After an indulgent Christmas, I had to force myself to continue sampling the wonders of pre-packaged North American cuisine. As promised in the Kraft Dinner post, I am sampling Kraft Deluxe macaroni and cheese.
This mac and cheese receives its sauce from a pouch of orange goo, rather than the arduous mixing of powder, milk and butter into the pasta. This sauce is a runny Velveeta, which according to Wikipedia , cannot be sold as a “cheese food” but rather as a “cheese product” as it does not contain more than 51% cheese… Personally I find the sound of a processed ‘cheese food’ much more revolting.
Kraft Deluxe Macaroni and Cheese
Ease 4/5 – Streamlines the Kraft Dinner process by coming with a pre-prepared sauce. Not only do you gain convenience, but also a wonderful squishing sound as the thick cheese sauce is sloshed about with the noodles.
Colour 3/5 – I don’t know why this looses the vibrance of Kraft Dinner, it sure as hell isn’t more natural!
Texture 2.5/5 – This is where Deluxe Mac and Cheese starts to lose me. Unfortunately I find the texture of the cheese sauce to be too rich and slimy. That’s not the kind of mouth-feel you get with regular Kraft Dinner and an unpleasant surprise here. Yes, I used the term mouth-feel.
Flavour 3/5 – The taste is strong, very strong. There’s a sharpness and saltiness that only a processed “cheese product” is legally allowed to have. I will give points for not being overwhelmingly sweet, but I’m not a huge fan of whatever is causing this tang.
Resemblance to packaging 4/5 – The over-sauced gooiness is not accurately represented on the packaging. Since the directions are are as simple as ‘stir through cheese sauce’ I’m pretty sure this is not my fault.
Over-all a pretty delicious experience, but I will still take regular Kraft Dinner any day. Maybe I’m just not ‘Deluxe’ enough.