CRUNCHY NUGGETS: With Thanksgiving this week, I thought I’d serve up a nice scoop of crunchy, holiday-related nuggets — interesting tid bits about consumer behavior specifically around turkey day. That said, pull up your brainpower plate and make room for these stats and facts. Hey, did you know that…
4,500 calories — According to the Calorie Control Council, this is the total average number of calories Americans consume on Thanksgiving Day. That’s a per person number. Just you. You eat all that. One day. Wow. Better wear loose pants.
$49.48 — Is the average cost of a 10-serving Thanksgiving dinner, according to a study by the American Farm Bureau Federation. I say that those are some, savvy shoppers! The study also notes that the cost of that 10-person dinner this year has barely changed from 2011. But it is significantly higher than in 2009, when it was $42.91 and $43.47 in 2010. To put the meal into context, my skeptical food shopper friends, who, like me said…aw c’mon that’s not that much, here is what they included: a 16-pound turkey, 12 rolls, 1-pound relish tray of carrots and celery, one-half pint of whipping cream, 14 ounces of cubed stuffing, 3 pounds of sweet potatoes, 1 gallon of whole milk, 12 ounces of fresh cranberries, 1 pound of green peas, 30 ounces of pumpkin pie mix and 2 pie shells.
581 pounds purchased. 204 pounds into the garbage — According to the National Resources Defense Council, Americans will buy 581 pounds of turkey for Thanksgiving. But unfortunately, much of that goes to waste, as they estimate that 204 pounds of it will end up being discarded, yikes! Sandwiches, people! Make sandwiches or freeze it, as my Mother would advise!
Pass the….side dish with bread and seasonings…wait,where am I? — We call it stuffing here in the Northeast. But according to History Channel, it also goes by the names: dressing (Southern states) and filling (Pennsylvanians). The History Channel says that it cannot be proven that the Pilgrims ate stuffing/dressing/filling. But given their resources with lots of “wild game” and rice, they probably dined on some kind of bird with a side of wild rice. And lastly…
Apple beats pumpkin — Surprisingly, according to an NPR survey in 2012, apple is the leader when is comes to pie preferences. So please tell me…is the traditional pumpkin second? Nope…third, actually. Strawberry is number two. Here is great infographic aka pie chart (ha ha!) with this data: http://foodbeast.com/content/2012/11/19/the-9-most-popular-thanksgiving-pies-pie-chart-infographic/
No matter how many calories you consumer, whether you clean your plate or not, reach for the stuffing or filling, or choose cherry over strawberry pie, hope your Thanksgiving holiday is enjoyable. Thank YOU for reading! TASTY TREND: Fun Food & Flavor Facts