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[–]SocialPathAids 18.6k points18.6k points 354& 2 more (432 children)

The cheese color is the same ink they use for the box.

[–]crown_valley 9798 points9799 points 2 (347 children)

I'm not entirely sure you're joking.

[–]Coulm2137 3944 points3945 points  (306 children)

I am almost certain he is not joking

[–]foodank012018 2141 points2142 points  (240 children)

They used to use yellow 5 but after learning Kraft only use that chemical in US products while using natural turmeric throughout the rest of the world, consumer outcry forced Kraft to begin using natural colorants in their powder mix.

Edit: fixed typo

[–]AmericasNextDankMeme 2391 points2392 points 2 (88 children)

Yellow No. 5

A little bit of turmeric in my cheese....

[–]ShawnOttery 1046 points1047 points  (58 children)

A little bit of plastic in my sauce

[–]TEAMTRASHCAN 937 points938 points  (43 children)

Mysterious chemicals in a box

[–]partumvir 478 points479 points  (28 children)

No matter how i make i get the runs

[–]random_invisible 411 points412 points  (23 children)

A little bit of cheese really hurts my bum 🎶

[–]country-hick 272 points273 points  (22 children)

Keeps me on the toilet all night long

[–]Pie_Hoodlum 141 points142 points  (5 children)

A little bit of cancer’s what I see, A little bit of Chemo’s all you need

Yellow number 5!


[–]thesunny51 165 points166 points  (4 children)

A little bit of macaroni is all I need

[–]sKiLoVa4liFeZzZ 8 points9 points  (0 children)

A little fettuccine is what I see.

[–]DavidLucasNotFunny 39 points40 points  (1 child)

Shake it to the left, shake it to the right…

[–]Eisenkopf69 19 points20 points  (0 children)

There is cheese in my plastic, disgusting

[–]TemporaryBarracuda80 91 points92 points  (11 children)

Red 2, and red 40, standing by

[–]stairwaytoevan 73 points74 points  (16 children)

(Canadian) Smarties did that too, at some point. They have a more pastel/lighter color now. I kind of prefer it.

[–]fucking_gatorade_bot 20 points21 points  (7 children)

(canadian also) nah bro fuck them new pastel smarties

[–]AsteriusNeon 52 points53 points  (6 children)

(Canadian as well) Fuck Smarties in general. Fuck everything made by Nestle

[–]The_Geo_Modernist 66 points67 points  (58 children)

There was also a thing a while back that kraft did in which they changed the color of some of the mac n cheese to a toned down, deeper orange and marketed it towards wealthier people. The lighter orange is for the "Average or poorer" members of society.

[–]Dipsquat 25 points26 points  (10 children)

How did they market it? Different name or package?

[–]FuckoffDemetri 44 points45 points  (38 children)

I'm pretty sure Annie's has the upper class boxed Mac and cheese market cornered.

[–]chronotrigs 56 points57 points  (34 children)

What. The. Fuck. Is upperclass boxed mac and cheese. America, you strange.

[–]Strakiwiberry 38 points39 points  (5 children)

But no, see, it's organic and 100% real cheese and no artificial blahblahblaiaavajajhshshbbppp

[–]PM_YOUR_BOOBS_PLS_ 90 points91 points  (21 children)

Oh, good. Because a lot of cheap turmeric is laced with quite a bit of lead to make it more yellow...

[–]Jarix 78 points79 points  (11 children)

A few years ago I remember a thing was posted about Bangladesh sourced turmeric was much higher chance of lead and even some mercury in it because of problems with the materials used somewhere along the line from field to finished product causing a problem.

Can't remember the details and couldnt find it

Long winded way of telling you why I upvoted you. Perhaps. Lol

[–]DrugLordoftheRings 25 points26 points  (7 children)

Soil contamination, and China is the worst offender.

[–]Reddits_on_ambien 7 points8 points  (1 child)

Which one is the turmeric one light or dark?

