Celebrate Halloween Early with Frankenstein-Inspired Treats!

You don’t have to wait until Halloween to let the kids have a little fun with Frankenstein. Aug. 30 is Frankenstein Day, which is the birthday of Mary Wollenstone Shelley, the author of “Frankenstein.” Published in 1818, reading this book is a great excuse for an impromptu monster party for the kids. In celebration of Shelley’s classic novel, Hickory Farms has compiled a list of festive Frankenstein recipes you can make.

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Frankenstein Monster Toes

Take your average sugar cookie recipe and give it a monster twist by adding just a few drops of green food coloring to the mix. Then, shape the dough into elongated “monster toes.” You can also dye some blanched almonds with red food coloring for your monster’s nails. This treat is squeal-worthy!

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Frankenstein Appetizer 

Rectangles of our white Jalapeno & Cheddar cheese can make the perfect monster body when sprayed with green food coloring mist. Give Frankenstein some freaky features with creatively cut veggies, like cauliflower and baby carrots. Cut a sliver of our Summer Sausage for a ghoulish grin and Frankenstein is ready to party!

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Frankenstein & His Bride Fruit Snack

This is a hair-raising, healthful snack that’s reminiscent of the movie “Young Frankenstein.” Halve a Granny Smith green apple from our Fresh From the Farm Gift Basket for the monster’s head and stack up sliced dark grapes for the hair. Don’t forget the bride’s lightning bolt hairdo! Forming mini marshmallows into a zigzag pattern will do the trick, while scraps of grape skin work great for monstrous facial features.

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You can always make uniquely creative snacks and meals with a box of Hickory Farms gourmet food gifts. We make it easy to connect with friends on any occasion, big or small. You and your kids can ship a basket of fresh gourmet goodies, like our Bountiful Tastings gift basket, straight to a recipient’s door. Call today at 800.753.8558 for a fast delivery.

Get Healthy During National Fresh Fruit and Vegetables Month

With so much fresh produce finally in season, it’s fitting that June should be National Fresh Fruit and Vegetables Month. Crisp veggies are not only delicious, but they’re also fantastic for your health. They provide you with tons of vitamins and minerals, which may help reduce your risk of disease. You can take part in this health initiative by adding more fruits and veggies to your diet and by following a few of the healthy eating tips below.

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  • If you love exploring new things, one of the simplest ways to encourage yourself to eat more fruits and vegetables is to pick out something out of the ordinary. Peruse farmers’ markets, produce aisles and fruit stands for unfamiliar fruits and veggies.You can also enjoy cooking different recipes and experimenting with flavors.
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  • Sneak extra fruits and veggies into your breakfast and lunch. Throw a chopped banana or sliced strawberries into your cereal, or stuff your turkey sandwich with extra veggies, such as spinach, tomatoes, cucumber, bell peppers and avocado.
  • Keeping fruits and vegetables easily visible will help encourage you to reach for them when you’re hungry. Place a bowl of apples, oranges and pears on the table for a beautiful display that can also double up as a quick and healthy snack.
  • Rethink your meal planning strategy. Rather than choosing your protein and then your side dishes, start by thinking about which veggies you’re going to incorporate into your meal and plan the entree from there.
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  • Choose fruit for dessert. Top berries with a spoonful of whipped cream for an easy sweet treat that still provides you with tons of nutrients.

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With these simple tips, you can celebrate National Fresh Fruits and Vegetables Month by effortlessly adding more fresh produce into your meal. For a great starting point, order one of our gourmet fruit baskets from Hickory Farms. With a colorful variety of fresh fruits, these baskets are a convenient way to eat better and get healthier. Who knows, you might even start celebrating this delicious month more often!

Celebrate National Barbeque Month with Healthy Recipes

May is National Barbeque Month, and you can celebrate the occasion by cooking up a delicious meal full of smoky, flavor-packed treats. With these scrumptious recipes from Hickory Farms, you can grill up a healthy dinner from start to finish.

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First Course

For a fun spin on a traditional bread course, substitute plain, white bread with a delicious Grilled Flatbread. Make the dough by combining yeast with warm water and adding flour. Allow the mixture to rest before kneading in some sour cream. Then, roll the dough out into flat pieces and throw them on the grill for a nice char. After flipping, finish the flatbread with your choice of toppings, or with one of our delicious cheeses.

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Entree

For the main course, opt for a sweet and smoky grilled pork tenderloin. Start by marinating your tenderloin in a mixture of maple syrup, cider vinegar, garlic and our tangy Sweet Hot Mustard. When the pork has absorbed the flavor, place it on the grill and pour the marinade in a saucepan and allow it to reduce. Afterwards, slice the pork and serve the marinade sauce on top.

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Side Dish

Grilling brings out a rich, caramel-like flavor in veggies. You can enjoy these delicious flavors in a Pasta and Grilled Vegetable Salad. Simply slice up whatever veggies you prefer, such as squash, eggplant and bell peppers, toss them in some olive oil with a pinch of salt and pepper, and then throw them on the grill. When your veggies are finished cooking, toss them with some pasta, a couple slices of our Turkey Summer Sausage, some Peppercorn White Cheddar and your favorite vinaigrette dressing.

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Dessert

Even sweet treats are better on the grill. For a truly decadent end to your grilled meal, cook up some Grilled Balsamic Peaches. Begin by combining balsamic vinegar and sugar in a small pan and sauté until it’s reduced by half. Then, finish the sauce by adding vanilla and pepper. While you’re making the sauce, slice some peaches in half and grill them on the side. Assemble your dessert by topping the peaches with melted butter, ice cream, your homemade balsamic syrup and an array of nuts from our Finest Mixed Nuts Tin.

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With these four healthy dishes and our fine Hickory Farms ingredients (our Traditions of Home basket contains everything you’ll need!); May just might become your new favorite month for BBQ-inspired fun.