Cheese Fondues Make for Cozy Dinners

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What better way is there to enjoy a cozy dinner with your sweetie than with some fine wine, great conversation and a bubbling pot of cheese fondue? Combining just the right amount of decadence with a creamy texture, fondue is synonymous with romance. Treat someone special to a memorable meal this Valentine’s Day, or any day, by whipping up delicious cheese fondue with these simple tips.

 

A great fondue starts with delicious cheese. For a lovely, gooey texture, choose cheeses that melt well, such as the Classic Cheddar in our Cheddar Flight. If you want to create a complex and unique flavor, pick at least two different varieties. Start with your special someone’s favorite cheeses and experiment with your ratios until you find the perfect combination.

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You can make your fondue even better by combining gourmet cheese with a little wine. To keep it traditional, choose a dry white wine, such as a Pinot Grigio or Sauvignon Blanc. Not only does the wine make the cheese taste fantastic, it also helps break it down, making the fondue even creamier.

With your ingredients ready, it’s time to get melting! Combine your gourmet wine and cheese in a small pot with just a dash of thickener, such as flour. For best results, shred your cheese and combine your thickener with the wine before mixing together. Now, all you have to do is let the cheese melt, and pour it into your fondue pot for serving!

 

While the basic recipe for fondue is simply cheese, wine and thickener, you can always have a little fun by getting a bit more creative. Try using unique cheeses, such as the delicious options from our Hickory Farms Smoked Flight of Three Cheeses, which include Smoked Garlic Cheddar or Smoked Pepper Jack. If you’re feeling even more adventurous, try adding a little something extra with a flavored liqueur, such as cherry brandy, or spice up your fondue with nutmeg and mustard powder.

With these tips, you can enjoy a romantic meal surrounded by Hickory Farms’ gourmet cheese and wine and, most importantly, your special Valentine.

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Wine and cheese is a match made in heaven. When properly paired, they bring out greater complexities in one another, leading to a more enjoyable tasting experience. Enjoy Hickory Farms‘ gourmet wine and cheese with our All the Cellar’s Best basket. These simple pairing tips will bring such a burst of flavor; it will make you appreciate tastes like you never had before.

When you’re new to pairing, there are two primary rules to follow for selecting your wine and cheese combinations — match acidity and power of flavor. This will keep your pairings balanced and prevent strong cheeses from overwhelming mild wines or vice versa. You’ll also want to bring your cheeses to room temperature before tasting. When tasting, try your wine first, followed by a bite of cheese.

 

Semi-hard cheeses, such as our 3 Year Aged Cheddar, are some of the most versatile cheeses for pairing. Try them with anything from a bold red to a sweet white to bring out new nuances of flavor.

The smoked cheeses in our All the Cellar’s Best basket make a great pairing with a good red wine with nice oak notes. Pair it with the Clos du Bois Pinot Noir included in the basket. This will highlight the smokiness and really make the flavors pop.

 

One of the wonderful things about cheeses with distinct flavors is that they can be paired in multiple ways. For greater contrast, try a crisp wine, such as a Pinot Grigio or, to play up the pepper notes, try a Sauvignon Blanc. Pairing multiple wines with one cheese is a great way to really showcase the wine’s influence on the taste of the cheese.

 

Blue veined cheeses, like our Smoked Blue Cheese, are another great pairing partner. Bring out the intense, nutty flavors of this cheese with a bold red. The salty finish also pairs well with a sweet port for a surprising and delicious dessert course.

With these tips and the gourmet wine and cheese in our All the Cellar’s Best basket, you’ll have everything you need to enjoy a fantastic tasting party. You may even discover some new favorite flavor combinations!

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

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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!