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Product Review: Trader Joe’s Macaroni & Cheese – Wisconsin Cheddar

Product Review: Trader Joe's Macaroni & Cheese - Wisconsin Cheddar - Mac & Cheese Chick

It’s all Trader Joe’s fault. They offer too many great things to try! One of these items is mac and cheese. Because of Trader Joe’s, this post is just the second in a series as they has soooo many great mac and cheese options when we last visited their store!

Product Review: Trader Joe's Macaroni & Cheese - Wisconsin Cheddar - Mac & Cheese Chick

This review is for Trader Joe’s Macaroni & Cheese – Wisconsin Cheddar.

Product Review: Trader Joe's Macaroni & Cheese - Wisconsin Cheddar - Mac & Cheese Chick

Here is the nutritional information and preparation instructions.

Product Review: Trader Joe's Macaroni & Cheese - Wisconsin Cheddar - Mac & Cheese Chick

Close-up of the cheese powder. Yes, it is indeed Day-Glo orange.

Product Review: Trader Joe's Macaroni & Cheese - Wisconsin Cheddar - Mac & Cheese Chick

Ingredients needed: 1 box of Trader Joe’s Macaroni & Cheese – Wisconsin Cheddar, 2 tablespoons fat-free milk. There is a suggestion that you can add 2 tablespoons of unsalted butter “for richer flavor”, but I wanted to get a good idea of how the product tasted out of the box.

Product Review: Trader Joe's Macaroni & Cheese - Wisconsin Cheddar - Mac & Cheese Chick

I boiled 6 cups of water and added the macaroni. Once they were cooked (about 7 minutes), they were drained and popped back into the pot. I added the milk and cheese packet and stirred, breaking up little powder clumps.

At first, the powder didn’t want to integrate into a sauce-like consistency. I stirred the heck out of it and it eventually produced a creamy texture.

Product Review: Trader Joe's Macaroni & Cheese - Wisconsin Cheddar - Mac & Cheese Chick

The taste? Just okay. I’d give it 2 1/2 elbows. The “cheese powder smell” was really prevalent (if you’ve smelled cheese powder, you know of what I speak – generally, the smell goes away after the powder has been mixed with a liquid) but it held its creaminess pretty well. It was just a touch dry, so I’d add an extra tablespoon of milk next time.

Product Review: Trader Joe's Macaroni & Cheese - Wisconsin Cheddar - Mac & Cheese Chick

One caveat: you need to scarf this down immediately. If not, it gets a little gluey. And my immediately, I mean start eating within 30 seconds of your last stir.

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  • Lisa E. March 18, 2015, 9:44 am

    I’m looking for a new mac n cheese company. Two days ago I made Kraft mac n cheese and came to realize it was all chemicals. Then I read about Trader Joe’s mac n cheese so I’m trying to track it down. I want real food in my food and not just a bunch of cheap chemicals! (And, no, I’m not affiliated with any company; I’m retired.)

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