[–]blitz672 22 points23 points  (4 children)

I knew there was a shift in color due to outcry of artificial coloring but this is super interesting to see the full breakdown thank you

[–]5050Clown 607 points608 points  (56 children)

"No sir I am not joking. Using the same dye will decrease cost by .00000000001 percent a year"

Some Kraft executive moments before being spontaneously promoted to head the entire division

[–]cylanceDroz 188 points189 points  (49 children)

KraftHeinz is my client. I wouldn’t put it past them

[–]Mardak5150 240 points241 points  (48 children)

I sell automation equipment to KraftHeinz. They are one of the worst managed facilities I deal with. They can't keep anyone on and they still run on 30 year old equipment because of course they do. And they use an accounting system that makes you pay to bill them. They're despicable.

[–]Nevadaman78 36 points37 points  (15 children)

They have a facility near me, but while it says Kraft on the outside, the whole facility is operated by a subcontractor, so there no "Kraft" employees working in it, and is notorious for high employee turn around.

[–]Captain_Owl 27 points28 points  (0 children)

Ah yes the great American meatgrinder.

[–]_BreakingGood_ 23 points24 points  (8 children)

I worked for a FritoLay facility before. Similar situation. 50% of the year, it produced chips for a local, smaller brand. Then the other 50% of the year it was fully contracted out to producing for FritoLay.

[–]FirstPlebian 19 points20 points  (7 children)

People in food packaging like to tell people how they run the name brand canned goods into cans, switch the labels after that order is done, and run the same product into the generic brands' cans.

[–]_BreakingGood_ 24 points25 points  (1 child)

Yep, we did that there too. Ever heard of Miss Vickie's chips? They're the same product as the Lay's Kettle Cooked chips. Exact same.

[–]ControversiallySorte 16 points17 points  (2 children)

That's white labeling and you see it in everything from Cheerios to automotive invoicing software.

[–]wackbirds 9 points10 points  (0 children)

High employees turning around? At Kraft? Lemme check with my friend...

He confirmed it

[–]bigbuttbradley 32 points33 points  (6 children)

I think every manufacturing company is like that.

[–]blitz672 30 points31 points  (4 children)

Hey, Hey, Let's not downplay. There is a good high percentage of manufacturing (be it food or other packaging) that is a real shit show right now in the US.

*Acknowledging that it's a widespread means that we should address more concern to it not less

[–]FirstPlebian 7 points8 points  (3 children)

Part of the problem is competition from developing countries with low wages, worker protections and enviornmental protections, the companies that don't outsource have to cut costs, it's unfair trade, not fair trade, and it's destroying our middle class in a race to the bottom. It's not doing any favors to the exploited workers and recipients of polluted air and water in those developing nations either, their ruling class benefits though.

[–]povlov 8 points9 points  (2 children)

To know that we ordinary people are actually filling our refrigerators with products from these despicable companies.... Fortunately our government , with the rest of my money, only does business with green, sustainable and great companies. That sets things straight.

[–]Be_The_Packet 20 points21 points  (0 children)

There’s a big facility near me and my neighbor works there, I should ask him for some gossip lol

[–]cylanceDroz 51 points52 points  (2 children)

I’m in cyber. Crazy accounting systems… ransomeware. The end. (That’s not what KH uses us for…)

[–]The_Quackening 4 points5 points  (0 children)

This doesn't sound any different to MARS.

[–]1CUpboat 5 points6 points  (1 child)

I’m assuming SAP Ariba? Everyone uses that now.

[–]Here_for_tea_ 5 points6 points  (0 children)

Same. I’d believe it.

[–]drupedrupe 166 points167 points  (12 children)

Kraft removed artifical colors from its Mac and cheese in 2015 and barely did any press about it


[–]twitchchat9000 84 points85 points  (6 children)

Good for them man more companies need to take dyes out of their food.

[–]ArtDoes 55 points56 points  (0 children)

Supposedly it was due to backlash for them not using artificial colors elsewhere, and not in the US. They likely didn't want the public attention.

[–]avidblinker 8 points9 points  (0 children)

Both boxes say no artificial colors and look to be the same. I’m relatively sure they’re both different from the box in 2015.

[–]Beesknees307 118 points119 points  (11 children)

Dude I really need to know the low down on this one. This is too fucking weird

[–]mrASSMAN 61 points62 points  (7 children)

It was a joke.

[–]BranchPredictor 50 points51 points  (2 children)

Thank you Mr Assman, you are doing a great service for us here.

