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10 Things You Didn't to Know About Kraft Macaroni & Cheese

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Kraft Mac and Cheese has a special place in our hearts

10 Things You Didn't to Know About Kraft Macaroni & Cheese

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We'll bet that however often you may have eaten it, there are some things you still don’t know about Kraft Macaroni & Cheese.

The "Original" Variety is Technically Called "The Cheesiest."

The classic mac and cheese, in order to differentiate it from the host of other Kraft blue box macaroni and cheeses, is technically referred to as The Cheesiest.

There are 22 “Blue Box” Varieties

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9 Million Boxes Were Sold in Year One

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In 1937 alone, 9 million boxes flew off the shelves. That’s what we call getting off to a good start!

Today, More Than 1 Million Boxes are Sold Daily

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It’s official: people love their macaroni and cheese.

2007 was an Unusually Amazing Year for Sales

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Nobody knows exactly why, but in 2007, Kraft Macaroni and Cheese sales skyrocketed by 10 percent, with Easy Mac sales increasing by a whopping 50 percent.

It Has Different Names in Canada and the U.K.

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Believe it or not, in Canada it’s simply known as Kraft Dinner, and in the U.K. it’s referred to as Macaroni Cheese or Cheesey Pasta.

It's the de Facto National Dish of Canada

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Kraft Macaroni and Cheese (ahem, Kraft Dinner) is insanely popular in Canada, and has been called the de facto national dish, over even poutine and Tim Hortons. Canadians purchase nearly 12 percent of all the Kraft Mac and Cheese produced, and eat 55 percent more of it than even Americans do. They don’t even need to call it Kraft Dinner; now it’s just “K.D.”

There’s a Perfected Method of Making It

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Think you can just boil the pasta, drain it, toss in everything else, and stir? Not so fast. The folks at WikiHow have figured out the perfect method for perfect Kraft Mac and Cheese. The secret? After you return the pasta to the pan, add the butter and stir it in until completely melted. Then pour both the cheese mix and the milk into the middle of the pot, and then fold it all together, working from the outside of the pot inwards.

They Were Forced to Remove Yellow Dye

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Artificial colorings Yellow 5 and Yellow 6 have attracted the ire of lots of bloggers due to a supposed connection to cancer, hyperactivity in children, asthma, skin rashes, and migraines, and in 2013 two bloggers started a petition trying to convince Kraft to remove them from its products. After opponents of the substances racked up hundreds of thousands of signatures, the company agreed to remove the dyes from new recipes, though it kept existing recipes unaltered.

They Were the Official Sponsor of the Demolition of Texas Stadium

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Kraft sponsored the demolition of Texas Stadium in 2010, paying $75,000 to local charities and donating $75,000 in products. This wasn’t out of the blue; it was a PR tie-in to help promote the new “Cheddar Explosion” variety.


Kraft Macaroni And Cheese: We're Not Ashamed To Love The Boxed Stuff

Once again, we'd like to circle up the food shame wagons and have ourselves a quick fireside. A few weeks ago, we touched on the pancake shortcut we indulge in when times get tough. Today, we're going to talk to you about Kraft Macaroni & Cheese.

Let's get the compulsory stuff out of the way, right? It's artificial, processed, loaded with sodium, preservatives, dyes and who knows what else. It is, if we're being totally honest, not really even that much of a shortcut. It takes nearly as long to make as the real thing. It is definitely not mac and cheese. I know -- that was hard to hear, so I'll repeat it: it is not really even mac and cheese.

Think about what mac and cheese is, in its purest form: it's macaroni, a curved, elbow-shaped noodle, and cheese, a creamy dairy product. Kraft Macaroni & Cheese is a tubular pasta, without a lick of integrity or curvature, and reconstituted ersatz cheese powder, of a hue not found in nature. It isn't really mac and cheese, but you know what it is? Freaking delicious.

