The best and worst Thanksgiving food according to the Capital Community


Thanksgiving is a holiday known for many traditions, including Macy’s Parade, football, political arguments, and of course, a holiday that leaves you ready for hibernation.

Thanksgiving offers a wide variety of dishes, but some dishes are arguably nicer than others.

70 attendees, made up of students and teachers from the capital, shared their favorite and least favorite Thanksgiving foods through a Google form.

Favorite foods often let us come back for a few seconds or even take a plate to take home if you’re lucky enough to have leftovers.

On the Thanksgiving favorites list were turkey and sweet potatoes in third place, each winning 10% of the vote. Stuffing became the finalist with 11% in favor. First, mashed potatoes held their own with 29% of the vote.

Some honorable mentions were the buns, green beans, and cranberry sauce (with real cranberries).

Only four votes were given to my favorite, the mac and cheese. Other favorites included the beef noodles, greens, corn casserole, pie, and lamb with mint jelly.

The least desirable foods are those that are secretly scraped off our siblings’ plates or given to the dog. What are the foods most often avoided on Thanksgiving?

Turkey comes third with 14% of the vote. The farce won 23% of the vote, placing second. And for the least desirable food, cranberry sauce took the crown with 24% of the least desirable votes.

Other foods mentioned include baked squash, stuffed eggs, ham, macaroni and cheese, sweet potatoes, potatoes with sauce, and caviar.

The most controversial foods, it seems, are turkey, stuffing, and cranberry sauce. Some submissions highlighted a love for turkey, but others complained that it was too dry.

Some were very passionate about their love for pranks and others added vomit emojis to their responses. Another incredibly controversial topic was cranberry sauce. Some loved the cranberry salad or the whole cranberry sauce but no canned jelly.

While many of us are blessed with the chance to enjoy delicious meals, not all of us have the same luxury. Therefore, it is important to give thanks for what we have. Keep in mind those who go without and maybe instead of throwing away the leftovers, give them to someone in need or be prepared to give some.

We must also remember the origins of the holidays we celebrate and be aware of the indigenous trauma that is too often brushed aside.

When you indulge in your favorite family recipes, remember to thank and pay it forward.


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