Why Are Cranberry Sauce Labels Upside-Down?

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Ebenezer Scrooge from Radio City Entertainment’s “A Christmas Carol” creates and enjoys the “Scrooge Sandwich” (Turkey, Pastrami, Muenster Cheese, Deli Mustard, on Rye bread, with a side of Cranberry Sauce) at the Stage Door Deli in New York City. “A Christmas Carol” plays at the Theater at Madison Square Garden through December 29th, the “Scrooge Sandwich” is also available through the 29th at the Stage Door Deli.

Happy Thanksgiving! If you’re running out of conversation starters for your family and friends as you recover from turkey dinner, here’s one for you: Why are cranberry sauce labels upside-down?

It’s a longtime mystery that popped up online again in 2021 when buyers noticed that the labels on jellied cranberry sauce are flipped, so that the rounded edge, which for most cans is on the bottom, is on the top for cans of Ocean Spray cranberry sauce. Ocean Spray told CNN Business the move is intentional, because it makes preparation easy.

The cans are “filled and labeled upside down with the rounded edge on top and the sharp can-like edge on the bottom to keep the jelly whole,” an Ocean Spray spokesperson said, according to CNN Business.

An air bubble is created on the rounded side, which is the top, so the person preparing the cranberry sauce is able to “swipe the edge of the can with a knife to break the vacuum and the log will easily slide out,” the spokesperson said, according to CNN Business.

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