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To get the most flavor and enjoyment from Hickory Farms’ award-winning cheeses, here’s a short guide to our most popular brands. It’s a better taste experience to begin with the younger, milder cheeses and build up to the bolder varieties. We also suggest using separate knives to cut each type to keep flavors from mixing.

 

Classic One-Year Aged Cheddar

Cheddar is the world’s most popular cheese and is made from cow’s milk. It’s a hard variety, and when aged one year, should be slightly crumbly in texture with a rather mild, mellow taste. Color can range from white to yellow-orange.

 

Three-Year Aged Cheddar

The sharper taste of this selection will melt in your mouth. It has an almost nutty flavor that is perfect atop a burger, a piece of summer sausage or a cracker. Our Smoked Garlic Cheddar and Apple Smoked Cheddar with Paprika have interesting layers of flavor that will linger on your taste buds.

 

Smoked Pepper Jack

Originally derived from Monterey Jack, pepper jack cheese gets its kick from an infusion of jalapenos, habaneros, garlic, rosemary and sweet peppers. It makes delicious quesadillas and also works well on burgers. You can also enjoy this semi-soft, flavorful cheese with an array of fresh fruits, including grapes and all varieties of melon. Try it with some salty olives for a different taste sensation.

 

Smoked Blue Cheese

The unique veined appearance of blue cheese is achieved by spiking it with stainless steel rods and allowing the circulation of oxygen to form Penicillium mold. This gives the cheese a bold, pungent flavor. Serve it plain with crackers or with fruits like pears and raisins. This semi-soft cheese is especially good crumbled over a salad of mixed greens.

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Impressive Cheese Platters for Party Guests

Nothing gets the party going quite like the delicious combination of fruit, cheese and wine. By choosing complimentary flavors of gourmet wine and cheese, you’ll be able to make the perfect cheese plate. Wow your guests with a fantastic platter using these simple guidelines.

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Start by selecting the cheese. This is where you get to be a little bit adventurous and have some fun. As a general rule, you want to pick between three and five different varieties and have two ounces of cheese per guest. Try mixing and matching cheeses with different flavors and textures to really keep your guests on their toes. Start with one blue cheese, one soft ripened cheese and one hard cheese, such as artisanal cheddar. Then, spice it up a little more by adding a fun or exotic cheese you’ve never tried before. Remove the cheese from the refrigerator at least an hour before serving.

Next, it’s time to add the accompaniments, starting with the fruit. Create a pretty presentation by rimming the platter with mixed slices of fresh fruit, including apples, plums, pears and peaches. Then pile on the dried fruits. Your platter should be filled with golden and dark raisins, dried apricots, cherries, dates and any other festive fruits you can think of. Finish by adding slices of baguette and wafer crackers, a mix of jams and chutneys and your serving utensils.

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Finally, it’s time for, perhaps, the best part – the wine! To keep your gathering casual and fun, don’t worry too much about directing your guests in their pairings. Instead, stock a collection of whites and reds in both dry and sweet options and encourage your friends to dig in. The more combinations your guests try, the more fantastic pairings you’re going to find.

 

With these simple tips, you can make a gourmet fruit and cheese platter you and your guests will love to snack on. For a great starting point for your party, pick up a Hickory Farms Vineyards and Orchards Gift Box. With wine, cheese and fruit, you’ll have everything you need to begin an amazing platter.

3 Ways to Count Down to the New Year with New Year’s Eve Party Ideas

New Year’s Eve party ideas from Hickory Farms.

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Before you know it, it will be time to ring in 2014. Whether you decide to stay home with your family on New Year’s Eve or host a grand celebration, Hickory Farms has New Year’s Eve party ideas to make it a memorable night for all.

 

Planning a New Year’s party with Hickory Farms.

Family Fun

On this night of celebration, let the little ones to stay up in their pajamas and watch the ball drop on TV to celebrate New Year’s Eve. While Mom and Dad are enjoying a toast at midnight with some of Hickory Farms premium wines, pour some sparkling cider in a fancy glass for the kids. If it’s legal in your neighborhood, bundle everyone up and head outside to pop firecrackers. With parental supervision, children can delight in holding bright sparklers.

If you’re not one who enjoys rowdy crowds, have a couple friends over for a New Year’s pajama party. Lay out a decadent spread of New Year’s Eve party food with Hickory Farms Winter Wonderland Basket. Relax and enjoy bottles of Parducci Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, hard and soft cheeses, three varieties of summer sausage, sweet treats and much more.

 

Celebrate New Year’s Eve with Hickory Farms.

A Gala Affair 

Invite the gang to glam it up, and ring in the New Year with Charles Lafitte Sparkling Wine Brut Prestige, that, along with a bottle of Parducci Sustainable Red, are just two of the treats in Hickory Farms Cheers to You Gift Box. One interesting idea when planning a New Year’s party is to have a fondue pot with melted cheese and crusty French bread cut into bite-size pieces and skewers for guests to dip. Set out another pot full of melted chocolate for fruits like strawberries or delicious bite-sized pieces of fresh fruit from Hickory Farms Fresh From the Farm Basket.

No matter the occasion, Hickory Farms has plenty of festive and delicious New Year’s Eve party food ideas to please any palate. Start an account and order your wine and cheese basket today!