I told you a couple of weeks ago we were trying Annie’s Macaroni and Cheese for the first time. I used to live on the boxed powdered cheese creation from Kraft. In college, I quickly learned NOT to get the store brand because it didn’t taste right. I don’t know what Kraft does, but there’s something that makes it stand out from the knock-offs.
Even though my tastes for mac and cheese have grown up (I prefer to buy a big bag of elbow noodles and a box of Velveeta now-a-days…I can’t stand the powdered cheese aftertaste), I was a little bit reluctant to try anything that wasn’t the name brand. But, after looking at the ingredients list on the box, I decided I did not want all of those un-pronounceable fake food items going into my 9-month-old daughter’s system. Enter: Annie’s Organic Mac and Cheese products (view their website here).
Here’s what I love about them:
- I love that you can look at the ingredients list and know exactly what each item is and where it comes from.
- I love that it’s organic/natural.
- I love the variety of products they have to choose from.
I did NOT love…the powdered cheese taste. When it is hot, you can’t really tell any difference between, say, the Kraft product and Annie’s. But after it cooled off, it was a gelatinous glob of glue that was offensive to my palate. (It could be the same reason as why I left the powdered cheese kind in the first place.)
Our shells, by the way, were rice shells. It was a rice pasta. Again, you couldn’t tell a difference until it cooled off. Do NOT eat rice shells in powdered cheese cold. It will make you a Velveeta disciple in no time.
My daughter, though, loved EVERY bite! As a matter of fact, at dinner the second night, she ate two helpings…and then proceeded to spit up this awful-smelling powdered cheese-flavored mess ALL EVENING. I gave her 3 baths that day. Gross.
In short, Annie’s Mac and Cheese is great because it’s organic, and fine as far as powdered cheese goes, but I probably wouldn’t buy it for its taste. If my child or I were allergic to glutens, I would definitely try all their products!