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Thanksgiving came early this year with the Chicken Gobbler sandwich


The Chicken Gobbler, from Blue Ribbon Fried Chicken, is a riff on the classic leftover sandwich.

Picture this: you raid the fridge, post-Thanksgiving, and pile the leftover turkey, mashed potatoes, stuffing, gravy and cranberry sauce onto a bun, throw it in the microwave, and repeat until it's all gone.

Now, substitute fried chicken for the turkey, and live the Thanksgiving leftover experience any day in November (which is when Blue Ribbon is offering the sandwich, part of their month-long specialty sandwich program).

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"It's got some weight to it, and it does get kind of messy, which is part of the fun," says Rob Anderson, the general manager of Blue Ribbon Fried Chicken. "Those familiar flavors just come right through. And now it's in an easy-to-hold bun."

Of course, the Thanksgiving leftover sandwich is not a new concept. You can get one in Philly, Los Angeles, New Orleans, and many towns in between. But when it comes to execution, Blue Ribbon has struck gold with this sandwich. The fried chicken is intensely juicy on the inside, crispy on the outside, and full of flavor. All the other ingredients taste perfect, with just the right amount that the sandwich is bursting at the seems, but not too messy. For people who wait for Thanksgiving dinner all year, it would be hard to be disappointed by this sandwich. And according to Anderson, it's a hit.

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"It's our best-selling sandwich of the month, every year, hands down. Almost two to one. I think because it's so familiar. People instantly know what it is," says Anderson. "They love it. Most people come up and will get one to go."

And for all the die-hard Thanksgiving lovers out there, look out for a possible release from Pringles, with different flavored chips for each Thanksgiving menu item.

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