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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.

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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!