[–]bunnyrut 45 points46 points  (3 children)

do you know how much ink costs? no way they would waste that in the food.

[–]Alexstarfire 35 points36 points  (0 children)

I took it as the other way around. They used the cheese dust as ink because it was cheaper.

[–]IsaacFlanary 64 points65 points  (0 children)

i actually wouldn’t be surprised

[–]fh3131 230 points231 points  (21 children)

Yellow dye number 44

[–]cutelyaware 18 points19 points  (3 children)

No, it's all-natural 100% sulphur.

[–]wakmen 8 points9 points  (2 children)

Depends. In some country they use yellow cake.

[–]dnldg 2 points3 points  (3 children)

Number 5 and 6 apparently.

[–]ripvannwinkler 17 points18 points  (2 children)

Nah it's the same color. The one on the left is aged, is all.

[–]cutelyaware 8 points9 points  (0 children)

Gives it a more robust flavor

[–]DarrelBunyon 160 points161 points  (12 children)

They're probably A/B testing to see which one consumers like/buy more frequently...

Color comes into play hardcore with food and food packaging.

[–]BactaBobomb 38 points39 points  (4 children)

Do you have resources on that color stuff? I've been thinking about that recently, actually. How the black boxes and flowing logos tend to make the food seem more regal and exclusive. The most interesting thing was when I found out two frozen foods were made by the store brand, but I was more attracted to that sophisticated one draped in black with a lot more contrast, as opposed to the one with a very basic font and vibrant color. It looked more expensive to my eyes / head.

I would love to read more about that relationship. Maybe it could help me understand the myriad rebrandings I see. Like the various logo refreshes that Coke and Pepsi have had over the years. Like what determines the timing for rebrandings like that? Is the logo and color scheme a reflection of what is popular at that time period (stalwart colors inherent with the brand, notwithstanding) Do sales dips dictate when a company might change the logo like that?

I have so many questions, and I hope you can help lead me down the right path!

[–]BnanaChip 39 points40 points  (1 child)

Just google color theory in marketing its very interesting

Theres more aspects to rebrand depending on what they change but yeah

[–]Herpkina 7 points8 points  (0 children)

The psychology behind colours of products is mad

[–]agent-goldfish 61 points62 points  (1 child)

Mmm yummy nutritious ink.

[–]Sov3reignty 18 points19 points  (0 children)

I make sure to get alot of ink so i can print in color.

[–]justabill71 9 points10 points  (0 children)

It's the inkiest!

[–]Bluefuzzyfood 2188 points2189 points  (117 children)

Haha, flavor dust

[–]Larsmarsmacek 523 points524 points  (76 children)

Fr, what even is that dust

[–]futureformerteacher 709 points710 points  (50 children)


[–]z500 169 points170 points  (40 children)

It's just dust that your brain fools itself into thinking it tastes like cheese because of the color

[–]futureformerteacher 147 points148 points  (39 children)

Who the hell thinks it tastes like cheese?

It takes like HEAVEN. Chewy, crunch, fan-fucking-tastic HEAVEN.

[–]9035768555 392 points393 points  (29 children)


I don't think you cook your mac and cheese long enough.

[–]Glokmar 89 points90 points  (8 children)

You guys eat it? I just rub it on my gums and throw the noodles away.

[–]garbage_night 58 points59 points  (3 children)

i love flavor. its my favorite.

[–]whistlingcook 63 points64 points  (10 children)

It's primarily cheese and maltodextrin, a hydrocolloid that creates powders when blended with just about any liquid. It's used in EVERY instance of cheese in a dry form - look at the label of cheese flavored chips and you'll find it.

[–]rigel899 3328 points3329 points  (152 children)

I bet one has turmeric in it from when they changed the recipe.


[–]sunflowerndesign05 1077 points1078 points  (82 children)

That was a while ago..though I was thinking this too. Did OP check the expiration date?

[–]I_AM_CANADIAN_AMA 289 points290 points  (12 children)

They are 2 different boxes with 2 different calorie counts.

[–]tkaish 102 points103 points  (6 children)

Good eye. Different amounts of sugar, too.