Sometimes, when we set out to make our own version of a processed food product, what we're shooting for is an imitation that is a little better for us. We love to replicate Big Macs, Chick-fil-A sandwiches, and Cinnamon Toast Crunch, with our own ingredients. We can eat these impostors guilt-free, knowing they don't contain any ingredients we can't pronounce. When we make mac and cheese, we're shooting for homestyle, creamy, cheese-stringy, crispy-on-top macaroni and cheese. There is no point in trying to replicate Kraft Macaroni & Cheese. Eating it doesn't satisfy a mac and cheese craving, but it is the only satisfaction for a Kraft Macaroni & Cheese craving.

Do you see what I'm getting at here? We can't recommend that you only eat the orange stuff from the blue box, we can't even recommend that you consider it macaroni or cheese. But, since a lot of us grew up eating it, we know that it occupies a salty, easy, make-it-yourself-while-you're-home-alone nostalgic nook in a lot of our brains. Not sure you agree with me? Take a look at this.

If that didn't activate your salivary glands, I am not even sure that you aren't a robot. Sometimes we toss in a handful of frozen peas. Sometimes, if we want to really fancy things up, we'll blanch some broccoli. Is the orange "cheese" not enough for you? Grating a little Parmesan in never hurt anyone.

Go ahead, you guys. Every once in a great while, get the stuff in the box. Ain't no shame in that game.

*This post was neither sponsored nor influenced by the brand mentioned. No sponsorship could incite love this nerdy.

Want to read more from HuffPost Taste? Follow us on Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest and Tumblr.


Kraft Macaroni And Cheese: We're Not Ashamed To Love The Boxed Stuff

Once again, we'd like to circle up the food shame wagons and have ourselves a quick fireside. A few weeks ago, we touched on the pancake shortcut we indulge in when times get tough. Today, we're going to talk to you about Kraft Macaroni & Cheese.

Let's get the compulsory stuff out of the way, right? It's artificial, processed, loaded with sodium, preservatives, dyes and who knows what else. It is, if we're being totally honest, not really even that much of a shortcut. It takes nearly as long to make as the real thing. It is definitely not mac and cheese. I know -- that was hard to hear, so I'll repeat it: it is not really even mac and cheese.

Think about what mac and cheese is, in its purest form: it's macaroni, a curved, elbow-shaped noodle, and cheese, a creamy dairy product. Kraft Macaroni & Cheese is a tubular pasta, without a lick of integrity or curvature, and reconstituted ersatz cheese powder, of a hue not found in nature. It isn't really mac and cheese, but you know what it is? Freaking delicious.

Sometimes, when we set out to make our own version of a processed food product, what we're shooting for is an imitation that is a little better for us. We love to replicate Big Macs, Chick-fil-A sandwiches, and Cinnamon Toast Crunch, with our own ingredients. We can eat these impostors guilt-free, knowing they don't contain any ingredients we can't pronounce. When we make mac and cheese, we're shooting for homestyle, creamy, cheese-stringy, crispy-on-top macaroni and cheese. There is no point in trying to replicate Kraft Macaroni & Cheese. Eating it doesn't satisfy a mac and cheese craving, but it is the only satisfaction for a Kraft Macaroni & Cheese craving.

Do you see what I'm getting at here? We can't recommend that you only eat the orange stuff from the blue box, we can't even recommend that you consider it macaroni or cheese. But, since a lot of us grew up eating it, we know that it occupies a salty, easy, make-it-yourself-while-you're-home-alone nostalgic nook in a lot of our brains. Not sure you agree with me? Take a look at this.

If that didn't activate your salivary glands, I am not even sure that you aren't a robot. Sometimes we toss in a handful of frozen peas. Sometimes, if we want to really fancy things up, we'll blanch some broccoli. Is the orange "cheese" not enough for you? Grating a little Parmesan in never hurt anyone.

Go ahead, you guys. Every once in a great while, get the stuff in the box. Ain't no shame in that game.

*This post was neither sponsored nor influenced by the brand mentioned. No sponsorship could incite love this nerdy.

Want to read more from HuffPost Taste? Follow us on Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest and Tumblr.


Kraft Macaroni And Cheese: We're Not Ashamed To Love The Boxed Stuff

Once again, we'd like to circle up the food shame wagons and have ourselves a quick fireside. A few weeks ago, we touched on the pancake shortcut we indulge in when times get tough. Today, we're going to talk to you about Kraft Macaroni & Cheese.

