November 30, 2012 posted by Lindsay Ferrier

Win a Hickory Farms Gift Basket!

Win a Hickory Farms Gift Basket!

Speaking of holiday traditions, I definitely have a tradition of buying Hickory Farms gift baskets for at least one friend or relative each year.

Usually more.

Hickory Farms also has an established tradition of sending some sort of Christmas gift basket to me each year so that I can blog about it, which is great because I get to sample everything and remember how good it all is, right before I start ordering gifts for Christmas!

This year, I received a Hickory Farms gift box just before Thanksgiving, full of smoked cheeses and sausage, crackers, and mustards. When my parents and grandmother came into town a few days later, I served it to them on a cheese board to nosh . They had already eaten lunch and weren’t very hungry when they arrived– yet within an hour or two, pretty much everything on that cheeseboard WAS GONE.

My father, who like me is a HUGE cheese snob, even commented on how good the cheeses were. “Hickory Farms,” I told him, enjoying the look of surprise on his face.

So yeah. I highly recommend anything from Hickory Farms, since I think by now I’ve tried and loved pretty much everything they make and it’s all very reasonably priced.  And obviously, I’m hardly the only Hickory Farms fan. For more than 60 years Hickory Farms gifts have been a classic holiday tradition that brings family and friends together. Like me, many of you have a distinct memory of Hickory Farms at your holiday gatherings; Hickory Farms is very proud to be a part of those nostalgic moments and continues to focus on and celebrate its long heritage of tradition and authentic holiday memories.

You can buy Hickory Farms gift baskets, boxes and products at, as well as in their 700 holiday stores and kiosks across North America, as well as in select retailers.

And to get you EVEN MORE EXCITED about Hickory Farms and its drool-worthy offerings, I’m giving away a Hickory Farms gift box like this one to one lucky Suburban Turmoil reader!

All you have to do to enter is leave a comment on this post telling me your favorite Hickory Farms memory between now and Friday, December 7th at 11:59pm CST. Entrants must live within the continental US.

Good luck!

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.



  • Brittany Speight

    Love the Sausage sticks w/ the cranberry sauce – Reminds me of being little and having snacks with my Grandma 🙂

  • Bethany

    mm, my dad would always get those baskets as gifts at his office, then he would bring home the summer sausage for us to eat with the cheddar and crackers we already had.. Good times.

  • Djackson1958

    my favorite memory is dad always heading for the booth at the mall  debbie jackson         
    djackson1958 at hotmail dot com

  • Tonimiller143

    Oh my goodness. My favorite memory is when I sent my parents a gift basket when my husband and I were stationed away from home.  They loved it, then we surprised them with a visit for Christmas and got to enjoy the goodies with them.  they had no idea that we were going to be there for the holiday.  I will never forget the look on my mothers face.  She was so happy to see us. 

  • Amanda

    My favorite memory is sending some Hickory Farms to my husband during the holidays of 2010 when he was in Iraq. He ended up eating it for Thanksgiving dinner.

  • Kathy Eyre

    When we were kids we ALWAYS got my dad (complements of my mom) a Hickory Farms gift basket!  My mom would take us to the mall and let us fight over which one to get.  My older sister always won!

  • Kptmoon

    I remember our first Christmas as a married couple 14 years ago, someone gave us a Hickory Farms gift basket and I had never sampled their products before. I became a fan!!

  • Jenna @ Call Her Happy

    My favorite memory? Black Friday shopping and being famished only to see the oasis that was Hickory Farms in the middle of the mall. They were handing out free samples. Thank you Hickory Farms!

  • Miss B

    Can you believe I’ve NEVER EVER EVER had a Hickory Farms product?!?!?!? I think the baskets look absolutely delicious, but I’ve never gotten to confirm my suspicions. No one has ever purchased one for me, and I think they are a bit of a splurge to buy for myself. I did ask for one in 4th grade once. Since we lived in a very remote area without a Hickory Farms store (and were sorta poor) my mom bought me a knock off version. I was grateful for the gift, but honestly, I really wanted a Hickory Farms assortment!

  • Tina Miles

    We’ve started doing that Christmas Eve, after the church service. We munch on crackers/cheese/sausage, make french onion soup and watch old Christmas movies that my parents recorded but don’t show on TV any more (Can you say California Raisin’s Christmas Special?)

  • Litenarata

    My favorite Hickory Farms memory is every time I’ve ever eaten Hickory Farms food.

  • Jules

    I used to love going to the mall every year and getting free samples in the store.  If we were lucky, we’d get a sausage and some cheese to take home, too!  

  • MissingLynxx

    My favorite Hickory Farms memory was going to their stores in the Mall and tasting the delicious samples then buying some to take home!

  • Cooperone

    My favorite Hickory Farms memory was Christmas 2005 when I served my oldest son who had just returned from serving in Iraq a wonderful variety of Hickory Farms snacks, and he commented that he had thought at one point he would never be eating such wonderful food again.

