Scrumptious Platters for School Functions

When school bells ring again this fall, it’s a good bet there will be plenty of after school and evening functions for parents to attend. Whether it’s a back-to-school potluck, a dinner for the annual PTA meeting or tailgating before high school football games, students and parents will need to keep their energy up with some healthful treats.

There’s a skill and an art to preparing an appetizing spread quickly and efficiently. Hickory Farms knows that today’s parents are busier than ever, so we’ve found a few simple recipes for delicious offerings parents can bring along with them to please even the pickiest of eaters.

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Fruit Kabobs

All the nutrition with none of the mess, fruit kabobs are easy to make and very portable. They’re quite versatile, making them the perfect snack, appetizer or healthy dessert for when you’re on the go. Simply cut some fresh fruit into cubes, place on a skewer and serve on a large platter.

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Mini Ham, Cheddar & Apple Paninis

These paninis are so scrumptious kids will be coming back for seconds, so make sure to pack a big batch of this tasty course. Smoked ham, cheddar cheese and thinly sliced apples are all you need besides the bread to complete this easy dish.

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Monkey Platter

Make a platter with a little bit of everything to satisfy a hunger for both sweet and savory treats. Slice up some of our Beef and Turkey Summer Sausage, cut up some veggies, fruit and cheese and add some nuts and Olive Oil & Rosemary Crackers to round out the plate. A handful of Trail Mix is a nice addition too.

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The quality and convenience of Hickory Farms gourmet products is what has allowed us to build our loyal customer base since we first opened our doors 63 years ago. Stop by at one of our locations near you or order online or by phone for speedy delivery.

Get Your Kid’s Morning Started Off Right

We all want our kids to start each day off with a healthy breakfast in their belly. However, on chaotic mornings, this is much easier said than done. Send your kids to school ready to learn with full tummies by whipping up one of these delicious and conveniently portable breakfast recipes.

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The Traditional

For a classic breakfast treat, try making an egg and cheese sandwich. In a pan, add your eggs and cover until it’s cooked to your preference. Then, melt our Farmhouse cheddar on halved English muffins, and top it with the eggs.

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Kicked up

For kids with a more refined palette, add a nice twist to their traditional ham and cheese sandwich with a few sweet and savory additions. Prepare this flavorful sandwich using the classic recipe above and swap the Farmhouse cheddar for our Jalapeno Cheddar Blend to add a little spice. For a slight sweet element, top each English muffin with a layer of mango chutney.

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The Braid

A braided sandwich stuffed with breakfast goodies is a protein-packed treat that can be prepared ahead of time. Begin by unrolling refrigerated pizza dough. Then, sauté an onion until transparent before adding slices of our Turkey Summer Sausage to the pan. Mix in eggs, cooking until set, and top with our Smoked Gouda.

Place the filling on half of the dough, then cut the other half into three pieces and braid it over the filling, tucking under the ends before baking.

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Breakfast Wrap

No matter how big of a hurry you’re in, you’ll always have time to make a quick breakfast wrap. Simply scramble a few eggs and throw in some veggies, a bit of our gourmet ham and a dash of our Smoked Bacon & Cheddar. Top with our Sweet Hot Mustard and serve in a whole wheat tortilla.

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With these savory breakfast recipes, complete with our delicious Hickory Farms ingredients, your kids can start their day off on the right foot every morning.

Keep Your Kids Fueled for the Day with Fruit-Packed Treats

When your child grows hungry, it may seem like the school day will never end for them. Give your kids the energy that they need to stay focused and attentive all day long with a great fruit-packed treat. Your kids will love these delicious cereal bar recipes below, especially if they feature an assortment of mixed nuts from Hickory Farms.

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Apricot Cereal Bars

Filled with protein and a hint of sweetness, cereal bars are packed with the flavors your kids crave, as well as the fuel they need. Start by toasting equal amounts of rolled oats and our mixed nuts on a baking tray until you can smell a nice, nutty fragrance. Then, throw the toasted mixture into a large bowl and add a bit of puffed cereal, flour, salt and a heaping handful of our dried apricots.

Using a food processor or blender, puree tofu, honey, vanilla, egg and, for added tang, a bit of lemon zest. Combine the tofu mixture with your mixed nuts and apricots, folding everything together with a spatula. Finish by spreading the mixture into a pan and baking.

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Almond Honey Bars

Kids love granola bars, but store-bought versions are oftentimes filled with sugar and preservatives. For a soft and chewy bar you’ll feel good about feeding your little ones, make your own with this simple recipe.

Start by toasting a healthy mixture of our natural almonds with oats and your choice of seeds, such as sunflower, flax, or sesame. When the oats and nuts have turned a nice, golden brown color, mix them with chopped pieces of our dried Yellow and White Peaches, as well as a dash of our Berry Bounty Nut Mix. Then, add in a bit of honey, almond butter, brown sugar, and vanilla before baking.

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Gorp

Essentially a deconstructed granola bar, Gorp is an even easier treat to make for your kids. Just combine our mixed nuts with our dried Angelino and October Sun Plums, some natural almonds and a few chocolate chips.

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With these energy-packed snacks featuring our Hickory Farms mixed nuts, your kids will have all the nutrition that they need to make it through a long day at school.