Let's get the compulsory stuff out of the way, right? It's artificial, processed, loaded with sodium, preservatives, dyes and who knows what else. It is, if we're being totally honest, not really even that much of a shortcut. It takes nearly as long to make as the real thing. It is definitely not mac and cheese. I know -- that was hard to hear, so I'll repeat it: it is not really even mac and cheese.

Think about what mac and cheese is, in its purest form: it's macaroni, a curved, elbow-shaped noodle, and cheese, a creamy dairy product. Kraft Macaroni & Cheese is a tubular pasta, without a lick of integrity or curvature, and reconstituted ersatz cheese powder, of a hue not found in nature. It isn't really mac and cheese, but you know what it is? Freaking delicious.

Sometimes, when we set out to make our own version of a processed food product, what we're shooting for is an imitation that is a little better for us. We love to replicate Big Macs, Chick-fil-A sandwiches, and Cinnamon Toast Crunch, with our own ingredients. We can eat these impostors guilt-free, knowing they don't contain any ingredients we can't pronounce. When we make mac and cheese, we're shooting for homestyle, creamy, cheese-stringy, crispy-on-top macaroni and cheese. There is no point in trying to replicate Kraft Macaroni & Cheese. Eating it doesn't satisfy a mac and cheese craving, but it is the only satisfaction for a Kraft Macaroni & Cheese craving.

Do you see what I'm getting at here? We can't recommend that you only eat the orange stuff from the blue box, we can't even recommend that you consider it macaroni or cheese. But, since a lot of us grew up eating it, we know that it occupies a salty, easy, make-it-yourself-while-you're-home-alone nostalgic nook in a lot of our brains. Not sure you agree with me? Take a look at this.

If that didn't activate your salivary glands, I am not even sure that you aren't a robot. Sometimes we toss in a handful of frozen peas. Sometimes, if we want to really fancy things up, we'll blanch some broccoli. Is the orange "cheese" not enough for you? Grating a little Parmesan in never hurt anyone.

Go ahead, you guys. Every once in a great while, get the stuff in the box. Ain't no shame in that game.

*This post was neither sponsored nor influenced by the brand mentioned. No sponsorship could incite love this nerdy.

Want to read more from HuffPost Taste? Follow us on Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest and Tumblr.


Kraft Macaroni And Cheese: We're Not Ashamed To Love The Boxed Stuff

Once again, we'd like to circle up the food shame wagons and have ourselves a quick fireside. A few weeks ago, we touched on the pancake shortcut we indulge in when times get tough. Today, we're going to talk to you about Kraft Macaroni & Cheese.

Let's get the compulsory stuff out of the way, right? It's artificial, processed, loaded with sodium, preservatives, dyes and who knows what else. It is, if we're being totally honest, not really even that much of a shortcut. It takes nearly as long to make as the real thing. It is definitely not mac and cheese. I know -- that was hard to hear, so I'll repeat it: it is not really even mac and cheese.

Think about what mac and cheese is, in its purest form: it's macaroni, a curved, elbow-shaped noodle, and cheese, a creamy dairy product. Kraft Macaroni & Cheese is a tubular pasta, without a lick of integrity or curvature, and reconstituted ersatz cheese powder, of a hue not found in nature. It isn't really mac and cheese, but you know what it is? Freaking delicious.

Sometimes, when we set out to make our own version of a processed food product, what we're shooting for is an imitation that is a little better for us. We love to replicate Big Macs, Chick-fil-A sandwiches, and Cinnamon Toast Crunch, with our own ingredients. We can eat these impostors guilt-free, knowing they don't contain any ingredients we can't pronounce. When we make mac and cheese, we're shooting for homestyle, creamy, cheese-stringy, crispy-on-top macaroni and cheese. There is no point in trying to replicate Kraft Macaroni & Cheese. Eating it doesn't satisfy a mac and cheese craving, but it is the only satisfaction for a Kraft Macaroni & Cheese craving.

