Thanksgiving dinner! I started thinking about this next one about the time my leftovers ran out from the last one!

We've heard quite a bit about how much more expensive the 2021 dinner will be compared to Thanksgiving's past.  According to statistics from the American Farm Bureau Federation, the numbers show an increase of 14%.

High Cost Of Eating High On The Bird

"The AFBF Thanksgiving dinner survey was first conducted in 1986. The informal survey provides a record of comparative holiday meal costs over the years. Farm Bureau’s classic survey menu has remained unchanged since 1986 to allow for consistent price comparisons"

Individual Prices (double-digit increases in bold)

  • 16-pound turkey: $23.99 or approximately $1.50 per pound (up 24%)
  • 2 frozen pie crusts: $2.91 (up 20%)
  • 30-ounce can of pumpkin pie mix: $3.64 (up 7%)
  • Half-pint of whipping cream: $1.78 (up 2%)
  • 1 dozen dinner rolls: $3.05 (up 15%)
  • 12-ounce bag of fresh cranberries: $2.98 (up 11%)
  • 1 gallon of whole milk: $3.30 (up 7%)
  • 1 pound of frozen peas: $1.54 (up 6%)
  • 3 pounds of sweet potatoes: $3.56 (up 4%)
  • 1-pound veggie tray (carrots & celery): 82 cents (up 12%)
  • Misc. ingredients to prepare the meal: $3.45 (up 12%)
  • 14-ounce bag of cubed stuffing mix: $2.29 (down 19%)

What that all adds up to is this -  the average cost of this year’s classic Thanksgiving feast for 10 is $53.31 or less than $6.00 per person. This is a $6.41 or 14% increase from last year’s average of $46.90.

But there is a lower-priced option, especially if taste isn't important!

BUT...there is another option.....and it comes from the Brach's Candy Company.

" A full course meal presented in a unique mix of candy corn flavors. BRACH’S Turkey Dinner includes all of the traditional Thanksgiving favorites. From roasted turkey, green beans, and stuffing to ginger glazed carrots, cranberry sauce, and sweet potato pie.
Flavors include Green Beans, Roasted Turkey, Cranberry Sauce, Ginger Glazed Carrots, Stuffing, Sweet Potato Pie & Apple Pie.

This faux feast comes in a 12 oz bag and an 11 piece serving size delivers:

Calories: 110
Fat: 0g
Sugars: 23g
Protein: 0g
Sodium: 75mg
Total Carbohydrates: 28g

Ours came from Walgreens but they are available in other places around Yakima.  Also, ours came as a gift so I will be polite and leave the taste review to these guys!

I ate Brach's Turkey Dinner Candy Corn So You Don't Have To.

And to this guy!  Bon Appétit

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