Put a Fresh Spin on Candy Apples

With fall upon us, apple season is about to be in full swing. Sweet, crisp and delicious, apples make the perfect base for some of the best seasonal treats. Take advantage of our Hickory Farms gourmet fruit and nut baskets by making a unique variation on the classic caramel apple.

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Traditional Caramel Apples

Coated in a delicious sugary topping, sometimes a classic Caramel Apple truly hits the spot. To create your yummy seasonal treat, start by washing a few of our Fuji apples well before placing a Popsicle stick through the bottom. Let the apples rest on a buttered baking sheet while you whip up the topping by melting vanilla caramel and a bit of cream.

Once the caramel is melted, dip each apple into the coating, making sure everything is well-covered. Then, before the caramel hardens, roll your apple in a bowl filled with the topping of your choice, such as our mixed nuts, toasted coconut, or miniature chocolate chips.

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A Little Zesty

If you’re looking for something a bit more unique, top your apples with vibrant orange zest. Start by making the classic caramel apples above. While the caramel is melting, take a couple of our Navel Oranges and use a small vegetable peeler to create long strings of zest. After dipping your apples, roll them in the zest before sprinkling on a bit of honey for a little extra sweetness.

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Extra Crunchy

One of the best reasons to munch on caramel apples is to experience the great textural contrast of a crisp apple paired with sticky caramel. You can amp up the crunch even more by adding whole nuts to the outside of your apple. Whether you prefer whole peanuts or our whole almonds, packing nuts on top of your apple will really make them sing.

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Long associated with fall, caramel apples are a truly delicious seasonal treat that can be made even more fantastic with unique toppings. To create the perfect caramel apple you and your family will love, combine fresh apples with fun toppings from our gourmet fruits and nuts collection.

Go “Nuts” for These Easy Granola Recipes

When life gets hectic, it’s a good idea to have some healthy snacks on hand. Full of crunchy nuts and delicious fruits, granola is a great treat to satisfy your hunger, while giving you the little boost of energy you need. Grab a bag of Hickory Farms mixed nuts and whip up these simple and convenient granola recipes.

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Whole Lotta Nuts

If you can’t get enough crunchiness, you’ll love this recipe. Start by stirring together a few handfuls of oats, a scoop of our mixed nuts, a bit of coconut flake and some pumpkin seeds. You can amp up the flavor even more by adding a sprinkle of cinnamon and a dash of salt.

Meanwhile, in a separate sauce pan, melt some honey and a stick of butter. Before removing the butter mixture from the heat, throw in a bit of vanilla. Next, pour butter over the nut-and-oat mixture before stirring and spreading the granola onto a sheet for baking.

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Maple-Nut Granola

Adding dried fruits to your granola is a delicious way to increase the fiber and nutrient content. Using a large bowl, add some maple syrup for a nice, earthy sweetness that’s perfect for fall. Then, add vanilla extract, brown sugar and a pinch of salt. Next, slowly incorporate vegetable oil, whisking quickly to combine. Finish by stirring in oats, our Hickory Farms mixed nuts and a selection of fruits from our Dried Fruit Collection. Now, just bake until golden brown.

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Classic Granola

For a treat that’s sure to please, opt for a traditional granola blend of sweet and savory. In a bowl, mix a handful of oats, almonds, some of our cashews, a bit of coconut and brown sugar. In another bowl, combine oil, salt and maple syrup. Finish by folding the liquid mixture into the oats until well-combined, and then bake.

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With these delicious recipes, you can transform our Hickory Farms gourmet fruits and nuts into a sweet, yet satisfying treat that’s filling enough to tide you over until your next meal.

Quick Breakfast Recipes for Busy Mornings

Between getting dressed, dropping the kids off at school and making it to work on time, some days, the best kind of breakfast is one that’s quick and easy to prepare. You can enjoy a meal in moments without sacrificing flavor or nutrients with these simple recipes featuring our gourmet ingredients from Hickory Farms.

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Ham and Eggs

Flavoring scrambled eggs with ham and cheese is a time-honored tradition that’s packed with protein. Start by browning small pieces of our delicious Honeygold Ham in a skillet. Once you have a nice color on the ham, add some eggs whisked with a little milk, salt and pepper before cooking until nice and fluffy. Just before removing the eggs from the heat, top it off with a bit of our Smoked Gouda and a sprinkle of chives.

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Eggs and Berries

If you can’t decide whether you want something sweet or savory, try pairing a berry parfait with an egg in a hole. First, cut a three-inch hole out of a piece of bread using the top of a cup. Then, place the bread in a hot pan with a good amount of butter before breaking an egg into the hole and cooking to your preference. Finally, serve the dish with vanilla yogurt topped with fresh berries and a handful of our mixed nuts.

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Apple Rings

Apple rings are a delicious substitute for pancakes. Start by cutting an assortment of our apples (Granny Smith and Fuji are the best options!) into lengthwise slices. Then, dip the slices in buttermilk before coating with a mixture of flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Lastly, pan fry until golden brown and serve with maple syrup.

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With these delicious recipes featuring our gourmet cheese, fruits and nuts, you can enjoy a decadent homemade breakfast even in the midst of your morning rush.