Hickory Farms Snacks that Wow Your Pool Party Guests

With the weather heating up, it is time to start planning your first pool party of the season. While you will need the basics, including pool toys, lively music, and good friends, one of the most important components of a great pool party is the food. Make a spread of treats that are nice and refreshing by trying out these dishes using kiwis from one of our fabulous Hickory Farms fruit baskets, Bountiful Tastings.

Kiwi Fruit Salsa with Cinnamon Chips

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Cinnamon and kiwis are just two of the unexpected flavors that you will find in this delicious twist on chips and salsa. Start by peeling and dicing your kiwis, along with the Fuji apples from the basket, a good handful of raspberries, and chopped strawberries. Combine the fruit in a small bowl and top with brown sugar and a scoop of strawberry jam.

Next make your chips. Cut tortillas into wedges and coat them with vegetable spray. For extra sweetness, toss the tortillas in cinnamon and sugar before baking.

Kiwi Coleslaw

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Dressing up your coleslaw can transform this picnic staple into something a little more playful. For this version, start by mixing shredded cabbage with grated carrots and slices of celery. Then, toss the veggies with chopped kiwi fruit and a few tablespoons of your favorite French dressing. For the finishing touches, top with coarsely chopped Mixed Nuts from the basket.

Ambrosia

It wouldn’t truly be an outdoor party without a good ambrosia salad. This version adds in a little extra fruit for a tropical twist that is perfect for lounging by the pool. First, mix together the fruit, including your chopped kiwis, the Navel Oranges from the basket, a couple bananas, a mango, and a handful of raisins. Then, simply combine the whole thing together with some whipped cream and a bit of shredded coconut.

With these three delicious dishes, our kiwis will be the real star of your next pool party. Order one of our Hickory Farms Bountiful Tastings baskets today, and treat your family to fresh fruits, crunchy snacks, creamy cheeses, and plenty of other delicious surprises.

Hickory Farms Favorite Recipes from Our Associates

Here at Hickory Farms, we love coming up with new recipes using our fantastic ingredients. Now, we would like to share some of the best meals we have developed with you. Try out our delicious dishes at your home with these Hickory Farms favorite recipes.

Ham and Smoked Cheddar Panini

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Our Social Media Specialist, Alana, came up with this sweet and savory sandwich that combines classic flavors in a whole new way. Starting with two slices of crusty French bread, add a nice coat of our tangy Sweet Hot Mustard. Then, top the bread with our HoneyGold Ham, arugula, and our Smoked Cheddar Blend. Finish by placing the sandwich in a press until the cheese melts.

Grandma’s Baked Macaroni and Cheese

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There’s no dish quite as comforting as good macaroni and cheese. This creamy and decadent version comes from our Brand Marketing Manager, Maria.

Start by cooking the macaroni until it is al dente. In a separate pot, combine evaporated milk with salt, pepper, and garlic powder. Then, add in two eggs and a couple sticks of butter. Finish the sauce with our shredded Farmhouse Cheddar and Mission Jack Blend, along with Velveeta and hot pepper cheese spread. Layer the macaroni and noodles into a casserole dish, top with more cheese and evaporated milk, and bake.

Steak with Sweet Hot Mustard Wine Sauce

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This rich sauce from Jeremy, our Director of Technical Operations, is so decadent, you won’t believe how easy it is to make.

Generously salt and pepper our Pfaelzer Brothers New York Strip Steaks before searing them in a hot pan. Once the steaks have a nice color, add a pat of butter and place them in the oven.

For the sauce, brown chopped shallots and mushrooms in butter before deglazing the pan with a red wine from our gift baskets. Allow the wine to reduce, then add our Sweet Hot Mustard and a bit of butter.

Our associates have developed some great recipes for you to sample. Whether you use their recipes or create your own, Hickory Farms’ high-quality ingredients offer tons of possibilities.

Celebrate Father’s Day with Hickory Farms Gift Baskets

On Father’s Day, it’s time to fire up the grill and raise a toast to the men who have made a difference in our lives. To really thank your dad for all that he has done, you want to give him a gift that he will treasure. For the dad with refined tastes, treat him to the high-quality ingredients and bold flavors of these Hickory Farms Father’s Day gifts.

Make it a real party

Fresh from the farm, the Toast the Traditions basket is overflowing with a delicious assortment. Healthy dads will love that the basket comes with fresh fruit, including Red D’Anjou Pears, as well as our Mixed Nuts and Roasted Salted Pistachios. For the perfect pairing, slice up the creamy and delicious Farmhouse Cheddar or Smoked Cheddar Blend and pour a glass of the La Crema Chardonnay. To satisfy your dad’s sweet tooth, he will be thrilled with the Chocolate Covered Cashews.

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Give the gift of variety

If your dad loves to entertain, the Hickory Farms Warm & Hearty Welcome Gift Box is the perfect choice. Full of some of our most popular items, this gift box features everything you need for a delicious snack platter.

Meat lovers will rejoice at the assortment of sausages, including our Signature Beef Summer Sausage and our deliciously sweet Brown Sugar & Honey Turkey Summer Sausage. For the cheese fans, you will find our Smoked Cheddar Blend, our Three Cheese and Onion Blend, and our Farmhouse Cheddar. Combine these with our crackers and mustards, and you have made any dad’s dream snack.

Go for sophisticated

For dads that enjoy the finer things in life, you can’t go wrong with the Signature Gift Box with Red Wine. This classic assortment includes our Summer Sausage, three of our most popular cheeses, and the vibrant fruit notes of the Murphy Goode Cabernet Sauvignon.

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With so many different options to choose from, Hickory Farms has the perfect gift box to please every dad. Be sure to order soon to give your dad a Father’s Day gift to remember.