ATLANTA (PRNewswire) — With just one week to go until Christmas, as Americans rush to complete their holiday to-do lists, they are already preparing for their big holiday meal, according to a recent survey by HoneyBaked*, which found that on average, Americans begin gathering supplies and ingredients seven days in advance of a holiday meal**.
The HoneyBaked survey also found that holiday meal prep time varies by region, as those in the South will take the least amount of time, an average of just over six days, while those in the Northeast will take the longest, an average of almost nine days. Additionally, the survey found that women begin prep more than two days earlier than men.
To help create stress-free Christmas meals for early birds and last-minute planners alike, HoneyBaked is extending operating hours in its more than 400 retail stores nationwide, which will be open early and late all the way through Christmas Eve. Holiday meal planners can find HoneyBaked store locations and hours by visiting honeybaked.com.
No matter where you live or what stage you are in the meal-planning process, HoneyBaked can help you make the meal, and the memories. All Honey Baked Hams® and Roasted or Smoked Turkey Breasts are fully cooked and ready to serve, allowing you to spend less time in the kitchen and more time celebrating with friends and family. To complete your meal, HoneyBaked also offers a variety of heat-and-serve side dishes, such as Sweet Potato Souffle, Green Bean Casserole, Cinnamon Apple Slices and more. You can also pick up one of HoneyBaked's premium desserts, such as holiday favorite Red Velvet Cake. Check your local HoneyBaked store for regional varieties.
"Since 1957, HoneyBaked has had the privilege of sharing the holidays with millions of Americans," said Maggie DeCan, HoneyBaked* COO. "Even if you're one who waits until the last minute, HoneyBaked will be open on Christmas Eve to help you put the perfect holiday meal on the table in the nick of time."
*The Original HoneyBaked Ham Co. of GA
**HoneyBaked 2013 omnibus survey, national survey of 1,000 men and women 18+, November-Dec. 2013
HoneyBaked, whose mission is, "Celebrating life, one meal at a time," was founded in 1957 and is a premium food retailer known for the most flavorful, moist and tender Honey Baked Hams and Turkey Breasts you'll find anywhere, as well as a host of other fully cooked entrees, side items and desserts. HoneyBaked has become a tradition for families nationwide who can now shop for them at more than 400 locations. For store locations and holiday hours, visit www.honeybaked.com. To become a HoneyBaked franchise owner, visit www.honeybakedfranchise.com or call 866.968.7424.