Special Occasions: Your Best Valentine’s Day Yet

Valentine’s Day is almost here, and when planning the perfect present for your sweetheart, coming up with a gift that is as unique and as special as your Valentine can be a bit tricky. Here at Hickory Farms, we want to help with your Valentine’s Day plans, so you can share a day with your darling that far surpasses every other day. By following these simple steps, you will pull off the best Valentine’s Day yet.

A Romantic Meal for Two

Cooking a meal at home for your loved one takes far more effort than a reservation at a fancy restaurant. All of this extra effort is also another great way to show how much you care. This year, instead of dressing up and going to the best restaurant in town, bring those cream of the crop flavors home and whip up an out of this world dinner for two.

When deciding what to conjure up for your love, stick to something classic, simple, and  will make a beautiful presentation. Surf and Turf- the combination of lobster tails and filet minion is a classic romantic meal, while remaining easy to make and very delicious.

With this delicious combination of flavors, flowers for the table, and candles to top it all off, your romantic dinner for two will go off without a hitch.

 

 

The Perfect Box of Chocolates

Do not underestimate the appreciation of chocolate on Valentine’s Day. Chocolate is a Valentine’s Day staple. While buying your love an ordinary box of chocolates can be cliché, purchasing an assortment of the most premium, handcrafted confectionary masterpieces takes chocolate to an entirely new level.

That’s where the Signature Chocolate Collection comes into play. With signature flavors including Dark Chocolate Sea Salt Caramel, Almond Butter Toffee, Raspberry Sorbet Heart, Espresso Coffee cream, and eight other dreamy flavors, this box of chocolate far surpasses the flavors in any other box of chocolates your Valentine has tried.

Finishing Touches

It’s all in the details, so there are a few finishing touches you must not forget!

1. A heartfelt letter is often overlooked. What better chance to tell your sweetheart know how much you care than on Valentine’s Day?

2. Simple is better. Don’t try to over-complicate the day. Dinner, a simple gift, and conversation is always an appreciated gesture.

3. Have fun! Today is just like any other day, but better, because you get to enjoy it with your Valentine.

Cheese Fondues Make for Cozy Dinners

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What better way is there to enjoy a cozy dinner with your sweetie than with some fine wine, great conversation and a bubbling pot of cheese fondue? Combining just the right amount of decadence with a creamy texture, fondue is synonymous with romance. Treat someone special to a memorable meal this Valentine’s Day, or any day, by whipping up delicious cheese fondue with these simple tips.

 

A great fondue starts with delicious cheese. For a lovely, gooey texture, choose cheeses that melt well, such as the Classic Cheddar in our Cheddar Flight. If you want to create a complex and unique flavor, pick at least two different varieties. Start with your special someone’s favorite cheeses and experiment with your ratios until you find the perfect combination.

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You can make your fondue even better by combining gourmet cheese with a little wine. To keep it traditional, choose a dry white wine, such as a Pinot Grigio or Sauvignon Blanc. Not only does the wine make the cheese taste fantastic, it also helps break it down, making the fondue even creamier.

With your ingredients ready, it’s time to get melting! Combine your gourmet wine and cheese in a small pot with just a dash of thickener, such as flour. For best results, shred your cheese and combine your thickener with the wine before mixing together. Now, all you have to do is let the cheese melt, and pour it into your fondue pot for serving!

 

While the basic recipe for fondue is simply cheese, wine and thickener, you can always have a little fun by getting a bit more creative. Try using unique cheeses, such as the delicious options from our Hickory Farms Smoked Flight of Three Cheeses, which include Smoked Garlic Cheddar or Smoked Pepper Jack. If you’re feeling even more adventurous, try adding a little something extra with a flavored liqueur, such as cherry brandy, or spice up your fondue with nutmeg and mustard powder.

With these tips, you can enjoy a romantic meal surrounded by Hickory Farms’ gourmet cheese and wine and, most importantly, your special Valentine.