Friday, April 16, 2010

Annie's Deluxe Shells & Real Aged Cheddar

Although Annie's is known for its classic shells with white cheddar, they do have a number of varieties to satisfy people like my boyfriend, Steve, who refuses to eat macaroni and cheese that isn't neon orange. Upon opening the box and seeing the silver packet of sauce, his first comment was, "This looks like Velveeta in a more expensive package." This comment was not made in a derogatory manner, since we all know Velveeta is delicious, but it was definitely interesting. Despite the Annie's brand's commitment to organic ingredients and environmental issues, I often think that many of their products are Kraft foods in nicer packaging. Sure, they used real aged cheddar in this mac and cheese, but how processed is it? After all, cheese doesn't naturally come in a creamy form that can be squeezed out of a packet. That said, if a food is delicious, I'm not inclined to complain about the packaging or the company's marketing strategies.

Steve adding the sauce to the pot. Velveeta or Annie's?

Ready for serving.



Flavor: 4.5/5. This had a great, cheesy flavor, and I actually could tell that it was real cheddar. It definitely lacked the processed flavor of many similar products.

Consistency: 3.5/5. I always find it a little creepy when sauce comes pre-made in packets, like this one did, because it looks so gross and weird when you squeeze it out. However, it stuck nicely to the pasta and ended up being really good.

Pasta Shape: 5/5. See my previous Annie's review if you want to know my feelings on shells.

Overall: 4/5. I wanted to give this a 4.5, but Steve claimed that I shouldn't have because "we could have bought the same thing in a Velveeta box for less." We compromised on a rating of 4. This is a seriously delicious mac and cheese and it may have replaced original Annie's as one of my favorites.

Nutrition Information: Serving Size 1 cup prepared; about 3 ½ servings per box. 320 Calories, 90 Calories from Fat; 10g Fat, 6g Saturated Fat, 0g Trans Fat; 25mg Cholesterol; 760mg Sodium; 46g Carbohydrate; 2g Fiber; 4g Sugars; 14g Protein.

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