Hickory Farms Snacks that Wow Your Pool 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.

Kiwi Fruit Salsa with Cinnamon Chips

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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.

Kiwi Coleslaw

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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.

Ambrosia

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.

Deliciously Cold Spiked Apple Cider with Granny Smith Apples

Although apple cider is traditionally associated with a chilly autumn evening, with the right recipe, it can also make a fantastic summer treat. Grab some of our delicious Granny Smith apples from the Hickory Farms Very Special Variety Fruit Gift Box, and whip up this refreshing summer cider cocktail.

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The Gift Box

With so many delicious varieties of fruit, including Navel Oranges, Bartlett Green Pears, Kiwi Fruit, Mango, and more, every fruit lover will savor this gift box. While the crisp and juicy fruit tastes great on its own, the vibrant flavors will also add something special to any recipe. Chop up the fruit and serve it with Greek yogurt, toss it with mint for a sweet salad, or invent your very own unique recipes by using these amazing ingredients as inspiration.

The Drink

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Now that you have found the perfect apples, it is time to whip up your refreshing cider cocktail. If possible, try to find a spiced cider from a local farm or orchard. Then, pour the cider into a pitcher with ice and stir the cider well so that it gets nice and cold. For a little kick, pour in some dark rum. If you like it a little spicy, you can also mix in a bit of cinnamon schnapps.

Now that you have the cocktail assembled, put it in the refrigerator to chill further while you prepare the garnish. Simply chop your Granny Smith apple into bite sized pieces and toss them with lemon juice to prevent the apples from browning. Using a decorative skewer, place about four pieces of apple on each skewer. Now all you have to do is pour your cocktail into a highball glass, garnish with the apple skewer, and let the fun begin.

With this cold and refreshing cocktail paired with our fresh Granny Smith apples, you can enjoy the delicious flavors of apple cider all year long. Fill your home with a fantastic assortment of fresh fruits with the Hickory Farms Very Special Fruit Gift Box.

Hickory Farms Favorite Recipes from Our Associates

Here at Hickory Farms, we love coming up with new recipes using our fantastic ingredients. Now, we would like to share some of the best meals we have developed with you. Try out our delicious dishes at your home with these Hickory Farms favorite recipes.

Ham and Smoked Cheddar Panini

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Our Social Media Specialist, Alana, came up with this sweet and savory sandwich that combines classic flavors in a whole new way. Starting with two slices of crusty French bread, add a nice coat of our tangy Sweet Hot Mustard. Then, top the bread with our HoneyGold Ham, arugula, and our Smoked Cheddar Blend. Finish by placing the sandwich in a press until the cheese melts.

Grandma’s Baked Macaroni and Cheese

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There’s no dish quite as comforting as good macaroni and cheese. This creamy and decadent version comes from our Brand Marketing Manager, Maria.

Start by cooking the macaroni until it is al dente. In a separate pot, combine evaporated milk with salt, pepper, and garlic powder. Then, add in two eggs and a couple sticks of butter. Finish the sauce with our shredded Farmhouse Cheddar and Mission Jack Blend, along with Velveeta and hot pepper cheese spread. Layer the macaroni and noodles into a casserole dish, top with more cheese and evaporated milk, and bake.

Steak with Sweet Hot Mustard Wine Sauce

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This rich sauce from Jeremy, our Director of Technical Operations, is so decadent, you won’t believe how easy it is to make.

Generously salt and pepper our Pfaelzer Brothers New York Strip Steaks before searing them in a hot pan. Once the steaks have a nice color, add a pat of butter and place them in the oven.

For the sauce, brown chopped shallots and mushrooms in butter before deglazing the pan with a red wine from our gift baskets. Allow the wine to reduce, then add our Sweet Hot Mustard and a bit of butter.

Our associates have developed some great recipes for you to sample. Whether you use their recipes or create your own, Hickory Farms’ high-quality ingredients offer tons of possibilities.