Celebrate a Sweeter Thanksgiving with Holiday Desserts

No holiday dinner is complete until you’ve had dessert. Whether you’re a chocolate lover or prefer a bit of spice and fruit, one of these Thanksgiving treats is sure to be the perfect dish to cap off your holiday feast. Take advantage of our delicious collection of Hickory Farms desserts to add something extra special to your treats.

Peanut brittle from Hickory Farms

Hickory Farms Peanut Brittle

Apples are one of nature’s finest fall fruits. Celebrate the harvest with a Caramel Apple Cake. Start by baking an apple spice cake with applesauce, cloves, ground ginger and allspice. Then, make the topping by melting caramel candies with a bit of water. For a traditional take on the recipe, finish the cake with chopped walnuts or, for something a little bit more festive, substitute the walnuts with a dusting of our Famously Thin Peanut Brittles, roughly chopped in a food processor.

Holiday sweets from Hickory Farms

Hickory Farms Farmstead Fruit Spreads

Blueberry Pound Cake is a fantastically flexible dish that can be either a sweet ending to your meal or a festive Thanksgiving breakfast. To prepare the cake, blend dry cake ingredients with vanilla, eggs, butter and, of course, blueberries. Take the finished cake to the next level by drizzling it with a fruit glaze. Simply combine one of our Farmstead Fruit Spreads, such as Wild Blueberry, Strawberry or Red Raspberry, in a small saucepan with water until everything’s well combined.

Holiday desserts from Hickory Farms

Hickory Farms Peppermint Snow Mints

For an easy-to-prepare treat, try a delicious combination of chocolate, mint and buttery crackers. In a double broiler, melt a handful of dark-cocoa-mint wafers and dip each cracker until fully coated. Top the crackers with our crushed Peppermint Snow Mints.

Holiday sweets from Hickory Farms

Peppermint Snow Cookies

Give your guests holiday dessert options with a cookie platter. For a twist on a holiday classic prepare a batch of chewy chocolate Gingerbread cookies with molasses, ground ginger, and chocolate chips. Arrange your homemade cookies on a platter along with our delicious Lemon Shortbread Cookies.

With a few simple recipes and some festive holiday sweets from Hickory Farms’ Sweet Indulgences line, you can cap off your Thanksgiving feast with a dessert that your guests are sure to love!

 

Celebrate Friendship Near & Far

The bond of friendship is truly transformative. Friendship fosters love, compassion, understanding and generosity. These are the values that have the power to make the world a better place.

July 30th was International Day of Friendship, when we are encouraged to celebrate the friendships that unite individuals, countries and cultures across the world. As the United Nations reminds us, friendships that span international borders bring individuals and cultures together inspiring peace efforts and promoting international understanding and respect for diversity.

The idea of designating a day to celebrate friendship was actually first promoted in 1919 by the founder of Hallmark Cards, Joyce Hall. But what started as a company campaign, ended up turning into something much more poignant. When the card industry eventually lost steam, the UN encouraged this annual celebration of friendship by naming Winnie the Pooh as the world’s Ambassador of Friendship in 1998. Finally, in 2011, the 65th Session of the UN General Assembly officially declared July 30 as International Day of Friendship.

We love the idea of encouraging kids to celebrate friendship. TLC has some great ideas for parents to help kids celebrate friendship with games like toss and catch and crafts like special seed bracelets. You can also help kids to make international friends by helping them find pen pals through organizations like Students of the World. While kids are making bracelets or writing their first pen pal letter, parents can stack together some Winnie the Pooh themed meat and cheese crackers. Kids are sure to love these friendly and smiley snacks!

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Hickory Farms is happy to help adults celebrate the special bonds of friendship, too, with thoughtful gift baskets that can be shipped anywhere in the country and to international neighbors in Canada. From our Award Winning Sausage & Cheese and our famous HoneyGold® Ham to our Fruitful Gift Box and special seasonal offerings like our Italian Ice Cream Truffles, there are so many ways to show friends you care with a special package from Hickory Farms.

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Fruitful Gift Box from Hickory Farms

What are some of your favorite ways to celebrate friendship and show appreciation for a friend?

Fun Ways to Celebrate Mother’s Day

Have you ever tried to ask your mom what she wants for Mother’s Day? Did she respond with something along the lines of “your presence is present enough”? Give your mom what she really wants this Mother’s Day and plan a family outing to spend some quality time together.

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Hickory Farms looked around to find some great ideas for family outings to surprise Mom with this Mother’s Day. Here are some of our favorite ideas.

 

For outdoorsy moms…

Take mom on a hike! Find a nearby trail and plan out a mini outdoor excursion. Don’t forget to throw in some snacks like fruit and nuts.

 

For wine lover moms…

We love Sunset magazine’s idea for impressing mom by organizing an at-home wine tasting. Not sure where to start? Check out our posts on “Tips from Food & Wine Experts on How to Host a Wine Tasting” and “Wine & Cheese Pairing 101.”

 

For sunseeker moms…

Plan a picturesque picnic. Pack lunch and take Mom to a peaceful spot where you can enjoy a nice meal in nature.

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For foodie moms…

Treat her to a special homemade Sunday brunch. If your mom loves to cook, have the recipes and ingredients all ready to go and plan to make brunch together! For inspiration, check out our recent post on delicious brunch menu ideas.

 

For adventurous moms…

Take an exciting day trip. Find a destination that is not too far from home but has something unique you can explore and enjoy, such as a nearby city, beach, or lake.

 

 

How will you be spending Mother’s Day? Share your idea for fun and unique ways to celebrate Mother’s Day in a comment below or on the Hickory Farms Facebook page.

 

 

If you can’t be with mom this Mother’s Day, make sure you send her something special! Hickory Farms has a wonderful selection of gourmet gift baskets and gift boxes with delicious fruits, wines, and other treats that mom’s will love!