Hickory Farms Snacks that Wow Your Pool Party Guests

With the weather heating up, it is time to start planning your first pool party of the season. While you will need the basics, including pool toys, lively music, and good friends, one of the most important components of a great pool party is the food. Make a spread of treats that are nice and refreshing by trying out these dishes using kiwis from one of our fabulous Hickory Farms fruit baskets, Bountiful Tastings.

Kiwi Fruit Salsa with Cinnamon Chips

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Cinnamon and kiwis are just two of the unexpected flavors that you will find in this delicious twist on chips and salsa. Start by peeling and dicing your kiwis, along with the Fuji apples from the basket, a good handful of raspberries, and chopped strawberries. Combine the fruit in a small bowl and top with brown sugar and a scoop of strawberry jam.

Next make your chips. Cut tortillas into wedges and coat them with vegetable spray. For extra sweetness, toss the tortillas in cinnamon and sugar before baking.

Kiwi Coleslaw

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Dressing up your coleslaw can transform this picnic staple into something a little more playful. For this version, start by mixing shredded cabbage with grated carrots and slices of celery. Then, toss the veggies with chopped kiwi fruit and a few tablespoons of your favorite French dressing. For the finishing touches, top with coarsely chopped Mixed Nuts from the basket.


It wouldn’t truly be an outdoor party without a good ambrosia salad. This version adds in a little extra fruit for a tropical twist that is perfect for lounging by the pool. First, mix together the fruit, including your chopped kiwis, the Navel Oranges from the basket, a couple bananas, a mango, and a handful of raisins. Then, simply combine the whole thing together with some whipped cream and a bit of shredded coconut.

With these three delicious dishes, our kiwis will be the real star of your next pool party. Order one of our Hickory Farms Bountiful Tastings baskets today, and treat your family to fresh fruits, crunchy snacks, creamy cheeses, and plenty of other delicious surprises.

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.

Delicious Lunch Ideas with Hickory Farms Pears & Cheddar

If you’re looking for a delicious combination of flavors, pears and cheddar cheese taste fantastic together, as the crisp, juicy pear really brings out the natural fruit notes of the cheese. Order a Hickory Farms Fruit & Cheese Fest Gift Box, so that you can try out these delicious pear and cheddar cheese lunch recipes at your home.

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A rich and creamy soup

The brightness of the pear makes this decadent cheese soup pop. To create this dish, start by sauteeing potatoes, celery, onion, thyme, and your diced pear until everything has softened. Next, add a big splash of the white wine. Once you have cooked down the wine a bit, stir in chicken stock.

After 30 minutes, use an immersion blender to puree the soup. Now, it is time to add handfuls of grated cheddar cheese, cream, and salt and pepper. Heat the soup until the cheese is melted.

A one-of-a-kind grilled cheese

This twist on the traditional grilled cheese sandwich will please eaters of all ages. First, you will want to preheat a griddle. Then, butter one side of two pieces of bread, before placing them butter-side down on the hot griddle. Top the bread with cheddar cheese, pears, and more cheese. Complete the sandwich with another slice of buttered bread. Once the cheese is starting to melt and the bread is turning golden brown, flip the sandwich to toast the other side.

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A super crunchy salad

For a salad your whole family will love, try this unique version of a Waldorf. In a large bowl, start by blending apple cider vinegar and honey with a little salt and pepper. Then, combine the vinaigrette with chopped apples and pears, slices of celery, and cubes of cheddar cheese. Finally, stir in a handful of pecans and serve the salad over a bed of lettuce.

The combination of crisp pears with creamy, decadent cheddar is a flavor profile that your whole family is sure to love. Bring home the Fruit and Cheese Fest basket today, and surprise everybody with a little something different for lunch this week.