Cheese and Sausage and Giving Back

When I agreed to help promote Hickory Farms for the holidays, I thought, “Sure, I like Hickory Farms just as much as the next person.”

But I was so very wrong.

People are seriously devoted to Hickory Farms. I know this because I recently hosted a giveaway for the Hickory Farms Party Planner Basket.

Instead of asking people to do the usual stuff to enter a giveaway, I like to see how truly interested they are in the what I’m actually giving away. So I asked people to share, in the comments, their family holiday traditions and their experience (if any)with Hickory Farms.

First of all, you should read those comments. I really enjoyed reading the traditions people share but my favorite was from Taylor who wrote:

My grandmother makes what she calls ‘Queen Anne’s Toast’ the morning of Christmas Eve. It’s like french toast, but baked with an orange glaze. It’s delicious, and the smell of cinnamon mixed with oranges always reminds me of the holidays.”

I’m seriously thinking of inviting myself to Taylor’s for Christmas Eve.

I also learned that the love of Hickory Farms goes far and wide. Like, people dig Hickory Farms. So I started getting excited about my Party Planner and decided to wait to open it for our big Thanksgiving dinner we were hosting.

With the right serving pieces, we made it look like quite the elegant set up (and yes, that is a fine glass of scotch you see in the photo above).

And then I figured out what all the fuss was. I grabbed a cracker, a smear of sweet hot mustard, a slice of turkey summer sausage, and a chunk of gouda. And it was delicious.

I’m still not certain what summer sausage is but judging by how quickly it disappeared, everyone seems to love it.

I literally couldn’t even take a picture without my husband reaching for the spicy beef summer sausage.

But the summer sausage isn’t the only thing I like about the Party Planner basket. I like that it comes with heart.

Hickory Farms actually has a partnership with Share Our Strength (SOS) – a leading national nonprofit organization that works to stamp out childhood hunger (an issue near and dear to my heart). For each Party Planner gift box sold this holiday season, Hickory Farms will donate $5 to Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry Campaign. To date Hickory Farms and its customers have donated $1.9 million.

The other awesome thing about Hickory Farms, besides summer sausage and their contribution to helping hungry kids, is their respect for our military families. They have a partnership with Operation Gratitude – a national nonprofit that creates care packages for military men and women and their families. Hickory Farms has eight products that they offer free shipping to military APO and FPO addresses.

So, if you’re still looking for some ideas for holiday giving (and you didn’t find any in my highly unusual gift guide), consider sending a gift that also gives back. And if you’re still looking for some ideas for holiday giving for me, I enjoyed that Party Planner very much.


Disclaimer: Compensation and products for review were provided by Hickory Farms via MomTrends. I received a free sample of the product for the purpose of this review and to facilitate a giveaway.  The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions of Hickory Farms