Do you see what I'm getting at here? We can't recommend that you only eat the orange stuff from the blue box, we can't even recommend that you consider it macaroni or cheese. But, since a lot of us grew up eating it, we know that it occupies a salty, easy, make-it-yourself-while-you're-home-alone nostalgic nook in a lot of our brains. Not sure you agree with me? Take a look at this.

If that didn't activate your salivary glands, I am not even sure that you aren't a robot. Sometimes we toss in a handful of frozen peas. Sometimes, if we want to really fancy things up, we'll blanch some broccoli. Is the orange "cheese" not enough for you? Grating a little Parmesan in never hurt anyone.

Go ahead, you guys. Every once in a great while, get the stuff in the box. Ain't no shame in that game.

*This post was neither sponsored nor influenced by the brand mentioned. No sponsorship could incite love this nerdy.

Want to read more from HuffPost Taste? Follow us on Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest and Tumblr.


Kraft Macaroni And Cheese: We're Not Ashamed To Love The Boxed Stuff

Once again, we'd like to circle up the food shame wagons and have ourselves a quick fireside. A few weeks ago, we touched on the pancake shortcut we indulge in when times get tough. Today, we're going to talk to you about Kraft Macaroni & Cheese.

Let's get the compulsory stuff out of the way, right? It's artificial, processed, loaded with sodium, preservatives, dyes and who knows what else. It is, if we're being totally honest, not really even that much of a shortcut. It takes nearly as long to make as the real thing. It is definitely not mac and cheese. I know -- that was hard to hear, so I'll repeat it: it is not really even mac and cheese.

Think about what mac and cheese is, in its purest form: it's macaroni, a curved, elbow-shaped noodle, and cheese, a creamy dairy product. Kraft Macaroni & Cheese is a tubular pasta, without a lick of integrity or curvature, and reconstituted ersatz cheese powder, of a hue not found in nature. It isn't really mac and cheese, but you know what it is? Freaking delicious.

Sometimes, when we set out to make our own version of a processed food product, what we're shooting for is an imitation that is a little better for us. We love to replicate Big Macs, Chick-fil-A sandwiches, and Cinnamon Toast Crunch, with our own ingredients. We can eat these impostors guilt-free, knowing they don't contain any ingredients we can't pronounce. When we make mac and cheese, we're shooting for homestyle, creamy, cheese-stringy, crispy-on-top macaroni and cheese. There is no point in trying to replicate Kraft Macaroni & Cheese. Eating it doesn't satisfy a mac and cheese craving, but it is the only satisfaction for a Kraft Macaroni & Cheese craving.

Do you see what I'm getting at here? We can't recommend that you only eat the orange stuff from the blue box, we can't even recommend that you consider it macaroni or cheese. But, since a lot of us grew up eating it, we know that it occupies a salty, easy, make-it-yourself-while-you're-home-alone nostalgic nook in a lot of our brains. Not sure you agree with me? Take a look at this.

If that didn't activate your salivary glands, I am not even sure that you aren't a robot. Sometimes we toss in a handful of frozen peas. Sometimes, if we want to really fancy things up, we'll blanch some broccoli. Is the orange "cheese" not enough for you? Grating a little Parmesan in never hurt anyone.

Go ahead, you guys. Every once in a great while, get the stuff in the box. Ain't no shame in that game.

*This post was neither sponsored nor influenced by the brand mentioned. No sponsorship could incite love this nerdy.

Want to read more from HuffPost Taste? Follow us on Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest and Tumblr.


Kraft Macaroni And Cheese: We're Not Ashamed To Love The Boxed Stuff

Once again, we'd like to circle up the food shame wagons and have ourselves a quick fireside. A few weeks ago, we touched on the pancake shortcut we indulge in when times get tough. Today, we're going to talk to you about Kraft Macaroni & Cheese.

Let's get the compulsory stuff out of the way, right? It's artificial, processed, loaded with sodium, preservatives, dyes and who knows what else. It is, if we're being totally honest, not really even that much of a shortcut. It takes nearly as long to make as the real thing. It is definitely not mac and cheese. I know -- that was hard to hear, so I'll repeat it: it is not really even mac and cheese.

