2012 is the year of the Green Cow. No, not because of Chinese Astrology! It’s because here at Hershey’s® we’re always thinking about you. We’re proud to be an American family-owned company, and we know that our employees are our greatest asset. So we focus on working with other American companies which help generate new U.S. jobs as well as stimulate local economies (which is bound to bring a few real smiles)!
We want to build a better environment for tomorrow, filled with opportunities and delicious ice cream! That’s why we’ve been paving the way for the “green” movement for years. We’re not jumping on the bandwagon, we’ve been helping to drive it.
Long before it was the “in thing” to reduce, reuse, and recycle, we implemented methods of recycling used materials and selling reusable goods to local businesses. We have also taken steps to minimize our carbon footprint, and are constantly researching and applying new ideas. Investing in our own pre-treatment system purifies waste from our plant before it enters the city septic line, and owning and operating our own fleet of delivery trucks reduces emissions in many ways . These are just a few of the many energy saving tools we utilize every day!
So next time you think about the future, remember that it’s bright because we care! The year of the Green Cow is here, and your favorite ice cream company is always working for you and your world.
If you’ve ever taken care of a child (or a whole herd!) you know that it’s about 10% knowledge and 90% luck. Kids can see right through even the sternest parent, but being a babysitter is even worse! They know you’re “not the boss of them” and that they can pretty much get away with murder.
“You really get brownies for breakfast?”
“Are you sure you’re allowed to pee on that?”
“Oh, your mom says you’re allowed to jump down the stairs with knives?
Ok, maybe that last one is a bit of a dramatization (depending on the child), but it’s true that all kids know how to bend the rules. It may seem like a hopeless problem, but the answer is simple. Ice cream. Babysitters everywhere rejoice! Whether it’s whining for something they want, complaining that something’s not good enough, or crying because their parents aren’t home – all roads lead to ice cream.
Not only does it make them happy (what kid doesn’t love ice cream?), it also creates a moment of blissful silence as they spoon their way through each scoop! Nothing else you’ve said or done that night, no disappointments or tantrums, will matter. You will forever be “the cool babysitter”. Then when the sugar high ends they crash, and the little angels are asleep in bed when their parents get home. The house is still in one piece, things are calm and peaceful… You are the ultimate babysitter.
What’s the craziest (or funniest) thing your kids ever did to you or a babysitter?
‘Tis the season for chilly noses, bright sweaters, warm fires, and hearty food! If you’re anything like us you’ve been celebrating with a few too many cookies (and several scoops of ice cream, too)! This year we found a sweet new recipe for Spiced Holiday Sugar Cookies (courtesy of McCormick®). They’re a delicious spin on traditional gingerbread, a cross between gingerbread and sugar cookies! Use a creative cookie cutter, and colorful icing to make these cookies extra fun!
Spiced Holiday Sugar Cookies
Makes 6 dozen or 24 (3 cookie) servings.
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Refrigerate Time: 2 hours
Cook Time: 8 to 10 minutes per batch
2 1/3 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon Cinnamon, Ground
1/4 teaspoon Nutmeg, Ground
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 1/4 cups granulated sugar
1 cup (2 sticks) butter, softened
2 teaspoons Pure Vanilla Extract
1 cup confectioners’ sugar
3 to 4 teaspoons milk
1/2 teaspoon Pure Vanilla Extract
3 to 4 drops Assorted Food Colors
1. Mix flour, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt in medium bowl. Set aside. Beat granulated sugar and butter in large bowl with electric mixer on medium speed until light and fluffy. Add egg and vanilla; mix well. Gradually beat in flour mixture on low speed until well mixed. Refrigerate dough 2 hours or overnight until firm.
2. Preheat oven to 375°F. Roll out dough on lightly floured surface* to 1/8-inch thickness. Cut into shapes with favorite cookie cutters. Place on greased baking sheets.
3. Bake 8 to 10 minutes or until lightly browned. Cool on baking sheets 1 minute. Remove to wire racks; cool completely.
4. For the Icing, mix all ingredients except food colors. (Stir in additional milk as needed to thin icing or more confectioners’ sugar to thicken, if needed.) Place small amount of icing into small shallow bowls, using one bowl for each color desired. Stir drops of food color into icing until desired shade is reached.
5. To ice cookies, hold cookie by its edge and dip top of cookie into icing. (Or spoon the icing onto cookie using a teaspoon.) Place iced cookies on wire rack set over foil-covered baking sheet to dry. (The foil-covered baking sheet will catch drips.) To add decorative details to cookies, spoon tinted icing into resealable plastic bag. Snip off a tiny piece of the corner. Squeeze icing through hole in plastic bag to decorate cookies. If desired, Colored Sugar may be sprinkled onto freshly iced cookies.
*Test Kitchen Tip: Mix 1/4 cup flour and 1/4 cup confectioners’ sugar to use for dusting surface.
Variations: For the variations below, omit the cinnamon and the nutmeg. Use the following extract in place of the vanilla extract in the cookies:
Almond Holiday Sugar Cookies: Use 1 teaspoon Pure Almond Extract.
Orange Holiday Sugar Cookies: Use 1 teaspoon Pure Orange Extract.
Lemon Holiday Sugar Cookies: Use 1 teaspoon Pure Lemon Extract.
This Thanksgiving there’s a lot to be thankful for. Here at HIC, we’re thankful for ice cream (I mean, who isn’t?), our dedicated employees, a fun place to work, and the opportunity to make people smile.
Mootilda is thankful for a fresh perspective, the grass might not be greener on the other side, but it might have ice cream!
A lot has happened so far this year. It’s nice to take some time and remember the positive things. It’s the little things that make a difference, like spending time with family. It may seem strange that they’re playing Christmas music already (to quote Charlie Brown
“we haven’t even eaten all of our Halloween candy yet!”) but Perry Como said it best…
“There’s no place like home for the holidays!”
Where are you headed for Thanksgiving, and who will you be with? We hope wherever it is, that you will find happiness with the loved ones around you, eat lots of delicious food (including pie á la mode), and that you create wonderful memories!
What are you thankful for this holiday season?
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