Celebrate the New Year with These Delightful Desserts

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If you are planning a New Year’s Eve party, there are tons of things to consider, including your theme, the guest list, and the type of champagne to serve. But, as with any occasion, you don’t want to forget the dessert. For a delicious start to 2015, celebrate New Year’s with desserts inspired by Hickory Farms ingredients and these delicious recipes. Orange and Ginger Cheesecake Ball For a sweet twist on chips and dips, try this decadent dessert-style cheesecake ball. Start by mixing together a package of cream cheese with a bit of butter, some powdered sugar, and both the zest and the juice of a Mandarin Orange from our Orchard’s Bounty Gift Basket. Finish by adding a handful of chopped crystallized ginger. Form the mixture into a ball and chill overnight. Before you serve, top the cheesecake ball with toasted coconut and arrange it on a platter surrounded by pieces of pound cake and slices of Fuji Apples and Crown Comice Pears from the basket. Log Cake If you are looking for a truly traditional dessert, consider a New Year’s Log Cake. To make the cake, beat egg whites until frothy before adding sugar, vanilla, and ground nuts from our …
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Featured Recipe: Hot Ham & Cheese Dip

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We’re nearing the end of the holiday season, with New Years Eve parties right around the corner. So many of us have leftover Christmas Ham, so why not do something amazing with it? Today, I’m sharing the perfect recipe for a holiday party. A Hot Ham & Cheese Dip made with two of my favorite cheeses from Hickory Farms: Jalapeño & Cheddar Blend, a spicy but creamy cheddar, and New York Cheddar Spread, a smooth spread that melts perfectly in this dip. It comes together quickly, tastes amazing, and will impress your guests every time! Since you’ll be using some amazing cheeses, it’s only logical to use amazing ham as well. The Hickory Farms HoneyGold® Ham is a fantastic and flavorful ham to use in this recipe. You want a ham with a blend of sweet and smoky flavors, and this ham hits all the right flavor notes.   Dips are a great addition to any party, whether you’re hosting in your own home or bringing a dish over to a friend’s home to share. If the latter, just place the unbaked dip in the host’s oven for a couple of minute until bubbly and golden brown. Serve with fresh vegetables like celery …
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Featured Recipe: Frozen Signature Hot Chocolate

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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.   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 …
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