Thanksgiving Fun Facts For Foodies & Food Marketers

Thanksgiving is all about friends, family, football, and feeling way too full! As we pull out the stretchy pants and fire up the ovens in anticipation of every foodie’s favorite fall holiday, food marketers can prep their websites and social channels knowing these fun Thanksgiving facts.

Four Fun Facts For Foodies & Food Marketers This Thanksgiving

Does Turkey Actually Have Melatonin in It?

Overindulging might not be the only reason for your post-thanksgiving meal food coma. According to The Washington Post, turkey contains amino acids, which are the building blocks of proteins called tryptophan. These encourage the body to make hormones, including melatonin, which can explain why we are all a little extra sleepy after our Thanksgiving meal. Help your audience counteract their afternoon naps by sharing delicious and nutritious veggie recipes like…

Is There a Difference Between Stuffing and Dressing?

Food & Wine helps explain the technical difference between these two popular side dishes for Thanksgiving! Stuffing is defined as a “mixture used to stuff another food, traditionally poultry, before cooking” whereas dressing is cooked in a pan outside of the turkey. Others debate that the real difference depends on whether the main carb ingredient is cornbread or white bread. Stuffing is known to be made with torn or sliced pieces of bread, whereas dressing is typically made with crumbled cornbread. So the real question is, is your audience team dressing or team stuffing?

What is the most popular dish eaten on Thanksgiving Day?

Aside from turkey, it’s no surprise to see mashed potatoes, stuffing/dressing, ham, and bread or rolls as the following dishes in the lineup! Check out this article to see the top 42 dishes eaten on Thanksgiving Day… which somehow includes tofu. If you’re looking to help your audience impress their guests this Thanksgiving, be sure to share unique recipes on social media like this Stuffed Pork Tenderloin, Pumpkin Corn Muffins, or a Fennel & Fresh Herb Stuffing with Chestnuts and Apricots!

How is Thanksgiving Celebrated Differently in Canada?

Many US based food marketers have a healthy Canadian following making up their audience – so why not include them in our celebrations too, eh? Well – for this year, the ship has sailed (pun intended, considering the holiday’s origins involving explorer Martin Frobisher’s third voyage to Canada) as Canadian Thanksgiving takes place in October. Thanksgiving has been celebrated as a national holiday in Canada since 1879 and the foods consumed on “Turkey Day” in Canada are mostly identical to the typical dishes enjoyed in American celebrations. Each year, Canadian Thanksgiving is celebrated on the second Monday of October, aligning with when the Canadian harvest would be complete. So for 2023, keep this on your radar in early October and don’t forget our friends to the north!

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