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  • Health Fix Homemade Cracker Recipes

    Health Fix Homemade Cracker Recipes

    Whether you want a healthy afternoon bite or a nice treat to have around the house for guests, crackers and cheese spread is the perfect snack. By making your own crackers, you can add even more flavor to a healthy snack. Try combining one of these four delicious cracker recipes with our creamy Hickory Farms cheese spreads. It'll be a treat you won't soon forget!

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    Parmesan and Basil Crackers

    With a hint of salty cheese and a touch of fragrant herbs, Parmesan and basil crackers are sure to add just the right amount of flavor to your dips. To make your own, mix together flour, dried basil, salt and pepper and nice, freshly grated Parmesan Regianno. Then, add pieces of cold butter and a dash of cream until the dough forms. Roll out the dough, cut into shapes, and bake until your delicious crackers are golden brown.

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    Honey Oat Crackers

    For those of you who love sweet and savory combinations, try dipping honey oat crackers into a spicy spread. Using a food processor, pulse together rolled oats, baking soda, a dash of sugar and salt, a touch of cinnamon and some butter. In a small bowl, combine honey, vanilla and water before streaming everything into the food processor. Roll out the dough and bake.

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    Sweet Potato Crackers

    If you'd like to sneak in some vitamins and nutrients, try making your crackers with healthy sweet potatoes. Start by boiling your potato and making a puree. Let your puree cool, then mix with dry ingredients, honey and butter. Finish by cutting the dough into fun shapes and baking the crackers.

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    Whole Wheat Crackers

    If you prefer to take a more traditional route, consider sticking with a classic, like whole wheat sesame crackers. Simply mix flour, salt and sesame seeds before streaming everything in olive oil and a bit of water. Bake until crunchy.

    With these recipes, baking fresh and nutritious homemade crackers couldn’t be easier. Combine these crackers with our Hickory Farms Sharp Cheese Ball or Bacon and Green Onion Spread for a quick and delicious snack!

     

     

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  • Family Fun Fireside Activities for Cold Winter Days

    Family Fun Fireside Activities for Cold Winter Days

     

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    When winter winds are blowing and snow piles up outside, there's no better place to be than in front of a roaring fire. Delight the entire family with an indoor fireside picnic with Hickory Farms’ Hickory Fire Side, which includes beef and turkey sausages, four varieties of cheese and our special Sweet Hot Mustard. Add in a bottle of Lucinda & Millie Chardonnay, and you'll have some yummy fixings for an indoor picnic.

     

    Of course, the food’s not the only great thing about a picnic! Check out these fun activities you and your family can enjoy, while relaxing at home on a cold, winter day.

     

     

     

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    Involve everyone in creating a family scrapbook by collecting photos from past celebrations and vacations, souvenirs from theme parks and ticket stubs from movies. Include programs from dance recitals, certificates and ribbons from awards at school and athletic events. Allow your kids to express their innate creativity with markers, stickers, glitter and glue sticks.

     

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    Making fondue is almost as much fun as eating it! You can start with our Cheddar Flight, which includes four varieties of cheese, some cubes of crusty French bread, as well as a couple slices of delicious apples and pears from our Fresh Fruit Trio Gift Box. Finish off the evening with this recipe for Ultimate S'Mores toasted over an open fire.

     

    Watch classic movies and TV shows. Introduce a new generation of children to the delights of "Shirley Temple," "I Love Lucy" and the slapstick comedy of "The Three Stooges," while the whole family snuggles by the fire.

     

    You can also organize an indoor scavenger hunt on a snow day when the kids are home from school. Write down clues on scraps of paper that lead to special stashes of treats like homemade cookies or the next clue.

     

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    Work on a family project next to a warm fire. Let your kids assemble a large puzzle or a homemade masterpiece on poster board.

     

    Hickory Farms is proud to be a part of your memorable family traditions since 1951. Call us at 800.753.8558 or visit www.hickoryfarms.com to place an order for delivery right to your door.

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  • Seasonal Recipe Grilled Sausage with Fruit Relish and Curried Walnut Couscous

    Seasonal Recipe Grilled Sausage with Fruit Relish and Curried Walnut Couscous

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    Pairing fresh, juicy fruit with bold gourmet sausage is an unexpected and delicious combination. You can even add a side of curried walnut couscous for greater textural complexity. Fantastically sweet and savory, grilled sausage with fruit relish and curried walnut couscous is a recipe that works well for everything from a summer cookout to a winter treat that transports you to the tropics.

