Valentine’s Day is just days away and the Sparkle Matchmakers are here to make sure that your special day goes without a hitch. While we might not be experts in relationships, we do know a thing or two about food. Save some money, grab your groceries from Sparkle and check out these recipes, sure to be a match made in heaven!


Surf & Turf
What’s more romantic and extravagant than steak and seafood? Now we know what you’re thinking, “this meal is going to cost a fortune” but it won’t if you use some of our great deals. From now until February 14, select Sparkle Markets will be serving up heart-shaped boneless ribeye steaks for just $10.99/lb, jumbo sea scallops for $12.99/lb and 4-5 lb lobster tails for $6.99 each (among other seafood deals).



Once you grab your ingredients, try our recipe for Coffee Marinated Steak, using the same flavorful marinade, but substituting the skirt steak with our heart-shaped ribeye. Or for a more sophisticated steak, try our recipe for Goat Cheese and Bacon Steak, seared in bacon drippings and served with a delicious Cabernet Sauvignon sauce. Dress up your seafood with our recipe for Hazelnut Crusted Scallops or this recipe for Garlic Lemon Lobster Tails. Both simple, yet mouthwatering choices, these recipes will completely compliment your steak.
Cherry on Top

A romantic meal isn’t complete without a sinfully sweet dessert. If baking isn’t your forte, we’ve got you covered with our heart-shaped cakes available fresh from our bakery, for just $5.99! For those of you baking to impress, try our recipe for Cherry Dark Chocolate Cake. Fudgy and bittersweet, this cake is great for anyone that doesn’t like overly sweet desserts. Or, try our recipe for Red Wine and Chocolate Cupcakes. Brimming with red wine flavor and topped with a soft pink frosting, these little cakes pair nicely with the essence of Valentine’s Day.

Seal the Deal

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If you really want to go above and beyond this Valentine’s Day, then surprise your sweetie with some flowers! Select Sparkles are selling a variety of flower arrangements including one dozen long stem roses in a clear vase for $55, a “beary hug” vase with fresh flowers and plush bear for $16.99, lots of love coffee mug filled with flowers for $24.99 and a teleflora “young at heart” bouquet for $54.95.

Let the matchmakers do their job this Valentine’s Day and trust Sparkle to provide everything you need to treat your special someone. And as you prepare for the big day, stop by your local Sparkle Market for all of the quality heart-shaped ingredients you need to make February 14 a success!


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With years of experience in the grocery business, we at Sparkle Markets are not strangers to the chaos surrounding holidays! And this year, we are here to help you get through them with our customized Holiday Survival Guide, packed full with tips and recipes.


Step 1: Be Prepared

The holidays will be here before you know it, so don’t wait until the last minute to prepare! Start to think about all of the ingredients you’ll need for meals, desserts and drinks. Don’t forget about that one family member’s allergies or another’s picky preferences. If you get things ready before the chaos kicks in, you can avoid that last-minute grocery run, an hour before your holiday party.

For more preparation help, check out this article!


Step 2: The Essentials

In any survival situation, you must be armed with the essentials! And as your survival guide provider, we at Sparkle are here to provide you with all of the essential recipes for your holiday season.



The holiday party isn’t a party until the appetizers are set out! Try our recipe for Bacon Cheese Bread Bowl Dip, this recipe is simple, yet delicious. Stick with the cheese theme and also try this recipe for Pine Cone Cheese Ball! Made with plenty of tangy cheese and seasonings, this cheese ball makes a beautiful appetizer, topped with almonds to look just like a pine cone. Our recipe for Spinach & Roasted Red Pepper Dip is another crowd-pleaser, served with crisp tortilla chips.

Main Course


As you plan your party, don’t fret over a complicated main course. Instead, try our recipe for Beef Tenderloin with a red wine sauce. Seasoned and cooked to perfection, this recipe can easily be doubled or tripled to serve all of your guests (with hardly any hassle). This recipe for Glazed Ham with an apricot mustard is another great option for the main course! Select whichever sized ham works best and add this sweet glaze, for a delicious sweet and salty dish.



Limit the amount of dishes you have to wash and choose to make some of these grab n’ go dessert recipes! Try our recipe for Candy Cane Cookies. With white chocolate chips and crushed candy cane, these cookies are a delicious holiday treat. For another dessert idea, try this recipe for Christmas Tree Brownies, cut into triangles and frosted green to make the perfect little trees!


