Saturday, December 11, 2010

Gift Giving from Hickory Farms!

As a young gal, I worked several retail jobs in our local mall over the years, and one of the things that always signaled the approach of Christmas was to see the opening of the Hickory Farms store.  I would head in there and marvel at the assortment of goodies, and every year I made a purchase for my hard to shop for dad. And usually, a little something for myself too. Daddy's gone now, but I still like to treat myself to Hickory Farms.

Course, back in those days, they didn't put the Christmas decorations up before Halloween either, but that aside, Hickory Farms has been a holiday favorite for almost 60 years. Whether its a gift for that hard to buy for person, gift boxes for family or friends, for yourself, or for a party tray, Hickory Farms has been a holiday tradition in many households.

Hickory Farms has the usual and familiar assortment of summer sausages and the well loved smoked cheddar that seem a mainstay for the holidays. I was able to try one of the more traditional offerings, a Beef & Turkey Hearty Hickory Gift Box shown below, from the Hickory Farms Signature Offerings.

It contained full size portions of two of the most popular Summer Sausages - turkey and beef - together with the wonderfully familiar full size smoked cheddar. As soon as I cracked the wrapper on that, the smokey aroma just made me smile. Oh so good. This gift box also contained a full sized jalapeno cheddar blend, a cheese with a very nice kick and perfect for a party tray.

Two mustards came with it, the familiar sweet hot mustard, and a cranberry mustard that is just out of this world and that I fell in love with. I wish I had a quart of that stuff!

Yum, yum y'all!

But, Hickory Farms has much more than sausage and crackers.  I also love this Picnic Basket Gift Box above containing the Summer Sausage, cheeses, crackers and mustards, along with the Melt Away Mints and Famously Thin Peanut Brittle all in a keepsake Peterboro Basket®. What a great gift idea!

Or how about this Orchard's Bounty Gift Box with some of the best Crown Comice® Pears and big, bright Red Delicious Apples, along with Signature Beef Summer Sausage, Smoked Cheddar Cheese and Holiday Spiced Almonds.

These are only a few of the terrific gift boxes available - and there are many other baskets, serving board and traveler boxes, and much more that you can find at a Hickory Farms store (click here to find a location near you) and on their website. You can also purchase fruit towers, snack towers, tins of nuts, and fudge, and baklava. You can even grab a turkey or a spiral sliced ham there!

Or... how about some Ultimate Turtles & Truffles? O.M.G. my mouth is still salivating just from looking at the close up picture of them in the catalog!! Buttery caramel and crunchy nuts - all drenched in creamy chocolate, and they come in four decadent varieties - including one with cranberries!

If you've got a solider in your family or one you've taken under your wings who is deployed overseas, Hickory Farms has a wide selection of military gift packages, so that this Christmas season, you can show your appreciation with a taste of home from a Hickory Farms gift package.

What you may not know is that Hickory Farms is also doing their part to protect the environment by using eco-friendly, sustainable materials in their packaging and catalogs that are recyclable, and they are participating in No Kid Hungry program from Share Our Strength.

If you haven't thought of Hickory Farms in awhile they offer fantastic gifts that people love to receive. Look for a store to visit near you, or pop over to their website where you can shop by category, or by price, with many gift boxes offering free shipping and there's still time to order for Christmas.

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I have the most beautiful neighbor across the street from me. She is facing difficult times and things have been a struggle for her for awhile, yet she is the first one to jump in and help when someone else is in need or to share her love and friendship to lift the spirit of others. I would love to nominate her as a recipient of one of Hickory Farms Signature Gift Boxes through the Foodbuzz program. I know in this time it would be a delight for her!

Disclosure: As part of the Foodbuzz Tastemaker program I received one of Hickory Farms signature boxes to enjoy.


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