Think about what mac and cheese is, in its purest form: it's macaroni, a curved, elbow-shaped noodle, and cheese, a creamy dairy product. Kraft Macaroni & Cheese is a tubular pasta, without a lick of integrity or curvature, and reconstituted ersatz cheese powder, of a hue not found in nature. It isn't really mac and cheese, but you know what it is? Freaking delicious.

Sometimes, when we set out to make our own version of a processed food product, what we're shooting for is an imitation that is a little better for us. We love to replicate Big Macs, Chick-fil-A sandwiches, and Cinnamon Toast Crunch, with our own ingredients. We can eat these impostors guilt-free, knowing they don't contain any ingredients we can't pronounce. When we make mac and cheese, we're shooting for homestyle, creamy, cheese-stringy, crispy-on-top macaroni and cheese. There is no point in trying to replicate Kraft Macaroni & Cheese. Eating it doesn't satisfy a mac and cheese craving, but it is the only satisfaction for a Kraft Macaroni & Cheese craving.

Do you see what I'm getting at here? We can't recommend that you only eat the orange stuff from the blue box, we can't even recommend that you consider it macaroni or cheese. But, since a lot of us grew up eating it, we know that it occupies a salty, easy, make-it-yourself-while-you're-home-alone nostalgic nook in a lot of our brains. Not sure you agree with me? Take a look at this.

If that didn't activate your salivary glands, I am not even sure that you aren't a robot. Sometimes we toss in a handful of frozen peas. Sometimes, if we want to really fancy things up, we'll blanch some broccoli. Is the orange "cheese" not enough for you? Grating a little Parmesan in never hurt anyone.

Go ahead, you guys. Every once in a great while, get the stuff in the box. Ain't no shame in that game.

*This post was neither sponsored nor influenced by the brand mentioned. No sponsorship could incite love this nerdy.

Want to read more from HuffPost Taste? Follow us on Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest and Tumblr.


Kraft Macaroni And Cheese: We're Not Ashamed To Love The Boxed Stuff

Once again, we'd like to circle up the food shame wagons and have ourselves a quick fireside. A few weeks ago, we touched on the pancake shortcut we indulge in when times get tough. Today, we're going to talk to you about Kraft Macaroni & Cheese.

Let's get the compulsory stuff out of the way, right? It's artificial, processed, loaded with sodium, preservatives, dyes and who knows what else. It is, if we're being totally honest, not really even that much of a shortcut. It takes nearly as long to make as the real thing. It is definitely not mac and cheese. I know -- that was hard to hear, so I'll repeat it: it is not really even mac and cheese.

Think about what mac and cheese is, in its purest form: it's macaroni, a curved, elbow-shaped noodle, and cheese, a creamy dairy product. Kraft Macaroni & Cheese is a tubular pasta, without a lick of integrity or curvature, and reconstituted ersatz cheese powder, of a hue not found in nature. It isn't really mac and cheese, but you know what it is? Freaking delicious.

Sometimes, when we set out to make our own version of a processed food product, what we're shooting for is an imitation that is a little better for us. We love to replicate Big Macs, Chick-fil-A sandwiches, and Cinnamon Toast Crunch, with our own ingredients. We can eat these impostors guilt-free, knowing they don't contain any ingredients we can't pronounce. When we make mac and cheese, we're shooting for homestyle, creamy, cheese-stringy, crispy-on-top macaroni and cheese. There is no point in trying to replicate Kraft Macaroni & Cheese. Eating it doesn't satisfy a mac and cheese craving, but it is the only satisfaction for a Kraft Macaroni & Cheese craving.

Do you see what I'm getting at here? We can't recommend that you only eat the orange stuff from the blue box, we can't even recommend that you consider it macaroni or cheese. But, since a lot of us grew up eating it, we know that it occupies a salty, easy, make-it-yourself-while-you're-home-alone nostalgic nook in a lot of our brains. Not sure you agree with me? Take a look at this.