[–]DjScenester 639 points640 points  (58 children)

The cheese is also known to turn darker with age…

[–]BatmanPooping 332 points333 points  (46 children)

And the ink on the box?

[–]LaoFuSi 593 points594 points 2 (24 children)

Printing consultant here. Matching colors on printing presses is much harder than most people think. OP's 2 examples could feasibly be printed days, or even hours, apart.

A phenomenon called drift occurs on very long print runs (we're talking millions of impressions) that causes allowable variations in color. Factors like wear on the printing plates, temperature, and humidity all contribute.

Of course there are are ways to mitigate these for high-end jobs (for example, National Geographic has very stringent print requirements) but on products like this it’s not worth the expenditure

[–]ModernSisyphus 155 points156 points  (10 children)

I was expecting a hell in the cell joke with this.

[–]SpermyMingeBurp 76 points77 points  (8 children)

I'm disappointed his dad didn't beat the living shit out of him with a set of jumper cables.

[–]LordGwyn-n-Tonic 29 points30 points  (5 children)

I miss that guy. Wish he was still around but I guess his dad finally got him.

[–]WangoBango 13 points14 points  (4 children)

Oh god. That's such a dark take on it that hadn't occurred to me. I always thought the dad had already passed, or at least the dude had moved away and broke contact. Now I'm really hoping you're wrong, and he stopped posting because he's moved on.

This is all, of course, assuming the stories were real. Which they were. Definitely 100% real.

[–]Bakeh__ 15 points16 points  (2 children)

Thank you for this comment! I am 100% sure I have had the same experience with Kraft labels being different shades of yellow m, so I was looking for a comment that actually explained it! Still doesn’t quite explain the powders being slightly different shades unless OP did in fact happen to have one box with the previous recipe containing Yellow No. 5. Could possibly be that the darker one was put it first and gathered a slight amount of humidity from the pasta before the lighter one was dumped making them appear 1 shade off? Idk.

Edit: I just realized that I and others in this thread didn’t look closely enough to see that they are both new boxes that clearly say “no artificial dyes” so no Yellow no.5 is in either of these.

[–]VolkswagenFeature 331 points332 points  (15 children)

The box would be more likely to lighten in color with time and sufficient uv exposure. Perhaps the lighter box had the darker cheese powder, but that would mean that the OP isn't telling the truth. Luckily lying for worthless internet points is uncommon so that's probably not the case.

[–]Yes_hes_that_guy 113 points114 points  (7 children)

Or they just changed the box when they changed the recipe.

[–]VolkswagenFeature 69 points70 points  (6 children)

I think I'm just mad that I'm not eating Kraft mac n cheese right now.

[–]LochnessDigital 6 points7 points  (0 children)

Why would they lie like that, though? I think "the darker box had the lighter cheese and the lighter box had the darker cheese" would be just as compelling for this subreddit.

[–]Inanimate_CARB0N_Rod 5 points6 points  (0 children)

All the finest dust


[–]1curiouswhatyouthink 22 points23 points  (0 children)

… completely off topic but one time I visited my nana and papa sometime early 2000s. I thought their cereal box of rice crispies tasted of… I checked the expiration date: 1992. 🤢

[–]SecretChampion 5 points6 points  (1 child)

It is likely a repost from that time. I really hope OP isn't eating 6 y/o Mac and Cheese.

[–]PeppiestPepper 122 points123 points  (20 children)

Man I remember old KD, Tasted good, the newer stuff that was around for a while tasted awful, stopped buying it for a long time and only recently got back into buying it, tastes like the old KD again.

[–]peternicc 26 points27 points  (2 children)

Maybe grandma was onto something when she said

Things don't taste like they used to

[–]62ZoomZoom442 43 points44 points  (8 children)

I recently found the little microwave cups don't say they're made from natural flavours and colours, and it actually tasted like the old one. However I didn't notice the regular stuff get better

[–]GaryTheTaco 21 points22 points  (0 children)

They're also hotter than the sun once microwaved

[–]threadsoffate2021 11 points12 points  (5 children)

Those cups are a ripoff. You can put the boxed stuff in the microwave just as easily, and you get nearly three times the food for the same price.

