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 …
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Seasonal Recipe: The Perfect Bloody Mary

 
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      Classic Bloody Marys have been a classic and delicious brunch staple since the days of brunching began. Not only do they seem to go well with anything on your brunch menu, but they can be tailored to fit everyone’s tastes. But, why stop at brunch? With fall being prime time for tailgating season, take your Bloody Mary to new heights by adding some unique and tailgate friendly twists.   Prepare the Bloody Mary You will want to start off by choosing your vegetables. Although most Bloody Mary recipes are tomato based, the fun in creating your own is that you can personalize this drink to incorporate all of your fall veggie favorites.   For a traditional start, combine 3 cups of tomato juice with Worcestershire sauce, freshly grated horseradish to your taste, salt and pepper in a one-quart container. You will want to whisk this until the ingredients are well mixed. If you and your guest tend to lean on the spicier side of food and drinks, you’ll want to add about 5 splashes of hot pepper sauce to your mixture and mix that into the concoction as well. To give this classic beverage the kick that …
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Throw a Halloween Party to Remember

 
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        From cute and playful to scary and spooky, coming up with a particular theme for your Halloween party is a fun way to show off your festive spirit. Plus, your options for party decor and tasty appetizers are virtually endless. Make this year’s gathering extra special by impressing your guests with one of these four party ideas. Crime Laboratory Transform your home into a crime lab for a fun twist on the murder mystery. Welcome your guests with their lab coat and ID badge and leave clues so they can find the suspect. For the buffet, fill measuring cups with cubes of our cheeses and sausages and place an assortment of our mustards in petri dishes. Little decorative touches, like fingerprint pillows and placing flowers in beakers, will round out the design. Alice in Wonderland Tea Party For a quirky and colorful soiree, throw your own Mad Hatter tea party. Tell your guests to dress up in mismatched vintage clothes and hats. Simple decor options include antique tea pots and framed character silhouettes. For an easy buffet, make an assortment of finger sandwiches from our sausage, cheese and fruit spreads. You can even decorate them with tomato slices shaped into hearts and diamonds, so the sandwiches …
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