Thanksgiving Sides: Which Type Of Cranberry Sauce Is Best
There are two types of families at Thanksgiving. The ones who serve Thanksgiving dinner with the jellied cranberry sauce are right. The others who serve the actual whole cranberries in a sauce are wrong. It’s that simple. I’m not even saying the ‘whole cranberry’ cranberry sauce is that bad. It’s just the lesser of the two-holiday side dish options.
If your side dish doesn’t come with an entire YouTube section of people taking videos of the sauce slipping out of the can onto a plate with the classic “SLUUUURP, plop” sound can you even call it a side dish? I’m not talking about the videos of chefs making actual cranberry sauce dishes. We’re a bunch of Joe normals around here. Our cranberry sauces come in cans from the grocery store. They’re pre-made. We buy ’em, open ’em, and eat ’em. We don’t want to have to stir anything.
Listen to that sweet sound of pure holiday joy. That is what the holiday season was created for. It’s not about family or presents or giving. It’s about the sluuuurp then plop. What does your whole cranberry sauce sound like when it hits the plate? Splash? When translated to English it’s saying, You’re pathetic and hate tradition. Hey, it’s tough, but sometimes facts hurt.
According to Ocean Spray a majority of Americans enjoy the jellied stuff over the whole cranberry. Look at these numbers they put out:
American Cranberry Sauce Habits:
- 76 percent of Americans serve store-bought cranberry sauce at their Thanksgiving meals versus homemade.
- 73 percent of Americans prefer their cranberry sauce jellied in the shape of can!
That is an overwhelming percentage of people with correct opinions, but jellied cranberry is the way to go. You even have a slicing guide built into the gelatinous tube of cranberry. Once it slurps and plops you lay it on its side and slice it every couple can indentations.