you love baking and simple snack ideas, delight your lucky carolers with a nutty play on a traditional macaroon. Make your macaroon batter as normal, but add a little something extra special with ground pistachios from our Grand Nut Party Assortment Gift Tin. Place the batter in a piping bag, form the cookies and bake. After they've cooled, sandwich the macaroons with chocolate ganache and another sprinkle of pistachio.

     

     

     

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    For a treat that's even simpler to prepare, pack a gourmet fruits and nuts snack. Starting with our Dried Fruit Collection, place a selection of white peaches, mangoes, apricots, and almonds on a baking sheet. Heat the fruits and nuts in an oven for five minutes, and enjoy while still warm from the oven.

     

    With these easy-to-make snacks featuring our Hickory Farms' Fruits & Nuts line, you can make sure your holiday carolers enjoy a special evening that will create lasting memories for years to come.

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  • Featured Basket Here's to the Holidays Wine and Cheese Pairings

    Featured Basket Here's to the Holidays Wine and Cheese Pairings

     

    Wine and cheese pairings from Hickory Farms

     


    Are you planning on hosting a holiday cocktail party? With two varieties of our signature sausage, four of our delicious cheeses, a jar of flavorful Sweet Hot Mustard and a bottle of bold Lucinda & Millie organic Cabernet Sauvignon, Hickory Farms' Here's to the Holidays basket  is the perfect addition to a fantastic holiday gathering.

     

    An introduction to pairing wine with food

     

     

     

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    As a general rule, foods with more subtle flavor should be served with lighter wines, while bold or spicy foods should be served with robust wines.

     

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    When pairing a gourmet meat and cheese platter with wine, the most important thing to consider is balance. Each component should act in harmony with one another, bringing out additional complexities in the flavor profile.

     

    Wine and cheese pairings are one of the easiest to master. Simply read the descriptions of each and look for similarities. The big flavors of your Cabernet, for example, will go well with salty, aged cow's milk cheeses, such as our Farmhouse Cheddar Blend. If you really want to bring out the spicy notes in your wine, try pairing the Cabernet with our Jalapeño Cheddar Blend.

     

    Although you may not see it often, wine and meats are another natural pairing.The appeal of this pairing comes from a sensation known as "mouth feel." While wine leaves your mouth feeling astringent and slightly dry, the natural fats in meat add a complimentary soothing touch. To maximize this sensation, take a sip of your wine and hold it in your mouth for a moment. Follow this with a bite of Hickory Farms' signature turkey or beef sausage to really wake up your taste buds.

     

    Another factor to consider is texture. Foods with contrasting textures create greater interest. Top your salami with a piece of creamy Swiss cheese for a rich textural treat.

     

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    With these simple tips and pairing wine with food from Hickory Farms' Here's to the Holiday's gourmet sausage and cheese platter, your holiday party is sure to be a huge success!

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  • Festive Tablescapes for the Holidays

    Festive Tablescapes for the Holidays

     

     

     

    Setting a beautiful table for Thanksgiving is easy with a little creativity and help from nature's own bounty. Hickory Farms has found some inspiration to help you capture the festive spirit of Thanksgiving.

     

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    A natural centerpiece featuring a woven basket or cornucopia with gourds, pine cones and colorful autumn leaves in a burlap runner gives a rustic vibe to holiday family gatherings. Small ornamental pumpkins can be used as a base for guest place cards. Use tableware and place settings in the rich hues of fall to complete the look.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

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    Choose a more formal look by breaking out your vintage linens and heirloom silver from past Thanksgivings. Elegant tapers flickering above sterling candle holders provide a soft ambiance that encourages family members to reminisce about family traditions, keeping the memories alive for younger generations.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

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    A floral centerpiece of vibrant mums, orange roses and rusty alstroemeria is a lovely addition to any holiday table. You can also make it a bit more subdued by creating a homey look with golden sheaves of wheat, cattails, acorns and ripe red berries in an old milk pitcher. A small scroll of rice paper tied with twine on which you've written a word or two of gratitude for each friend and family member is a heartwarming and gracious touch.

