Recipes Inspired by Your Kids’ Favorite Books

With National Book Lovers Day coming up on Aug. 9, it’s a great time to read a fun book with your kids. Encourage their love of reading by pairing story time with these delicious, book-inspired recipes from Hickory Farms.

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The Very Hungry Caterpillar

This beautifully illustrated classic children’s tale is a great educational tool for your little ones. For the perfect pairing, read this story while your children snack on sandwiches adorably arranged into a caterpillar shape.

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Start by making six sandwiches on whole wheat bread, topping three with our Farmhouse Cheddar and three others with our HoneyGold Ham. Then, use a circular cookie cutter to create five shapes from each sandwich. Stacking each circle on its side, arrange the sandwich pieces in a swirling pattern that resembles a caterpillar’s body. Finish by creating a cute head out of a tomato with cheddar eyes and celery antennas.

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Green Eggs and Ham

Told in rhymed verse, every kid enjoys Dr. Seuss. You can really bring this tale to life with these fun Green Eggs and Ham cups.

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In a sautee pan, combine shallots, spinach and a bit of cream, cooking until the cream thickens. Meanwhile, line muffin cups with slices of our HoneyGold Ham. Then, add a bit of the spinach mixture on top of the ham, and crack an egg into each cup before baking.

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Harry Potter

Lovers of the wizarding world are quite familiar with Hogwart’s favorite game, Quidditch. Snuggle up with a Harry Potter book and a plate of Savory Snitch Cheese Balls.

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In a stand mixer, blend together a package of cream cheese with our shredded Farmhouse Cheddar and a bit of butter. While you allow the mixture to chill, toast up a pan of our nuts from our Fruitful Gift Box. Then, form the cheese mixture into small balls; roll the balls into the mixed nuts and finish by pushing pretzel sticks into the ball to resemble the snitch’s wings.

If you’re looking for a fun way to make reading even more special for your kids, add a bit of festivity to story time by preparing these delicious recipes inspired by some of today’s most popular children’s books. With these delicious snacks, your kids might never want to put their books down!

5 Reasons Why Mustard is a Must for a Healthy Diet

Hickory Farms knows that leading a healthy lifestyle is important to our customers and their families. When choosing a condiment as a spread for a sandwich, mustard is the healthiest choice. Containing no high-fructose corn syrup found in ketchup, or the unhealthy fat in mayonnaise, mustard adds savory zest to burgers and ham-and-cheese sandwiches without all of the calories.

Since National Mustard Day will be celebrated on Aug.5th, we’ve highlighted some of the best health benefits of adding mustard to your diet.

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  • A tablespoon of yellow mustard has 21 mg of potassium, contributing to the recommended daily intake of 2,000 mg for adults. Potassium transmits electrical signals to the body, helps muscles contract (including the heart) and aids in digestion.
  • Mustard seeds contain magnesium and selenium, which can help fight inflammation, decrease blood pressure and alleviate the symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis and asthma.
  • Mustard seeds are a great source for the omega-3 fatty acids we need for healthy brain tissue growth. These unsaturated fats also play a role in preventing deadly heart disease.
  • One tablespoon of yellow mustard contains 16 mg of phosphorous. Healthy adults need approximately 700 mg of phosphorus a day to keep their heart and kidneys functioning well. Phosphorus also helps break down B-complex vitamins, fats, carbohydrates and proteins.
  • Mustard also contains protein, as well as fiber and vitamin C, which we all need to stay healthy.

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Keep Hickory Farms’ gourmet selection of mustard on hand for all occasions in your well-stocked pantry. You can choose our Variety 8-Pack featuring three flavors — Sweet Hot, Honey & Pineapple and Cranberry — or a 3-Pack of our Sweet Hot Mustard. Get creative and use them on sandwiches, as a glaze for ham and as dipping sauces for chicken wings. No matter the recipe, our mustard makes for a delicious addition to any meal!

Drop by a Hickory Farms store near you, or call 800.753.8558 to place your order today. Hickory Farms also offers online ordering and home delivery for our customers’ convenience.

Meaningful Ways to Celebrate National Parents Day

Every year, National Parents Day is celebrated on the fourth Sunday of July. In 1994, President Clinton signed this holiday into law to recognize, uplift and support every parent raising a child. While still a relatively new holiday, the custom of honoring our parents belongs to the ages. Hickory Farms has a few suggestions for making July 27 a memorable day for your family.

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  • Parents of young children know how much they adore your time and attention. Nothing delights kids more than to see you unplug your electronic devices and devote your focus on them. Making great childhood memories for them to reflect on in later years is a priceless gift only you can give.

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  • Have a spontaneous family picnic, even if it’s only in your backyard. Our Spiral Sliced HoneyGold Ham is a great ingredient to add in a hardy sandwich, or just put out a spread and pair it with some of our delicious fruit and cheeses. After the feast, engage your children by asking them to say or write down three things they really appreciate about you as a parent. Then, reciprocate by letting them know three things you appreciate about them.

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  • If your parents are older, surprise them with a special gift box like our Hickory Tropical Delight from our selection of gourmet wine gifts. Make sure you stick around for a toast and some laughs as you share fond memories from your childhood.
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  • Take Mom and Dad out to dinner at their favorite family restaurant. Make a reservation at a venue you’ve all gathered at for special moments in the past. At this time, don’t let Dad pick up the check! Make sure they both realize how grateful you are for their loving direction over the years.

This year, celebrate Parents Day by spending the entire day with your family. Remember that Hickory Farms will always be here to make the occasion a real treat with our gourmet food baskets.