You must have a secret, a disaster or a hilarious experience that has happened during holidays in the past.
Let’s hear them….your Holiday Secrets Exposed!
Ok, ok, I’ll start…..
When my husband and I were not yet married and living in our first basement apartment, I was super excited to entertain all of my friends. I had never entertained before, so I was a tad nervous how all of the food would turn out, so I would often do a “trial” meal to ensure that I knew what I was doing. Go ahead, call me a geek! It’s ok!
I don’t remember what we had for dinner this particular time, but I will NEVER forget what we had for dessert. It was Grasshopper Pie – Amanda’s version. Now, the first version that I made turned out beautifully! It was creamy with a hint of mint and I absolutely loved it as did my husband. The next week, I made the one we would serve to our guests. All went well until we actually bit into the pie. Oh my goodness! Everyone swallowed their first bite, but that was all that they had because the pie literally tasted like mouthwash, it was SO minty! To this day, I still remember measuring the proper amount of mint extract, but clearly I was wrong! From then on, whenever we have them over for dinner, they always ask if we will be having Amanda’s Famous Grasshopper Pie for dessert.
My husband reminded me of his best Christmas ever when I shared with him my memory of the Grasshopper Pie disaster. We were up at my parents’ cottage celebrating Christmas in a small town with very limited grocery options. My Mom started to prepare the turkey, when she learned that the turkey had gone bad. It was immediately thrown in the garbage, but luckily she had a beef tenderloin in the freezer which she promptly prepared for that night. That night, we ended up having a delicious beef tenderloin with all of the fixings (including stuffing) for a Christmas turkey dinner. This was the best holiday meal my husband has ever had as he isn’t a huge fan of turkey and he loves beef and for my mom, it is the Christmas she will never forget because she didn’t get to have her favourite turkey dinner.
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Campbell’s also has a huge sleigh full of helpful holiday hacks to get you through any sticky holiday situation, including:
Pepperidge Farm® Cracker Chips – Fill a bowl with these and no one will notice that dinner’s late! The bold flavour and crunch of a chip, baked into a wholesome cracker, will leave guests satisfied with these yummy snacks while you scramble to get dinner on the table. Five whole grains, delicious ingredients like savoury real garlic and 60% less fat than 20g of the leading potato chip, your guests can indulge without the guilt!
Campbell’s® Ready to Use Broth – Brings flavour to dishes and helps prevent dry conversation. While there’s no guarantee that all of Uncle Wayne’s jokes will be winners, your Classic Holiday Stuffing will be! Campbell’s Ready to Use Chicken Broth adds a mouth full of flavour to your holiday meals, with a simple pour straight from the box.
Campbell’s® Condensed Soup – The perfect foundation for classic recipes (that even your mother-in-law will love). So you burned the turkey last year – who didn’t!? It’s time to redeem yourself. Campbell’s Condensed Soup is “Step 1” in a variety of great recipes, including fan (and in-law) favourite Ultra Creamy Mashed Potatoes. Start with great flavours, plus a glass of wine for the chef, and you’ll be sure to satisfy even the fussiest guests.
Pepperidge Farm® Cookies – Put your foot in your mouth? Your guests would prefer these.
Two easy steps to salvage a holiday faux-pas:
1) Remove foot from mouth
2) Replace foot with Pepperidge Farm® Cookies
Simple! Alternatively, whip up a batch of festive Reindeer Cupcakes decorated with Pepperidge Farm® Monaco® Double Chocolate Cookies. A little something sweet to save you when something you said wasn’t.
Goldfish® Chocolate Grahams – Not a master baker? Throw some of these in a bowl! Reality check! Moms around the world burn one million batches of chocolate chip cookies every holiday season* in preparation for Santa’s arrival. Skip the stress, and leave him Goldfish Grahams instead! Rumour has it, chocolate is his favourite.
*just kidding – this is a faux stat just for the fun of it!