Step 3: Handle the Aftermath    

If any of your guests stay the night (or if you just want to treat yourself after the holidays), we have some recipes just for you!



Start the morning with a delicious brunch, inspired by the best holiday flavors! Try our recipe for Eggnog French Toast, made with eggnog, cinnamon and nutmeg, this French toast puts the perfect holiday spin on this classic breakfast food. Use your leftover ham from the night before in our recipe for Ham, Egg and Cheese Rolls. This recipe is a simply way to fill hungry bellies while also cleaning out your crowded post-holiday fridge!



After the annual holiday festivities, raise a glass to all of your hard work! For the adults, try this recipe for Rudolph’s Tipsy Spritzer, made with citrus juice and vodka. For everyone, try our recipe for Spicy Maple Cinnamon Hot Chocolate– a great spin on the classic drink, with a touch of cayenne and plenty of cocoa!



As you prepare for the hectic holidays, stop by your local Sparkle Market for all of the quality ingredients you need to survive this season!

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Happy “National Chocolate Covered Anything” Day! Whether it’s fruit or potato chips, nearly everything tastes better with chocolate…well maybe not everything. Check out some of these bizarre chocolate-covered recipes that we found just for you!


Chocolate Cheetos


We know what you’re thinking…Cheetos with chocolate?? However, this recipe for chocolate covered Cheetos is actually not as terrible as it might sound. The salty and sweet combination has been tried and surprisingly enjoyed by a few different food bloggers. If you know any brave food taste testers, this recipe might be the one for them! For a milder, yet similar, version of this recipe, you could also try chocolate covered puffcorn.


Chocolate Slim Jims

If you’re a spicy food lover, then this crazy recipe for chocolate Slim Jims might just satisfy your needs! This recipe dips Tabasco and Habanero Slim Jims in an Ancho chili chocolate sauce to create a hot snack with just the right hint of sweetness.


McChoco Potato

Can you guess from the name where this recipe originated from? Not too long ago, McDonald’s announced its newest upcoming concoction- chocolate covered French fries. Beginning January 26, these chocolate drizzled fries will be available to McDonald’s Japan market. If you just can’t wait for this innovation to come to the U.S., make it yourself!


Chocolate Kale

Chocolate isn’t just for the junk food enthusiasts! Since kale chips/shakes/salads took the world by storm a few years ago, it wasn’t long before someone started experimenting. Crispy and coated in chocolate, these chips are pretty tasty and won’t make you feel as guilty for eating them.


Chocolate Chick Peas

You might think we’ve gone a little too far with this one…chocolate covered chick peas?! But this recipe for roasted chick peas rolled in chocolate actually makes them taste like Whoppers! With cinnamon, vanilla and syrup, you can’t go wrong with this healthier rendition of the classic malted milk ball.


As you celebrate National Chocolate Covered Anything Day, stop by your local Sparkle Market for all of the quality chocolate and Cheetos you’ll need to make your sweet (and maybe a little odd) creations a success!

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Happy National Gingerbread Man Day! For years we have enjoyed these delicious holiday treats without ever wondering where they came from, or who first decided to shape a cookie into a man. But, today is the day that we uncover the mystery behind the elusive cookie and share this bite of history (and some yummy recipes) with all of you!


The Birth of the Gingerbread Man

While cooking with ginger can be traced back to ancient China, and gingerbread houses can be attributed to the German culture, gingerbread men were first introduced during the reign of Queen Elizabeth I during the 16th century. Queen Elizabeth was known for her lavish royal dinners, commonly including elaborately shaped food and desserts. So, it comes as no surprise that Queen Elizabeth had her very own royal gingerbread maker that specialized in creating gingerbread men to represent foreign dignitaries at her banquets.

These gingerbread men were later used by folk-medicine practitioners, commonly known as witches or magicians. The cookies were created as love tokens for young women to use on men- if the chosen man ate the gingerbread, he would fall in love with the young woman.

So how did these royal, magical gingerbread men end up as a common Christmas treat? Not only were spices believed to warm you up in the winter, but the people of old England used to give one another “fairings” or presents during the holidays that were usually gingerbread, purchased from local town fairs. Over the years, gingerbread has become a classic symbol of the holidays for many countries, especially the United States.


