Macaroni and Cheese

Here's a curious thing that I've discovered regarding boxed macaroni and cheese. We usually buy Kraft when it's on sale. And it's pretty tasty. I like it with some canned chili.

I was in the supermarket the other day and the America's Choice brand mac and cheese was on sale for 55 cents per box. I figured it was as good a time to try as there would ever be. Didn't stand to lose much if it sucked.

Turns out it's a lot better than the name brand. The macaroni itself is more traditional elbow macaroni. Whereas as the Kraft has those thin, limp noodles.

What really puzzles me though is the amount of food. I made it a point to compare serving sizes and amount of servings per package. They each had identical readings in that department. 3 one cup servings (cooked) per box.

So imagine my surprise when the store brand box yielded at least twice the product. I had a full pot of mac and cheese. Almost overflowing. I alwys use the same pot for making mac and cheese. With the Kraft brand it only makes about a third of a pot's worth.

And if you think my eyes deceive me, I've been eating this one pot of mac and cheese for days now and have barely made a dent in it. I made it on Tuesday. I ate it once on Tuesday, twice on Wednesday and twice on Thursday. And there's still a lot left. At least 2 or 3 more servings.

With the Kraft I eat it 3 times and it's all gone. And that's a stretch. It's more like 2 1/2 servings.

How can this be? Both packages read the same volume and serving wise. Clearly Kraft are liars or America's Choice are selling themselves short.

By the way, add a little bit of minced garlic to your macroni and cheese. It's awesome that way.

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