Sweet Dried Fruit Desserts for a Memorial Day BBQ

Memorial Day is a great opportunity to gather your friends and family together for an afternoon of outdoor fun accompanied by plenty of food. Of course, every good feast needs a sweet ending. Make the perfect treat for your summertime celebration with these dried fruit desserts for picnics made with ingredients from our Hickory Farms Dried Fruit Collection.

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Spiced Fruit Salad

Combining dried fruit with warm spices gives you a dessert that is truly special. For this sophisticated treat, start by placing our dried apricots, pears, and peaches along with a handful of dried figs and apples in a saucepan. Then, spice up the fruit by adding cloves, honey, saffron, cinnamon sticks, vanilla, and lemon zest. Cover the mixture with water, and simmer for 15 minutes so that the fruit reconstitutes and gets nice and juicy.

After cooking, remove the cinnamon sticks and cloves before tossing with our almonds and a few pistachios. For a beautiful finishing touch, stir in a bit of orange water. This dish is fantastic served hot or cold and accompanied by Greek yogurt.

Fruit Compote

A delicious dried fruit compote is the perfect topping for your cake, ice cream, or anything else you can imagine. To make yours, start by soaking your favorite dried fruits in water for an hour. Then, combine water, fresh squeezed orange juice, lemon zest, and sugar in a saucepan. Bring the mixture to a boil and throw in your fruit. Cook the fruit for about forty minutes or until it is nice and soft, almost forming a jelly-like consistency.

Pear Biscotti

Whether you dip it in your coffee or snack on it throughout the day, pear biscotti packs tons of flavor into a crunchy cookie. Start by creaming butter and sugar with vanilla, eggs, and our diced almonds. Then, mix in flour, baking soda, and pieces of our dried pear. Finish by dividing the dough and baking until golden brown.

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With the delicious fruits and nuts in our Dried Fruit Collection from Hickory Farms, you have the perfect flavor profile to make your summer picnic extra festive.

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.

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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.
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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.

 

Put a Fresh Spin on Candy Apples

With fall upon us, apple season is about to be in full swing. Sweet, crisp and delicious, apples make the perfect base for some of the best seasonal treats. Take advantage of our Hickory Farms gourmet fruit and nut baskets by making a unique variation on the classic caramel apple.

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Traditional Caramel Apples

Coated in a delicious sugary topping, sometimes a classic Caramel Apple truly hits the spot. To create your yummy seasonal treat, start by washing a few of our Fuji apples well before placing a Popsicle stick through the bottom. Let the apples rest on a buttered baking sheet while you whip up the topping by melting vanilla caramel and a bit of cream.

Once the caramel is melted, dip each apple into the coating, making sure everything is well-covered. Then, before the caramel hardens, roll your apple in a bowl filled with the topping of your choice, such as our mixed nuts, toasted coconut, or miniature chocolate chips.

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A Little Zesty

If you’re looking for something a bit more unique, top your apples with vibrant orange zest. Start by making the classic caramel apples above. While the caramel is melting, take a couple of our Navel Oranges and use a small vegetable peeler to create long strings of zest. After dipping your apples, roll them in the zest before sprinkling on a bit of honey for a little extra sweetness.

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Extra Crunchy

One of the best reasons to munch on caramel apples is to experience the great textural contrast of a crisp apple paired with sticky caramel. You can amp up the crunch even more by adding whole nuts to the outside of your apple. Whether you prefer whole peanuts or our whole almonds, packing nuts on top of your apple will really make them sing.

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Long associated with fall, caramel apples are a truly delicious seasonal treat that can be made even more fantastic with unique toppings. To create the perfect caramel apple you and your family will love, combine fresh apples with fun toppings from our gourmet fruits and nuts collection.