5 Ultra-Light Backpacking Foods for Long Day Hikes

The summer months are great for taking long hikes, either solo or with the family. Wherever your wanderlust takes you, your appetite will surely follow. According to OutdoorsNW, adults need between a half and a pound of food per day while hiking. Luckily, Hickory Farms has come up with five foods that are easy to bring along on hikes, so you can reach each peak and summit with energy to spare. Below are some of our favorites.

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The sweet yet salty taste of homemade Thai Beef Jerky is a compact snack that will last a month if stored in an airtight container and refrigerated until the day of your hike. Three pounds of sirloin tip makes a pound and a half of jerky. Just add honey, soy and fish sauce and some ground coriander. It’s simple and delicious!

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Nuts can be a healthy component of most diets, containing both carbs and protein. Our Mixed Nuts Gift Tin features a trio of pecans, cashews and almonds you can portion into baggies for a quick on-the-go snack as you’re hiking along and checking out the surrounding flora and fauna.

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When you’re ready to sit down and catch your breath, break out the cheddar and crackers, using your trusty utility knife to slice the cheese. Our Cheese Trio Gift Box with two flavors of cheddar and Mission Jack Blend taste great when paired with our Olive Oil & Rosemary Crackers, and can easily fit in a knapsack. Our Summer Sausage is also a good choice to bring this snack full circle.

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Dried fruit, either alone or as part of a trail mix with GORP (good old raisins and peanuts), is both tasty and highly portable. It’s a favorite of hikers everywhere.

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Firm-skinned fresh fruit like oranges, apples and pears are full of juices that keep hikers hydrated. Just remember to bring along your water too.

Hickory Farms has plenty of fruit and nut selections and pantry essentials to make any hike a gourmet experience. Order online today or call 800.753.8558 for home delivery.

No Kid Hungry – Taste of the Nation Toledo

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Here at Hickory Farms, we love having the opportunity to give back to worthy causes in our communities. That’s why we’re so excited to be the Local Presenting Sponsors at the 19th annual Taste of the Nation Toledo, an event that supports the national No Kid Hungry – Share Our Strength initiative. If you’re in the Toledo region, please join us in celebrating good food and good friends for a great cause. You’ll help us ensure every child in our area receives the proper nutrition to stay healthy and happy.

Taking place on April 27th from 5 to 10 pm, this amazing event brings together some of the finest regional chefs and artisan producers in Toledo. Each ticket gives guests access to delicious cuisine from more than 40 area restaurants. While nibbling on small plates, guests will also be treated to a wide array of wines, beer and spirits. Afterward, guests will not want to miss out on some decadent desserts.

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At the event, attendees will enjoy live entertainment and musical performances in addition to the delicious food and drinks.

The proceeds raised at Taste of the Nation Toledo will stay in the area to help local charities. Grant recipients in the region include The Aurora House, Toledo Northwestern Ohio Food Bank, Toledo Day Nursery and Toledo GROWS.

Tickets for this event are on sale now. To ensure your spot, act quickly. The event is limited to 400 tickets. After March 15, the cost of admission increases from $150 to $175.

Taste of the Nation Toledo is a great opportunity to enjoy the amazing flavors of Toledo, while making a difference in the community. We hope you’ll grab your ticket and help Hickory Farms support this amazing cause.

Top Anniversary Gifts for Him and Her

No matter when your anniversary is, Hickory Farms has got you covered with plenty of suggestions for gifts to delight your beloved. Below are a few of our favorites!

Gifts for Her

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This gorgeous, one-of-a-kind Russian amethyst is wrapped securely in 24 karat gold and swings from a lovely gold vermeil chain with hoops. It makes a wonderful gift of natural jewelry, and as amethyst is the gem for February, it’s perfect for anniversaries that fall during this month.

 

Break out your crystal glasses and Toast the Traditions with our Hickory Farms gift box full of pears and apples, summer sausage and cheese selections, sweet treats and nuts, as well as a bottle of La Crema Chardonnay. Curl up by the fireside for your own private celebration!

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Give her a special spa day at home with Amazon’s Art of Appreciation in a keepsake gift basket. Full of vanilla-scented spa products, she’ll feel loved and pampered.

Gifts for Him

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This Steampunk-inspired watch with a leather strap will remind him of you every time he glances at his wrist. Encased in stainless steel for durability, it also has a clear back.

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We love this personalized keychain bar inscribed with your message to him along with the date of your anniversary. It’s made of steel and aluminum and clips right to a belt loop, so he can keep track of his keys.

 

Hickory Farms Game Day Gatherings will fuel him through all those basketball and hockey games this winter. This combo of four of our favorite snack treats includes Beef and Turkey Summer Sausage, Bacon and Green Onion Spread, Olive Oil and Rosemary Crackers and our Mixed Nuts Gift Tin.

From the heartland of Ohio, Hickory Farms has been proud to be a part of your family’s cherished celebrations since 1951. We offer convenient online shopping and ship right to your door. You can also place your order via phone by calling 800.753.8558. Our quality and your satisfaction are always 100 percent guaranteed.