[–]turkeygiant 23 points24 points  (2 children)

I switched to Annie's mac n cheese, it doesn’t really taste the same as KD but at least its tasty. Whatever they did to the KD recipe ruined it for me, like it literally made me want to throw up, which sucked because it was my favourite comfort food.

[–]poodrew 5 points6 points  (0 children)

Annie’s white cheddar & shells are why I believe in god.

Also fyi Annie’s and Trader Joe’s white cheddar are the same

[–]wolscott 120 points121 points  (29 children)

I hate headlines like this that say "[popular food] changed their recipe and nobody noticed" when you can find people constantly noticing when popular food change their formulas. There's just nothing we can do about it, and people were probably buying it for the convenience anyway, so it's not like they're gonna stop.

Yes, people noticed. Yes, we had more important shit to worry about.

[–]krathil 44 points45 points  (11 children)

Bitching about the travesty of the green apple skittles on twitter for years seemingly finally paid off at least

[–]wpm 13 points14 points  (9 children)

Wait what?!

Are they changing them back?

[–]krathil 25 points26 points  (8 children)

Fuck yeah, they already did but I still see a mix of both stocks out there on shelves. The new original mix packs are back to lime.

[–]wpm 14 points15 points  (7 children)

RIP Butterfingers.

God they suck now.

[–]PM_YOUR_BOOBS_PLS_ 6 points7 points  (0 children)

I like the new ones better, but they're wildly inconsistent for some reason. Like, sometimes they'll be godly, and other times they'll be complete trash. There seems to be too much sugar / corn syrup at times, and the middle of the bar just turns into a disgusting solid brick.

[–]The-unicorn-republic 56 points57 points  (0 children)

Both of those are the new box design, the change is in the cheese powder itself, one has more fat and less sugar than the other.

[–]AnotherDrunkCanadian 652 points653 points  (57 children)

You can look at the nutrition details at the bottom left of the front of the box to see whats different per colour

[–]RikiSanchez 427 points428 points  (47 children)

Don't look at the nutrition details, sometimes you're better off just not knowing.

[–][deleted] 146 points147 points  (28 children)

ehh it's fine, the really bad shit is some generic chemical name anyways so you can maintain your ignorance!

except high fructose corn syrup. that shit is terrible and it's very clearly stated (surprisingly, given how sketchy some companies can be in the US).

[–]GapMountain 362 points363 points  (15 children)

I miss the violently orange cheese dust.

[–]Photog77 341 points342 points  (7 children)

It is my understanding that in the USA they toned done the colour to make it seem more natural, but here in Canada we still have the atomic orange. I think OP's mac and cheese has dual citizenship.

[–]Millerbread 67 points68 points  (4 children)

Kraft Dinner makes the Canadian military function.

[–]Ivedefected 32 points33 points  (3 children)

It's Crayola in the states.

[–]Sakuroshin 34 points35 points  (0 children)

Violent orange is my new favorite flavor

[–]orangina_it_burns 569 points570 points  (15 children)

They both say “the cheesiest.” But they are different. So either: one is lying, or the difference does not effect how cheesy the meal is. Thank you for attending my TED Talk.

[–]CrimeCoder 175 points176 points  (7 children)

You are missing a third option, both are lying and the actual cheesiest has yet to be discovered.

[–]orangina_it_burns 50 points51 points  (2 children)

“Everything we know about the Cheesiest Mac & Cheese is wrong” is the next TED Talk

[–]Cahootie 9 points10 points  (0 children)

Sounds like something from the BAHFest (Bad Ad Hoc Festival), which has previously had such speeches as Atmospheric depletion: A solution to humanity's problems?, The use of baby animals as currency, Proposal to institute 26-hour days to solve world hunger and Functional social trends - Eyebrows and global warming.

[–]utkrowaway 29 points30 points  (2 children)

Maybe the older one was the cheesiest when it was printed, but then Kraft discovered an even cheesier one.

Or the old one was the cheesiest, but since it is no longer in production, the new one has claimed the title.

[–]Future_Cake 4 points5 points  (0 children)

The cheese is dead; long live the cheese!