     

     

     

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    Whether you're hosting the feast or a guest, a beautifully packaged Hickory Farms wine basket, like our Winter Wonderland Basket, is a welcome addition to any table. These lovely seasonal baskets contain fine wines like Kendall-Jackson's Vintner's Reserve Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon, Parducci Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. Other gourmet delights include our award-winning Signature Summer Sausage, cheeses and crackers that make tasty hors d'oeuvres to nibble on later.

     

     

     

    Hickory Farms has been a part of families' holiday traditions for over 60 years! Invite our homey treats to your Thanksgiving celebration by placing your order today.

     

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  • Inspiring St. Patrick's Day Party Ideas Inspiring St. Patrick's Day Party Ideas

     

    There’s no better way to celebrate the spirit of the Irish than with a St. Patrick’s Day soiree! If you’re planning a St. Patrick’s Day party, you’ll want to start with the color green and lots of shamrocks!

     

    We love the idea of using multiple shades of green for St. Patrick’s Day décor! Various shades of green make a monochromatic color scheme much more fun to work with, and the different shades can also be creatively incorporated into your menu, too.

     

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    If you are feeling extra creative, you can try your hand at some handmade decorations. These felt shamrocks would be easy to make and could be used throughout your party space and spread.

     

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    Or, you can use the real thing. Adding a real shamrock could give a shabby-chic St. Patrick’s Day tablescape a nice natural touch.

     

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    If you really want to get into the St. Patty’s Day spirit, consider including a bit of Irish folklore into your party theme. You can “catch” a leprechaun and use it as a lucky centerpiece!

     

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    Lively Irish music featuring instruments like the flute and violin are sure to create a festive atmosphere, and perhaps encourage your guests to dance a jig in Riverdance style! You may also want to add a few tunes by groups like Celtic Thunder or Celtic Woman to your playlist for a more modern touch.

     

     

     

    No St. Patrick’s Day party is complete without a spread of delicious food, drinks, and desserts. There are lots of traditional Irish dishes that have become St. Patrick’s Day favorites, such as corned beef and cabbage, Irish stews, and soda bread. But don’t be afraid to break away from tradition and find other ways to create a fun and tasty St. Patrick’s Day menu.

     

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    Kiwis from our gourmet fruit gift baskets can be used to create a Shamrock Smoothie. You could also use some kiwi and Granny Smith apples in a Spring Green Salad and throw in some gourmet nuts for a little added crunch.

     

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    You don’t have to limit yourself to green beer for your drinks, either. Consider a refreshing Irish Mojito adorned with mint and kiwi garnishes or a fabulous Green Apple Martini with a rainbow rim.

     

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    How do you plan to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day? Leave your entertaining ideas in a comment below!

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  • Simplify Holiday Shopping with Christmas Gift Baskets to Maximize Family Time

    Simplify Holiday Shopping with Christmas Gift Baskets to Maximize Family Time

    The holidays are a busy time of year, full of social events, shopping and all sorts of seasonal activities. Unfortunately, with all of the hustle and bustle, you may be missing out on the things that are most important about the holiday season!

    This year, make time for the things that really matter about the holidays – family, friends, traditions and community. How can you do this? It all comes down to how you manage your time. One of the best ways to leave time for the things that matter this holiday season is to get your gift shopping done as quickly and easily as possible.

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    Fighting crowds and traffic can drain valuable time from your day that could be spent volunteering for your favorite cause, visiting a friend or just enjoying a relaxing winter evening with your family. If you are looking to shop online for Christmas gift baskets as a way to spread holiday cheer and save time, selecting a basket full of trusted favorites from a reputable company is another great way to ease your mind.

