Walmart’s funeral potatoes are confusing

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Funeral potatoes are a staple in Utah, Idaho and Mormon kitchens, but the rest of the internet just discovered this creepy-sounding dish.

Walmart ads on Facebook have recently been featuring Salt Lake-based Augason Farms’ dehydrated funeral potatoes and the name is apparently disturbing to out-of-staters.

They may sound threatening, but the story behind the name isn’t quite that scary — funeral potatoes are often served at post-funeral gatherings in Utah. The quick and cheaply-made casserole can feed a lot of people with just a few ingredients and is easy to freeze. No one has tracked down the exact origin, but recipes for “Funeral Potatoes” first surfaced in LDS Relief Society cookbooks in the early 1900s, the Wall Street Journal reported.

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