Remember Hickory Farms? That’s how we fed our charcuterie obsession back in the day (1970s-90s)

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Vintage Hickory Farms cheese and food gifts packages

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Long before we became obsessed with charcuterie boards, we had Hickory Farms Food Gift Paks. Remember those?

The company is still around, so you might still be buying the modern-day gourmet gift basket version for friends, family and/or clients.  

Hickory Farms was founded in 1951 when Richard Ransom started selling handcrafted cheese at fairs in and near his Ohio hometown. At its peak of retail operations 30 years later, the company was operating 1,000 stores and kiosks in US and Canadian malls.

By 2000, the company had pivoted from year-round mall stores to focus on internet and catalog sales. You can still find them in mall kiosks during the holidays, however — seasonally, they operate 500 pop-up shops.

And, in keeping with the times, they’re on Amazon, and also offer party-ready charcuterie gift baskets year-round on their site.

Hungry yet? Here, we have a round up of vintage Hickory Farms ads from the 70s, 80s and 90s for your reminiscing pleasure!

Gifts of old-time goodness from Hickory Farms (1974)

Delicious Food Gift Paks from your nearby Hickory Farms store will convey the spirit of Christmas to your entire gift list. And your gift problems (“Is it the right size?” or “Will they like this color?”) are solved.

Gifts of old-time goodness from Hickory Farms (1974)

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Vintage Hickory Farms anniversary celebration sale (1974)

Shown items include Sweet-Hot Mustard, Beef Stick Summer Sausage, Big Barn Cheddar, and Mix’n Match.

Vintage Hickory Farms anniversary celebration sale (1974)

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Old-time quality makes a good time gift — Hickory Farms (1973)

Products shown: Deluxe Holiday Classic – Texas Spread – Midnight Special – Premium Pak – Deluxe Snack Pak

Old-time quality makes a good time gift - Hickory Farms (1973)


Retro 1970s Hickory Farms gift boxes with cheese and crackers

During this period of the year, husbands and wives ask each other, “What shall we give for Christmas?” They will find the answers at the local Hickory Farms of Ohio store.

There they will find a great array of good gift paks on display including the Deluxe Holiday Classic picture below. 

This gift box and the others will be ideal for individuals, couples, and families. Selecting food gift paks will make shopping fun instead of a chore. 

The food gift paks feature quality specialty foods including the exclusive Beef Stick Summer Sausage and a number of fine cheeses for which Hickory Farms of Ohio is famous. Such gifts are appreciated for quality goods appeal to everyone.

Retro 1970s Hickory Farms gift boxes with cheese and crackers

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Merry Christmas gift ideas from old Hickory Farms (1979)

We Have Appetizing Ways to Say “Merry Christmas…”

Hickory Farms of Ohio gifts reflect good taste. They’re a pleasure to give and a pleasure to receive. Visit the Hickory Farms of Ohio store nearest you and see these and many other gifts on display.

If you need to find a really special gift or have a large order for commercial gift giving… your gift problems are solved…

Merry Christmas gift ideas from old Hickory Farms (1979)


Retro Hickory Farms mall storefront from the 70s/80s

Remember these little red barn-shaped shop facades?

Vintage Hickory Farms mall storefront


Vintage Hickory Farms Beef Sticks Summer Sausage

There’s nothing quite like the fine taste and smoked flavor of this renowned meat product. Great for cooking or just plain snacking, it’s found only at Hickory Farms of Ohio.

Vintage Hickory Farms summer sausage

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Vintage Hickory Farms gift box (1989)

In this 80s pack: Melt-Away Mints, gourmet coffee, herbs & spices cheese spread, Safari meat stick, dijon mustard, English breakfast tea, nuts, chocolates, marmalade and jam.

Vintage Hickory Farms gift box (1989)


Vintage Hickory Farms gift packs with cheese and sausage (c1980s)

Sure to please: Our gift paks feature BEEF STICK summer sausage, cheese, teas n sweets. In all price ranges.

America’s leading cheese ^gift^ stores – Over 500 stores coast-to-coast

Vintage Hickory Farms gift packs with cheese and sausage (c1980s)


Vintage Hickory Farms gift packages (c1990s)

Vintage Hickory Farms gift packages (c1990s)


Hickory Farms food gifts (1990)

Hickory Farms food gifts (1990)


Hickory Farms food gifts for Christmas (1994)

Our delicious selection of Value Priced Gifts are sure to please the choosiest person on your list.

Products shown include sweet-hot mustard, honey mustard, beef sticks, Hot pepper cheese, smooth n sharp cheese, Alpinzel cheese, chavarti cheese block, gouda, chedam, smoky cheese and a dozen strawberry candies.

Hickory Farms — The gift everyone loves to get.

Hickory Farms food gifts for Christmas (1994)


Hickory Farms gift baskets for the holidays (1991)

Hickory Farms gift baskets for the holidays (1991)

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