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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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    Source: Food Network

     

    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 Spring Basket Ideas for Kids Fun Spring Basket Ideas for Kids

     

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    Filled with candy, toys and special surprises, kids always look forward to receiving their spring baskets. Choosing a theme is a great way to make each basket reflect your child's unique interests. Grab a couple brightly colored baskets, some tinsel or tissue paper, and make this year's spring baskets even more special with some fun ideas.

     

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    • For the budding artist, fill a basket with items that will inspire your children and bring out their creativity. Great options for an artistic basket include sidewalk chalk, finger paints, crayons, markers, coloring books and sketch pads.
    • If you have a little fashionista, create a basket brimming with things for playing dress up. Add some sunglasses, nail polish, costume jewelry and hair accessories for a truly stylish basket.
    • Sports fans will love a basket with football, baseball and basketball-themed treats. Load each basket with sports cards, ball caps and foam balls. If your little ones also play sports, consider adding small pieces of sports equipment, such as shin guards or batting gloves.
    • Dollar stores and bargain bins are full of toys that can be combined for a fun and affordable basket. Choose miniature books, bouncy balls, modeling clay, silly putty, or any other little toys you can find.
    • For a great opportunity to spend some quality time with your older children, consider filling their spring basket with fun activities rather than toys and treats. Stuff a basket with vouchers for the movie theater or admission tickets for local museums or zoos. Another great alternative is movie night in a basket. Simply fill a basket with a movie or two, a box of microwaveable popcorn and a bag of your teen's favorite candy.

     

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    Once you have your kid's baskets prepared, make sure to get a spring basket treat for yourself. With Hickory Farms gift baskets, such as our Bountiful Tastings or Hickory Tropical Delight, you can treat yourself to an adult twist on the traditional spring basket that includes fresh fruits, yummy cookies, decadent cheeses and other delicious treats that are perfect for a spring feast. Your kids will love it too!

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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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  • Fun Ways to Spend Father's Day

    Fun Ways to Spend Father's Day

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    With every Father’s Day that passes, we have to get more and more creative to come up with something that will really put a smile on his face. And there’s nothing more thoughtful than planning to spend the day having fun together. As Ask Men magazine put it, “… a great gift, a present and a card cannot substitute for quality time with dad.”

     

    Take a stroll down memory lane…

    Find unique ways to learn more about your dad’s life before you were around. Find out what his favorite old movie or show is and plan to watch it together.

     

    Cook up new memories…

    Put on your chef hats or grab your grill tongs and plan to cook up a meal or grill out together.

     

    Make (or enjoy) music…

    If you play instruments, suggest a jam session. Or, see if you can buy tickets to a live performance of his favorite band or type of music.

     

    Take him out to the ball game…

    If your dad is a sports fan, he won’t say no to an afternoon at the stadium or arena watching his favorite sports team. If it’s off season or his favorite team is playing an away game, plan to watch the game at home. Or, get out and play! Hit the batting cages or the bowling alley together, or plan to play a round of (mini) golf.

     

    Help him cross something off of his bucket list…

    Take dad somewhere he has never been to but always wanted to go, like New Orleans or the Grand Canyon. Another thoughtful idea is to plan an activity he’s always wanted to try but hasn’t had the opportunity to yet. Maybe he’s always wanted to learn photography or take a sailing or flying lesson. Doing something where you can learn together will be rewarding for both of you!

    No matter what you plan to do with your dad on Father’s Day, you definitely have to make sure he’s well fed! Hickory Farms gourmet sausage and cheese can help keep Dad happy (and full) all day long. And for a great Father’s day gift, you can give or send him the Precision Tool Bag, which comes with our Signature Beef Summer Sausage, two cheddar blends, and gourmet crackers.

     

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  • Get Healthy During National Fresh Fruit and Vegetables Month

    Get Healthy During National Fresh Fruit and Vegetables Month

    With so much fresh produce finally in season, it's fitting that June should be National Fresh Fruit and Vegetables Month. Crisp veggies are not only delicious, but they're also fantastic for your health. They provide you with tons of vitamins and minerals, which may help reduce your risk of disease. You can take part in this health initiative by adding more fruits and veggies to your diet and by following a few of the healthy eating tips below.

