Hickory Farms Tastes of the Trade Tool Bag Review

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One of my favorite childhood memories of the holidays was sending and receiving gift baskets and trays. We always sent Hickory Farm’s Meat & Cheese baskets to family and friends and I was secretly jealous that I didn’t get to try them – they looked so yummy in the catalogs (yes, this was before the age of the internet.)

Hickory Farms Tastes of the Trade Tool BagWe would always receive phone calls from those we gifted thanking us and telling us how much they enjoyed their treats. For some reason, we always received gifts of sweets (Petit Fours, cakes, brownies etc..) while we gave gifts of meats and cheeses, I still don’t understand that setup. Don’t get me wrong – our gifts were delicious, but I’m a meat and cheese gal!

Hickory Farms Tastes of the Trade Tool BagRecently I received the Tastes of the Trade Tool Bag from Hickory Farms to review and now more than ever I’m a meat and cheese gal. The set comes with all kinds of goodies inside a heavy-duty “Tool Bag”:

  • 2 Signature Beef Summer Sausage 10 oz.
  • Farmhouse Cheddar 10 oz.
  • Jalapeño Cheddar Blend 10 oz.
  • Holiday Spiced Almonds 4 oz. 
  • Golden Toasted Crackers 4.4 oz.
  • Olive Oil & Rosemary Crackers 4.4 oz. 

Hickory Farms Tastes of the Trade Tool Bag

Everything in the Tastes of the Trade Tool Bag set looked fantastic. We couldn’t wait to open everything up and start tasting! The first thing we did was try the crackers, which were perfectly crisp and delicious. I prefer the Golden Toasted Crackers while everyone else was fighting over the Olive Oil & Rosemary. 

The meat was perfect – flavorful, moist and delicious. The cheese was amazing as well; I love the Jalapeño Cheddar Blend the most. Everything was top of the line and now I understand why friends and family were so grateful when I was younger!

I can’t imagine giving any other gift to friends and family who are unable to be here for the holidays. I’m definitely planning on picking that tradition back up and showing everyone how much I love and appreciate them. 

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Hickory Farms has a huge choice of gift items and there’s something for every budget. Head over and check out what they have to offer and place your order for holiday delivery! You can also connect with Hickory Farms on Facebook and Twitter.


  1. Mary says

    Love Hickory Farms! Our household always received a ton of these because my dad delivered newspapers for our small town. We always received Hickory Farms gifts of some variety. To this day, I still buy a little something from the set up at the mall…which reminds me, we’re gonna have to make an excuse to go to the mall soon for them!

  2. says

    My best Christmas memories are of getting my dad a Hickory Farms cheese ball every year! He got sent on a scavenger hunt that ended in our fridge. He played along and acted surprised every time. I LOVE their products!

  3. says

    I agree with Heather, that bag is amazing – forgo the gift basket and give them something they can use.

    With the meats and cheeses instead of the cookies and cakes – I use the meats and cheese baskets as my light lunch while I have everything available. A few slices of each with handful of crackers and I am a happy girl without feeling guilty :)

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