All of this talk about gingerbread cookies has made us hungry for some gingerbread desserts! Check out these delicious recipes that we found below:


Classic Gingerbread Man Cookies

You can’t go wrong with the classic cookie itself! Try out this recipe for traditional gingerbread men cookies, complete with a royal icing recipe for decoration. Need some creative ideas when it comes time to decorate your cookies? Watch this video for inspiration!


Gingerbread Ice Cream

For the same gingerbread flavors without the crunch of a cookie, try this recipe for Gingerbread Ice Cream. Creamy and smooth, this ice cream is a delicious change from tradition.

Gingerbread 7-Layer Bars

This recipe for Gingerbread 7-Layer Bars is perfect for any upcoming holiday party. These bars include all of the best holiday flavors with decadent layers of soft gingerbread cookie, vanilla chips, pecans, dried cranberries and coconut flakes.


As you prepare for the holiday season, stop by your local Sparkle Market for all of the quality ingredients you’ll need to make any and all of your gingerbread recipes!

Despite the Macy’s Day Parade, football games and pumpkin pie, we all know the real star of Thanksgiving- the turkey! This year, don’t stress about finding the best recipe, we’ve got it covered. Check out these recipes that we found to make the perfect turkey AND to take care of the seemingly endless leftovers.




World’s Simplest Turkey


Perfect for picky eaters and anyone on a time crunch, this recipe for the World’s Simplest Turkey is extra easy to make, yet still delicious! Baste your bird with butter, stuff it with the usual aromatics, and you’re good to go.


Slow Cooker Turkey


If you don’t have time to watch over your turkey all evening, try our recipe for Slow Cooker Turkey. Simply season your turkey and let it cook, low and slow, for 8 to 10 hours!
Maple-Roasted Turkey


Everything is better with bacon, right? For a family full of bacon lovers, this recipe for Maple-Roasted Turkey is a great fit. Basted in a maple syrup glaze and topped with strips of bacon, this turkey doubles as a main course and dessert. If you’re looking for an extra side dish, this recipe also includes tips for cornbread stuffing.


Adobo Turkey with Red-Chile Gravy


Try something a little out of the ordinary this year with this recipe for Adobo Turkey. Basted with a homemade spicy adobo sauce, this turkey definitely packs full-bodied flavor!







Turkey Panini


Our recipe for Turkey Paninis is perfect for a work lunch or your kids’ lunches! Pile your sandwich high with leftover turkey, mustard, cheese and crisp apple slices.


Turkey Salad  


Combine your leftover turkey with mayo and seasonings to make our recipe for Turkey Salad. This mix goes great with crackers or on a sandwich.


Leftover Turkey Ditalini Soup  


For a great post-Thanksgiving dinner, try our recipe for Turkey Ditalini Soup. This recipe includes leftover turkey, pasta, green beans, sweet potatoes and chicken broth to create a hearty and delicious soup.

Turkey Pot Pie


Another dinner recipe worth trying is this recipe for Turkey Pot Pie. Use up the rest of your leftover turkey in this delicious meal with plenty of veggies and an extra flaky crust.


Avoid the chaotic day-before-Thanksgiving rush to the grocery store and stop by your local Sparkle Market early! There will be plenty of quality turkeys and other ingredients that you’ll need to make your Thanksgiving feast a success.

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This Halloween, the decorations won’t be the only things spooking your guests! Check out some of these terrifyingly tasty recipes that we’ve brewed just for you.


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In any occasion, first impressions are always important, and in a meal, first impressions mean appetizers. For your upcoming Halloween festivities, try this recipe for Pumpkin Deviled Eggs. These deviled eggs look like they came straight from the pumpkin patch, packed with plenty of bright orange paprika and a small chive “stem.” If you’re looking for something a little more daring, try this recipe for Avocado “Brain Dip”- a hallowed out head of cauliflower decorated with red fruit leather and filled with delicious homemade guacamole.



Mini Main Dishes


As you’re searching for the perfect main course, consider some of these recipes for filling food that can still be easily carried around during the party! Check out our recipe for Ham and Cheese Pumpkin Bites. Perfect for kids and adults, these small pie crust sandwiches are festive, easy to make and even easier to eat. Stick with the pumpkin theme and try this recipe for Jack o’ Lantern Quesadillas. Filled with delicious gooey cheese, these quesadillas can easily be transformed with whatever filling you desire (buffalo chicken, ground turkey, etc.).