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    • If you love exploring new things, one of the simplest ways to encourage yourself to eat more fruits and vegetables is to pick out something out of the ordinary. Peruse farmers' markets, produce aisles and fruit stands for unfamiliar fruits and veggies.You can also enjoy cooking different recipes and experimenting with flavors.

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    • Sneak extra fruits and veggies into your breakfast and lunch. Throw a chopped banana or sliced strawberries into your cereal, or stuff your turkey sandwich with extra veggies, such as spinach, tomatoes, cucumber, bell peppers and avocado.

    • Keeping fruits and vegetables easily visible will help encourage you to reach for them when you're hungry. Place a bowl of apples, oranges and pears on the table for a beautiful display that can also double up as a quick and healthy snack.

    • Rethink your meal planning strategy. Rather than choosing your protein and then your side dishes, start by thinking about which veggies you're going to incorporate into your meal and plan the entree from there.

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      Source: Better Homes and Gardens

    • Choose fruit for dessert. Top berries with a spoonful of whipped cream for an easy sweet treat that still provides you with tons of nutrients.

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      With these simple tips, you can celebrate National Fresh Fruits and Vegetables Month by effortlessly adding more fresh produce into your meal. For a great starting point, order one of our gourmet fruit baskets from Hickory Farms. With a colorful variety of fresh fruits, these baskets are a convenient way to eat better and get healthier. Who knows, you might even start celebrating this delicious month more often!

       

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  • Go Nuts for These Easy Granola Recipes

    Go Nuts for These Easy Granola Recipes

    When life gets hectic, it's a good idea to have some healthy snacks on hand. Full of crunchy nuts and delicious fruits, granola is a great treat to satisfy your hunger, while giving you the little boost of energy you need. Grab a bag of Hickory Farms mixed nuts and whip up these simple and convenient granola recipes.

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    Whole Lotta Nuts

    If you can't get enough crunchiness, you'll love this recipe. Start by stirring together a few handfuls of oats, a scoop of our mixed nuts, a bit of coconut flake and some pumpkin seeds. You can amp up the flavor even more by adding a sprinkle of cinnamon and a dash of salt.

    Meanwhile, in a separate sauce pan, melt some honey and a stick of butter. Before removing the butter mixture from the heat, throw in a bit of vanilla. Next, pour butter over the nut-and-oat mixture before stirring and spreading the granola onto a sheet for baking.

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    Maple-Nut Granola

    Adding dried fruits to your granola is a delicious way to increase the fiber and nutrient content. Using a large bowl, add some maple syrup for a nice, earthy sweetness that's perfect for fall. Then, add vanilla extract, brown sugar and a pinch of salt. Next, slowly incorporate vegetable oil, whisking quickly to combine. Finish by stirring in oats, our Hickory Farms mixed nuts and a selection of fruits from our Dried Fruit Collection. Now, just bake until golden brown.

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    Classic Granola

    For a treat that's sure to please, opt for a traditional granola blend of sweet and savory. In a bowl, mix a handful of oats, almonds, some of our cashews, a bit of coconut and brown sugar. In another bowl, combine oil, salt and maple syrup. Finish by folding the liquid mixture into the oats until well-combined, and then bake.

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    With these delicious recipes, you can transform our Hickory Farms gourmet fruits and nuts into a sweet, yet satisfying treat that's filling enough to tide you over until your next meal.

     

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  • Gourmet Lunch Box Delicious Sandwich Ideas

    Gourmet Lunch Box Delicious Sandwich Ideas

    Composed of gourmet meat, cheese and freshly baked bread, sandwiches are a simple and delicious option for a fast lunch on the go. With the help of our Hickory Farms gift baskets and a few simple tips, you can whip up delectable sandwiches in moments. Try these five recipes and transform a simple lunch into a gourmet experience.

