Sweet Valentine’s Day Gifts

The winter months and the cold temperatures that they bring are the perfect reason to stay inside with the one you love. This Valentine’s Day, make sure Cupid’s arrow shoots straight and true by gifting your loved ones with the perfect present. Hickory Farms has found some interesting ideas for couples to share with one another.

For Her

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  • You can’t go wrong with a little sparkle for your best girl. Marc Jacobs’ Love Stud earrings in 10 karat gold are a wonderful way to remind her she’ll always hold the key to your heart.

 

  • Our decadent dozen Hickory Farms Italian Ice Cream Truffles gift box is a sure way to shower your sweetheart with delicious sweets.

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  • This I Love You Plant Kit is a living symbol of the love you share each day. Each kit contains all she’ll need to grow a sweet pea plant.

For Him

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  • Our box of Hickory Farms Snowflake Pretzels is sure to warm his heart, while he watches basketball and munches away this winter.

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  • Is your man a lover of literature? Give him a set of Pride and Prejudice cufflinks that say how ardently you admire and love him on the inside.

Hickory Farms Sweet Indulgences make for wonderful surprise offerings of love or friendship all year long. Best of all, you can shop online from the comfort of your home, or stop by a store near you to pick up a quick gift or staples to re-stock your pantry. Our gift baskets have a little something in them for everyone to enjoy. Call 800.753.8558 to place your Valentine’s Day order today.

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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!

Host an Elegant Wine and Cheese Party

There are few culinary combinations that work together as well as wine and cheese. By learning just a few basics of wine and cheese pairings, you can create combinations that bring out the true complexities of both, allowing you to experience new nuances of flavor. Use these five tips to host an elegant wine and cheese party for your friends and family.

Wine and cheese pairings from Hickory Farms

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Start by gathering your wines and cheeses. While as a general rule, white wines make better pairings, you can also use a lighter-bodied red. When creating your pairings, choose to contrast your flavors. If you’re using a creamy cheese, for example, a dessert wine will bring out its natural sweetness, while dry wines will add a pleasing acidic note. To make sure you enjoy your selections, try out your pairings before serving them at a party.

Wine and cheese pairings from Hickory Farms

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Next, send out your invitations. For something unique, make your wine and cheese invitations with personalized coasters that your guests can bring along to the party.

 

Wine & cheese from Hickory Farms

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Prepare your wine and cheese. Place sliced cheeses on slate trays with the name and description of each cheese written on the platter and remove your cheese from the refrigerator at least 30 minutes before serving. Chill your white wines to about 45 degrees and your reds to 60.

Wine and cheese party ideas from Hickory Farms
 

Put out some snacks. Options that pair well with cheese platters include Hickory Farms’ Mixed Nuts or Colossal Cashews from the Hickory Holiday Celebration, or the Shortbread Cookies and  Signature Beef Summer Sausage included in the Winter Wonderland Basket.

Wine and cheese pairings from Hickory Farms

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Create a festive atmosphere. Prepare a few tasteful decorations, such as fresh flowers and candles, and a sophisticated playlist featuring jazz and classical music.

With these simple wine and cheese party ideas and one of Hickory Farms’ gourmet wine and cheese baskets, featuring fine wines, creamy cheeses, fresh fruits and delicious snacks, you’ll have everything that you need to throw an elegant wine and cheese party.