Celebrate National Popcorn Day with Hickory Farms!

 

January 19 is National Popcorn Day, and Hickory Farms’ gourmet popcorn will melt in your mouth. Try our delicious Peanut Brittle Popcorn with Chocolatey Drizzle sold in 8 oz. three packs and currently on sale 50% off. You can’t beat a deal like that delivered right to your door!

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We’ve also found some great popcorn recipes you can have fun trying this winter when you’re ready to settle in for movie night at home or just snuggling up in front of a roaring fireplace. Try this recipe for savory Popcorn with Brown Butter and Parmesan that can be made with either microwave popcorn or on top of the stove. We like the way the brown butter adds a nutty flavor, which mingles perfectly with the cheese.

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Fix up a batch of some Nutted Popcorn made with almonds, pecans and pumpkin seeds. Flavor everything with sugar and spices, such as cinnamon and a mild bite of chili powder for a little extra kick.

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You can also incorporate popcorn into your everyday cooking. This Cheesy Popcorn Bread is made with corn meal, four cups of popped popcorn and shredded pepper jack. To really make this dish stand out, you add a can of drained green chilies for an extra zesty touch.

There’s lots of fun ways to experiment with popcorn recipes for different takes on one ofAmerica’s favorite snacks. Let the kids help you select and prepare different popcorn treats. Maybe you’ll even find a new family favorite popcorn recipe.

Hickory Farms uses only the freshest, highest quality ingredients in our gourmet products, so you’ll be able to serve family and friends delicious delights year round.

Seasonal Dessert Recipe: Apple Streusel Coffee Cake

Apple dessert recipes from Hickory Farms.

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Cinnamon and apples are a classic combination. Finish your dinner with a sweet seasonal dessert, featuring just the right amount of sugar and spice, by preparing this delicious Apple Streusel Coffee Cake. Showcasing the gorgeous ripe apples from our Hickory Farms gourmet fruit baskets, this great recipe is sure to be a staple of your family’s dessert repertoire for years to come.

 

Apple streusel coffee cake from Hickory Farms.

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Prepare the apple streusel coffee cake

Start making this moist cake by sifting the flour, making sure to remove any lumps. Then, combine the flour with the remainder of the dry ingredients, including a bit of baking powder, salt, a little sugar and a dash of cinnamon.

In a separate bowl, mix the wet ingredients together. Start by beating an egg, then adding melted vegetable shortening and milk. Once this is well combined, add the wet mixture into the dry ingredients.

Prepare a couple Fuji Apples from your Hickory Farms gift box by rinsing the fruit and removing the stems and core. Give the apples a rough chop, trying to keep the pieces as uniform as possible. Once they’re chopped, mix the apples into the batter.

 

Seasonal desserts from Hickory Farms.

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Add the decadent streusel topping

To make your delicious apple dessert extra special, while adding a nice textural component, finish with a streusel. In a small bowl, simply combine sugar, flour, butter and a little extra cinnamon for good measure.

Pour the apple cake batter into a greased 8-inch pan and top with the streusel. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean, at 400 degrees.

Serve this delightful, decadent dessert warm out of the oven with a heaping scoop full of homemade vanilla bean ice cream.

 

Delicious apple desserts from Hickory Farms.
 

This delicious Apple Streusel Coffee Cake is just one of the many great apple dessert recipes you can make with fresh fruits. Starting with the beautiful fruits included in our gourmet fruit baskets, such as our Orchard’s Bounty Gift Basket, featuring Crown Comice Pears, Mandarin Oranges and Fuji Apples, and a little creativity, your dessert and snack possibilities are endless!

Ideas for a Picturesque Picnic

Sure we’d all love to be whisked away to the Haleakala National Park in Hawaii, the Jardin des Tuileries in Paris, or one of National Geographic’s other picks for the “World’s Best Picnic Spots.” But all that is really required to be able to enjoy a picturesque picnic is a nice spot outdoors and a little planning.

As New York Times writer Mark Bittman puts it, “There is something both innocent and exciting about a picnic, even if you are only packing a few things at the last minute and heading down the street to the park.” So, let’s plan a picnic!

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We think some of the best advice for a carefree picnic comes from Reader’s Digest, who says, “Take as much finger food as possible.” This way, you can travel light with less plates and sets of silverware!

In pursuit of mastering the “fine art of picnic-packing,” Washington Post writer Lavanya Ramanathan inquired from the experts on what foods are the most basket-friendly and any other tricks of the picnic trade. Stick to firmer cheeses, the recommendation was, because they will do well outdoors for hours even in the heat. Then, add fuss-free gourmet touches such as pears, almonds, and a couple of jams.  Remember that “smart picnickers pre-slice.”

If you’d like to pair your cheese with wine, be sure to check the rules on booze in the area you plan to picnic, especially if it’s a public park. To chill drinks, consider skipping the heavy cooler and looking for a smaller alternative, like an insulated lunch bag. Then, you can slip in a little chocolate or other small treat (just be sure to throw them in a sealed plastic bag first to avoid any soggy messes).

And while we’re on the subject of soggy-free storage, a picnic is a wonderful opportunity to try your hand at the “mason jar meal.” These convenient and sturdy screw-top containers are ideal for carrying individual servings of salads and even beverages.

Don’t have a picnic basket? Hop over to the Hickory Farms online shop and order one of our gourmet food baskets complete with all the tasty finger foods and treats you need for a delicious picnic that requires no preparation time at all! Our new spring gourmet food baskets are ready to help you turn an ordinary lunch into a delightful afternoon of picnicking!

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