If that didn't activate your salivary glands, I am not even sure that you aren't a robot. Sometimes we toss in a handful of frozen peas. Sometimes, if we want to really fancy things up, we'll blanch some broccoli. Is the orange "cheese" not enough for you? Grating a little Parmesan in never hurt anyone.

Go ahead, you guys. Every once in a great while, get the stuff in the box. Ain't no shame in that game.

*This post was neither sponsored nor influenced by the brand mentioned. No sponsorship could incite love this nerdy.

Want to read more from HuffPost Taste? Follow us on Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest and Tumblr.


Kraft Macaroni And Cheese: We're Not Ashamed To Love The Boxed Stuff

Once again, we'd like to circle up the food shame wagons and have ourselves a quick fireside. A few weeks ago, we touched on the pancake shortcut we indulge in when times get tough. Today, we're going to talk to you about Kraft Macaroni & Cheese.

Let's get the compulsory stuff out of the way, right? It's artificial, processed, loaded with sodium, preservatives, dyes and who knows what else. It is, if we're being totally honest, not really even that much of a shortcut. It takes nearly as long to make as the real thing. It is definitely not mac and cheese. I know -- that was hard to hear, so I'll repeat it: it is not really even mac and cheese.

Think about what mac and cheese is, in its purest form: it's macaroni, a curved, elbow-shaped noodle, and cheese, a creamy dairy product. Kraft Macaroni & Cheese is a tubular pasta, without a lick of integrity or curvature, and reconstituted ersatz cheese powder, of a hue not found in nature. It isn't really mac and cheese, but you know what it is? Freaking delicious.

Sometimes, when we set out to make our own version of a processed food product, what we're shooting for is an imitation that is a little better for us. We love to replicate Big Macs, Chick-fil-A sandwiches, and Cinnamon Toast Crunch, with our own ingredients. We can eat these impostors guilt-free, knowing they don't contain any ingredients we can't pronounce. When we make mac and cheese, we're shooting for homestyle, creamy, cheese-stringy, crispy-on-top macaroni and cheese. There is no point in trying to replicate Kraft Macaroni & Cheese. Eating it doesn't satisfy a mac and cheese craving, but it is the only satisfaction for a Kraft Macaroni & Cheese craving.

Do you see what I'm getting at here? We can't recommend that you only eat the orange stuff from the blue box, we can't even recommend that you consider it macaroni or cheese. But, since a lot of us grew up eating it, we know that it occupies a salty, easy, make-it-yourself-while-you're-home-alone nostalgic nook in a lot of our brains. Not sure you agree with me? Take a look at this.

If that didn't activate your salivary glands, I am not even sure that you aren't a robot. Sometimes we toss in a handful of frozen peas. Sometimes, if we want to really fancy things up, we'll blanch some broccoli. Is the orange "cheese" not enough for you? Grating a little Parmesan in never hurt anyone.

Go ahead, you guys. Every once in a great while, get the stuff in the box. Ain't no shame in that game.

*This post was neither sponsored nor influenced by the brand mentioned. No sponsorship could incite love this nerdy.

Want to read more from HuffPost Taste? Follow us on Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest and Tumblr.


Kraft Macaroni And Cheese: We're Not Ashamed To Love The Boxed Stuff

Once again, we'd like to circle up the food shame wagons and have ourselves a quick fireside. A few weeks ago, we touched on the pancake shortcut we indulge in when times get tough. Today, we're going to talk to you about Kraft Macaroni & Cheese.

Let's get the compulsory stuff out of the way, right? It's artificial, processed, loaded with sodium, preservatives, dyes and who knows what else. It is, if we're being totally honest, not really even that much of a shortcut. It takes nearly as long to make as the real thing. It is definitely not mac and cheese. I know -- that was hard to hear, so I'll repeat it: it is not really even mac and cheese.

Think about what mac and cheese is, in its purest form: it's macaroni, a curved, elbow-shaped noodle, and cheese, a creamy dairy product. Kraft Macaroni & Cheese is a tubular pasta, without a lick of integrity or curvature, and reconstituted ersatz cheese powder, of a hue not found in nature. It isn't really mac and cheese, but you know what it is? Freaking delicious.

