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Vote of the week: Thanksgiving cranberry sauce

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Published: November 16, 2007 at 10:55 AM

It's Thanksgiving next week in the United States, so for this week's vote, I am reviving the very first Internet poll I ever put up, from back when I was the editor of the Rocky Mountain News' website, in Denver, Colo.

The question provoked a verbal war on the Rocky's website, as readers defended their families' traditions... and mocked those who chose the other side. A few years later, when I was writing for Los Angeles Times, I ran the same poll on the Times' CalendarLive website, but got far fewer responses. Perhaps this issue just wasn't as divisive anymore. Or, maybe, too few people ever read CalendarLive.

Anyway, it is time for Theme Park Insiders to have their say. So... I present this week's vote, in honor of the Thanksgiving holiday:

Defend your choice, and mock the other, in the comments.

Readers' Opinions

From Bradley Robertson on November 16, 2007 at 11:28 AM
Jelly is the only way to go. It just isn't Thanksgiving without the cranberry-jelly-log still-in-the-shape-of-the-can-it-came-out-of on the table. :-D
From Gareth H on November 16, 2007 at 11:52 AM
Its just wrong, sweet and savory should not be mixed. Yuk!
From Iris Hernandez on November 16, 2007 at 4:05 PM
Oooooo, neither on this one. My Puerto Rican family doesnt use cranberry sauce, and i doubt they even know what it is. Shocking, isnt it?
From Claudine Deshaies on November 16, 2007 at 5:22 PM
In my family, we always ate the jelly kind, but I recently started liking the whole berry kind better. I like to be the black sheep. ;)
From Missy Renee on November 16, 2007 at 10:32 PM
I have to admit that I like both kinds. But I voted for jelly on sheer sentiment. My Mother's Thanksgiving table would never be complete without the can of jellied cranberry sauce sliced and fanned out on a plate. As I child, I absolutely loved the stuff...I probably ate half the can! Childhood memories...just one more thing to be thankful for.
From Chris Walton on November 17, 2007 at 1:01 AM
Honestly, I agree with Gareth. I don't like sweets and meats together with the exception of BBQ and some marinades.
From Mark Walker on November 17, 2007 at 3:08 AM
?!?!?!


Is that a trick question?!

From Mark Hollamon on November 17, 2007 at 5:32 AM
Whole berry is yucky! Plus it is easier to make a leftover sandwich with the jelly!
From Matthew Baker on November 17, 2007 at 7:47 AM
I do like the jelly, but a good cooked whole-berry sauce is better. My grandmother makes a very good one. (She also makes an uncooked relish, but this I don't really like--too bitter.)

I like it just by itself in small quantities as a side item. It's OK on turkey but gravy is MUCH better. :-)

From Ryan Traylor on November 17, 2007 at 3:06 PM
where's the no cranberry sauce option?
From Jay Posteraro on November 17, 2007 at 4:28 PM
Several years ago, my wife and I went to a T-Day dinner party. The dinner was great.....however....on the way home, we both said to each other, "THERE WAS NO CRANBERRY SAUCE!!!!!".......we could not believe it. It was a horrifying experience! :-)

Jellied all the way!!!

Happy Thanksgiving everyone.

From Larry Zimmerman on November 17, 2007 at 10:55 PM
Gotta be fresh cooked whole berries sweetened with clementine juice. Yum!
From Brian L on November 18, 2007 at 12:12 AM
It wouldn't be thanksgiving with all the ridges on that log of jellied cranberry sauce for my family. This holiday seriously is my favorite. Beer, football, turkey and family. there is no substitute for that.
From Mitchell Botwin on November 20, 2007 at 5:53 AM
I grew up with the can, but my wife makes the whole berry and with a touch of orange, I do like it better.
From Robert Niles on November 20, 2007 at 12:53 PM
I gotta go whole berry. It's almost as easy to make as getting the jelly blob out of the can. (Boil berries in sugar water until they burst. Easy.) And it tastes sooooo much better! I grew up with the can, too, but am so glad to have switched.

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