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

HoneyGold Ham from Hickory Farms

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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Frighteningly Delicious Halloween Dessert Recipes

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Goblins and ghouls and ghosts, oh my! Trick-or-treaters will soon be making their rounds after the season’s apples are picked and the plumpest pumpkins are carved. Hickory Farms loves Halloween, and this year, we’re excited to share our favorite ghoulish dessert recipes that will sure to be a hit at your All Hallow’s Eve soirée. Pumpkin Fudge  Put a Halloween spin on basic fudge by making this recipe with canned pumpkin, marshmallow crème, white chocolate chips and chopped pecans. It’s so good, you’ll want to add it to your autumn holiday recipe collection. Apple Bites  It really can’t get any simpler and healthier than this Halloween treat. All you need are some sliced green and red apples studded with slivered almonds. This gaping grin is both delicious and nutritious! Caramel Apples  This recipe’s gourmet take on a Halloween staple will impress your party guests. You can’t beat a double-dipped apple treat (think chocolate and caramel!) rolled in a layer of delicious toasted pecans. This treat is decadent, delectable and so darn good! Halloween Candy Bark  You can make this recipe with a sampling of Halloween chocolate treats, or save it for a post-Halloween surprise with leftover Halloween candy. Melt chocolate chips in a saucepan over low heat, and then pour onto a …
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