Product Highlight: Hickory Farms Signature Sampler Gift Basket

Whether you are looking for a great assortment of ingredients to keep in your pantry or a fantastic gift idea, our signature gift boxes are the perfect option. For a delightful combination of flavors, check out our featured Hickory Farms Sampler Gift Baskets.

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Enjoy our Sampler. Source: Hickory Farms

The basics of the basket

With everything you need for a fantastic platter, the Signature Sampler Gift Basket is one of our most loved baskets. Inside, you will find a perfectly complementary combination of cheeses, summer sausage, crackers, and mustards.

Made with premium beef, our Signature Beef Summer Sausage provides you or your gift recipient with all of the bold flavor you have come to expect from Hickory Farms. With two flavors of cheese, dairy fans will be thrilled with our gourmet selection. For a deep smoked flavor, you have to try our Smoked Cheddar. Smoked over hardwood, this cheese is the perfect combination of creamy texture and robust flavor. If you like your cheeses nice and smooth, you are sure to love our Creamy Swiss Blend.

For the perfect way to accentuate your cheese and sausage, add some crunch with our Golden Toasted Crackers or, when you are craving something zesty, add a dollop of our Sweet Hot Mustard. Whether you complete your cheese and sausage appetizer with a side of mustard, or smear it on your burgers or sandwiches, this condiment instantly adds depth of flavor to any meal.

Who is this gift basket perfect for?

With all of these gourmet ingredients beautifully presented in a charming willow basket, the Hickory Farms Sampler Gift Basket is the perfect way to say thank you to a business client, or just let somebody special know that they are in your thoughts. Because it features so many of our most popular items, this basket is also a fantastic way for you to sample a great variety of our products and learn more about Hickory Farms.

Combining so many great flavors in one place, whether you are treating yourself or someone special, the Hickory Farms Signature Sampler Gift Basket is a fantastic treat for any occasion.

Wine 101: Guide for Wine Drinking this Spring

From red to white, from dry to sweet, from bold to subtle, with so many varieties of wine, there is something for everyone to love. If you want to get the most out of your wine drinking experience, there are a few simple tips to help you better understand the beauty of your wine. Enjoy the vinos in our Hickory Farms gift baskets by using these tips for drinking and sampling wine.

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Refine your Palette

Wine is a lot more fun to drink when you pick out the deep complexities of flavor that come in each glass. When tasting a wine, there are four basic steps.

First, you want to look at the color of your wine. Notice how the Cabernet Sauvignon in our Hickory Farms Reserve Dry Salami and Wine Pairing is a beautiful deep ruby red, while the Chardonnay in our Toast the Traditions basket is a buttery yellow.

The next step is to smell your wine. Try to find at least two familiar scents and identify the primary and secondary notes.

Now, it is time to taste your wine. Pay attention to both the flavor and structure. Structure refers to the feel of the wine, whether it is sweet, light, or acidic.

Finally, take a moment to think about the overall experience of the wine.

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Serve like an Expert

Now that you know how to best enjoy the flavor of the wine, perfect your presentation with some serving tips.

To allow your wine to breathe properly, make sure you start with the best glassware for the variety you will be serving. When serving a red wine, pour it in a decanter about a half hour before your guests arrive. You can bring out more flavor when your wine is at the proper temperature. White wines should be served cold, while red wines should be slightly cool.

In our Hickory Farms wine gift baskets, you will find a great assortment of wine combined with fantastic pairings, including cheeses and chocolates. Bring home your wine gift basket today and try out these tasting tips to host a truly elegant soiree.

Deliciously Cold Spiked Apple Cider with Granny Smith Apples

Although apple cider is traditionally associated with a chilly autumn evening, with the right recipe, it can also make a fantastic summer treat. Grab some of our delicious Granny Smith apples from the Hickory Farms Very Special Variety Fruit Gift Box, and whip up this refreshing summer cider cocktail.

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The Gift Box

With so many delicious varieties of fruit, including Navel Oranges, Bartlett Green Pears, Kiwi Fruit, Mango, and more, every fruit lover will savor this gift box. While the crisp and juicy fruit tastes great on its own, the vibrant flavors will also add something special to any recipe. Chop up the fruit and serve it with Greek yogurt, toss it with mint for a sweet salad, or invent your very own unique recipes by using these amazing ingredients as inspiration.

The Drink

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Now that you have found the perfect apples, it is time to whip up your refreshing cider cocktail. If possible, try to find a spiced cider from a local farm or orchard. Then, pour the cider into a pitcher with ice and stir the cider well so that it gets nice and cold. For a little kick, pour in some dark rum. If you like it a little spicy, you can also mix in a bit of cinnamon schnapps.

Now that you have the cocktail assembled, put it in the refrigerator to chill further while you prepare the garnish. Simply chop your Granny Smith apple into bite sized pieces and toss them with lemon juice to prevent the apples from browning. Using a decorative skewer, place about four pieces of apple on each skewer. Now all you have to do is pour your cocktail into a highball glass, garnish with the apple skewer, and let the fun begin.

With this cold and refreshing cocktail paired with our fresh Granny Smith apples, you can enjoy the delicious flavors of apple cider all year long. Fill your home with a fantastic assortment of fresh fruits with the Hickory Farms Very Special Fruit Gift Box.