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    Preparing your Fruit Relish

    Start making your sweet relish by chopping up some fruit. For a delicious treat, pick dried mangoes, apricots, and sun plums from our Dried Fruit Collection. If you prefer fresh fruits, choose juicy Crown Comice pears, Fuji apples and Mandarin oranges. Remove the seeds and stems before dicing into small pieces, then place your fruit in a bowl. Finish your relish with a splash of white balsamic vinegar and a sprinkle of kosher salt.

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    Cooking the Sausage

    Make your sausage super tender by boiling your meat before grilling. Simply cut thick slabs of our Summer Sausage and add to a boiling pot of apple juice and water. Boil for five minutes before placing the sausage on the grill until a nice char forms. When perfectly cooked, place your sausage on a bun and top everything with your homemade relish.

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    Making your Side Dish

    The slight spiciness of curry paired with the natural sweetness of raisins is the perfect complement to a sausage sandwich. Make a delicious sauce by combining walnuts, butter, brown sugar, curry and our Berry Nut Bounty Mix in a saucepan. Stir often to keep the butter from browning. Finish by adding water and bringing it to a boil before adding the couscous. Cover and let the couscous sit in your pan for five minutes, then fluff with a fork and enjoy!

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    Gourmet sausage, juicy fruit and delicious couscous prepared with Hickory Farms ingredients is the perfect sweet and savory meal. Start with our Fruitful Gift Tower for nearly everything you need to prepare this unique meal that will be sure to become a family favorite.

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  • Spring Entertaining with Hickory Farms

    Spring Entertaining with Hickory Farms

    With the warm air, and long awaited sunshine, we are starting to see that spring is finally here! There are so many things that come to mind when we think of spring: picnics, outdoor activities, baby and wedding showers, and one of our favorite activities-spring entertaining. With the combination of springtime and some helpful tips from Hickory Farms, you’ll be well on your way to hosting spring gatherings that are second to none.

    Create the Perfect Table Spread

    Spring is the perfect time to host a housewarming party or small gathering with your closest friends. Nothing brings friends together more than a colorful and delicious spread of snacks and beverages. To create a spread that appeals to everyone’s tastes, an array of colors and textures is key. Crunchy nuts, sweet candy, delicious seasonal fruit, and savory flavors like creamy cheese really create a springtime spread that appeals to every taste bud.

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    Host a Picnic at the Park

    Now that it’s finally warming up, wait no longer to enjoy a picnic in the park with your loved ones. Bring a blanket and a picnic basket filled with your favorite quick, easy, and healthy lunches.  Slicing sausage and cheese before you leave the house and packing it into your basket makes for a very easy snack in the park. Enjoy the fresh spring air with your loved ones all while sitting in the sun and enjoying great conversation.

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    Showers

    Spring is the season of showers. Baby showers, wedding showers are in full bloom during the spring months. Have a friend who is having a shower, or are you hosting a shower? Create some cute spring themed party favors. By taking mini, transparent bags, fill them with your favorite candies. We’ve used our Mini Melt Away Mints to really showcase the colors of spring. When tying the bag, add a charm that coordinates with the event! Add a mini rattle for a baby shower or a rhinestone ring for a wedding shower. These personal touches to your homemade party favor will make it all the more special.

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    With spring, your creativity, and a little help from Hickory Farms, you are ready to utilize these great spring entertaining tips at your next party!

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  • Fruitful Desserts for Growing Kids Fruitful Desserts for Growing Kids

     

    Parents want their children to eat their share of fresh fruits, but kids tend to gravitate towards sugary snacks that are high in calories and low in nutritional value. So, for a happy medium, Hickory Farms is sharing some mouthwatering recipes packed with plenty of sweet and healthfully delicious fruit.

     

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    Blueberry and Peach Cobbler

     

    This recipe calls for frozen peaches, but it's even better with fresh peaches from our Peach Duet Gift Box. Add some sliced peaches to a pint of blueberries, roll out your homemade dough for the crust, brush on some egg wash, sprinkle sugar on top, and bake! Your kids will love eating this fruit-filled dessert. For an extra treat, add a scoop of vanilla ice cream on top.

     

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    Source: Food Network

     

    Summer Fruit Crostata

     

    Don't let this recipe's fancy name deter you. Just tell your kids you're making a fruit pizza and they'll be instantly hooked! Made with the same sweet fruits featured in the cobbler recipe, this fruit crostata requires a few plums to make the dish even tastier.

     

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    Source: Bon Appétit

     

    Mango and Berry Swirl Smoothies

     

    For days when it's just too hot to crank up the oven, try making this wonderfully cool and very nutritious sugar-free fruit recipe. Sweetened by a couple tablespoons of honey, you can cut the calorie count even further by using low-fat or fat-free milk.

