Man Shares Mashed Potato Lifehack During Friendsgiving

TikToker Jake Musser (@mvsser) went viral after posting his Friendsgiving mashed potatoes hack: He just bought them at a store in Kentucky Fried Chicken and poured them all into a bowl he bought at Target.

Many other users on the platform thought it was a brilliant way to fulfill a commitment you might have forgotten you promised before a potluck meal.

“The other day my boyfriend asked me if I wanted to do Friendsgiving and I was a little tipsy so I made sure I have mashed potatoes. Um, I’ve been working all day,” Musser says while standing in front of a KFC location. “And I’m exhausted and don’t have time to make mashed potatoes, so I’m going to get them from KFC and see if anyone notices.”

The video then cuts to Musser showing a white bowl in front of the camera.

“Step one: Buy a bowl from Target because I’m still moving in and I don’t have any of my stuff,” he says.

The clip then cuts to Musser picking up mashed potatoes from the KFC counter and saying, “Step 2: Buy 15 pounds of KFC masher and some gravy too.”

He then dumps the mashed potatoes into the bowl and then the video cuts to him walking the streets and then smashes cuts to the Friendsgiving dinner with people pouncing on the food.

“Do you like the potatoes?” Musser asks one of his friends at the table.

“Oh yes,” the man replies before the video cuts to the TikToker’s face, who flashes a knowing smile.

“John, Kendall, do you like the potatoes?” he asks two other people.

“My potatoes?” asks John.

“No, mine, the mashed potatoes,” Musser replies, drawing a laugh from a friend.


Lifehack alert incoming.. 🥔🥔🥔

♬ Original sound – Jake Musser

People who watched Musser’s clip had a litany of different answers. Some thought it was pretty lame of him not to make homemade mashed potatoes, while others thought it was a brilliant time-saver hack. Others wanted to know why he was doing a Friendsgiving with his buddies so early, while others wanted to know if he’d washed the bowl he bought at Target.

“Why Friendsgiving so early?” asked one user.

“Can you imagine being at a dinner party and blaming someone for it? I would never do that, even if I found the receipt in mine,” wrote another user.

There were bystanders who said they had been in situations where store-bought groceries were being smuggled into gatherings to great applause.

“My dad attended a chili cookoff…bought and mixed the chili from Texas Roadhouse & Wendys…. He won 1st place,” claimed one user.

Others said he could have just bought instant mashed potatoes, which would have taken less time and tasted better. But some professed their love for KFC mashed potatoes.

If you’re considering going to a KFC for your actual Thanksgiving meal, the franchise has a history of offering special deals, and depending on your area, the store may actually be open on Thanksgiving Day itself.

The Daily Dot has contacted Musser via TikTok comment and KFC via email for more information.


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*Initial publication: November 12, 2022 at 4:05 pm CST

Jack Alban

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