    Christmas gift baskets from Hickory Farms

    Grand Snack Tower Gift Basket from Hickory Farms
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    Visit the Hickory Farms website to explore our range of gourmet gift baskets and other holiday gifts for every person on your list. There’s something to fit any taste from wine gifts, fruit baskets and gourmet nuts to sweet gifts and gourmet cheese and sausage. Surprise that sausage aficionado with a stocking full of savory Summer Sausage, or satisfy a sweet tooth with classic treats like mints or fudge.

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    We make it easy to find the perfect item for everyone on your list, allowing you to shop by price or browse special offers. And while you’re shopping online for holiday gift baskets, don’t forget to send something to your military friends or family! Visit our recent post about Operation Gratitude to learn about our partnership with this great organization. Visit us online to shop military gifts with free shipping to APO and FPO addresses.

    Do you shop online to save time during the holidays? What would you do with the extra time if you had it? We’d love to hear from you, so share your holiday traditions and ideas with us in the comments!
     

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  • Black Friday

    History of Black Friday

    Love it or hate it, Black Friday is here to stay. But have you ever wondered how it got its start? Occurring the day after Thanksgiving, Black Friday has become one of the biggest shopping days of the entire year. Hordes of people flock to the stores and browse online to find the perfect gifts for family, friends and loved ones. But when did Black Friday start to actually become a tradition?

    Black Friday Online Shopping

    In recent years, online shopping has become increasingly popular on Black Friday as well as Cyber Monday, the Monday directly following Thanksgiving weekend. If you choose to stay in, keep warm and do your shopping from the comfort of your couch, we applaud you. Don’t forget to browse everyone’s favorite gift baskets from Hickory Farms, and maybe even order something for yourself if you’ve shopped up an appetite! Our smoked cheddar cheese and Italian salami make for a great post-shopping snack. Hey, no one ever said browsing the Web didn’t make you hungry! Happy holidays, and we wish you the best of luck with the start of Black Friday shopping!

    And, if you plan to venture out to the mall, stop by one of our local Hickory Farms stores or kiosks.

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  • Best Cyber Monday Gifts

    Best Cyber Monday Gifts

    Cyber Monday is the biggest online shopping day of the year where all different types of retailers offer exclusive savings on big ticket items. One of the best parts about Cyber Monday shopping is that you can shop at your own leisure. You don’t have to worry about waiting in lines or dealing with big crowds, all of the best Cyber Monday gifts are found at the convenience of your own home or personal space. Who doesn’t love being productive in their pajamas?

    Searching for the best deals on Cyber Monday can work up an appetite. Fortunately Hickory Farms offers a variety of snacks that will give you all the fuel you need to get your holiday shopping done. From healthy gift baskets filled with fresh fruit and nuts to our signature gourmet food gifts including smoked cheddar cheese and Italian salami, our treats will help you stay focused on finding the best sales possible. Celebrate a successful day of Cyber Monday shopping with a refreshing glass of wine as a reward for all of your hard work! Hickory also will be providing Cyber Monday sales on some of our top products. Hickory Farms gift baskets look lovely underneath the tree and are perfect for anyone on your list.

    Don’t forget about our Black Friday specials as well. May the sales be with you!

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  • Valentines Day Traditions

    History of Valentine's Day

    The history of Valentine’s Day is rather shrouded in mystery. As with many modern holidays, Valentine’s Day is believed to have its roots in a Roman pagan festival. In this case, Valentine’s Day history began with the “Lupercalia festival,” where men sacrificed a dog and a goat, and then used the hides of the animals to whip women in the belief that it would make them fertile.

    Fortunately, Valentine’s Day traditions have come a long way since those early days.

    The Romans are probably also responsible for the name of the holiday. Two men named Valentine were both executed on Feb. 14 under the rule of Emperor Claudius II. The Catholic Church honored their martyrdom by claiming the day as St. Valentine’s Day.

    Over the centuries, famous people (e.g. Shakespeare) helped to romanticize Valentine’s Day through their writings and works. By 1913, the holiday had come to America and Hallmark began creating valentines for everyone. Now you can find a card with any cartoon character imaginable on it.

