Celebrate the New Year with These Delightful Desserts

If you are planning a New Year’s Eve party, there are tons of things to consider, including your theme, the guest list, and the type of champagne to serve. But, as with any occasion, you don’t want to forget the dessert. For a delicious start to 2015, celebrate New Year’s with desserts inspired by Hickory Farms ingredients and these delicious recipes.

Orange and Ginger Cheesecake Ball

For a sweet twist on chips and dips, try this decadent dessert-style cheesecake ball. Start by mixing together a package of cream cheese with a bit of butter, some powdered sugar, and both the zest and the juice of a Mandarin Orange from our Orchard’s Bounty Gift Basket. Finish by adding a handful of chopped crystallized ginger.

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Form the mixture into a ball and chill overnight. Before you serve, top the cheesecake ball with toasted coconut and arrange it on a platter surrounded by pieces of pound cake and slices of Fuji Apples and Crown Comice Pears from the basket.

Log Cake

If you are looking for a truly traditional dessert, consider a New Year’s Log Cake. To make the cake, beat egg whites until frothy before adding sugar, vanilla, and ground nuts from our Grand Nut Party Assortment Tin. Complete the batter with flour, nutmeg, and cinnamon before baking.

After removing the cake from the pan, top with a mixture of whipped cream, sugar, and amaretto, then roll up the cake and finish with more nuts.

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Chocolate Puffs

For another great way to use our mixed nuts, try a Chocolate Puff. Start by mixing the filling by combining cream cheese with sugar, chocolate-hazelnut spread, our chopped nuts, and whipped cream.

Next, build the puffs by mixing sugar, flour, and cocoa powder into water, melted butter, and salt. Bake the puffs, then scoop out the soft dough inside and replace the dough with your chocolate cream.

With these decadent New Year’s Eve treats, your guests will start 2015 with a satisfied sweet tooth. For help with all of your party snacks, check out the great selection at Hickory Farms.

 

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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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.