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To get the most flavor and enjoyment from Hickory Farms’ award-winning cheeses, here’s a short guide to our most popular brands. It’s a better taste experience to begin with the younger, milder cheeses and build up to the bolder varieties. We also suggest using separate knives to cut each type to keep flavors from mixing.

 

Classic One-Year Aged Cheddar

Cheddar is the world’s most popular cheese and is made from cow’s milk. It’s a hard variety, and when aged one year, should be slightly crumbly in texture with a rather mild, mellow taste. Color can range from white to yellow-orange.

 

Three-Year Aged Cheddar

The sharper taste of this selection will melt in your mouth. It has an almost nutty flavor that is perfect atop a burger, a piece of summer sausage or a cracker. Our Smoked Garlic Cheddar and Apple Smoked Cheddar with Paprika have interesting layers of flavor that will linger on your taste buds.

 

Smoked Pepper Jack

Originally derived from Monterey Jack, pepper jack cheese gets its kick from an infusion of jalapenos, habaneros, garlic, rosemary and sweet peppers. It makes delicious quesadillas and also works well on burgers. You can also enjoy this semi-soft, flavorful cheese with an array of fresh fruits, including grapes and all varieties of melon. Try it with some salty olives for a different taste sensation.

 

Smoked Blue Cheese

The unique veined appearance of blue cheese is achieved by spiking it with stainless steel rods and allowing the circulation of oxygen to form Penicillium mold. This gives the cheese a bold, pungent flavor. Serve it plain with crackers or with fruits like pears and raisins. This semi-soft cheese is especially good crumbled over a salad of mixed greens.

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Impressive Cheese Platters for Party Guests

Nothing gets the party going quite like the delicious combination of fruit, cheese and wine. By choosing complimentary flavors of gourmet wine and cheese, you’ll be able to make the perfect cheese plate. Wow your guests with a fantastic platter using these simple guidelines.

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Start by selecting the cheese. This is where you get to be a little bit adventurous and have some fun. As a general rule, you want to pick between three and five different varieties and have two ounces of cheese per guest. Try mixing and matching cheeses with different flavors and textures to really keep your guests on their toes. Start with one blue cheese, one soft ripened cheese and one hard cheese, such as artisanal cheddar. Then, spice it up a little more by adding a fun or exotic cheese you’ve never tried before. Remove the cheese from the refrigerator at least an hour before serving.

Next, it’s time to add the accompaniments, starting with the fruit. Create a pretty presentation by rimming the platter with mixed slices of fresh fruit, including apples, plums, pears and peaches. Then pile on the dried fruits. Your platter should be filled with golden and dark raisins, dried apricots, cherries, dates and any other festive fruits you can think of. Finish by adding slices of baguette and wafer crackers, a mix of jams and chutneys and your serving utensils.

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Finally, it’s time for, perhaps, the best part – the wine! To keep your gathering casual and fun, don’t worry too much about directing your guests in their pairings. Instead, stock a collection of whites and reds in both dry and sweet options and encourage your friends to dig in. The more combinations your guests try, the more fantastic pairings you’re going to find.

 

With these simple tips, you can make a gourmet fruit and cheese platter you and your guests will love to snack on. For a great starting point for your party, pick up a Hickory Farms Vineyards and Orchards Gift Box. With wine, cheese and fruit, you’ll have everything you need to begin an amazing platter.

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.