    Valentine's Day Traditions, Food, & Gifts

    In modern times, Valentine’s Day has become a celebration of love and a day to remember those who are special in your life. The most widespread Valentine’s Day traditions are to express your love in the form of gifts – with cards, chocolates, flowers, stuffed animals and jewelry – all tokens of affection.

    School children often delight in Valentine’s Day parties in which everyone in their class exchanges valentines. Messages range from cartoon characters to kitschy candy heart sayings. Be Mine is the classic, and UR cute! have morphed into Ti Amo and BFF.

    Going out to celebrate is also a Valentine’s Day tradition. This custom likely sprang from the old English belief that birds selected their partners on Feb. 14, and the day was even called “The Bird’s Wedding Day” in Sussex, England.

    Today, many couples maintain a tradition of a Valentine’s Day date night. Some choose to go out for a fancy meal; others prefer cuddling up on the couch with a bottle of wine and a favorite movie or playlist playing in the background. Which are you?

    May we suggest you make your Valentine’s Day tradition in even more special with a Valentine’s Day gift basket from Hickory Farms? Filled with decadent chocolates, cheese, sausage and other tasty treats, we’ll deliver the perfect Valentine’s Day food.

    No matter what you do, having your love by your side is the point, so cozy up and enjoy the tradition!

    Cheers to crafting new traditions and treasuring your loved ones for many years to come.

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  • St Patricks Day Recipes

    History of St. Patrick’s Day

    Like many modern celebrations, St. Patrick’s Day has its roots as a religious holiday. Celebrated every year on March 17, St. Patrick’s Day is the feast day of St. Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland. Although originally a Catholic holiday, the day commemorates the spread of Christianity in general to Ireland. Patrick spent more than 20 years traveling through Ireland and established a national clergy, monasteries, schools and churches. He died on March 17, A.D. 461, and the holiday has evolved quite a bit since then.

    St. Patrick’s Day Traditions

    Today, nearly everyone celebrates St. Patrick’s Day. Even if you aren’t Irish, it’s still a great excuse to partake in the festivities often associated with the modern holiday. These traditions include watching parades, listening to bagpipers and Irish step dancers, attending mass, wearing green and shamrock-adorned clothing and perhaps even indulging in a green beer or Irish whiskey. Leprechauns and snakes are often associated with the holiday as well. Celtic folklore is where the leprechaun association came from, and snakes are because legend has it that St. Patrick banished all the snakes from Ireland during his time there.

    St. Patrick’s Day Recipes

    Besides enjoying authentic Irish music and wearing green, food for your party is needed to commemorate St. Patrick’s Day properly. Although corned beef and cabbage is the most common dish associated with the holiday, corned beef actually isn’t Irish! In Ireland, people ate Irish bacon, but when they came over to America, they were introduced to corned beef by their Jewish neighbors in New York’s Lower East Side. If you aren’t into corned beef and cabbage or simply want to try something different, here are a few ideas to check out:

    Colcannon—enjoy a traditional Irish potato and vegetable dish with family and friends.

    Green Pancakes—go ahead and make this a full-on brinner with some bacon and eggs as well!

    Lucky Leprechaun Dip—indulge guilt-free in this one, especially if you pair it with some freshly cut veggies!

    For delicious appetizer and snacks throughout the day, why not serve a tasty meat and cheese platter from one of our many Hickory Farms gift baskets? You can’t go wrong with the savory flavors. Try putting out nut samplers as well for your guests to snack on. Everyone loves something salty to pair with their favorite Irish ale or whiskey! Whether your celebration is traditional or all your own, the spirit of St. Patrick’s Day is all about gathering together with friends and family to make unforgettable memories.

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  • Celebrate national siblings day

    What is National Siblings Day?

    Although it is not yet a federally recognized holiday, National Siblings Day is celebrated by many brothers and sisters each year. Just like how Mother’s Day honors mothers and Father’s Day pays tribute to fathers, this holiday is an opportunity to honor and recognize the important bond of siblings. Claudia Evart began the holiday in memory of her brother and sister, who both died young. The holiday has roots in America, but has since spread to other countries around the globe, even India and Australia. In America, governors of 49 states have issued proclamations to recognize National Siblings Day in their respective state. Since almost 80 percent of children in America have at least one sibling, most people have at least one other person to share the day with.

