Mac and Cheese Faceoff
Moose made mac and cheese for Acorn while I was napping, so I figured this would be a good time to try the mac and cheese Wit recommended. The grocery store closest to our new place has a pretty extensive selection of dairy free and gluten free products, which is exciting. I’ve been trying all the frozen stuff for quick lunches with the kiddos, but this is the first time I’ve had an opportunity to do some actual cooking. So without further ado…
(As of this writing, the Daiya website appears to be non-functional, so here’s a link to Amazon in the meantime.)
On the left, Daiya Cheezy Mac, Deluxe Cheddar Flavor (with added bacon). On the right, Kraft Macaroni and Cheese, Original Flavor (with added ground beef).
This is a somewhat unfair face off to begin with, since the Kraft is a powdered cheese sauce, while Daiya is a liquid cheese pouch. There is a noticeable difference in the texture of the cheese sauce. It would probably be a fairer comparison to use a more expensive macaroni and cheese products, such as Velveeta, but Kraft is what I tend to keep in stock for Moose and Acorn, so Kraft it is. The noodles are also very different in quality, again probably due to how much more expensive Daiya is.
The Moose Taste Test was a pleasantly surprised “Huh. It’s oddly smokey.” He attributed this to the added bacon, but I pointed out that the cheese itself is kind of smokey, and he said that might be what he was tasting. When I asked if he would have guessed the Daiya was a gluten free, dairy free product, he took a moment and decided “Probably not. Especially not with bacon in it.”
As for me, I’ll definitely be getting more of this. It’s been years since I’ve eaten mac and cheese that I didn’t prepare from scratch. It was nice to make a quick, easy lunch that didn’t taste like a substitute. It’s certainly not going to completely replace Kraft on our shopping list. The price difference alone means it’s too expensive to feed the notoriously picky toddler. Besides, it was very tasty and I didn’t want to share.