Featured Recipe: Frozen Signature Hot Chocolate

Although the temperatures are dropping and the craving for hot beverages seems to be at an all-time high, there are some of us that still crave a cool, lusciously frozen drink, no matter the season. This Frozen Signature Hot Chocolate is just that; packed with chocolate flavor, made with cold milk and ice, it’s a favorite among young ones, and adults alike.

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This frozen drink is unlike any other you’ve tasted because it’s made with whole chocolates, not just chocolate chips. So depending on which chocolates from the Signature Chocolate Collection you choose to throw in the blender, your flavor notes will slightly vary. Choose all caramel for a caramel frozen hot chocolate, or throw in some almond and pecan chocolates for a nutty flavor. Whatever you choose, just know it will be amazing. Little bits of chocolate mingle with crushed ice, sweet cocoa powder, and the perfect whipped cream dollop rounds it all out.

 

Want to customize this Frozen Signature Hot Chocolate?

 

  • Try adding a splash of espresso coffee for a quick pick me up during the afternoons or a drizzle of chocolate sauce to make this drink into a full-fledged dessert.
  • Add 1/2 cup of pumpkin puree and 1 teaspoon of pumpkin pie spice blend for a twist on the traditional Pumpkin Spice Latte.
  • Blend in some frozen strawberries or blueberries for a fruit-filled chocolate drink.
  • Substitute the whole milk for a can of coconut milk and top with shredded coconut for a Caribbean flavor note!

 

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Frozen Signature Hot Chocolate

Serves 4

 

2 cups whole milk (or your milk of choice)

1/4 cup cocoa powder

1/4 cup powdered sugar

6 Hickory Farms Signature Chocolates

2 cups ice

whipped cream, to taste

 

Add all the ingredients, except the whipped cream, into the blender.

Blend until ice is crushed and mixture is icy smooth.

Serve topped with whipped cream and a whole Hickory Farms Signature Chocolate.

Enjoy!

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Bundle up in front of a cozy fire, and enjoy the creamy, chocolaty frozen concoction. This way, you’ll be able to enjoy the best of both worlds- the cozy warmth we all crave in the winter, and the creamy frozen drink we so desire in the warm months.

 

Marnely Rodriguez- Murray is an established chef with an extensive culinary background, as well as a friend of Hickory Farms. Marnely brings masterfully created recipes using her favorite Hickory Farms products. Marnely has a special knack for turning every dish into a masterpiece.

Featured Recipe: Triple Crème Cheese, Pear& Pumpkin Grilled Cheese Sandwich

What’s more comforting than a good grilled cheese? A GREAT grilled cheese full of fall flavors and a variety of textures that will make your mouth scream of joy. And that’s exactly what this Triple Cream Pear & Pumpkin Grilled Cheese Sandwich is – piled on chewy ciabatta bread, layered with crispy bacon, cool pear slices, luscious Triple Crème Cheese, and a good slathering of homemade pumpkin sage cream cheese, it’s the sandwich that will win over all the other sandwiches.

The perfect lunch when served with a side salad or a quick on-the-go snack, you’ll never want to make another grilled cheese sandwich other than this one.

The Hickory Farms Reserve Triple Crème Cheese, with its buttery richness, lends amazing flavors because it’s created by a unique blend of fresh cow’s milk and decadent triple cream. It melts beautifully in this sandwich, adds luscious cheesy goodness to it, and is even delicious on its own!

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Triple Crème Pear & Pumpkin Grilled Cheese Sandwich
1 loaf of ciabatta bread
1/4 cup cream cheese
2 tablespoons pumpkin puree
1 tablespoon fresh sage, minced
1 teaspoon hot sauce
Salt & pepper, to taste
6 strips of bacon, cooked until crispy
1 wedge of Hickory Farms Triple Crème Cheese
1 pear, cored and thinly sliced

 

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  1. Cut and slice the ciabatta bread for sandwiches.
  2. Whip together the cream cheese, pumpkin puree, sage, hot sauce, and season with salt & pepper.
  3. Slather the pumpkin cream cheese on both sides of the bread, layer with bacon, Triple Crème Cheese, and thin pear slices.
  4. Grill on a cast iron skillet, in the oven or your favorite panini press.
  5. Serve hot!

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Marnely Rodriguez- Murray is an established chef with an extensive culinary background, as well as a friend of Hickory Farms. Marnely brings masterfully created recipes using her favorite Hickory Farms products. Marnely has a special knack for turning every dish into a masterpiece.

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.