Sweeten the Deal: Hickory Farms Valentine’s Day Sweets

Ah, Valentines Day. The time to share a special moment of romance in the middle of a long, dreary winter. While Hickory Farms is a big supporter of romantic love, we’d like to remind our customers that they can show their friends and relatives that they are loved as well with a special sweet gift.

Help banish the winter blues by sharing a sweet treat with the office crew. Our Dried Fruit Collection, with its healthy array of peaches, plums, pears, mangoes and apricots, is topped with crunchy almonds and will make the monthly meeting a bit sweeter.

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Our Mini Melt Away Mints come in a pack of three. Going to a Valentines Day soiree? A bag of our refreshing mints make the perfect holiday hostess gift. If you are the one putting on the ritz this year, make sure you fill a bowl with our tasty after dinner mints to keeps guests’ breath fresh.

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Hickory Farms Famously Thin Peanut Brittle is a great way to show your favorite college student or military service member that absence only makes the heart grow fonder on Valentines Day. It arrives in a beautifully decorated box with a more than generous one-pound serving, so your loved one can share the Valentines Day bounty and still have plenty to savor themselves.

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Our decadently rich assortment  in the Cheese Sampler Gift Box is a perfect option for those who may not have as much of a sweet tooth, but still appreciate a delicious gift with an array of flavors.  Add some fresh strawberries and a split of good champagne, and let Cupid’s arrows fly this Valentines Day.

Whatever your occasion, Hickory Farms has been a part of gatherings of family and friends for over 60 years. We believe in celebrating old-fashioned tradition with a modern flair, so we make ordering our goodies super easy. Online orders are accepted 24-hours a day for customers’ convenience, and we also have a toll-free number to place your delivery orders. Call today at 800.753.8558 and order your Valentines Day treats.

For Another Great Year: Employee Anniversary Gift Ideas

Whether your company is turning five or 50, business anniversaries are important milestones that should be celebrated. Show your employees that you appreciate all of their hard work and dedication with these employee anniversary gift giving ideas.

Benefits of an employee anniversary program

Initiating an employee anniversary program not only makes your employees feel valued, but there are tons of additional benefits that many companies experience when introducing recognition programs.

One of the primary benefits is that employee anniversary programs can be a great way to boost morale. For big milestones, such as ten years in business, you may also want to consider expanding the outreach of your party to include customers, suppliers, and the surrounding community. This is a great way to build stronger relationships with your friends and neighbors.


Treat the guests to something extra special

An anniversary party is an appropriate time to present your employees and other supporters with a nice gift. Some companies will opt for a tiered system of gifts, giving the employees that have been with the company the longest a more expensive present than newer employees receive. Other companies will opt for a more equitable gift distribution system. For an extra nice touch, consider treating the spouses of your employees to a gift as well.

If you are unsure what gift you want to present to your employees, you may want to do something nice for them instead. Before the big party, for example, you could have all of the employees over to your house for a gourmet luncheon.

Gift baskets are another fantastic idea. The collection of Anniversary Gift Baskets from Hickory Farms is a great way to show your employees and clients how much they mean. Treat your vendors and clients to a basket filled with Summer Sausage; gift your staff with our sausages and cheese; or hand out tins of our gourmet mixed nuts.

Plan a great anniversary party for your staff and business connections with these tips and our employee anniversary gift giving ideas from Hickory Farms.


Celebrate the New Year with These Delightful Desserts

If you are planning a New Year’s Eve party, there are tons of things to consider, including your theme, the guest list, and the type of champagne to serve. But, as with any occasion, you don’t want to forget the dessert. For a delicious start to 2015, celebrate New Year’s with desserts inspired by Hickory Farms ingredients and these delicious recipes.

Orange and Ginger Cheesecake Ball

For a sweet twist on chips and dips, try this decadent dessert-style cheesecake ball. Start by mixing together a package of cream cheese with a bit of butter, some powdered sugar, and both the zest and the juice of a Mandarin Orange from our Orchard’s Bounty Gift Basket. Finish by adding a handful of chopped crystallized ginger.


Form the mixture into a ball and chill overnight. Before you serve, top the cheesecake ball with toasted coconut and arrange it on a platter surrounded by pieces of pound cake and slices of Fuji Apples and Crown Comice Pears from the basket.

Log Cake

If you are looking for a truly traditional dessert, consider a New Year’s Log Cake. To make the cake, beat egg whites until frothy before adding sugar, vanilla, and ground nuts from our Grand Nut Party Assortment Tin. Complete the batter with flour, nutmeg, and cinnamon before baking.

After removing the cake from the pan, top with a mixture of whipped cream, sugar, and amaretto, then roll up the cake and finish with more nuts.


Chocolate Puffs

For another great way to use our mixed nuts, try a Chocolate Puff. Start by mixing the filling by combining cream cheese with sugar, chocolate-hazelnut spread, our chopped nuts, and whipped cream.

Next, build the puffs by mixing sugar, flour, and cocoa powder into water, melted butter, and salt. Bake the puffs, then scoop out the soft dough inside and replace the dough with your chocolate cream.

With these decadent New Year’s Eve treats, your guests will start 2015 with a satisfied sweet tooth. For help with all of your party snacks, check out the great selection at Hickory Farms.