Mac and cheese is good, but what if it could be better? I think this is what Kraft thought they were doing when they released 6 flavour boost packets to be added to their boxed macaroni and cheese. I believe these flavor packets were only released here in Canada where we call Kraft’s mac and cheese ‘Kraft Dinner’ (or KD), even if most of us eat it for lunch.
I’m a pretty picky eater, but when my dad found these flavour boosts at a store for less than a dollar, I was excited to try them all, even if the flavours were a little out there: butter chicken, ghost pepper, jalapeno, poutine, buffalo wing, and the most controversial of them all, cotton candy.
The weird thing is that these flavour packets, which are just little pouches of powder, are intended to be added after you make the box of mac and cheese normally. So you’re mixing cheese powder with cotton candy powder, which felt illegal. But I tried all the flavour boosts, two at a time over a few months, and now I wanted to share the results in a ranking because it was fun to try them and I’m sure you’re curious as to how they were.
1. Cotton Candy
Yes, really. It didn’t taste like cotton candy to me at all and was just sort of like a different type of sweeter cheese. It made the noodles an aggressive shade of magenta, though, which was weird to eat. But overall, I didn’t mind this at all and could eat a serving of it.
2. Buffalo Wing
I’ve never really had buffalo wing sauce, so I can’t say if it was a good match, but I found this to be fine to eat. It wasn’t super strong and didn’t feel like something weird to have on mac and cheese.
3. Ghost Pepper
I think I have a decently high spice tolerance, so I found this to be spicy, but not uncomfortably so. You definitely felt it in your mouth. But I went in for seconds and think it did a decent job of adding spice to KD.
This was the other somewhat spicy flavoring. Obviously it was not as hot as Ghost Pepper but still had a decent kick. It did have that signature jalapeno taste, so if you like that more than me (as I don’t really care for it too much) you may enjoy this one more.
Poutine, like cotton candy, did not taste as it should. And I did not like it. Is it completely nasty? No, but I did not want to have any more than the little taster bowl I started with.
6. Butter Chicken
I’ve also never had butter chicken, so I can’t compare with the real thing, but I think this one went way too hard with the tumeric. It was overpowering and just not a pleasant taste for me overall.
Now, the thing about reading my blog is that you get my opinions, and I am a particular person. As I said, I am a picky eater, so my palate is probably a lot different than a normal person’s. My boyfriend also tried all of these flavour boosts with me, and his ranking is a lot different and may better reflect what you may think.
- Butter Chicken
- Cotton Candy
- Ghost Pepper
- Buffalo Wing
One thing we both agreed on was that as fun as these flavour boosts are and how all of them were edible for sure, we both preferred just regular, plain Kraft Dinner above them all. Could Kraft Dinner be better? Sure, but none of these six flavours really wowed us, nor my family, who tried some leftovers as well. Then again, I have a feeling their existence was more for the novelty than for actually improving mac and cheese.
If Kraft ever releases new packets, I’ll definitely try them, but you’re certainly not missing out if you’ve yet to try these six.
That’s all for now!
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