Recipes Inspired by Your Kids’ Favorite Books

With National Book Lovers Day coming up on Aug. 9, it’s a great time to read a fun book with your kids. Encourage their love of reading by pairing story time with these delicious, book-inspired recipes from Hickory Farms.

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The Very Hungry Caterpillar

This beautifully illustrated classic children’s tale is a great educational tool for your little ones. For the perfect pairing, read this story while your children snack on sandwiches adorably arranged into a caterpillar shape.

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Start by making six sandwiches on whole wheat bread, topping three with our Farmhouse Cheddar and three others with our HoneyGold Ham. Then, use a circular cookie cutter to create five shapes from each sandwich. Stacking each circle on its side, arrange the sandwich pieces in a swirling pattern that resembles a caterpillar’s body. Finish by creating a cute head out of a tomato with cheddar eyes and celery antennas.

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Green Eggs and Ham

Told in rhymed verse, every kid enjoys Dr. Seuss. You can really bring this tale to life with these fun Green Eggs and Ham cups.

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In a sautee pan, combine shallots, spinach and a bit of cream, cooking until the cream thickens. Meanwhile, line muffin cups with slices of our HoneyGold Ham. Then, add a bit of the spinach mixture on top of the ham, and crack an egg into each cup before baking.

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Harry Potter

Lovers of the wizarding world are quite familiar with Hogwart’s favorite game, Quidditch. Snuggle up with a Harry Potter book and a plate of Savory Snitch Cheese Balls.

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In a stand mixer, blend together a package of cream cheese with our shredded Farmhouse Cheddar and a bit of butter. While you allow the mixture to chill, toast up a pan of our nuts from our Fruitful Gift Box. Then, form the cheese mixture into small balls; roll the balls into the mixed nuts and finish by pushing pretzel sticks into the ball to resemble the snitch’s wings.

If you’re looking for a fun way to make reading even more special for your kids, add a bit of festivity to story time by preparing these delicious recipes inspired by some of today’s most popular children’s books. With these delicious snacks, your kids might never want to put their books down!

Seasonal Recipe – Spiced Applesauce Pecan Cake with Cinnamon Cream Cheese Frosting

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Even though Applesauce Cake Day has already passed us by, there’s no reason you can’t enjoy a moist and fruity cake all year round. This Spiced Applesauce Pecan Cake recipe is packed full of great flavors and even features a decadently rich and creamy Cinnamon Cream Cheese Frosting. You can whip up this delicious recipe with a couple ingredients from Hickory Farms. It’s sure to be a hit at your next family gathering!

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Bake the cake

Start by getting your oven ready by preheating it to 350 degrees. Meanwhile, grease a small pan with butter or line it with parchment paper.

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Next, combine some butter, a dash of vanilla and a scoop of brown sugar into a stand mixer. You want your butter to be whipped and airy. Then, add in your eggs and some apple sauce. After everything is mixed together, reduce the speed of your mixer and slowly add in flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt and a variety of spices, such as cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, cloves, or whatever other spices you prefer.

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Once your batter is thoroughly stirred, chop up a handful of our mixed nuts and throw them into the mix. Add your batter to the prepared pan and place in your preheated oven. Then, bake until your cake is nice and golden brown.

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Add the finishing touches

No cake is complete without a decadent frosting. Simply combine cream cheese, butter and a bit of vanilla in a mixer until the frosting is nice and fluffy. Then, finish by adding powdered sugar and cinnamon.

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Once your cake is cool, spread your frosting over the entire surface of the cake, making sure to cover the sides well. For extra texture, top the frosting with more chopped nuts.


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With this delicious recipe and a couple of essential ingredients from Hickory Farms’ Our Finest Mixed Nuts Gift Tin, which features a mixture of almonds, cashew and pecans — you’ll be able to enjoy this delicious applesauce cake all year long.

Cook Up a Delicious Mother’s Day Brunch

Mother’s Day is the perfect opportunity to show your mother how special she is in your life, so give her the star treatment with a day of total pampering! You can make this day a little more special by starting it off with a special breakfast packed with ingredients from Hickory Farms. Our fantastic Mother’s Day breakfast ideas will show her just how much you care.

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The Traditionalist

For the sophisticated mom, opt for a breakfast classic, like a French-style omelet. Start by preparing your eggs by mixing them with a bit of cream and a dash of salt and pepper. Put the mixture in a heated, greased pan and flip when it solidifies on one side.

To make your filling, sauté an assortment of veggies, such as peppers, onions, artichokes and spinach, along with one of our delicious summer sausages. Place the filling and grated Hickory Farms cheese on top of the cooked egg and fold.

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The Experimenter

For the mother who loves options, prepare some classic waffles and serve with tons of fun toppings. To make a simple waffle batter, combine flour, sugar, baking powder and salt with a couple eggs, milk, a dash of vanilla and a bit of melted butter. Heat up a waffle iron and cook the batter to a delicious golden brown. Serve the waffles with a collection of toppings, including syrups and jams, as well as an assortment of fruits and nuts from our Dried Fruit Collection.

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The Health Nut

If your mother is something of a health nut, make her a delicious breakfast she’ll truly appreciate. Start with a big bowl of quinoa and mix in a bit of peanut butter, a dash of honey and chopped fruit from our Very Special Variety Fruit Gift Box.


Pure Decadence

For mothers with a sweet tooth, give them the gift of true indulgence with a chocolate-filled breakfast. Bake a rich chocolate cake and top it with our Pastel Chocolate Dutch Mints for added texture and flavor.

With these four delicious breakfasts and some fine ingredients from Hickory Farms, you can treat your mother to a special breakfast she deserves every day of the year.