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People have spoken: Please don’t pass up candied yams this Thanksgiving.

This is according to surveys conducted by instacarton more than 5,000 US adults in October 2021, in partnership with The Harris Poll, a nationwide grocery delivery platform.


“This year, many Americans are looking forward to coming together to celebrate Thanksgiving, with the majority planning to host or contribute recipes for Thanksgiving dinner this year (85%) saying they would like to share with friends and family.” What you’re planning to make a traditional Thanksgiving meal for the family, Instacart trends expert Laurentia Romaniuk shared with Granthshala Business.

Romaniuk said, “However, there are some Thanksgiving menu choices that leave Americans divided when it comes to major portions of the meal, such as white versus dark turkey meat, homemade and canned cranberry sauce, and whether homemade pie.” whether to make or serve premade pies from the store. One thing we can all agree on is that butter is the secret ingredient in almost every Thanksgiving dish. Last November, Instacart delivered 3,399,218 pounds of butter, which is That’s a million pounds more than a month ago.”

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So what do Americans wish they didn’t have on their Thanksgiving plates? According to the survey results, these are among the worst Thanksgiving dishes according to Americans (the percentage after each dish represents the percentage of people surveyed who believe it to be true):

  • Candied Yams: 27%
  • Green Bean Casserole: 25%
  • Cranberry Sauce: 24%
  • Sweet Potato Casserole: 21%
  • Stuffing: 12%
  • Salad: 12%
  • Mashed Potatoes: 8%
  • Dinner Roll: 7%

Along with the findings—candied yams, green bean casserole, and cranberry sauce aren’t exactly the fan-favorites we thought—Instacart revealed a number of other interesting preferences when it comes to Turkey Day feasts.

First, based on Instacart/Harris Poll surveys, 93% of Americans eat turkey on Thanksgiving, almost half of them (44%) prefer white meat, a quarter of Americans prefer an equal mix of white meat and dark meat , 20% prefer dark meat, and 11% do not.

Again, on the cranberry sauce front, it appears that there is a close debate about which type of cranberry sauce is better when it comes to homemade versus canned versions. Based on the survey findings, 37% prefer homemade cranberry sauce, while 35% prefer canned cranberry sauce. 21% of survey respondents reported that they do not eat cranberry sauce on Thanksgiving, and 3% shared that they have never eaten a fruit condiment.

“Despite canned cranberry sauce being so controversial and a hot topic on many Thanksgiving dinner tables across the country, Instacart purchase data shows sales of the Thanksgiving staple have increased by 32% over the past two years,” Romaniuk said in a statement. said in the company blog post, “There are many different reasons why consumers may prefer canned cranberry sauce, including tradition, taste, nostalgia, texture, convenience, or the fact that it can be served on a dish in the shape of a can, which can add to the food. Adds an element of leverage.”

To see where your state stands on the cranberry sauce spectrum, check out the infographic below.

The survey also revealed information and data on how Americans feel about sweet potatoes, butter, and pie. Perhaps most surprisingly, according to Instacart purchase data from November 2020, the company distributed 3,399,218 pounds of butter in that month alone, up from the 1,079,036 pounds they delivered in October 2020.