Study: Two-thirds prefer Thanksgiving sides to turkey


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(NEXSTAR) — When it comes to the top Thanksgiving side dish America is divided, a new study found.

Campbell’s recently released its “State of the Sides” report for 2022 and asked Americans how they prefer to fill up on Thanksgiving Day.

The study found that two-thirds of respondents preferred side dishes to the main entree, with the top five holiday sides ranking, in order: stuffing, mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes, green bean casserole, and mac and cheese.

While stuffing took the top spot in most states, 22 states ranked mashed potatoes first, the study found. Campbell’s told Nexstar they partnered with SWNS Media Group and Dotdash Meredith to conduct the survey. The company’s research also used data from Google Trends as well as from social and traditional media.

As for state-specific findings, the report found that stuffing could go by another name, depending on where you are. In Mississippi, Alabama and Louisiana, you may hear it referred to as “dressing.”

People from Arkansas, Alaska and Idaho all prefer that their sides not touch each other, the study found, while residents of Maine, Washington and Oregon are most likely to get creative and make sandwiches with the leftovers.

Choosing Thanksgiving sides may not be the biggest decision many families will make this year, however. A new report from Wells Fargo suggests that with soaring inflation this year it may make more sense for some families to get their Thanksgiving meal at a nice restaurant and ditch the stress of preparation.

Bureau of Labor Statistics Consumer Price Index data show that the jump in grocery store prices during the last year was nearly twice that of restaurant food (9.81% vs. 5.79%).

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