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.

Make a Healthful Batch of Trail Mix for Your Kids

If you’re looking for a healthy snack that can provide your kids with plenty of energy for the school day, trail mix is a great option. Full of nutrients and vitamins, trail mix is easy to pack, store and make. You can whip up your own batch to celebrate National Trail Mix Day on Aug. 31 with our Hickory Farms gourmet fruits and nuts, along with these simple guidelines.

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The benefits of trail mix

Trail mix is packed with variety of vitamins, a good amount of protein and a bit of fat. Each of these nutrients will break down differently in your body. Some forms of carbohydrates, such as dried fruit, are absorbed quickly, giving your kids an instant burst of energy. Granola and pretzels are examples of carbohydrates that break down more slowly, resulting in longer-lasting energy. Protein, found in seeds and nuts, keeps your kids full, while the sweeter notes, such as chocolate chips or dried coconut, can be added for extra flavor. By creating the proper balance, trial mix can be a delicious treat that gets you going and staying alert.

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Make your own

One of the best things about trail mix is that it’s super easy to make and can be catered to your unique tastes. Start by picking out some nuts — our almonds and pistachios are delicious and crunchy! Then, throw in your favorite dried fruits, like our apricots, peaches, or mangoes.

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Once you’ve established a healthy base of nuts and fruits, you can get creative. Try adding some of your favorite cereals or crackers. Then, mix in a little candy and some of our Berry Nut Bounty mix. Making trail mix is a great opportunity to create your perfect blend of sweet and savory flavors.

By whipping up a batch of your own unique trail mix full of our Hickory Farms gourmet fruits and nuts, you and your kids can enjoy a delicious treat that will keep your energized all day long.

After School Snack Ideas

With school just around the corner again, it’s time to start planning for some energizing after school snack recipes for your kids. The perfect treat should be able to hold your hungry students over until dinnertime. For a light meal that’s sure to please your little ones, whip up one of these delicious post-school snack recipes!

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Grilled Cheese Bites

For a fun twist on the classic cheese sandwich, try making these miniature grilled cheeses. Start by cutting up large slices delicious cheese, such as our Smoked Gouda, Farmhouse Cheddar, or Parmesan Herb Blend. Then, in a shallow dish, crush up a handful of our Olive Oil & Rosemary Crackers and mix the cracker crumbs with Italian seasoning and pepper. In a second bowl, use a whisk to beat an egg until fluffy.

Next, coat your cheese in the egg mixture before rolling the slices in the cracker crumbs. Then, place the cheese slices on a grill pan and cook until slightly melted and gooey. For extra flavor, serve with warm marinara for dipping.

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Cracker Sandwiches

For a tiny bite that packs in a ton of flavor, make a cracker club sandwich. Start by slicing our HoneyGold Ham and our Smoked Cheddar Blend into small pieces. Then, simply layer the ham and cheese onto our crackers along with a dab of our Sweet Hot Mustard.

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Cheese and Fruit Stacks

Cheese and fruit are a perfect pairing your kids will be sure to enjoy. For a fun DIY snack, cut up an assortment of cheeses along with a selection of fresh fruits, such as Red Bartlett Pears, Fuji Apples, Yellow Nectarines, and White Peaches. Finish this healthy platter off with a heaping helping of our crackers.

After you’re done preparing, you can show your kids how they can make their own snacks by topping their crackers with a variety of cheese and fruit. Your kids will have a blast discovering their favorite combinations.

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By preparing one of these three fun and healthy recipes, your kids will love coming home for their afternoon snack. With Hickory Farms’ gourmet fruits and nuts, you can transform a normal after school snack into something truly delicious.