Holiday Entertaining Tips from Hickory Farms

The holiday season always brings so much joy and excitement. With the excitement and anticipation that go hand in hand with the holidays, there also comes a great deal of planning. Here at Hickory Farms, we want to help lighten the load by providing quick and easy tips to help the holidays go smoothly.

Tip #1- Keep Chocolate on Hand

Don’t be caught empty handed! We’ve all been in those situations where we have an unexpected guest arrive to a holiday event. By keeping an extra box of the Hickory Farms Signature Chocolate Collection readily available at your home, you’ll never have to worry about being unprepared this season.

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Tip #2- Have a Signature Drink

Add a personal touch to your holiday parties by having a signature drink. We love taking the fresh fruit found in the Orchard’s Bounty Gift Basket, and adding it to a Cabernet Sauvignon to create the ultimate festive party beverage. A signature drink can require way less, and can be as easy as adding a candy cane to the rim of a White Russian!

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Tip #3-Set the Holiday Tone with Music

Decorating for the holiday season is a tradition so many families possess. Why not make decorating even more fun by creating a playlist of holiday songs that has all of your favorite holiday jingles? Decorating the tree is so much more fun when everyone’s favorite holiday tunes are playing in the background.

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With these three tips, and a little help from Hickory Farms you’ll have a well planned holiday season filled with traditions, great food, and lasting memories.

Family Fun – Fireside Activities for Cold Winter Days

 

When winter winds are blowing and snow piles up outside, there’s no better place to be than in front of a roaring fire. Delight the entire family with an indoor fireside picnic with Hickory Farms’ Hickory Fire Side, which includes beef and turkey sausages, four varieties of cheese and our special Sweet Hot Mustard. Add in a bottle of Lucinda & Millie Chardonnay, and you’ll have some yummy fixings for an indoor picnic.

Of course, the food’s not the only great thing about a picnic! Check out these fun activities you and your family can enjoy, while relaxing at home on a cold, winter day.

 

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Involve everyone in creating a family scrapbook by collecting photos from past celebrations and vacations, souvenirs from theme parks and ticket stubs from movies. Include programs from dance recitals, certificates and ribbons from awards at school and athletic events. Allow your kids to express their innate creativity with markers, stickers, glitter and glue sticks.

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Making fondue is almost as much fun as eating it! You can start with our Cheddar Flight, which includes four varieties of cheese, some cubes of crusty French bread, as well as a couple slices of delicious apples and pears from our Fresh Fruit Trio Gift Box. Finish off the evening with this recipe for Ultimate S’Mores toasted over an open fire.

Watch classic movies and TV shows. Introduce a new generation of children to the delights of “Shirley Temple,” “I Love Lucy” and the slapstick comedy of “The Three Stooges,” while the whole family snuggles by the fire.

You can also organize an indoor scavenger hunt on a snow day when the kids are home from school. Write down clues on scraps of paper that lead to special stashes of treats like homemade cookies or the next clue.

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Work on a family project next to a warm fire. Let your kids assemble a large puzzle or a homemade masterpiece on poster board.

Hickory Farms is proud to be a part of your memorable family traditions since 1951. Call us at 800.753.8558 or visit www.hickoryfarms.com to place an order for delivery right to your door.

Family Fun with Edible Christmas Crafts: Make a Festive Popcorn Tree

Christmas food crafts from Hickory Farms

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There’s no better way to bond than getting the family together to prepare festive Christmas food crafts. This holiday season, spend some quality time with your kids or grandchildren while whipping up a batch of Festive Popcorn Trees. Combining our decadent gourmet popcorn and a little imagination, your little loved ones are going to adore getting their hands a little messy while creating their own culinary masterpieces with these popcorn crafts.

 

Popcorn crafts from Hickory Farms

Make the popcorn mixture

Start by placing a bag of our sweet and salty Peanut Brittle Popcorn with Chocolate Drizzle into a large bowl.

Then, in a medium saucepan, combine miniature marshmallows and butter, cooking over medium-low heat. Continue to stir the mixture until it’s well combined and silky smooth. After removing the marshmallow sauce from the heat, stir in a dash of vanilla extract to add a nice flavor and aroma. Pour the marshmallow sauce over the popcorn, mixing to coat.

 

Edible Christmas crafts from Hickory Farms.

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Form and decorate your trees

Prepare a working surface by lining a baking sheet with parchment paper. Next, coat your hands in cooking spray and let the fun begin! Grab a handful of the gourmet popcorn mixture and form the popcorn into a tree-shaped cone, keeping the base nice and flat.

Once the tree is formed, you can start decorating your holiday food crafts. Using colored baking sugar, let the kids add some color, and break out the icing and candy to add the finishing touches. Pipe bright frosting around the trees to form garlands, add white tips for snow and place the candy around the tree like ornaments.

When everyone is finished with their masterpieces, place the completed popcorn trees on sugar cookies. Now, you’re ready to dig in!

These easy popcorn trees are a great way to get kids excited about cooking, while bringing their imaginations to life. By using our delicious Hickory Farms Peanut Brittle Popcorn with Chocolate Drizzle, you can transform this fun project into a texturally rich, delicious dessert the whole family is sure to love!