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I have been given a present. And I’m a bit afraid of it.

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It’s a teeny-tiny tin, only 200g. But it has the power to stop me cold.

Mac and cheese. Inna can.

I’m still coming to grips with mac and cheese in a box. I know, I know – Kraft Dinner is the gift of the gods. But… I never had that growing up. My mac and cheese was homemade, not baked but made on the stovetop. Elbow macaroni, real cheese, butter, milk, salt. That is it. I loved it, a great comfort food, and I’d make it myself now – if I could.

In Ohio, I developed a taste for Stouffer’s baked mac and cheese, but I liked it pretty burned. And Stouffer’s has different recipes depending on the region of the US you live in, did you know that? Ohio M&C is different than what ye get in Florida, for instance. I can’t seem to find a link to back that up, but it’s been about 10 years since I saw an article on it.

There seems to be a dearth of just plain ol’ elbow macaroni in Ireland. Perhaps a total lack of it. Never seen it once! I can get shells, etc., but that’s not the same.

Hence, my present. And my dilemma.

What if I like it? I’m not worried about not liking it. That seems pretty likely, with the 22 grams of carb and low fat and the fact it has mustard in it (shouldn’t read the ingredients). I’m just concerned that I might develop a taste for this tin of potential comfort food – especially as it looks to be only about six bites.

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  1. Warning It’s tiny…a small step…luring you into who knows what….quick lunches?
    My mom’s macaroni was in a thin white milky sauce covered with clumpy “cheddar” cheese….not so great. Then came cafeteria mac and cheese (scowling looks by mom, “why buy that junk when you are eating out?”) Then college years, no money, and Kraft Dinners -ahhhhh.
    Didn’t know that about Stouffers’. Strange…you’d think marketing would have holiday wrapped variety packages of the regional offerings available for Christmas presents?
    Waiting for review of the can goods.

  2. You can make your own mac and cheese with any kind of pasta, not just elbow. I use penne or small shell or any shape I have on hand.

    The stuff in the jar probably had something in it to make it addictive….

    • Hi!

      I know, it just doesn’t taste the same. Trying to recreate my childhood comfortfood and all, especially when so far from where I grew up!

      I haven’t tried the stuff yet, might tonight. I’ve often wondered if Taco Bell uses subliminal advertising on the packaging or something – why else would anyone crave their food?

  3. I wouldn’t eat anything from 1869 πŸ™‚

    I’m not a fan of mac & cheese (we really only call it Kraft Dinner here, even if it’s a different brand or anything — yes yes, we pronounce it in English). My son made me eat some a few weeks ago. At the grocery, I asked what we should eat. He usually says he doesn’t know so I’m good to buy whatever I want, but I just learned he changed. Now I must not ask again. So we bought Kraft Dinner (some local brand of it). Wasn’t this bad. And I still remembered how to prepare it from college!

    But… in a can, really? Hum… Let us know if you end up trying πŸ™‚

    • Yes, I said Kraft Dinner just for you – Americans wouldn’t call it that. I didn’t know it applied to any box mac n cheese, though – sort of like how the Irish call every vacuum a Hoover and ever pen a Biro. I might give it a go tonight! Been holding off so I could take the picture and bitch about it first πŸ™‚

      • We ride Ski-Doos, we put our food in the Frigidaire, we clean surfaces with Scott Towels, we wrap food in Seren Wrap, we connect computer networks with a Cisco… The list could go on and on… Don’t tell me that’s a cultural thing? Tell me everyone does that!

        • I’d figure it would be hard to get the right cheese there. Raw cheese is illegal in a lot of places. It has to be eaten right after it’s prepared, you can’t leave the fries to soak in the sauce for long. If prepared well, it doesn’t even look bad. I think we have one meal planned for when you will come to visit πŸ™‚

    • You do know that if I can’t find elbow macaroni, I’m never going to find Panko, Romano OR Asiago! It sounds lovely, but loses all comfort when it requires three pans to cook it. My cats wouldn’t lick any of that clean πŸ™‚

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  5. My secret shame…hubby goes away for work I hit the box od Deluxe Macaroni Cheese by Kraft…you know the tin of cheese that actually forms the same shape and heaviness in your stomach later! love it…he was geared up to go away for work and I was prepared until I got really sick..trip cancelled and Mac Cheese on hold..i agree though low fat low chance of joy πŸ™‚

    • The one where the cheese is in a foil packet and you squeeze it out like orange toothpaste? That tastes better than the florescent-orange cheese powder version! Here’s the big question – do you eat the whole pot (or try to) in one sitting?

  6. Oh WOW what a great discussion sparked by a cute little can. I wouldn’t eat it just so I could sit the can on the shelf. It’s adorable!

    And I say Ziplock bags, Seran Wrap, Velco (yeah, that’s a brand name).

    I once bought Miss Saige a package of ready to eat Mac&Cheese for toddlers just out of curiousity. I opened the package and instantly threw it in the trash. There is no way I was going to feed what I saw in there to my kid. I wouldn’t feed it pigs as slop. This is a kid that’s raised on home cooking and fresh veggies. She probably wouldn’t have eaten it anyways.

    • I think EVERYONE must say Velcro – who wants to say ‘hook and loop’?

      I get the baby mac looked like what I had… details to follow…

      I can post you the empty can if you want! Make a little flowerpot out of it πŸ™‚

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