Bountiful Tastings: Baby Shower Fruit Baskets

A bountiful fruit plate is a light and healthy dish perfect for any spring baby shower. Rather than simply placing fruit on a platter, you can transform your fruit display into a fun decorative item that matches the shower’s theme. Add a truly unique design to your baby shower buffet with these fun ideas.

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Why put fruit in an ordinary bowl when you can serve it in a baby fruit carriage?

Starting with a watermelon, cut off most of the top half of the melon, leaving a small overhang that looks like the hood of the carriage. Then, scoop out the watermelon, leaving a light pink coating. Afterwards, finish the carriage with four wheels made of orange slices.

Inside, transform a peeled cantaloupe into an adorable baby’s face, using blueberries or grapes for eyes, a melon ball for a nose and placing a pacifier where the lips should go. Put the face at the top of the watermelon carriage and fill the rest with an assortment of your favorite fruits.

Cute animal designs are always a great option for baby showers

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You can make a fun fruit frog by topping half an apple with two marshmallows for eyes and a strawberry for bright red lips. Place the frog in the center of a platter and surround it with fruit kebabs filled with berries, melon and grapes.

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Birds made out of fruits are another great way to dress up your buffet. You can make baby owls out of grapefruit slices using blueberries as eyes and orange sections for little wings.

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Rubber ducks make a fun and simple baby shower theme. Simply create a cute fruit platter to match by layering rows of blue and purple berries. Amp up visual interest with a row of floating rubber ducks – just add a few drops of blue food coloring to the water for a pop of color.

 

You can pair any of these great baby shower fruit platter ideas with a Hickory Farms gourmet fruit basket, such as our Bountiful Tastings gift, featuring delicious fruits, nuts and cheeses. With these ideas, you’ll be on your way to hosting a memorable and delicious spring baby shower.

 

 

Seasonal Dessert Recipe: Apple Streusel Coffee Cake

Apple dessert recipes from Hickory Farms.

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Cinnamon and apples are a classic combination. Finish your dinner with a sweet seasonal dessert, featuring just the right amount of sugar and spice, by preparing this delicious Apple Streusel Coffee Cake. Showcasing the gorgeous ripe apples from our Hickory Farms gourmet fruit baskets, this great recipe is sure to be a staple of your family’s dessert repertoire for years to come.

 

Apple streusel coffee cake from Hickory Farms.

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Prepare the apple streusel coffee cake

Start making this moist cake by sifting the flour, making sure to remove any lumps. Then, combine the flour with the remainder of the dry ingredients, including a bit of baking powder, salt, a little sugar and a dash of cinnamon.

In a separate bowl, mix the wet ingredients together. Start by beating an egg, then adding melted vegetable shortening and milk. Once this is well combined, add the wet mixture into the dry ingredients.

Prepare a couple Fuji Apples from your Hickory Farms gift box by rinsing the fruit and removing the stems and core. Give the apples a rough chop, trying to keep the pieces as uniform as possible. Once they’re chopped, mix the apples into the batter.

 

Seasonal desserts from Hickory Farms.

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Add the decadent streusel topping

To make your delicious apple dessert extra special, while adding a nice textural component, finish with a streusel. In a small bowl, simply combine sugar, flour, butter and a little extra cinnamon for good measure.

Pour the apple cake batter into a greased 8-inch pan and top with the streusel. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean, at 400 degrees.

Serve this delightful, decadent dessert warm out of the oven with a heaping scoop full of homemade vanilla bean ice cream.

 

Delicious apple desserts from Hickory Farms.
 

This delicious Apple Streusel Coffee Cake is just one of the many great apple dessert recipes you can make with fresh fruits. Starting with the beautiful fruits included in our gourmet fruit baskets, such as our Orchard’s Bounty Gift Basket, featuring Crown Comice Pears, Mandarin Oranges and Fuji Apples, and a little creativity, your dessert and snack possibilities are endless!

Don’t Guess People’s Taste – Give Them a Hickory Farms Gift Card

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Hickory Farms understands that it can be hard to choose gifts for loved ones. Luckily, we’ve made gift-giving a breeze by offering Hickory Farms gift cards in amounts of $25, $50 and $100 for you to give to business clients, colleagues and friends.

To help you get a jump start on your holiday shopping, we’ve found some great gift suggestions for every taste and preference.

Gifts for Women

Family gift ideas from Hickory Farms

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This trio of hand creams by Tocca from Sephora will keep hands soft and sweetly scented all winter. Reasonably priced at $20, this item is perfect for a Secret Santa or office gift exchange with pre-set spending limits.

Corporate holiday gift ideas from Hickory Farms

Hickory Farms Petits Fours

A gift box of Hickory Farms petits fours makes a nice communal offering for your office mates and is on sale now for only 17.99!

Family gift ideas from Hickory Farms

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A warm alpaca infinity scarf will keep anyone snug and cozy on cold, windy days.

Gifts for Men

Hickory Farms gifts

Hickory Farms Tastes of the Trade Tool Bag

Hickory Farms Tastes of the Trade Tool Bag  is chock full of everything a man needs to snack on during football games — 100% beef summer sausage, two kinds of savory cheeses, two varieties of crackers and spiced almonds, plus a reusable tool bag for extra storage space!

Family gift ideas from Hickory Farms

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He’ll love a unique flask with its own shot glass stopper — especially one that’s a perfect hip pocket fit.

Hickory Farms gifts.

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A selection of dapper pocket squares will add the finishing touches to his business suits and keep him fashionable all season long.

Don’t stress over holiday gift-giving. Use our suggestions and finish your shopping early by purchasing a selection of gift cards or other Hickory Farm gifts,  so you’re never caught empty-handed by surprise. Stop by your local Hickory Farms store, order online, or call 800.753.8558 to make sharing the holiday spirit a little easier this year!