Fruitful Desserts for Growing Kids

 
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    Parents want their children to eat their share of fresh fruits, but kids tend to gravitate towards sugary snacks that are high in calories and low in nutritional value. So, for a happy medium, Hickory Farms is sharing some mouthwatering recipes packed with plenty of sweet and healthfully delicious fruit. Blueberry and Peach Cobbler This recipe calls for frozen peaches, but it’s even better with fresh peaches from our Peach Duet Gift Box. Add some sliced peaches to a pint of blueberries, roll out your homemade dough for the crust, brush on some egg wash, sprinkle sugar on top, and bake! Your kids will love eating this fruit-filled dessert. For an extra treat, add a scoop of vanilla ice cream on top. Summer Fruit Crostata Don’t let this recipe’s fancy name deter you. Just tell your kids you’re making a fruit pizza and they’ll be instantly hooked! Made with the same sweet fruits featured in the cobbler recipe, this fruit crostata requires a few plums to make the dish even tastier. Mango and Berry Swirl Smoothies For days when it’s just too hot to crank up the oven, try making this wonderfully cool and very nutritious sugar-free fruit recipe. Sweetened by a couple tablespoons of honey, you can cut …
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Celebrate Halloween Early with Frankenstein-Inspired Treats!

 
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      You don’t have to wait until Halloween to let the kids have a little fun with Frankenstein. Aug. 30 is Frankenstein Day, which is the birthday of Mary Wollenstone Shelley, the author of “Frankenstein.” Published in 1818, reading this book is a great excuse for an impromptu monster party for the kids. In celebration of Shelley’s classic novel, Hickory Farms has compiled a list of festive Frankenstein recipes you can make. Frankenstein Monster Toes Take your average sugar cookie recipe and give it a monster twist by adding just a few drops of green food coloring to the mix. Then, shape the dough into elongated “monster toes.” You can also dye some blanched almonds with red food coloring for your monster’s nails. This treat is squeal-worthy! Frankenstein Appetizer  Rectangles of our white Jalapeno & Cheddar cheese can make the perfect monster body when sprayed with green food coloring mist. Give Frankenstein some freaky features with creatively cut veggies, like cauliflower and baby carrots. Cut a sliver of our Summer Sausage for a ghoulish grin and Frankenstein is ready to party! Frankenstein & His Bride Fruit Snack This is a hair-raising, healthful snack that’s reminiscent of the movie “Young Frankenstein.” Halve a Granny Smith green apple …
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Make a Healthful Batch of Trail Mix for Your Kids

 
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        If you’re looking for a healthy snack that can provide your kids with plenty of energy for the school day, trail mix is a great option. Full of nutrients and vitamins, trail mix is easy to pack, store and make. You can whip up your own batch to celebrate National Trail Mix Day on Aug. 31 with our Hickory Farms gourmet fruits and nuts, along with these simple guidelines. The benefits of trail mix Trail mix is packed with variety of vitamins, a good amount of protein and a bit of fat. Each of these nutrients will break down differently in your body. Some forms of carbohydrates, such as dried fruit, are absorbed quickly, giving your kids an instant burst of energy. Granola and pretzels are examples of carbohydrates that break down more slowly, resulting in longer-lasting energy. Protein, found in seeds and nuts, keeps your kids full, while the sweeter notes, such as chocolate chips or dried coconut, can be added for extra flavor. By creating the proper balance, trial mix can be a delicious treat that gets you going and staying alert. Make your own One of the best things about trail mix is that it’s super easy to make …
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