Holiday Entertaining Tips from Hickory Farms

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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. 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! 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 …
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5 Spectacular Side Dishes for Thanksgiving Dinner

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While turkey may be the star of your Thanksgiving dinner, it can’t truly shine without a few tasty accompaniments. Modernized side dishes can give your family celebration a unique (and scrumptious!) twist. Wow your family’s taste buds this year with these five spectacular side dishes inspired by Hickory Farms gourmet turkey sausage. Source: Better Homes and Gardens Seasonal Produce Celebrate your region’s seasonal bounty with a vegetable dish that will make you thankful for this year’s harvest. Simply roast a collection of fall produce, like squash and beets, and toss the veggies in vinaigrette made with our Honey & Pineapple Mustard, lemon juice and maple syrup. Source: Iain Bagwell via Southern Living Zesty Cranberry Sauce Gourmet turkey just doesn’t taste as good without a side of cranberry sauce. Make a delicious dish for your table by cooking down fresh berries with port, orange liqueur and a pinch of zest from our Navel Oranges. Source: Iain Bagwell via Southern Living Modern Ambrosia Although ambrosia salad has long been a staple on Thanksgiving tables across the country, you can give yours a modern twist by adding slices of grapefruit, Navel Oranges, celery and avocado. Serve the salad over arugula and then top it with a coconut-based dressing and our mixed nuts. …
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Best Holiday Dessert Ideas

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All over America, homes will soon be filling up with the sumptuous smells of roasting turkey and baking pies. It’s the perfect family holiday — less hectic than Christmas, but still a convivial gathering of family and friends coming together to create lasting memories. Hickory Farms wants to share some decadently delicious dessert ideas for our loyal customers to try this holiday. Check out some of our favorite holiday dessert ideas below. Source: What She’s Having Pear & Cranberry Hand Pies These individual pies are the perfect blend of tart and sweet and will make the best holiday dessert. Made with fresh cranberries and pears from our Fruitful Gift Tower and flavored with cinnamon and cloves, this recipe is quick and easy to make. After it’s done baking, top these pies off with whip cream or vanilla ice cream. Source: Better Homes and Gardens Baked Apple Bowl Pies Another single-serve treat, these individual apple pies are sure to be a hit at Thanksgiving dinner and could make a great Christmas party dessert idea, too. Made with toasted hazelnuts, caramel ice cream topping, milk, egg and butter, they can also be baked with store bought pastry. After you’re done baking, sprinkle each pie with a dusting of cinnamon and some …
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