Peppermint Snow Mint Place Settings DIY

Sometimes the subtle decorative touches to the dinner table are the ones that are most noticed and appreciated. Here at Hickory Farms, we believe in adding person flair to gatherings with friends and family to give your guests ideas and inspiration they can then share at parties later to come.

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Peppermints are known notoriously as being a sign of the holiday season. Instead of serving peppermints in a traditional manner as an after dinner palate cleanser, take your décor to new heights by creating Peppermint Snow Mints   place settings. Not only will these place setting additions serve their true purpose of directing your guests to their seat, at the end of the night, their after dinner mint will be patiently waiting at their seat.

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With a sharp knife, cut mid-way through the firm, yet sliceable Hickory Farms Peppermint Snow Mint. As soon as you lacerate the mint, you will smell the minty aroma, which ads a nice fragrance to any dinner party. Next, cut rectangular pieces of cardstock. These will be the guest identifiers in the mints, and should be the size of a standard business card.

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After you write the names of your guests on the cardstock, insert each nameplate in the Hickory Farms Peppermint Show Mints   Arrange the name plates however you please, and let the party begin.

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With great company, and a little help from Hickory Farms, you’ll be able to host a dinner party with DIY touches that set your party apart from the rest.

Put a Fresh Spin on Candy Apples

With fall upon us, apple season is about to be in full swing. Sweet, crisp and delicious, apples make the perfect base for some of the best seasonal treats. Take advantage of our Hickory Farms gourmet fruit and nut baskets by making a unique variation on the classic caramel apple.

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Traditional Caramel Apples

Coated in a delicious sugary topping, sometimes a classic Caramel Apple truly hits the spot. To create your yummy seasonal treat, start by washing a few of our Fuji apples well before placing a Popsicle stick through the bottom. Let the apples rest on a buttered baking sheet while you whip up the topping by melting vanilla caramel and a bit of cream.

Once the caramel is melted, dip each apple into the coating, making sure everything is well-covered. Then, before the caramel hardens, roll your apple in a bowl filled with the topping of your choice, such as our mixed nuts, toasted coconut, or miniature chocolate chips.

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A Little Zesty

If you’re looking for something a bit more unique, top your apples with vibrant orange zest. Start by making the classic caramel apples above. While the caramel is melting, take a couple of our Navel Oranges and use a small vegetable peeler to create long strings of zest. After dipping your apples, roll them in the zest before sprinkling on a bit of honey for a little extra sweetness.

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Extra Crunchy

One of the best reasons to munch on caramel apples is to experience the great textural contrast of a crisp apple paired with sticky caramel. You can amp up the crunch even more by adding whole nuts to the outside of your apple. Whether you prefer whole peanuts or our whole almonds, packing nuts on top of your apple will really make them sing.

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Long associated with fall, caramel apples are a truly delicious seasonal treat that can be made even more fantastic with unique toppings. To create the perfect caramel apple you and your family will love, combine fresh apples with fun toppings from our gourmet fruits and nuts collection.

Seasonal Recipe: The Perfect Bloody Mary

Classic Bloody Marys have been a classic and delicious brunch staple since the days of brunching began. Not only do they seem to go well with anything on your brunch menu, but they can be tailored to fit everyone’s tastes. But, why stop at brunch? With fall being prime time for tailgating season, take your Bloody Mary to new heights by adding some unique and tailgate friendly twists.

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Prepare the Bloody Mary
You will want to start off by choosing your vegetables. Although most Bloody Mary recipes are tomato based, the fun in creating your own is that you can personalize this drink to incorporate all of your fall veggie favorites.

 

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For a traditional start, combine 3 cups of tomato juice with Worcestershire sauce, freshly grated horseradish to your taste, salt and pepper in a one-quart container. You will want to whisk this until the ingredients are well mixed. If you and your guest tend to lean on the spicier side of food and drinks, you’ll want to add about 5 splashes of hot pepper sauce to your mixture and mix that into the concoction as well. To give this classic beverage the kick that everyone loves, add 2-cups of your favorite, premium vodka.

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Take your cocktail to the next level and make it a tailgate—ready show stopper with our secret weapons: cube Hickory Farms Farmhouse Cheddar and Jalapeno Cheddar Blend, and stick onto a toothpick and insert into a Hickory Farms Sausage Snack Stick. Your guests will be wowed.

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