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    You can bring to mind images of the French countryside with Open Faced Cornichon Butter Sandwiches. Starting with a nice crusty baguette, roughly chop a handful of cornichons, a small, tart European pickle and mix everything into fresh butter. Spread the mixture on half of your baguette and top with thin slices of our Signature Beef Summer Sausage.

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    If you're looking for a grown up version of grilled cheese, try a Balsamic Strawvocado. Just add mashed avocado and slices of strawberries to two pieces of toasted wheat bread and sprinkle with balsamic vinegar. Top with our Farmhouse Cheddar and Peppercorn Cheese Round and place in a skillet until it's melted and gooey.

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    Source: Men’s Health

    Bring home the tropics with a spicy fish sandwich. Coat your fish in cornmeal and Cajun seasoning before pan frying. Then, using a kaiser roll, stack the fish, some shredded cabbage, cilantro and tomato, along with a spread of our Honey and Pineapple Mustard.

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    Jazz up a deli sandwich with homemade onion relish. Cook down red onion in olive oil and red wine vinegar and toss with fresh herbs. Finish by layering our Turkey Summer Sausage, our Sweet Hot Mustard and relish on thickly-sliced bread.

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    For a delicious sweet and savory treat that really takes the traditional cheese sandwich to the next level, try a Fig Jam and Smoked Gouda Sandwich. Slice a baguette in half and spread each side with fig jam and slices of our Smoked Gouda cheese. Place the sandwich under the broiler until the cheese melts and the bread is a nice golden color. Finish with a sprinkle of arugula.

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    With these simple recipes and the gourmet meats and cheeses from Hickory Farms' Deluxe Smokehouse Collection Gift Box, you can turn an ordinary sandwich into something truly special.

     

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  • Great Mardi Gras Party Ideas

    Great Mardi Gras Party Ideas

    Mardi Gras is right around the corner, and there’s no better excuse to throw a party!

    Since the early 1700s when the French first settled in New Orleans, Mardi Gras has been celebrated on a grand scale with masquerades, parades, and other exciting carnival festivities. But even if you are not in New Orleans, you can throw your own Mardi Gras ball to take part in the celebration with family and friends!

    If you want to throw a party in the true spirit of Mardi Gras, the first thing to keep in mind is that you can never have enough green, purple, and gold! The other Mardi Gras must-have is an abundance of colorful beads. And with a little creativity, you can use Mardi Gras beads to make all of your own party décor.

    In these three examples, Mardi Gras beads were used to make DIY party coasters, a Mardi Gras wreath, and a festive centerpiece. You can even hang green, purple, and gold beads from light fixtures such as sconces and chandeliers to set the scene for your Mardi Gras bash.

     

     

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    The decorating doesn’t have to stop once the party starts. To keep your guests engaged, organize a Mardi Gras mask decorating contest. Purchase masks for your guests to decorate, and make sure you have plenty of craft supplies including feathers, glitter, ribbon, markers, and other decorating materials. Here’s a helpful printable template that we found for making your own Mardi Gras masks.

     

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    You can’t have a Mardi Gras celebration without lots of delicious food. Create a menu of Creole and Cajun favorites like gumbo and jambalaya. When the recipe calls for sausage, consider using gourmet meats from Hickory Farms. Here are two recipes for Cajun Chicken and Sausage Gumbo and Jambalaya Supper Stuffing recipes that are sure to be a hit at a Mardi Gras party.

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    Don’t forget to complete your menu with the most famous Mardi Gras tradition of all - the King Cake. Make sure to get your guests excited about this tradition! Whoever has the slice of cake with the baby is in charge of buying the next king cake and throwing the next Mardi Gras party!

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    What’s your favorite part about Mardi Gras? Tell us in a comment below!

     

     

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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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    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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  • Healthy Eating for the New Year

    Healthy Eating for the New Year

    If losing weight and getting in shape are on your to-do list for the new year, you’re not alone. Last year, losing weight was the top resolution among Americans, with staying fit and healthy as the fifth most popular resolution.

    Adjusting your overall lifestyle and committing to the goal of becoming a healthier person are critical steps you’ll have to take to achieve your goal. In addition to getting regular exercise and breaking unhealthy habits, you must also develop healthier eating habits to lose weight and be fit.