    When is National Siblings Day?

    National Siblings Day is celebrated annually on April 10. Claudia Evart selected this date because it is the birthday of her deceased sister, Lisette.

    Ideas for Celebrating National Siblings Day

    Although some people are content with simply posting an Instagram photo with their sibling, why not go above and beyond this year to show them how much you truly care? Check out some unique ideas below:

    • Spend some time playing games that were your favorites growing up. Whether that means outdoor games like Kick the Can, Ghost in the Graveyard or indoor games like hide and seek, Chutes and Ladders or Clue, revisiting old games can provide hours of entertainment.

    • Go back through each other’s old yearbooks. Be sure to spend plenty of time laughing over each other’s silly outfits and hairstyles.

    • Reminisce about your favorite memories of growing up. Whether they be family vacations, school plays or time spent playing sports together, share those stories again and take each other back. You can always do this over Skype if you live far apart, and feel free to have your parents join in on the conversation too if you’d like!

    If you can’t be there to celebrate with your brother or sister in person, why not send them one of our gift baskets to show you’re thinking of them? Our gift baskets are filled with tasty sausages, cheeses, fruits, wine and more that your sibling is certain to enjoy. No matter what you select, one statement always remains true—no matter the distance, it’s the thought that counts. Make it a tradition to celebrate family with Hickory Farms.

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  • Spring activities and Easter baskets ideas

    Things to do in Spring

    When the temperatures begin to warm and you can hear birds chirping outside your window, you know spring has sprung. The season of rebirth, spring holds a special place in many people’s hearts for its symbolism of new beginnings. It is also the time we celebrate Easter, an important religious holiday for Christians. But even those who aren’t religious still enjoy gifting baskets and coming up with unique ideas for gifts. If you’re feeling stuck in a rut this year, Hickory Farms has some suggestions for spring activities for kids as well as fun Easter basket fillers for children and adults alike.

    Spring Activities for Kids & Adults

    The beauty of spring lies in the ability to go outside again without worrying about the chilly air hurting your face or giving your fingers and toes frostbite. Check out some fun new options for things to do in spring:

    • Plan a park date! If you have kids, this is a great way to let them run around to get all their pent-up energy out. And if you don’t, you can make an adult day out of it! Pack a picnic lunch and enjoy the sunshine and scenery.

    • Stroll around the zoo! It’s always more fun to look at animals when you aren’t freezing your buns off. If you have little ones in tow, they’ll appreciate having more freedom to roam around and not be restrained by wearing layers of coats, sweaters and scarves.

    • Get yourself moving with fun outdoor activities! Whether it’s riding a bike, flying a kite or playing catch, spring offers up plenty of opportunity to work up a sweat while enjoying the nice weather. If you have kids, you can even consider organizing a neighborhood softball or kickball league, or simply encourage your kids to spend time playing with their friends outside.

    Creative Easter Basket Ideas

    When the weather warms up, it also means that Easter is around the corner. Hickory Farms has fresh ideas on things to use as Easter basket fillers as well. Although chocolate and candy are much-loved Easter favorites, try switching things up this year with a delicious fresh fruit basket or dried fruit. Anyone looking for a gluten-free or healthy alternative to the traditional holiday gifts will surely appreciate something so unique. For adults, you can consider a wine and cheese gift combo, or even treat someone to a very special offering like Pfaelzer Brother’s filet mignon cuts.

    If the kids are still looking for a sweet treat, melt away mints or signature chocolates offer something to satisfy their sweet tooth that can be portioned out by the handful. Don’t forget to check out our Easter gift baskets for even more inspiration. No matter what gift you select for family and friends, the importance of the spring and Easter season is to appreciate time spent outdoors and with family. We hope you enjoy creating new traditions together!

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