     

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    With summer in full bloom, there's no need to use frozen fruits. Our Very Special Variety Fruit Gift Box features fresh mangoes you can throw in for a burst of flavor. You can make the day extra special by taking your kids berry-picking for blackberries. It's a refreshing treat they'll want you to make again and again.

     

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    Hickory Farms gourmet gift selections always hit the spot. Choose from our perennially popular fruit and nuts selection or give a loved one or a friend a Peach Duet Gift Box that can be customized with a ribbon for any special occasion.

     

    Call 800.753.8558 to place your order for delivery right to your recipient's door, or shop online 24 hours a day.

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  • Fun Ways to Celebrate Mother's Day

    Fun Ways to Celebrate Mother’s Day

    Have you ever tried to ask your mom what she wants for Mother’s Day? Did she respond with something along the lines of “your presence is present enough”? Give your mom what she really wants this Mother’s Day and plan a family outing to spend some quality time together.

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    Hickory Farms looked around to find some great ideas for family outings to surprise Mom with this Mother’s Day. Here are some of our favorite ideas.

     

    For outdoorsy moms…

    Take mom on a hike! Find a nearby trail and plan out a mini outdoor excursion. Don’t forget to throw in some snacks like fruit and nuts.

     

    For wine lover moms…

    We love Sunset magazine’s idea for impressing mom by organizing an at-home wine tasting. Not sure where to start? Check out our posts on “Tips from Food & Wine Experts on How to Host a Wine Tasting” and “Wine & Cheese Pairing 101.”

     

    For sunseeker moms…

    Plan a picturesque picnic. Pack lunch and take Mom to a peaceful spot where you can enjoy a nice meal in nature.

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    For foodie moms…

    Treat her to a special homemade Sunday brunch. If your mom loves to cook, have the recipes and ingredients all ready to go and plan to make brunch together! For inspiration, check out our recent post on delicious brunch menu ideas.

     

    For adventurous moms…

    Take an exciting day trip. Find a destination that is not too far from home but has something unique you can explore and enjoy, such as a nearby city, beach, or lake.

     

     

    How will you be spending Mother’s Day? Share your idea for fun and unique ways to celebrate Mother’s Day in a comment below or on the Hickory Farms Facebook page.

     

     

    If you can’t be with mom this Mother’s Day, make sure you send her something special! Hickory Farms has a wonderful selection of gourmet gift baskets and gift boxes with delicious fruits, wines, and other treats that mom’s will love!

     

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Gourmet Gift Boxes & Food Gifts

Brighten someone’s day when you give them one of the signature gift boxes from Hickory Farms. Every gift box is packed with the delicious flavors and high-quality ingredients you have come to expect. Whether you are celebrating an anniversary, birthday, work promotion, or just showing someone you care, our food gift boxes combine savory ingredients and sweet treats for the perfect gift!

There’s something for everyone in a Hickory Farms gift box. Our gourmet gift boxes consist of products for people with different taste buds and preferences. Our smoked cheddar cheese and Italian salami are perfect for your friend who loves to create a savory appetizer spread for parties and entertaining. Does your loved one enjoy the sweeter things in life? Then spoil them with one of our chocolate gift baskets filled with delicious treats! Or, if you want to celebrate someone who prefers gifts on the healthier side, send one of our healthy gift baskets packed with fresh fruit and nutritious nuts that can be used for smoothies, salads, snacking and more.

Can’t decide on a gift box for your friend or family member? Some of our most popular gift boxes are included in our best-selling food gifts section and make for a special treat to share with family and friends. Hickory Farms also offers personalized gifts for him and her if you’re looking to send something especially unique. Everyone can enjoy our wide selection of gourmet food gift boxes that we’ve been carefully handpacking since 1951. Bring our traditions to your special celebrations and show your loved ones you care with gift boxes from Hickory Farms.

Struggling to find the perfect gift for your loved ones this holiday season? Hickory Farms gift boxes also make for wonderful presents. Whether your family tradition consists of a grab bag, White Elephant exchange, or Secret Santa swap, Hickory Farms offers the best food gifts for everyone on your list. If you’re celebrating the holidays at a friend or family member’s house this year, treat them to a gift box as a hosting gift to show your appreciation for all of their hard work.

Ship a Hickory Farms Gift Box

Your friends and family will love and appreciate all of the delicious items in our food gift boxes no matter what the occasion may be. The best part about a gift box from Hickory Farms? They’ll ship directly to your loved one’s front door.

Whether you are shipping gift boxes across the street or across the country, we guarantee quality and freshness upon arrival. During checkout, request to have your gift box packaged and delivered straight to your loved ones’ door. Let Hickory Farms help make gift giving easy with our specialty food gift boxes.