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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Source: Better Homes and Gardens

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.

Bake a Batch of Nutty Cookies for Cookie Month!

October is one of our favorite months here at Hickory Farms. Along with the crisp, cool days and gorgeous foliage, October is also Cookie Month, making it the perfect time to bake a batch of nutty cookies for your fall party or festive Halloween celebration. To give our customers some inspiration, we’ve chosen three recipes guaranteed to please.

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Oatmeal Dried Fruit Cookies

Add some extra flavor to traditional oatmeal cookies with the addition of some dried fruit. If your mixture of oats, butter, egg, vanilla is too dry, add a splash of some almond milk to the mix. Bake the batter on an ungreased cookie sheet for approximately 10 minutes in an oven preheated to 375°. Let them cool on the cookie sheet for five minutes before transferring to a wire rack.

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Cashew Cookies

These nutty favorites taste even richer with the addition of sour cream and some chopped up Hickory Farms cashews. However, the real decadence lies with the burned butter frosting. Melt butter over medium heat until light brown, then add some heavy cream, confectioner’s sugar and vanilla and spread on the cooled cookies. These deliciously rich treats are sure to get rave reviews at your next harvest gathering.

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Source: Martha Stewart

Nutty Butter Cookies

Try lifestyle maven Martha Stewart’s nutty butter cookie recipe, which can be tailored to please any palate. Select your favorite nut for the batch — anything from peanuts to roasted pistachios can be added. Martha’s secret for flavorful cookies is to first toast the oats in butter and then add them to the rest of the ingredients. Her recipe makes two dozen cookies, but could easily be doubled or tripled for a large gathering.

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Celebrate Cookie Month with good friends and family and enjoy making some fun autumn memories to share with future generations. Hickory Farms has roots that run deep from America’s heartland straight to your door with year-round delivery of our gourmet gift baskets full of your family’s favorite products. Call 800.753.8558 and place an order for delivery today.

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.