I got this lovely Hickory Farms Picnic basket to review. The basket itself is terrific! It is a Peterboro basket which is an excellent basket. I am currently using the basket to hold some Christmas hostess gifts, but I'll definitely be using this basket for polo in the summer.
When I opened the basket, this is what I saw:
The goodies inside were plenty! There were 3 summer sausages, 2 cheeses, 2 jars of mustard, a box of yummy pepper flat bread, a box of peanut brittle, some mint melt-aways, and some hard candies. I couldn't believe how much yummy goodness they stuffed in there.
We ate one of the summer sausages and the cheese and crackers at Thanksgiving as our appetizer. The summer sausage was phenomenal - we ate the beef and pork sausage. We topped it with the mustards - one was a honey mustard and the other was a sweet - hot mustard. The consensus of opinion was: They are both terrific. The combination of the two in the basket was perfect because you make everyone happy. They sent a Swiss cheese and a Monterey Jack cheese. Those who like a cheese with a little sharp will enjoy the Swiss and those who like a mild cheese will enjoy the Jack. See? Something for everyone. The pepper flat bread made the experience simply phenomenal! We would get the basket again just to get that flat bread!!
I took the beef sausage to a friend's house as an appetizer last week. I sliced it very thin and brought some pepper crackers and some cheese along to see what they thought of the sausage. Everyone loved it!! It is really yummy. I think one of the people who tried it went on-line and bought some after our get-together...
I have one sausage left, the Turkey. I've not eaten it yet, but if it is anything like the other two, it's simply awesome!
As for the peanut brittle and the mint melt-aways, they are awesome. Mr. and Grandpa loved the peanut brittle. Both commented that it was delicious and just sweet enough to let the salty through. I happen to be a mint melt-away fan from way back and these simply melted in my mouth with just enough soft minty goodness. I have to say I'll never eat another melt-away that doesn't come from Hickory Farms!!
Hickory Farms has many gift boxes to choose from. The prices range from $16 - $100 - so again, something for everyone in every price range! Once again this holiday season, Hickory Farms will donate $5 from each Party Planner Gift Box sold to Share Our Strength's No Kid Hungry Campaign, a national nonprofit that is ending childhood hunger in America.
Hickory Farms provides free military shipping to military APO/FPO addresses on select products, allowing our troops across the globe to share in holiday traditions.
By the way, the packaging was great. The recycled cardboard box made a great fire starter. The inner fill inside the basket was a brown paper fill that I also used as kindling in my wood stove. Very eco-friendly and it didn't get everywhere like those starch peanuts seem to do.
“I wrote this review while participating in a blog tour by Mom Central Consulting on behalf of Hickory Farms and received a signature gift box from Hickory Farms to thank me for taking the time to participate.”