Host a Patriotic Block Party for Independence Day

A good way to get to know your neighbors this Fourth of July is to host a patriotic block party, and Hickory Farms has a few entertaining tips to get you started!

If your neighborhood has a community gathering spot – like a clubhouse, pool, or ball field – make that your central location. If not, each family can pitch in offerings from their grills and turn it into a long, meandering block of camaraderie.

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Decorations

Red, white and blue decorations are a necessity, of course! And fly those flags high for our country’s 238th birthday. The beauty of a festive block party is its individuality, so make sure to do your own creative thing.

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Activities

A neighborhood parade can be the day’s highlight and involve everyone from tots and teens to proud veterans. Organize a small parade with decorated bikes, wagons, 4-wheelers and golf carts interspersed with walking groups and maybe even a few horn players and drummers! You probably don’t need a city permit, but a larger parade involving vehicles might, so be sure to check first.

Kids enjoy sack races and a good game of horseshoes. You can even get adults involved with a pick-up softball game before the fireworks begin.

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Refreshments

Turn the grill masters loose and have a friendly barbecue competition. From hot dogs to slow-cooked ribs, everyone can contribute their specialty! Hickory Farms Spiral Sliced Honey-Gold Ham is a great addition to a quick sandwich for hungry kids waiting on the grill. 

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Don’t forget dessert! This Berry Flag Tart made with blueberries and raspberries is both delicious and patriotic. You can also easily make this Apple, Rhubarb and Raspberry Pie using a couple crisp Fuji apples from our Fresh Fruit Medley Gift Box.

If you’re running short on time, remember that Hickory Farms Gift Baskets and Towers are a hit at any gathering. They’re quite a unique addition to the typical Independence Day fare, so place your order online today, or call 800.753.8558.

Pack the Perfect Basket for a Fun Outdoor Meal

What could be better than sitting on some fresh-cut grass with a warm breeze and a delicious gourmet basket? For the finest in al fresco dining, spend a little time reconnecting with nature by gathering your friends and family for a lovely picnic. Grab your basket and pack up these four enticing dishes to create one memorable meal.

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The Appetizer

Fight off hunger with a couple yummy Chicken Bites. These are easy to share with your friends and family. Start by cutting up pieces of boneless chicken breast into chunks. Then, give the chicken a little bath in buttermilk before tossing it in crushed crackers, like our Olive Oil & Rosemary Crackers, mixed with a bit of flour, salt and pepper. Pan fry the chicken in hot oil and serve your cute little bites with a side of our Honey & Pineapple Mustard, or try our Chipotle Ranch Sauce.

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The Salad

Since lettuce doesn’t tend to travel well, pasta-based salads are a great alternative for a picnic salad. Cook and drain your pasta as you sauté a variety of fresh seasonal veggies, such as garlic, onions, peppers, zucchini and squash. Add a dash of white wine and fresh cooked black beans, then continue to simmer for 10 minutes. Finish by combining the pasta and veggies with a big scoop of pesto sauce and diced pieces of our Beef Summer Sausage.

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The Entree

No picnic is complete without a delicious sandwich. For a simple gourmet treat, stop by your local bakery and choose a fresh baked artisan loaf. Spread our Horseradish Sauce on one slice of bread, and then top it with a pile of thinly sliced roast beef, pieces of our Peppercorn White Cheddar and a heap of caramelized onions.

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The Cheese Course

For a fancy dessert alternative, end your meal with a traditional cheese course. Simply slice pieces of our Farmhouse Cheddar, Peppercorn White Cheddar Blend and Smoked Cheddar Blend, and serve everything with crackers, assorted preserves and some ripe seasonal fruits.

With these delightful picnic dishes, featuring items from our Hickory Farms’ Pantry Essentials, you can enjoy a flavorful summer full of delicious treats!

Healthy No-Cook Camping Snacks

Hiking, swimming, sleeping under the stars and, of course, enjoying fantastic foods in the wilderness are just a handful of things that make camping trips one of the best experiences you can have during the summer. So, make sure you pack a couple tasty snacks that can enhance your camping excursion by gathering some gourmet fruits and nuts for these great recipe ideas.

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Trail Mix Bar

Perhaps the best known camping snack, trail mix is simple to make, easy to store and packed with protein. For easier portability, form your trail mix into bars. Simply mix together rolled oats, peanut butter, brown sugar, a bit of salt and a handful of our Berry Bounty Nut Mix. Then, form the bars in a pan and refrigerate. Before leaving for your trip, slice the bars and wrap them in individual baggies.

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Stuffed Apples

Apples and peanut butter are a classic combination. But, you can enjoy a fun twist by stuffing the peanut butter into the fruit. Starting with our Fuji apples, remove the core and seeds from the center. Then, add a heaping spoonful of peanut butter. Finally, finish your snack off with a sprinkle of chocolate chips and nuts from Our Finest Mixed Nuts Gift Tin.

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Fruit and Cheese Kabobs

Kabobs are a simple way to transport an assortment of fruits and cheeses. Make this super simple snack ahead of time by cutting our Farmhouse Cheddar and Smoked Cheddar Blend into pieces. Then, thread the cheese on the kabobs along with slices of our Comice pears and other fruits from our Dried Fruit Collection.

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Freezer Bag Ice Cream

Just because you don’t have a freezer doesn’t mean you can’t have ice cream. Start a new camping tradition by packing freezer bags filled with equal parts sugar and vanilla. When you’re ready to make the ice cream, place your sealed bags in larger bags with ice and rock salt. Then, shake until solid. You can top your icy treat with chopped nuts from our Colossal Cashews Gift Tin.

With these fun camping recipes featuring ingredients from our Hickory Farms gourmet fruits and nuts collection, you can enjoy healthy and homemade treats even while in the great outdoors.