Indulge in Italian Ice Cream Truffles

Italian ice cream flavors from Hickory Farms.
 

With its silky smooth gelato center, rich flavor and crisp, decadent chocolate coating, our Hickory Farms Italian Ice Cream Truffles make a truly luscious ice cream dessert the whole family will enjoy eating. Big enough to share and sure to be a winner at any gathering, our ice cream truffles can turn a casual night at home or a dinner party with friends into something exceptional.

Gelato is a time-honored Italian tradition dating all the way back to the late 1500s when the Medici family, who were outspoken lovers of frozen desserts, commissioned architect and artist Bernardo Buontalenti to impress the visiting King of Spain with a beautiful meal. Altering the recipe for the then-famous sorbet, Buontalenti produced a creamier, richer version that’s now known as gelato.

 

Ice cream truffles from Hickory Farms.
 

Our Italian Ice Cream Truffles continue this delectable tradition. Our delicious gelato is carefully handmade and coated in rich chocolate. They’re then finished with shelled nuts or additional chocolate pieces. From the gelato to the chocolate coating and topping, each Italian ice cream flavor profile is carefully chosen to create a complimentary and unique tasting experience.

 

Gelato desserts from Hickory Farms.

Source: Rebelle Society

Each box comes with a dozen flavors of ice cream truffles. Chocolate lovers will be delighted with Bittersweet Chocolate, Caramel Fudge with Almonds, or Cookies & Cream truffles. Those of you who prefer fruity desserts will find several decadent options, including Banana with Peanuts, Raspberry, Strawberry, or Apricot with White Chocolate Chip truffles. If you want to really embrace the flavors ofItaly, you must try the Tiramisu truffle. For a rich, nutty treat, pick the Praline Pecan or White Chocolate Hazelnut. Finally, for an ice cream dessert you won’t soon forget, opt for the fabulous Burnt Caramel.

With so many enchanting gelato dessert options, our Italian Ice Cream Truffles are sure to be a great hit after any dinner. Let your friends and family pick their favorite flavor, but be sure to set out plenty of spoons because no one will be able to resist tasting each one!

Last-Minute Holiday Decorating Tips

Between shopping, cooking, and cleaning, hosting for the holidays involves a ton of planning. With so much to keep up with, give yourself a break by keeping your holiday table decorations simple and stress-free. Just grab a few accessories and a couple items from our Hickory Farms wine gift baskets, and, using these holiday decorating tips, you can make your home look festive in no time.

Holiday table decorations from Hickory Farms

Source: Amy Birdsong via Houzz

Transform your wine bottles into a glowing centerpiece. Start by placing your empty bottles in a simple wine rack. Then, decorate by winding the Christmas lights of your choice through the rack. The lights will make the bottles shine, which will create a glittering glow around your kitchen.

Holiday decorating tips from Hickory Farms

Source: Dwelling Designs via Houzz

Add instant warmth and coziness to your home with lots of candlelight. Keep it sophisticated and festive by sticking to a monotone color scheme, such as silver, red, or gold. Put candle groupings in your bathroom and kitchen to spread the festivity throughout your home.

Holiday decorations for the home from Hickory Farms

Source: 320 Sycamore via Houzz

 

Use an assortment of fruits from your wine gift baskets to create a fun holiday display. Begin by gathering a variety of glass and crystal containers or bowls in different shapes, colors and sizes. Fill them with your fruits and finish by adding a bit of holiday flair, such as holly, pine branches, poinsettias, or even brightly colored candies.

Source: Meredith Erickson via Houzz

Add a quick touch of greenery with garland. Wrap the garland around your railings, over your mantle and across the ceiling for a natural accent.

Holiday decorating tips from Hickory Farms
 

Make fun last-minute ornaments with our Snowflake Pretzels. Simply loop a ribbon through the pretzel and tie a bow. You can hang these pretty ornaments on a tree, from a chandelier, or along a wall.

Easy holiday decorating ideas from Hickory Farms
 

Don’t forget that our beautiful baskets also make great holiday decorations for the home on their own. Enjoy them as decor during the party and as a great treat for later. With Hickory Farms wine gift baskets and a few holiday decorating tips, making your home festive has  never been easier!

Featured Basket – Here’s to the Holidays: Wine and Cheese Pairings

Wine and cheese pairings from Hickory Farms

Are you planning on hosting a holiday cocktail party? With two varieties of our signature sausage, four of our delicious cheeses, a jar of flavorful Sweet Hot Mustard and a bottle of bold Lucinda & Millie organic Cabernet Sauvignon, Hickory Farms’ Here’s to the Holidays basket  is the perfect addition to a fantastic holiday gathering.

An introduction to pairing wine with food

Pairing wine with food from Hickory Farms

Source: mconnors via morgueFile

As a general rule, foods with more subtle flavor should be served with lighter wines, while bold or spicy foods should be served with robust wines.

Pairing wine with food from your basket

Gourmet sausage and cheese from Hickory Farms
When pairing a gourmet meat and cheese platter with wine, the most important thing to consider is balance. Each component should act in harmony with one another, bringing out additional complexities in the flavor profile.

Wine and cheese pairings are one of the easiest to master. Simply read the descriptions of each and look for similarities. The big flavors of your Cabernet, for example, will go well with salty, aged cow’s milk cheeses, such as our Farmhouse Cheddar Blend. If you really want to bring out the spicy notes in your wine, try pairing the Cabernet with our Jalapeño Cheddar Blend.

Although you may not see it often, wine and meats are another natural pairing.The appeal of this pairing comes from a sensation known as “mouth feel.” While wine leaves your mouth feeling astringent and slightly dry, the natural fats in meat add a complimentary soothing touch. To maximize this sensation, take a sip of your wine and hold it in your mouth for a moment. Follow this with a bite of Hickory Farms’ signature turkey or beef sausage to really wake up your taste buds.

Another factor to consider is texture. Foods with contrasting textures create greater interest. Top your salami with a piece of creamy Swiss cheese for a rich textural treat.

Pairing wine with food from Hickory Farms

Source:James Merrell via Real Simple

With these simple tips and pairing wine with food from Hickory Farms‘ Here’s to the Holiday’s gourmet sausage and cheese platter, your holiday party is sure to be a huge success!