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Product Review: Pirate’s Booty Shells & Cheese Aged White Cheddar Mac & Cheese

Product Review: Pirate's Booty Shells & Cheese Aged White Cheddar Mac & Cheese - Mac & Cheese Chick

Recently, I was contacted by the good folks behind the Pirate’s Booty brand. I was aware of their popcorn, but this new offering was right up my alley: Mac & Cheese! And not just one, but four different flavors! All four made with organic pasta (certified organic by Oregon Tilth) and ingredients you can actually pronounce. Would I mind trying out these four new offerings?

Product Review: Pirate's Booty Shells & Cheese Aged White Cheddar Mac & Cheese - Mac & Cheese Chick

As my father loves to say, “Do bears go in the woods?” Of course I would love to give them a try! So, after an interminable (really, maybe a couple of days…) length of time, a box bearing four brand-spanking-new boxes of Pirate’s Booty Mac & Cheese arrived at my doorstep. Woo hoo! I opened the box and took a good look at each box. Organic pasta, 100% real cheese, certified organic by Oregon Tilth, no artificial colors or preservatives, and a bonus: a different game on the back of each box. Even better, a bit of the cheekiness of the brand came through in the pirate humor throughout the packaging.

Product Review: Pirate's Booty Shells & Cheese Aged White Cheddar Mac & Cheese - Mac & Cheese Chick

Arrrrrr, matey! Here’s what you’ll need to prepare this mac and cheese:

Product Review: Pirate's Booty Shells & Cheese Aged White Cheddar Mac & Cheese - Mac & Cheese Chick

Milk and a little bit of butter. Pretty simple, right? The directions call for 1/2 tablespoon of butter (I used 1 tablespoon, because I am firmly in the camp of “more is better” when it comes to butter) and 1/4 cup of 2% milk (I used fat-free). Here’s a close-up of the cheese powder:

Product Review: Pirate's Booty Shells & Cheese Aged White Cheddar Mac & Cheese - Mac & Cheese Chick

I boiled 6 cups of water and added the shells, stirring periodically as they cooked. After draining the pasta and popping it back into the pot, I threw the butter, milk and cheese powder and stirred.

Product Review: Pirate's Booty Shells & Cheese Aged White Cheddar Mac & Cheese - Mac & Cheese Chick

I took some time stirring to make sure that I didn’t have any powder clumps, then after everything was happy I waited about three minutes to plate (to allow the sauce to thicken, as it was a bit thin).

Product Review: Pirate's Booty Shells & Cheese Aged White Cheddar Mac & Cheese - Mac & Cheese Chick

So I know you’re on pins and needles…how was it? Three solid elbows up! There was a nice cheesy tang which I loved, and a good amount of umami on the tongue. I really liked the fact that the cheddar flavor came through and that there was no “powdered-cheese” taste (you know what I’m talking about; it’s the bane of boxed mac & cheeses).

Product Review: Pirate's Booty Shells & Cheese Aged White Cheddar Mac & Cheese - Mac & Cheese Chick

Even better? It really thickened up into a nice, creamy sauce about five minutes after I plated it.

Product Review: Pirate's Booty Shells & Cheese Aged White Cheddar Mac & Cheese - Mac & Cheese Chick

So, should you run out and buy Pirate’s Booty Mac & Cheese? It’s entirely up to you, but I know I’ll be adding it to my pantry!

 

DISCLAIMER: Pirate’s Booty sent this product to me for review. This not a compensated review, but they were kind enough to send the product to me gratis.

 

 

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