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Americans’ preferences for Thanksgiving side dishes, broken down by state


Every Thanksgiving, the same food debates tend to crop up. Is the turkey the main event or are the side dishes? Is mashed potato better than stuffing?

Turns out, your stance on these classic American arguments may have to do with where you live. Campbell Soup Co. commissioned a survey to determine the best Thanksgiving side dishes in each state and published the results in its first “State of the Sides” report.

According to the report, stuffing was the preferred side in 27 states, while mashed potatoes won in 22. Massachusetts respondents were evenly split between these two states. Stuffing was the top choice in the US, followed by mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes, green bean casserole and mac and cheese.

“This season, we delved into the fun and timeless debate about whether Americans prefer turkey or sides on their holiday table,” said Gary Mazur, vice president of marketing for soup and broth at Campbell. Soup, at HuffPost. “While Americans may still be torn about whether stuffing or mashed potatoes are the #1 side, through our consumer data, we found that a majority of the population agrees that sides are the best part of a holiday menu.”

The survey looked at 5,000 Americans celebrating Thanksgiving, evenly split by state, and was conducted August 19-30. According to the report, 66% of those surveyed prefer side dishes to the main course of turkey, and half said they settle for only sides on their plate. In addition, 52% said they plan to buy a smaller turkey this year to save money, and 90% plan to serve the same number or more side dishes.

Campbell’s isn’t the only food brand that has taken a look at Americans’ Thanksgiving meal preferences this year. Instacart also released its fourth annual “Turkey Day Exposé”.

The online grocery platform’s report includes a state-by-state breakdown of where people stand on five side dish categories: cranberries, potatoes, seasonal vegetables, squash and rolls.

Americans’ preferences for Thanksgiving side dishes, broken down by state

“Canned cranberries are the #1 Thanksgiving item sold through Instacart and are more popular than fresh cranberries when looking at state preferences, which I wouldn’t have guessed,” said Laurentia Romaniuk, trend expert at Instacart, HuffPost. “It’s clear that canned cranberries have become a real Thanksgiving treat.”

Instacart’s online survey reached 2,041 adults from October 25-27. Other interesting findings include the clear preference for butternut squash in the Northeast and Midwest over yellow squash in the rest of the country. Twelve states preferred crescent rolls to Hawaiian rolls.

Keep scrolling for more side dish rivalry cards and read the full report on Instacart’s website for additional Thanksgiving analysis and methodology.

Americans’ preferences for Thanksgiving side dishes, broken down by state
Americans’ preferences for Thanksgiving side dishes, broken down by state
Americans’ preferences for Thanksgiving side dishes, broken down by state
Americans’ preferences for Thanksgiving side dishes, broken down by state



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