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    Make healthy snacks with Hickory Farms fresh fruit baskets and gourmet nut gift baskets. (Photo via Lunch Box Bunch)

     

    Counting calories is important, but you should change the type of carbohydrates you consume, opt for adding healthy fats to your diet, and incorporate the right protein sources as a part of healthier eating habits. Fruits and vegetables are excellent sources of carbohydrates that also provide you with vitamins, minerals, fiber and other nutrients needed to maintain your health, according to the Harvard School of Public Health

    Our Dried Fruit Collection includes delicious healthy fruits such as apricots, peaches, pears and other fruits, as well as crunchy almonds to provide a tasty contrast to the fruit. If you are looking for post-holiday food gift ideas, this collection is an excellent idea.

    Food gift ideas from Hickory Farms.

    The Hickory Farms Fresh Fruit Trio includes Crown Comice Pears, Fuji Apples and Mandarin Oranges; our fresh fruit baskets create a combination that offers variety and flavor.

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    Health fats come in two forms: monounsaturated and polyunsaturated. These types of fat are helpful in improving blood cholesterol levels and benefit insulin and blood sugar levels, according to the Mayo Clinic. Nuts are a fabulous source of healthy fat and make for healthier snack options than potato chips and sweets. Hickory Farms offers a variety of gourmet nut gift baskets.

    Protein is an essential element of a healthy diet, as it helps repair and build muscles that are being exercised. Other benefits of adding protein to your diet include helping you feel fuller longer and preventing issues like heart disease and diabetes. Nuts are a great source of protein, and, according to LiveStrong, cashews contain 4 grams of protein per ounce, while pecans contain 2 grams per ounce and walnuts contain 7 grams per ounce.

    We have several gourmet nuts, too. One of our best sellers is the Colossal Cashews Tin. Fresh, large cashews with a hint of salt make for a great snack to munch on throughout the day or a healthy party snack.

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    Our Finest Mixed Nuts Gift includes almonds, cashews and pecans, roasted and sprinkled with sea salt to snacking perfection.

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    Have you resolved to eat better and become healthier in 2013? If so, how do you plan to accomplish that goal? Share your healthy eating plans for 2013 with us by leaving a comment below.

     

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  • Help Us Fight Childhood Hunger with Share Our Strength

    Help Us Fight Childhood Hunger with Share Our Strength

    Purchase select gift baskets to join the cause.

    Did you know that one out of every five children in America struggles with hunger? That’s 16 million hungry kids right here in our own nation; kids who can’t concentrate in school, who can’t make the most of their potential because they can’t pay attention. It’s a staggering number, but you can help make a difference.

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    Hickory Farms is proud to support Share Our Strength and their No Kid Hungry Campaign. As the leading non-profit organization fighting to end childhood hunger in America, Share Our Strength works to end childhood hunger through access, education and awareness.

    No Kid Hungry helps kids get the nutrition they need by connecting them with programs that provide school breakfasts and summer meals. It provides education and empowerment to low-income families, helping them find ways to cook more nutritiously and make the most of their food budget. The program also aims to raise awareness of the silent hunger epidemic, spreading the word and giving people like you a chance to be part of the change.

    Our company has partnered with Share Our Strength  since 2008, and in that time, we have worked with our customers to raise almost $2,000,000. The money not only funds summer meal programs, food education and emergency assistance, but also helps create long-term hunger solutions for needy families.

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    By purchasing select holiday gift baskets from Hickory Farms, you can incorporate the true spirit of generosity into your holiday gift choices. Share your favorite gourmet gift baskets with family and friends, all while helping out this worthy cause towards ending childhood hunger in America.

    Working together, we can end childhood hunger in America. You can easily join the movement by taking the No Kid Hungry pledge here to help end childhood hunger, and choose gifts that give back this holiday season.

