Put a Fresh Spin on Candy Apples

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With fall upon us, apple season is about to be in full swing. Sweet, crisp and delicious, apples make the perfect base for some of the best seasonal treats. Take advantage of our Hickory Farms gourmet fruit and nut baskets by making a unique variation on the classic caramel apple. Traditional Caramel Apples Coated in a delicious sugary topping, sometimes a classic Caramel Apple truly hits the spot. To create your yummy seasonal treat, start by washing a few of our Fuji apples well before placing a Popsicle stick through the bottom. Let the apples rest on a buttered baking sheet while you whip up the topping by melting vanilla caramel and a bit of cream. Once the caramel is melted, dip each apple into the coating, making sure everything is well-covered. Then, before the caramel hardens, roll your apple in a bowl filled with the topping of your choice, such as our mixed nuts, toasted coconut, or miniature chocolate chips. A Little Zesty If you’re looking for something a bit more unique, top your apples with vibrant orange zest. Start by making the classic caramel apples above. While the caramel is melting, take a couple of our Navel Oranges and use a small vegetable peeler to create long …
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4 Ways to Satisfy Your Pumpkin Cravings This October

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One of the main reasons why so many people love October is because of the seasonal harvest and all of the wonderful sweet and savory dishes you can make with pumpkin. Some recipes call for processed, canned pumpkins, but a good source is the leftover flesh from your personally carved jack-o’-lanterns. Hickory Farms is sharing some of our favorite fall recipes to get you inspired and creating in the kitchen. For your next dinner party, try making one of the below recipes to satisfy all of your pumpkin cravings this season. Pumpkin Bisque with Smoked Cheddar Simmering this dish on your kitchen stove is a great way to start a crisp autumn day. Subtle notes of nutmeg and creamy Smoked Cheddar Blend add a delightful complexity that blends well with a bit of bacon. Pumpkin Soup with Bacon and Applewood Smoked Cheddar Autumn is the perfect time to explore a variety of soup recipes. This one’s great to have on the back burner for a lazy football weekend. Grate a bit of Hickory Farms Smoked Cheddar Blend on top to complete the dish. Pumpkin Cashew Curry over Coconut Rice Add some Eastern inspiration to your menu with this Indian curry dish featuring chicken, pureed pumpkin, cashews and coconut milk. One healthy benefit of this dish is …
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Bake a Batch of Nutty Cookies for Cookie Month!

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October is one of our favorite months here at Hickory Farms. Along with the crisp, cool days and gorgeous foliage, October is also Cookie Month, making it the perfect time to bake a batch of nutty cookies for your fall party or festive Halloween celebration. To give our customers some inspiration, we’ve chosen three recipes guaranteed to please. Oatmeal Dried Fruit Cookies Add some extra flavor to traditional oatmeal cookies with the addition of some dried fruit. If your mixture of oats, butter, egg, vanilla is too dry, add a splash of some almond milk to the mix. Bake the batter on an ungreased cookie sheet for approximately 10 minutes in an oven preheated to 375°. Let them cool on the cookie sheet for five minutes before transferring to a wire rack. Cashew Cookies These nutty favorites taste even richer with the addition of sour cream and some chopped up Hickory Farms cashews. However, the real decadence lies with the burned butter frosting. Melt butter over medium heat until light brown, then add some heavy cream, confectioner’s sugar and vanilla and spread on the cooled cookies. These deliciously rich treats are sure to get rave reviews at your next harvest gathering. Nutty Butter Cookies Try lifestyle maven Martha Stewart’s nutty butter cookie recipe, which can be tailored to …
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