Some Say ‘Thanksgiving Doesn’t Feel Complete’ Without This Dish
Turkey, stuffing, gravy, mashed potatoes, and pumpkin pie are all timeless favorites in the holiday meal lineup, with turkey traditionally holding the spotlight. However, a recent survey has turned the spotlight onto cranberry sauce.
Preferences for cranberry sauce vary, with some favoring the canned version. A gelatinous cylinder retains the ridges of its container. Others opt for a fresh relish or sauce, while some pass on cranberries altogether. Regardless of the form they take, cranberries have become a staple in many Thanksgiving feasts.
“Thanksgiving doesn’t feel complete without cranberry sauce.”
In a survey commissioned by Ocean Spray involving over 2,000 Americans, 83% of respondents asserted that Thanksgiving doesn’t feel complete without cranberry sauce. Yet, the passion for this side dish goes beyond its inclusion on the table.
The survey revealed that 46% of participants are “as passionate about their cranberry sauce preparation as their favorite sports team.” Interestingly, 21% of those on “team homemade” and 15% on “team canned” expressed a willingness to get a tattoo dedicated to their cranberry sauce allegiance.
The study also looked into the world of dating. It found that 28% of cranberry enthusiasts view it as a “red flag” if someone disapproves of their cranberry sauce preference. Ocean Spray also highlighted OkCupid’s recent in-app matching questions, uncovering intriguing statistics in the canned vs. homemade cranberry debate. Those favoring homemade cranberry sauce receive 18% more likes and engage in 12% more conversations.
It’s worth noting that Ocean Spray commissioned the entire study, which may influence the emphasis on cranberry sauce in their research. However, for those who genuinely appreciate homemade cranberry sauce, the company has collaborated with influencers such as Grandma Droniak and Cooking with Lynja to showcase their unique recipes. As an extra gesture for enthusiasts, Ocean Spray is launching exclusive merchandise, allowing you to express your appreciation for the side dish.
Check out the full study here.