Devilish Desserts


A party isn’t a party without desserts! Try our recipe for Caramel Candy Popcorn. This treat is perfect for guests to munch on, or to take home as a party favor. Really make your guests cringe with this recipe for Dead Velvet Cake, oozing with red food coloring and topped with bright red “blood.” Another equally delicious dessert is this recipe for Spider Trifle. This trifle includes layers of chocolate cake, fluffy pudding and Oreos, topped with a plastic spider and his web of chocolate syrup.


Creepy Cocktails

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For the adult guests of the party, we found some extra creepy cocktail recipes that might look too cool to drink! Try this recipe for The Witch’s Heart, a dark purple shimmering cocktail complete with crushed dry ice that leaves a smoky, potion-like trail in its wake. For a stronger and spookier mix, try this recipe for a cocktail called Black Magic. This drink uses black vodka, lime juice and edible pearl dust to create a sparkling black cocktail that tastes similar to a lime daiquiri. If you’re looking for a drink that matches your dead velvet cake, you might want to try this recipe for the Walker Blood Sangria, filled with bright red wine and rimmed with red sugar.



As you head out to search for the best costume this Halloween, don’t forget to grab your groceries too. Stop by your local Sparkle Market where you’ll find all of the quality ingredients you need to make your Halloween feast a success!

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Whether salty, creamy, crunchy or just plain sweet, desserts hold a special place in most (if not all) people’s hearts and today, National Dessert Day, is the time to recognize some of these decadent wonders. The following recipes feature some of the BEST combinations of flavors and textures that the dessert world has ever tasted.


Sweet n’ Salty


It should be a scientific fact that all things sweet must be paired with salt. But, regardless of science’s support, we found some great recipes that successfully balance this classic combination. Try our recipe for Salted Caramel Pretzel Chocolate Chip Cookies. Filled with salty pretzel bits, sweet chunks of caramel and warm chocolate chips, these cookies won’t last long around a sweet tooth! If your taste buds just can’t get enough, then try this recipe for Maple Bacon Fudge, full of salty-sweet candied bacon crumbles.



Sweet n’ Creamy


Have you ever experienced that “ooh ahh” moment when a dessert melts in your mouth? If not, we found some smooth and creamy dessert recipes that are sure to give you that moment. Try our recipe for Toffee Cheesecake Bars; with sugar cookie mix, pudding and cream cheese, these bars are soft, sweet and extra tasty. Or check out this recipe for French Silk Pie, the epitome of a melt-in-your-mouth dessert, complete with a flaky crust and fluffy filling. Even better yet, if you’re in the mood for a cool and creamy treat, try this simple recipe for homemade Peanut Butter Ice Cream.


Sweet n’ Crunchy


For those of you that like a bit of a workout when you enjoy your desserts, check out some of these sweet and crunchy recipes! Try our recipe for Chocolate Coconut Macaroons. With only four ingredients, these macaroons are filled with crispy coconut and semi sweet chocolate chips, resulting in a perfect crunchy texture. This recipe for Peanut Brittle Pops combines creamy and crunchy with layers of chopped nuts, vanilla ice cream, fudge, peanut butter and Reese cups, all frozen into one delicious ice cream pop.


Sweet n’ Sweet


If you want to reach the brink of sugar overload, then these extra rich recipes are the ones for you! Try our recipe for Pumpkin Cinnamon Rolls, full of sweet fall flavors, these cinnamon rolls include plenty of pumpkin, nutmeg and cloves to make the perfect early morning dessert. If you’re in the mood for pie but not the hassle, try our recipe for Banana Cream Pie Cupcakes! These extra sweet cakes are filled with banana cream pudding and topped with whipped cream frosting, graham cracker crumbs and a vanilla wafer. Our recipe for Cookie Dough Oreo Brownies combines three extra sweet desserts into one irresistible sweet treat. This dessert is simple to make and will keep everyone coming back to the kitchen for more!


From one sweet tooth to another, we hope you found something to try on National Dessert Day. Stop by your local Sparkle Market where you’ll find all of the quality baking ingredients you need to make your desserts a success!