     

     

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  • Hickory Farms Offers Excellent Cyber Monday Shopping

    Hickory Farms Offers Excellent Cyber Monday Shopping

    After the stress of cooking over Thanksgiving, send your favorite chef a carefully crafted gift basket filled to the brim with delicious snacks to accompany any Thanksgiving leftovers. By ordering a Cyber Monday gift basket through Hickory Farms, you’ll let your favorite cook know how special you truly think they are.

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    Take advantage of Hickory Farms' Cyber Monday specials and deals this holiday season by sending someone special a gift basket filled with savory bites and sweet treats perfect for every household. Have your thoughtful gift stand out from the rest with unique assortments of delectable morsels in every sausage and cheese gift basket or fruit and nuts gift basket. 

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    On December 1, start the Christmas cheer a little earlier with one of the best Cyber Monday sales and order the sweetest person you know some delicious treats. These delectable bites are guaranteed to make them smile this holiday season.

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    Embrace the holiday season and share some Christmas cheer a little early with a gift basket tailored to make this season a bit brighter. By ordering a gift basket during Cyber Monday sales you’ll be starting off the happiest time of the year little earlier. To make it easier, you can request to have the gift packaged and delivered straight to their door during checkout.

    Also be sure to subscribe to our before December 1 so you can receive up-to-date Cyber Monday deals for 2014. Featuring exclusive offers valid year-round and information , our newsletter helps you save money during the holidays.

     

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  • Hickory Farms Snacks that Wow Your POool Party Guests

    Hickory Farms Snacks that Wow Your POool Party Guests

    With the weather heating up, it is time to start planning your first pool party of the season. While you will need the basics, including pool toys, lively music, and good friends, one of the most important components of a great pool party is the food. Make a spread of treats that are nice and refreshing by trying out these dishes using kiwis from one of our fabulous Hickory Farms fruit baskets, Bountiful Tastings.

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    Cinnamon and kiwis are just two of the unexpected flavors that you will find in this delicious twist on chips and salsa. Start by peeling and dicing your kiwis, along with the Fuji apples from the basket, a good handful of raspberries, and chopped strawberries. Combine the fruit in a small bowl and top with brown sugar and a scoop of strawberry jam.

    Next make your chips. Cut tortillas into wedges and coat them with vegetable spray. For extra sweetness, toss the tortillas in cinnamon and sugar before baking.

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    Dressing up your coleslaw can transform this picnic staple into something a little more playful. For this version, start by mixing shredded cabbage with grated carrots and slices of celery. Then, toss the veggies with chopped kiwi fruit and a few tablespoons of your favorite French dressing. For the finishing touches, top with coarsely chopped Mixed Nuts from the basket.

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    It wouldn't truly be an outdoor party without a good ambrosia salad. This version adds in a little extra fruit for a tropical twist that is perfect for lounging by the pool. First, mix together the fruit, including your chopped kiwis, the Navel Oranges from the basket, a couple bananas, a mango, and a handful of raisins. Then, simply combine the whole thing together with some whipped cream and a bit of shredded coconut.

    With these three delicious dishes, our kiwis will be the real star of your next pool party. Order one of our Hickory Farms Bountiful Tastings baskets today, and treat your family to fresh fruits, crunchy snacks, creamy cheeses, and plenty of other delicious surprises.

     

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  • Holiday Entertaining Tips from Hickory Farms

    Holiday Entertaining Tips from Hickory Farms

    The holiday season always brings so much joy and excitement. With the excitement and anticipation that go hand in hand with the holidays, there also comes a great deal of planning. Here at Hickory Farms, we want to help lighten the load by providing quick and easy tips to help the holidays go smoothly.

    Tip #1- Keep Chocolate on Hand

    Don’t be caught empty handed! We've all been in those situations where we have an unexpected guest arrive to a holiday event. By keeping an extra box of the Hickory Farms Signature Chocolate Collection readily available at your home, you’ll never have to worry about being unprepared this season.

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    Tip #2- Have a Signature Drink

    Add a personal touch to your holiday parties by having a signature drink. We love taking the fresh fruit found in the Orchard’s Bounty Gift Basket, and adding it to a Cabernet Sauvignon to create the ultimate festive party beverage. A signature drink can require way less, and can be as easy as adding a candy cane to the rim of a White Russian!