  • Mxf

    I also remember going to the malls and getting free samples.

  • Michelle

    My favorite Hickory Farms Memory is always crossing my fingers at Christmas that we would get a basket from someone when I was a kid!

  • Ann

    Well i do not have a favorite Hickorty farms memory but winning this basket sure would make a good one.

  • Susan K.

    My parents would sometimes be lucky to get one of the Hickory Farms gift baskets when I was young.  I remember gathering with family talking, watching the old Christmas shows, and snacking on some of the delicious cheese and sausage on crackers.  🙂  Would love to win one for my husband and I! 

  • Meg

    I remember having the cheeses on Christmas Night.  So yummy!

  • MissingLynxx

    My favorite Hickory Farms memory is shopping with my Mom at the mall and going to the Hickory Farms store for samples then bringing home cheese!

  • Beth H

    I would love to share a Hickory Farms memory but I don’t have one!

  • cezovski

    Mt favorite holiday memory is going Christmas caroling with my family as a kid

  • judy gardner

    we could never afford a full priced hickory farms product before Christmas, so we would go the day after and buy a modest box at half price.  we didnt have much money, but we sure enjoyed the day after Christmas!

  • Bonnie

    About a week before Christmas when it seems to be the most hectic, we stop cooking dinner and snack instead.  Everyone stops by the store, or makes a little something – kind of like finger foods.  We have our own little week-long Christmas party.  Those meat and cheese logs are ALWAYS a part of our nightly snack.

  • Jessica L

    My favorite Hickory Farms memory is from when I was in college.  My family received quite few sets for Christmas, so I took a bunch back to the dorm with me.  My roommate, friends, and I lived on that stuff for a week.  Who knew it was perfect dorm food!

  • realgreenacres

    Honestly I remember as a kid seeing those Hickory Farms gift baskets and thinking they didn’t look very good – as an adult, after sampling many a basket, I think they are awesome.

  • Carrie Sheeley

    I love their smoked cheese.  Growing up, I couldn’t wait for my family’s Christmas Day party.  My favorite cousins would come over and Mom would break out the Hickory Farms basket she’d get from work and us kids would finish off the cheese practically before she put it on the table.

  • Sarah Crocker

    I love Hickory Farms! Growing up my Mom would always take my brother and I out each year before Christmas to pick out a gift pack for my Dad. After my parents divorced I carried on the tradition and hope to pass it along to my kids one day. 🙂

  • LivLaughEat

    When I was a kid I always thought the Hickory Farms baskets were so fancy. I was thrilled one year when we got one as a gift! My parents didn’t know what to make of it (they are immigrants who prefer the food of their homeland) but my sister and I gobbled them up and felt so grown up! 

  • Vicki Schweitzer

    My Father
    loved Hickory Farms. In his later years, when he had everything he could ever
    want or need, my fall back Christmas Present for him was a biggest gift package
    of Hickory Farms that I could afford (which usually was a small gift package!
    LOL). He loved the sausage best, and always acted like it was the best present
    he ever received! I miss him so much! Vicki Schweitzer

  • Natasha P.

    Every year when I was a kid, we would go to the mall on Christmas Eve to people watch and would inevitably end up at the Hickory Farms kiosk. My dad would never buy anything there all the other times we were at the mall but would always wait until Christmas Eve and then complain about the small selection – hello, you should have bought it before Christmas Eve like we kids said. 

  • Smalltownbeatnik

    I buy my dad a Hickory Farms summer sausage every single year for Christmas. It’s become a family joke/tradition that each year he tries to guess what the beautifully wrapped, decidedly sausage-shaped gift could be. It’s fun.

  • Hewella1

    We would always have the summer sausage and cheeseball as a Christmas snack. 

  • Shawn113

    I always remember as a child when we went out of town we shopped at Hickory Farms and they always had all kinds of samples set out throughout the store. I loved it!


  • Heather Laffler

    DEF the summer sausage!!!  Hickory Farms and the cheese and meat tray MEAN holidays are here  🙂

  • Dawn Schmidt

    My memory is my first Christmas married to my Husband, he had just gotten back from deployment and wanted to purchase me a gift so he opted for a Hickory Farms gift basket. Its something I had never tried and I can distinctly recall how amazing the smoked cheese was!

  • Mom in MN

    I bought Hickory Farms baskets for my grandparents every Christmas. They have all passed away now. Last year was the first year I had no one for which to buy a basket so I couldn’t bring myself to buy anything. This year though I’m going to force myself to pick something up to enjoy.

  • Tuesdayef

    I loved going to the store in the mall at the holidays, sampling and buying our favorites!  

  • Greg McCoy

     I’ve never had any of their yummy goodness, but anytime we passed one of their stores as a kid, I’d linger for a moment, and enjoy the olfactory utopia.

  • SuzyQuzey

    Hickory Faaaaaaaarmmms. Brings back yummy memories of the stores that used to be in the malls. Free samples!

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