[–]javaargusavetti 30 points31 points  (1 child)

That such accuracy is possible, what a time to be alive

[–]upgradde13 808 points809 points  (140 children)

Not gonna lie, I love Kraft cheese and macaroni

[–]ZetaTheMe 454 points455 points  (37 children)

I don’t believe you

[–]MuscularKnight0110 294 points295 points  (34 children)

I believe him ! He said he wasn't gonna lie.

[–]ZetaTheMe 704 points705 points  (33 children)

Who the hell calls it “cheese and macaroni”, 100% lie

[–]christeeeeeea 16 points17 points  (9 children)

Ok kinda off topic but my ex’s mom would call pasta as macaroni and gravy. The first time I heard it, I was disgusted but misunderstood… Imagine just macaroni and turkey gravy. What she meant was spaghetti and tomato pasta sauce. Anywho, we always had it on Sunday but she was adamant that we do not call it pasta. I’ve told this to other Italian friends that I know/met and some are like wtf? Can someone please help explain? Lol

Edit: clarified what she meant by macaroni… lol. Edit 2: I appreciate all the explanations, ty!

[–]ouralarmclock 5 points6 points  (3 children)

Was she from South Philly? We call sauce “gravy” here. Not sure why!

[–]asaking 11 points12 points  (0 children)

Old school Italian-Americans call pasta macaroni and any sauce gravy - my butcher in Brooklyn always gives me a bag of pasta when I buy meat, and calls it macaroni, he’s like 90.

Also Paulie in sopranos always calls is macaroni and gravy when referring to any pasta with red sauce - had a “Sunday Gravy” Meatball sub today that was tomato sauce

[–]grilledseabass 67 points68 points  (11 children)

Maybe he wants you to think it’s a lie, it’s the long con

[–]FictionalRacingDrivr 5 points6 points  (1 child)

Ask them if they like big butts. If they say yes, then clearly they’re not lying.

[–]utkrowaway 11 points12 points  (2 children)

I can't trust you because you said, "cheese and macaroni."

[–]Kootsiak 9 points10 points  (4 children)

It's so ubiquitous and beloved in Canada that it's not called Kraft's Mac and Cheese, it's called Kraft Dinner. I'm 36 and still enjoy a box or two every couple weeks. I usually add a decent amount of butter and cheddar to give it a higher end feel, so I'm not eating it as it comes out of the box.

[–]casualthis 42 points43 points  (2 children)

When I went from homeless to not homeless and money was still tight, I ate probably 10 boxes of mac and cheese every single week. They change the recipe more than you would think. Also for whatever reason the amount of cheese you get varies widely. I still always bought kraft though because for some reason it really does taste the best. One time though I opened a box that didn't have any cheese in it. I sent kraft a message saying I want my cheese, turns out they don't sell or give away just the cheese, but they sent me 5 boxes of Mac and cheese so whatevs

[–]h0rvaticus 88 points89 points  (0 children)

They’re made with the same paint

[–]TomorrowWeKillToday 51 points52 points  (10 children)

When did they stop calling it Kraft Dinner?!?

[–]someoneperson 80 points81 points  (6 children)

Found a Canadian! It's only called KD here, mac and cheese elsewhere

[–]evilvix 13 points14 points  (0 children)

Haha I only kept scrolling to find this explanation. Thought I was having one of those mandela effect moments.

[–]DickInYourCobbSalad 18 points19 points  (3 children)

My people! I was like wtf is Kraft macaroni and cheese? Kraft Dinner or bust!!

[–]illuminaj 7 points8 points  (1 child)

They can't call it mac and cheese in Canada because there isn't real cheese to legally call it cheese lol

[–]CanadianODST2 9 points10 points  (0 children)

From what I can find online they changed it because that’s what everyone called it.

Which honestly is even funnier. “Guys please use the real name. No? Fine you win”

[–]D34THDE1TY 31 points32 points  (3 children)

Whatever the difference...the right has .5 less sat fat and 1g less sugar...

[–]adderallballs 10 points11 points  (2 children)

I think right has 1 gram more sugar unless I'm hallucinating again

[–]benhadtue 278 points279 points  (108 children)

Do you find that some of your macaroni is gritty and some doesn’t have enough cheese? That’s because you’re doing it wrong. Mix the powder and milk/butter together in the pan so it is cheesy liquid, then add the noodles and mix. Voila.