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    Tip #3-Set the Holiday Tone with Music

    Decorating for the holiday season is a tradition so many families possess. Why not make decorating even more fun by creating a playlist of holiday songs that has all of your favorite holiday jingles? Decorating the tree is so much more fun when everyone’s favorite holiday tunes are playing in the background.

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    With these three tips, and a little help from Hickory Farms you’ll have a well planned holiday season filled with traditions, great food, and lasting memories.

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  • Holiday Gift Guide for Employers

    Holiday Gift Guide for Employers

    There's a chill in the air and more than a few snowflakes in many parts of the country, which means it's once again time to start buying holiday gifts. Hickory Farms makes it easier on busy execs this year with this holiday gift-giving guide for employers. Below are some suggestions for gifts for co-workers, staff and clients.

    • Hydros Water Bottle - This "green" gift is great for employees to use both at work and for their gym workouts. The top filter removes contaminants from tap water and can be reused and washed, so there's no waste.
    • Hickory Farms offers a wide array of business gifts, so you can show clients that you appreciate their business. Hickory Fireside makes a perfect corporate gift and comes with a bottle of Lucinda & Millie Chardonnay, two kinds of summer sausage, three cheese varieties, and two flavorful mustards for some fireside snacking. Not sure of their tastes? Hickory Farms offers gift cards in $25, $50 and $100 increments.

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    • Movie passes or event tickets are great choices, especially if you know that certain staff members are film buffs, concert lovers, or appreciate a good professional sporting event. Make sure you gift them with two so they can bring their spouse or a friend.
    • A scented candle can be an inexpensive yet thoughtful holiday gift for a trusted co-worker.
    • If you're planning the holiday party for your office, include a Hickory Holiday Celebration Gift Basket for the festivities. Packed with tasty treats and a bottle of both red and white wine, this gift basket is sure to be a holiday hit.

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    When you think holidays, think Hickory Farms. We offer volume discounts for large orders, and our Business Gift Consultants are standing by to help you select the perfect gifts to make the best impression. We make shopping super easy with online ordering 24-hours a day, or you can call 800.753.8558 to place your order. Call today to ensure your gifts ship in time for the holidays.

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  • Host a Fun Cinco de Mayo Party in the Great Outdoors

    Host a Fun Cinco de Mayo Party in the Great Outdoors

    It's time to break out some mariachi music and an assortment of colorful piñatas! Hickory Farms is gearing up for Cinco de Mayo, and you can celebrate with us by throwing a festive outdoor party with a delicious menu that will sure to wow your friends.

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    • It wouldn't be a Cince de Mayo celebration without the day's quintessential drink -- margaritas! Stick to the basics with a classic blend of ingredients, or pick up the pace a little with some fancy variations. Blackberry brandy is an interesting addition, especially if you toss in some fresh blackberries as well!

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    • Sangria is a very refreshing drink to have on a hot day. You can make this drink a little more festive by throwing your favorite fresh fruits in it. If you like your drinks sweeter, substitute the club soda with ginger ale.

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    • Make some fresh fruit kebabs and use some flat cactus leaves as a natural platter. Just skewer some pieces of apple, pear and Mandarin oranges from our Orchard's Bounty Gift Box for a healthy treat that tastes great too.

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    • You can't go wrong with cheesy rice and black beans made with our Harvest Vegetable White Cheddar. Delightfully creamy, it has the added texture of crunchy vegetables like carrots, celery and onions.

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    Once you have your menu down, it's time to focus on your party's decor. Stringing colorful paper lanterns or strands of festive chili pepper lights across your patio or in the trees will give your space a Mexican cantina vibe. Visit your local party store for some inexpensive, bright tablecloths and napkins, and scatter a few small sombreros around the table. Pick up a couple of terra cotta serving dishes you can reuse at later celebrations and set out a few cacti around the party area to give your party a touch of authenticity.

    Whenever you celebrate, make sure to include some gourmet food baskets from Hickory Farms. For delivery right to your door, we're only a phone call away at 800.753.8558.

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