I don't know about you, but a few years' back, if I heard about someone spending their Thanksgiving in a fast food restaurant, I would probably share a tear or two; that would definitely sounds like the saddest thing ever. Thanksgiving is a holiday about togetherness as much as anything, and spending that special holiday time in a random McDonald's seems positively tragic.
Fast forward to the present day, though, and I've considerably warmed to the idea. Being around your loved ones is one of the key facets of Thanksgiving, but another key facet is eating an obscene, heart-attack-worthy amount of food, and what better way to do that than to go to a fast food joint? It certainly doesn't hurt that your favorite restaurants have made more of an effort in recent times to become significantly more Thanksgiving-oriented this time of year.
Sitting pretty near the top of the fast food hierarchy is Taco Bell. They've managed to tap into the inherent indulgence that lies in the fabric of Thanksgiving, and for the past few years, they've come up with a holiday-themed menu known as Friendsgiving, which is hosted at their California headquarters. This year marks five years since the very first Friendsgiving, and the menu for 2017 looks as delicious as it looks crazy.
This year, Taco Bell revealed via their Twitter page that they were going to be unveiling their fifth annual Friendsgiving via Snapchat, and while I didn't get the time to check it out personally, the taco aficionados were kind enough to provide us with a snapshot of the menu for this amazing event.
When it comes to Thanksgiving tacos, Taco Bell left no stone unturned. Friendsgiving 2017 kicked off with a delightful choice of starters, which included butternut squash Chalupa bites (topped with guacamole and caramelized onions), Taco Supreme croquettes (made up of beef, cheddar and corn), and an autumn salad complete with an Orange Cream Pop vinaigrette.
But it's the main course where this edition of Taco Bell Thanksgiving really comes into its own. Four words: Baja Blast Glazed Ham. If that wasn't enough to whet your appetite, there's also the Turkerito (which comes with whipped jalapeño honey butter), Firecracker Vegetables, not to mention the mashed potatoes, which are lined with Cool Ranch Doritos Locos tacos. I need these now.
Sounds good, doesn't it? Well, wipe the saliva from your mouth, because it got even better: for dessert, attendees at Friendsgiving 2017 could choose between a Pumpkin Spiced Caramel Apple Empanada (with cajeta caramel and whipped cream for good measure), or Chocolate Churros with Ancho Chile Ganache. Fair to say, I'm a little bit jealous.
Unfortunately, taco lovers, unless you were invited to Friendsgiving 2017, there's no chance you'll be able to get this either at a drive-thru or any of their franchises. That's the bad news. The good news? Taco Bell have been careless.
Careless enough to give us every item on that menu, all the way down to the individual ingredients. If you want to recreate Friendsgiving 2017 at home instead of the usual turkey-stuffing-cranberry fare, then there's nothing stopping you from getting creative. If there's anything to be thankful for this Thanksgiving, it's that.