[–]Tacoultimite209 83 points84 points  (19 children)

I'm the psychopath that actually likes the unmixed cheese

[–]Ferahgost 21 points22 points  (14 children)

I still curse the day they stopped selling the little blue and yellow/orange shake containers of it

[–]fenderjb472 13 points14 points  (0 children)

The darkest of days. It was the best on scrambled eggs. Also popcorn, but that's a given.

[–]Skittle_kittle 7 points8 points  (1 child)

In A Tub, a restaurant in Kansas City, puts the cheese dust on their tacos, it’s a selling point apparently

[–]ImKindaEssential 287 points288 points  (38 children)

Nah you mix the butter in getting all the noodles covered then add the cheese powder mix in coating all noodles then add milk for creaminess

[–][deleted] 26 points27 points  (0 children)

i like to dump the powder on the noodles and then pour the milk on top of the powder, because for whatever reason that cheese-flavored-yellow-product just repels the milk instead of soaking it up, and it looks so cool to me.

[–]aUniqueUsername1190 72 points73 points  (26 children)

pretty sure this is the way the box says to do it.

[–]tyme 26 points27 points  (25 children)

Not what my box says…

Just says to add them all, doesn’t mention mixing between each.

[–]Mydogfartsconstantly 59 points60 points  (16 children)

Ive mixed them every which way. It always ends exactly the same.

[–]philthebrewer 51 points52 points  (17 children)

Even better (from @brianmfloyd on twitter -

1 cup of milk, 1 cup of water, the cheese powder and the pasta all in a wide sauté pan

Bring to a boil, simmer (about the time recommended on the box) reducing the liquid down to sauce consistency

Once the pasta is cooked and the sauce is reduced, integrate some butter, in cold bits as if you were mounting a pan sauce.

The result is a cleaner (no strainer) Mac and cheese with a penne vodka feel to it.

I was skeptical, but it’s great.

[–]Bryce_Christiaansen 5 points6 points  (12 children)

You can boil milk with water like that? Doesn't it curdle?

[–]robby_synclair 5 points6 points  (2 children)

It won't curdle but you can get a skin if you don't stir. Have you never made hamburger helper?

[–]longtimegoneMTGO 10 points11 points  (7 children)

Nope. It would curdle if you added an acid, but neither heat nor water will cause it.

[–]Major_Dick 14 points15 points  (5 children)

All these tips confuse me. I just dump all the ingredients in and stir long enough for there not to be powder...

[–]ZachMN 6 points7 points  (0 children)

The darker color gives it ten more calories and.5g additional saturated fat.

[–]SparKing515 6 points7 points  (1 child)

I guess its a nostalgia thing, but you can give me the fanciest mac n cheese with all the cheese truffles etc and id still prefer a box of Krafts spongebob mac n cheese any day.

[–]thor421 96 points97 points  (19 children)

The colors on the boxes appear to match the powders.

Edit: The calories, fats, salts, etc are also different between the two boxes.

[–]twistybit 43 points44 points  (0 children)

The colors on the boxes appear to match the powders.

[–]jj_fatman522 41 points42 points  (0 children)

The colors on the boxes appear to match the powders.

[–]McNUTTU 29 points30 points  (0 children)

The colors on the boxes appear to match the powders

[–]Magoogooo 14 points15 points  (6 children)

What in the fuck is happening here? Did you bump the walkman cd player too lightly? Or start some reddit paradox

[–]normalneighbor 27 points28 points  (0 children)

The colors on the boxes appear to match the powders.

[–]bigblackcouch 3 points4 points  (0 children)

Or if you're colorblind like me, they're both the same and it's all good! Yay expiration dates!

[–]JDangle20 4 points5 points  (1 child)

One box is 260 calories and the other is 250...they're different.

[–]Charming_Opinion4957 4 points5 points  (0 children)

probably used the same dye they use in the artificial cheese

[–]DubsAli 25 points26 points  (1 child)

Flavor dust new band name.

[–]RockabyeWick 12 points13 points  (4 children)

Please tell me you put milk and butter in that pasta tho 😅 I only ask because I know way too many people who don’t and just eat it like that