Thoughtful Ways to Celebrate Veteran’s Day

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Veteran’s Day, held annually on Nov. 11, is the perfect time to honor our nation’s armed forces for their sacrifices and bravery. Hickory Farms has always been a big supporter of the men and women stationed both at home and abroad. As such, we’ve compiled some special ways you and your family can honor our nation’s heroes this year. Source: Wikimedia Commons Attend a Veteran’s Day parade Check your local paper or call a nearby VFW post to see if there will be a parade in your area. Most communities usually hold a symbolic ceremony to honor the local men and women dedicated to keeping citizens safe. Source: Michael Elliott via FreeDigitalPhotos.net Take part in a flag-raising ceremony On Nov. 11, even the smallest municipalities will take part in a ceremonial flag raising event. This is a wonderful time to teach children of all ages about patriotism and the dedication to duty members of our armed forces — both active duty and retired — exemplify with their service to our country. Make a donation Do you have a used vehicle you’re not using at home? Make a donation of your used car, truck or RV to the Veterans of Foreign Wars Foundation to show your appreciation for the men and women serving our country. Send a care …
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Chunky Double Chocolate Caramel Brownies

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The holiday season is loosely translated to the “chocolate” season in our family. Whether we’re gifting each other our favorite chocolates, candy bars, or truffles, some of us end up with countless boxes of these festive holiday chocolates…more than we could ever eat! If leftover chocolate is not a problem in your home, you’re one of the lucky few. That’s where these Chunky Double Chocolate Caramel Brownies come in to save the day. By chopping and folding in bits and pieces from into this semi-healthy brownie batter (it has applesauce that replaces some of the fat in this recipe, so it’s not too bad!), you’re turning your holiday chocolate gifts into a delicious, chocolate packed treat.       American confectionery craftsmen and women make the Hickory Farms Signature Chocolate Collection with the finest ingredients, along with premium milk and dark chocolate, and these chocolates are like little bites of heaven. The flavor combinations include Dark Chocolate Sea Salt Caramel, Almond Butter Toffee, Raspberry Sorbet Heart, and Espresso Coffee Cream, among others. For this recipe, I chose all the caramel based chocolates to accentuate the caramel flavors of the brownies. These brownies are the perfect treat to bring to teachers, …
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Best Wine Pairings with Holiday Ham

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The upcoming holidays are typically the busiest time of the year as families begin planning festive dinner parties for friends and relatives. So, chances are high that at least one holiday celebration will feature a spiral ham. The variety and versatility of ham makes it a perfect entree, and Hickory Farms has a few suggestions for the best wine pairings with ham to make your holiday dinner a great success. The last you want to do is overwhelm the juicy flavors of a well-cooked ham, so keep that in mind and select something lighter or medium-bodied, like a sparkling Pinot Noir or Beaujolais. The inherent sweetness of ham and the holiday’s traditional sweet side dishes blend best when your wine has a touch of fruity flavor. A type of wine to serve with Hickory Farms Spiral Sliced HoneyGold Ham stands up well next to a fruity Pinot Grigio with a hint of honey. Ham dishes featuring sweet pineapple and brown sugar glazes are a delicious holiday treat that should be paired with a sweet wine. Drier wines can taste too acidic with these foods, so now is the time to serve a sweet drink, like Reisling or Moscato. It’s a good idea to select a wine with moderate alcohol levels when pairing with a salty ham. A heavy red …
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