Fruitful Desserts for Growing Kids

Parents want their children to eat their share of fresh fruits, but kids tend to gravitate towards sugary snacks that are high in calories and low in nutritional value. So, for a happy medium, Hickory Farms is sharing some mouthwatering recipes packed with plenty of sweet and healthfully delicious fruit.

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Source: Food Network

Blueberry and Peach Cobbler

This recipe calls for frozen peaches, but it’s even better with fresh peaches from our Peach Duet Gift Box. Add some sliced peaches to a pint of blueberries, roll out your homemade dough for the crust, brush on some egg wash, sprinkle sugar on top, and bake! Your kids will love eating this fruit-filled dessert. For an extra treat, add a scoop of vanilla ice cream on top.

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Source: Food Network

Summer Fruit Crostata

Don’t let this recipe’s fancy name deter you. Just tell your kids you’re making a fruit pizza and they’ll be instantly hooked! Made with the same sweet fruits featured in the cobbler recipe, this fruit crostata requires a few plums to make the dish even tastier.

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Source: Bon Appétit

Mango and Berry Swirl Smoothies

For days when it’s just too hot to crank up the oven, try making this wonderfully cool and very nutritious sugar-free fruit recipe. Sweetened by a couple tablespoons of honey, you can cut the calorie count even further by using low-fat or fat-free milk.

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With summer in full bloom, there’s no need to use frozen fruits. Our Very Special Variety Fruit Gift Box features fresh mangoes you can throw in for a burst of flavor. You can make the day extra special by taking your kids berry-picking for blackberries. It’s a refreshing treat they’ll want you to make again and again.

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Hickory Farms gourmet gift selections always hit the spot. Choose from our perennially popular fruit and nuts selection or give a loved one or a friend a Peach Duet Gift Box that can be customized with a ribbon for any special occasion.

Call 800.753.8558 to place your order for delivery right to your recipient’s door, or shop online 24 hours a day.

Make a Healthful Batch of Trail Mix for Your Kids

If you’re looking for a healthy snack that can provide your kids with plenty of energy for the school day, trail mix is a great option. Full of nutrients and vitamins, trail mix is easy to pack, store and make. You can whip up your own batch to celebrate National Trail Mix Day on Aug. 31 with our Hickory Farms gourmet fruits and nuts, along with these simple guidelines.

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Source: Lunch Box Bunch

The benefits of trail mix

Trail mix is packed with variety of vitamins, a good amount of protein and a bit of fat. Each of these nutrients will break down differently in your body. Some forms of carbohydrates, such as dried fruit, are absorbed quickly, giving your kids an instant burst of energy. Granola and pretzels are examples of carbohydrates that break down more slowly, resulting in longer-lasting energy. Protein, found in seeds and nuts, keeps your kids full, while the sweeter notes, such as chocolate chips or dried coconut, can be added for extra flavor. By creating the proper balance, trial mix can be a delicious treat that gets you going and staying alert.

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Source: Keep Your Diet Real

Make your own

One of the best things about trail mix is that it’s super easy to make and can be catered to your unique tastes. Start by picking out some nuts — our almonds and pistachios are delicious and crunchy! Then, throw in your favorite dried fruits, like our apricots, peaches, or mangoes.

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Once you’ve established a healthy base of nuts and fruits, you can get creative. Try adding some of your favorite cereals or crackers. Then, mix in a little candy and some of our Berry Nut Bounty mix. Making trail mix is a great opportunity to create your perfect blend of sweet and savory flavors.

By whipping up a batch of your own unique trail mix full of our Hickory Farms gourmet fruits and nuts, you and your kids can enjoy a delicious treat that will keep your energized all day long.

Seasonal Recipe: Baby Cheesecake with Toffee Pears

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Source: Better Homes and Gardens

Creamy, rich and decadent, cheesecake is delicious on its own, and it’s even better when paired with a number of fruity toppings. With National Cheesecake Day coming up on July 30, it’s the perfect time to celebrate this delicious cake by preparing your own version with our gourmet fruit baskets and this one-of-a-kind Cheesecake with Toffee Pears recipe.

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Source: Better Homes and Gardens

Make the crust

As the base for the decadent filling, the crust is an important component of any cake. Make yours by tossing together a scoop of rolled oats, a handful of our chopped mixed nuts, a bit of brown sugar and some melted butter. Then, place a spoonful of the mixture into muffin tins lined with baking cups. Use your fingers to pat down the mixture, and then bake the crust for about eight minutes to set.

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Source: Better Homes and Gardens

Mix up the filling

Now, it’s time to make the filling. Using an electric stand mixer, whip room-temperature cream cheese until it’s smooth and airy. Then, slowly mix in an egg. For something a little unexpected, add an intriguing savory element, like blue cheese, that will complement the pears. Finish by adding even more creaminess with a scoop of sour cream. Spoon the blue cheese-tinged cheesecake mixture on top of your prepared crust and bake until just slightly puffy.

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Source: Better Homes and Gardens

Time for the topping

To make the toffee pears, start by melting a dab of butter before mixing in brown sugar and cream. While continuously stirring, cook the sweet mixture until it begins to bubble. When it reaches the point of bubbling, add some sliced Red and Green D’Anjou Pears. Lastly, cook the pears until tender and then remove from the heat before adding a dash of vanilla.

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With a delightful combination of sweet and savory, these baby cheesecakes are a perfectly balanced treat that you’ll want to make again and again. Celebrate National Cheesecake Day this month by throwing together this delicious recipe with our Hickory Farms Fresh Fruit Medley Gift Box.