Sometimes, when we set out to make our own version of a processed food product, what we're shooting for is an imitation that is a little better for us. We love to replicate Big Macs, Chick-fil-A sandwiches, and Cinnamon Toast Crunch, with our own ingredients. We can eat these impostors guilt-free, knowing they don't contain any ingredients we can't pronounce. When we make mac and cheese, we're shooting for homestyle, creamy, cheese-stringy, crispy-on-top macaroni and cheese. There is no point in trying to replicate Kraft Macaroni & Cheese. Eating it doesn't satisfy a mac and cheese craving, but it is the only satisfaction for a Kraft Macaroni & Cheese craving.

Do you see what I'm getting at here? We can't recommend that you only eat the orange stuff from the blue box, we can't even recommend that you consider it macaroni or cheese. But, since a lot of us grew up eating it, we know that it occupies a salty, easy, make-it-yourself-while-you're-home-alone nostalgic nook in a lot of our brains. Not sure you agree with me? Take a look at this.

If that didn't activate your salivary glands, I am not even sure that you aren't a robot. Sometimes we toss in a handful of frozen peas. Sometimes, if we want to really fancy things up, we'll blanch some broccoli. Is the orange "cheese" not enough for you? Grating a little Parmesan in never hurt anyone.

Go ahead, you guys. Every once in a great while, get the stuff in the box. Ain't no shame in that game.

*This post was neither sponsored nor influenced by the brand mentioned. No sponsorship could incite love this nerdy.

Want to read more from HuffPost Taste? Follow us on Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest and Tumblr.


Kraft Macaroni And Cheese: We're Not Ashamed To Love The Boxed Stuff

Once again, we'd like to circle up the food shame wagons and have ourselves a quick fireside. A few weeks ago, we touched on the pancake shortcut we indulge in when times get tough. Today, we're going to talk to you about Kraft Macaroni & Cheese.

Let's get the compulsory stuff out of the way, right? It's artificial, processed, loaded with sodium, preservatives, dyes and who knows what else. It is, if we're being totally honest, not really even that much of a shortcut. It takes nearly as long to make as the real thing. It is definitely not mac and cheese. I know -- that was hard to hear, so I'll repeat it: it is not really even mac and cheese.

Think about what mac and cheese is, in its purest form: it's macaroni, a curved, elbow-shaped noodle, and cheese, a creamy dairy product. Kraft Macaroni & Cheese is a tubular pasta, without a lick of integrity or curvature, and reconstituted ersatz cheese powder, of a hue not found in nature. It isn't really mac and cheese, but you know what it is? Freaking delicious.

Sometimes, when we set out to make our own version of a processed food product, what we're shooting for is an imitation that is a little better for us. We love to replicate Big Macs, Chick-fil-A sandwiches, and Cinnamon Toast Crunch, with our own ingredients. We can eat these impostors guilt-free, knowing they don't contain any ingredients we can't pronounce. When we make mac and cheese, we're shooting for homestyle, creamy, cheese-stringy, crispy-on-top macaroni and cheese. There is no point in trying to replicate Kraft Macaroni & Cheese. Eating it doesn't satisfy a mac and cheese craving, but it is the only satisfaction for a Kraft Macaroni & Cheese craving.

Do you see what I'm getting at here? We can't recommend that you only eat the orange stuff from the blue box, we can't even recommend that you consider it macaroni or cheese. But, since a lot of us grew up eating it, we know that it occupies a salty, easy, make-it-yourself-while-you're-home-alone nostalgic nook in a lot of our brains. Not sure you agree with me? Take a look at this.

If that didn't activate your salivary glands, I am not even sure that you aren't a robot. Sometimes we toss in a handful of frozen peas. Sometimes, if we want to really fancy things up, we'll blanch some broccoli. Is the orange "cheese" not enough for you? Grating a little Parmesan in never hurt anyone.

Go ahead, you guys. Every once in a great while, get the stuff in the box. Ain't no shame in that game.

*This post was neither sponsored nor influenced by the brand mentioned. No sponsorship could incite love this nerdy.

Want to read more from HuffPost Taste? Follow us on Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest and Tumblr.


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