Cheese, Fruits and Nuts: Family-Friendly Snacks

With tons of calcium, protein, fiber and vitamins, snacks consisting of fruits, nuts and cheese are healthy and delicious treats for the whole family. Be ready to combat hunger in a healthy way with these fun snack ideas for kids, that are made with ingredients from Hickory Farms’ gourmet fruits and nuts baskets.

Cheese snacks from Hickory farms
 

Make a fun twist on a traditional cheese sandwich by substituting crackers for delicious cheese snacks.  Simply cut up an assortment of our creamy cheeses, such as the Smoked Cheddar or Creamy Swiss Blend, add the cheese to the cracker and top with either sliced pickles or your favorite flavor of our Farmstand Fruit Spreads.

Kid-friendly snacks from Hickory farms

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Transform extra bits of gourmet fruits and nuts into a delicious granola. Start by drying apples and pears in a food dehydrator. Then, on a baking sheet, combine rolled oats and mixed nuts with honey, maple syrup, cinnamon and a pinch of salt before baking. Allow the mixture to cool and toss in the dried fruit.

Fruit sandwich from Hickory Farms

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Turn an apple into a sweet and delicious fruit sandwich. Begin by cutting your apples into rings, carefully removing the core. Top half of your apple slices with peanut butter, chopped nuts, chocolate chips and coconut. Finally, finish by adding a second apple slice.

Fun snack ideas for kids from Hickory farms

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Give your cashews a whole new flavor profile by currying them. In a small bowl, whisk together lemon juice, curry powder and salt, and then bake the nuts until dry.

 

Kid-friendly snacks from Hickory Farms

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For a kid-friendly snack that’s sure to delight, top crackers with mouse-shaped cheese. To make the mice, cut a large slice of Farmstead Cheddar and, with your knife, round the corners to form the mouse’s body. Finish with almonds for the ears, raisins for the eyes and the nose, and a long piece of chive for the tail.

Cheese snack from Hickory Farms

 

With the gift baskets from Hickory Farms’ Fruits and Nuts collection, such as the Fresh from the Farm basket–featuring creamy cheeses, assorted gourmet nuts and fruits — or the Hickory Tropical Delight – which includes fruits, pistachios, a variety of cheddars and a bottle of wine–you’ll have nearly everything you need to create one of these easy, healthy snacks for your family.


Easy-to-Make Snacks for Holiday Carolers

 

Holiday carolers from Hickory Farms

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Caroling is a special holiday tradition that has been passed down from generation to generation. Whether you prefer to sing holiday classics or contemporary favorites or contemporary favorites as a holiday caroler, caroling is a great excuse to enjoy your neighborhood’s beautiful decorations, while spending time with your family and friends. Make sure to keep your strength up this season by bringing along a couple of these festive, easy-to-make snacks featuring Hickory Farms gourmet fruits and nuts.


For a fun contrast in flavors and textures for your holiday snacks, put together a simple, yet delicious popcorn snack mix. Start by popping a bag of microwave popcorn. Then, mix it into a salted caramel sauce. Spread the mixture onto a baking sheet and cook for five minutes. Finish the caramel popcorn by adding chocolate-covered peanuts from our Sweet & Salty Nut Sampler.

Quick and easy snacks from Hickory Farms
 

Make a quick and easy snack for a crunchy dessert in just minutes with chocolate-covered graham crackers. Simply melt wafers in a  double broiler, and then toss in the crackers to coat. Before the chocolate hardens, quickly sprinkle the cracker with roughly chopped nuts from the Our Finest Mixed Nuts Gift Tin.

Holiday snacks from Hickory Farms
 

If you love baking and simple snack ideas, delight your lucky carolers with a nutty play on a traditional macaroon. Make your macaroon batter as normal, but add a little something extra special with ground pistachios from our Grand Nut Party Assortment Gift Tin. Place the batter in a piping bag, form the cookies and bake. After they’ve cooled, sandwich the macaroons with chocolate ganache and another sprinkle of pistachio.

 

Easy-to-make snacks from Hickory Farms

For a treat that’s even simpler to prepare, pack a gourmet fruits and nuts snack. Starting with our Dried Fruit Collection, place a selection of white peaches, mangoes, apricots, and almonds on a baking sheet. Heat the fruits and nuts in an oven for five minutes, and enjoy while still warm from the oven.

With these easy-to-make snacks featuring our Hickory Farms’ Fruits & Nuts line, you can make sure your holiday carolers enjoy a special evening that will create lasting memories for years to come.

Healthy Eating for the New Year

If losing weight and getting in shape are on your to-do list for the new year, you’re not alone. Last year, losing weight was the top resolution among Americans, with staying fit and healthy as the fifth most popular resolution.

Adjusting your overall lifestyle and committing to the goal of becoming a healthier person are critical steps you’ll have to take to achieve your goal. In addition to getting regular exercise and breaking unhealthy habits, you must also develop healthier eating habits to lose weight and be fit.

Make healthy snacks with Hickory Farms fresh fruit baskets and gourmet nut gift baskets. (Photo via Lunch Box Bunch)

 

Counting calories is important, but you should change the type of carbohydrates you consume, opt for adding healthy fats to your diet, and incorporate the right protein sources as a part of healthier eating habits. Fruits and vegetables are excellent sources of carbohydrates that also provide you with vitamins, minerals, fiber and other nutrients needed to maintain your health, according to the Harvard School of Public Health. 

Our Dried Fruit Collection includes delicious healthy fruits such as apricots, peaches, pears and other fruits, as well as crunchy almonds to provide a tasty contrast to the fruit. If you are looking for post-holiday food gift ideas, this collection is an excellent idea.

Food gift ideas from Hickory Farms.

The Hickory Farms Fresh Fruit Trio includes Crown Comice Pears, Fuji Apples and Mandarin Oranges; our fresh fruit baskets create a combination that offers variety and flavor.

Fresh fruit baskets from Hickory Farms.

Health fats come in two forms: monounsaturated and polyunsaturated. These types of fat are helpful in improving blood cholesterol levels and benefit insulin and blood sugar levels, according to the Mayo Clinic. Nuts are a fabulous source of healthy fat and make for healthier snack options than potato chips and sweets. Hickory Farms offers a variety of gourmet nut gift baskets.

Protein is an essential element of a healthy diet, as it helps repair and build muscles that are being exercised. Other benefits of adding protein to your diet include helping you feel fuller longer and preventing issues like heart disease and diabetes. Nuts are a great source of protein, and, according to LiveStrong, cashews contain 4 grams of protein per ounce, while pecans contain 2 grams per ounce and walnuts contain 7 grams per ounce.

We have several gourmet nuts, too. One of our best sellers is the Colossal Cashews Tin. Fresh, large cashews with a hint of salt make for a great snack to munch on throughout the day or a healthy party snack.

Gourmet nut gift baskets from Hickory Farms.

Our Finest Mixed Nuts Gift includes almonds, cashews and pecans, roasted and sprinkled with sea salt to snacking perfection.

Gourmet nuts from Hickory Farms.

Have you resolved to eat better and become healthier in 2013? If so, how do you plan to accomplish that goal? Share your healthy eating plans for 2013 with us by leaving a comment below.