Thanksgiving is coming, and many are stressed. Preparing, cooking, and serving the lavish banquet might take days. Then there's money.
A turkey alone will likely cost more than normal since turkey output was cut in 2019 due to decreasing demand.
Plus, avian flu has killed 44.6 million chickens and turkeys in the U.S. this year, and inflation has pushed up costs. Turkey prices were 17% higher in 2022 than in 2021.
Cracker Barrel Old Country Store is offering "completely cooked Thanksgiving Heat n' Serve Meals" and fresh holiday pies. One effervescent newcomer to the menu may reduce stress.
The Cracker Barrel buffet includes turkey breast, gravy, cranberry relish, and typical sides like green beans, cornbread dressing, and macaroni and cheese.
Loaded mashed potatoes and "country fried turkey" are also new. Anyone who's paid for Thanksgiving dinner knows $14.99 per person is affordable.
As the name implies, heat and serve. Four individuals awarded the complete traditional spread a "thumbs up" on YouTube, appreciating the turkey and stuffing.
Cracker Barrel also offers festive extras like the "cinnamon roll pie breakfast" and four classic dessert pies to end the day. "Glitter Globe Spritzer" is a novel wine-based drink.
Non-alcoholic drinks include blackberry tea and cinnamon bun latte. Whatever a consumer purchases will help Cracker Barrel's profit line on its biggest day.