Delicious Poolside Snacks for Kids’ Birthday Parties

Kids with summer birthdays always throw the best parties, and there’s nothing like a pool party to have some great fun in the sun. Hickory Farms has compiled some suggestions for delicious poolside snack recipes your young ones will love.

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  • Party food doesn’t have to be full of sugar. Give your kids a boost of the natural energy they need with Quick Kebabs. Alternate pieces of fruit, cheese and sausage on wooden skewers and serve on a platter. Our Orchard’s Bounty Gift Basket has plenty of fresh fruit, cheddar cheese and summer sausages to make this a hearty snack. You can also include some sweet treats from our Dried Fruit Collection to add some interesting textures.
garden vegetable cheese spread

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  • Easy-to-make Frogs on a Log is a delicious treat that balances healthfulness with savory flavors. All you have to do is split celery stalks and spread the center with Hickory Farms Garlic Mozzarella or Garden Vegetable Cheese Spreads. You can also place some sliced green olives with pimento on top of the spread for a nice contrast in flavor.
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  • Mini Rice-Cake Stacks are a yummy, crunchy creation that keeps kids’ energy levels high without a lot of empty calories. Simply spread apple cinnamon rice cakes with peanut butter or Nutella and add some banana slices. Top with another rice cake for a kid-size sandwich they can munch on when they climb out of the pool.
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  • During the summer months, it’s just too hot to fire up the oven. But you can make these No-Bake Cookies in just 10 minutes. Use finely ground graham crackers, raisins, honey, peanut butter and unsweetened coconut. This recipe makes 16, so you can double or triple as needed.

hickory farms ice cream truffles

Hickory Farms offers up plenty of fabulous birthday treats for kids of all ages, including our Italian Ice Cream Truffles, which come a dozen to a box and feature a variety of scrumptious flavors, including Tiramisu and Cookies & Cream. Call 800.753.8558 to place your order in time for all of your family’s summer birthday celebrations.

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!

gourmet nuts

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.

gourmet cheese

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.