Celebrate National Pistachio Day with Hickory Farms!

We love to celebrate at Hickory Farms, and we’re currently gearing up for National Pistachio Day on Feb. 26. This day is dedicated to celebrating a great-tasting and healthy nut! It originated in the Middle East, and has become a favorite of many Americans. People living Middle East call them “smiling nuts” for the way the hull splits open and looks like a grin when they’re ripe.

You’re sure to see grins on the faces of your family members if you make any one of the three pistachio recipes we’ve collected below. Try one or all of them to see which is your family’s favorite!

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Pistachio Shortbread is a tasty treat you can make to brighten up a wintry day. Simply add pureed pistachios to basic shortbread ingredients like flour, vanilla, sugar, salt and butter. Afterwards, just bake! After cooling, serve with or without a dollop of fruity jam on top. Mmm mmm good! And at only 70 calories a serving, it’s good for your waistline too.

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Make some Chicken Salad with Grains and Pistachios for a twist on a classic dish. Shred the meat from broiled chicken breasts and toss with cooked grains like quinoa, barley, farro or rice, along with some savory garden herbs. Add a few shallots and some chopped up pistachios, and then top with light vinaigrette. You can also grill the chicken breasts, but remember to remove the skin to keep it healthy.

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This Poached Pear Tart with Caramelized Pistachios is a decadent treat you can make by poaching pears from our Hickory Farms Crown Comice Pear Gift Basket with a fruity red wine like Zinfandel and some orange and lemon zest. Add pistachios to a pastry cream mix, then add more nuts, sugar and water over high heat to make a caramel syrup to pour over your crust. Delicious!

 

All of our recipes can be made with pistachios from Hickory Farms Grand Nut Party Assortment Gift Tin. Call 1.800.753.8558 or visit www.hickoryfarms.com to place your order today!

Sweet Valentine’s Day Gifts

The winter months and the cold temperatures that they bring are the perfect reason to stay inside with the one you love. This Valentine’s Day, make sure Cupid’s arrow shoots straight and true by gifting your loved ones with the perfect present. Hickory Farms has found some interesting ideas for couples to share with one another.

For Her

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  • You can’t go wrong with a little sparkle for your best girl. Marc Jacobs’ Love Stud earrings in 10 karat gold are a wonderful way to remind her she’ll always hold the key to your heart.

 

  • Our decadent dozen Hickory Farms Italian Ice Cream Truffles gift box is a sure way to shower your sweetheart with delicious sweets.

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  • This I Love You Plant Kit is a living symbol of the love you share each day. Each kit contains all she’ll need to grow a sweet pea plant.

For Him

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  • Our box of Hickory Farms Snowflake Pretzels is sure to warm his heart, while he watches basketball and munches away this winter.

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  • Is your man a lover of literature? Give him a set of Pride and Prejudice cufflinks that say how ardently you admire and love him on the inside.

Hickory Farms Sweet Indulgences make for wonderful surprise offerings of love or friendship all year long. Best of all, you can shop online from the comfort of your home, or stop by a store near you to pick up a quick gift or staples to re-stock your pantry. Our gift baskets have a little something in them for everyone to enjoy. Call 800.753.8558 to place your Valentine’s Day order today.

A Twist on a Holiday Classic: Peppermint Hot Chocolate

With the holidays right around the corner, I’ve been keeping my eyes peeled for some new ideas to keep my friends and family joyful and excited about food and treats throughout the holidays.

 

Around this time of year, I always have a large group of friends over to my home for holiday movies, laughter, and most importantly, food and good company. One of my favorite wintertime treats is Hickory Farms Mini Meltaway Mints. To put a minty twist on a classic creation, I pondered combining the minty yummy goodness with another delicious winter tradition.

If there is one comforting beverage that is celebrated and prepared the most throughout the holiday, hot chocolate has got to be it. Hot chocolate has been a holiday staple for myself, my family, and as a party addition for as long as I can remember. This year, I knew I wanted to combine holiday hot chocolate and Meltaway Mints and make a super delicious, decadent twist on my standard drink.

I started by making my regular recipe of hot chocolate by adding vanilla soy milk, an adequate amount of cocoa powder, a dash of cinnamon, and a vanilla bean to the stove top. I mixed all of the ingredients and stirred slowly but consistently to alleviate the chance of any lumps.

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This hot chocolate turned out to be such a beautiful shade of milky brown, I wasn’t sure what the Meltaway Mints would do to the color, so I left them out of the actual hot chocolate mixture. Instead, I topped each mug with a hefty amount of whipped cream, and sprinkled a pretty array of Mini Meltaway Mints onto the top.

Not only was it incredibly festive in appearance, but it also added a minty flavor and pastel hue to the whipped cream.

This new spin on a traditional drink was such a hit, I have no doubt I will be making this peppermint hot chocolate recipe in the very near future and for holidays to come.