We’ve Got a Boxed Mac & Cheese Showdown Going On. Who won?

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For many family’s, Mac n Cheese is serious business. Everyone has a preference when it comes to shape, type of cheese, creaminess and so on. That battle even happens for boxed mac. There’s white cheese, yellow cheese, processed cheese, real cheddar, whole grain, organic and the list goes on and on. One thing is for sure though, everyone has their own personal favorite.

Our little family of five proves just how diverse those favorites can be thanks to this simple, but fun taste test.

I prepared 4 boxes of macaroni and cheese, two different brands and 2 different pasta shapes.


When it came down to the shells there was a clear division with the boys of the house preferring the Back to Nature Organic Shells and Cheddar Macaroni & Cheese and us three girls preferring the leading competitor organic shells & cheese. For me, the biggest difference here was the competitor’s cheese actually tasted a lot cheesier while the Back to Nature almost felt chalky.

mac n cheese best shells


Then we sampled the shapes. It wasn’t even close, the Back to Nature Crazy Bugs Macaroni & Cheese was extra creamy and delicious and took 4 votes over the competitor which was rather dry and bland.

mac n cheese best shapes


When it was all said and done, there really only could be one winner. After another round of sampling with 3 votes, the Back to Nature Crazy Bugs Macaroni & Cheese hit the spot for us. As for the boys, I’m throwing their votes out, clearly they have no taste. :P

organic mac and cheese taste test best overall

Whatever brand your family prefers, I think what’s most important is that you look for one that’s certified organic and doesn’t include preservatives or artificial flavors. For me, Back to Nature is that brand.


Back to Nature is currently offering a very limited coupon on coupons.com which will be live beginning September 19, 2012. You’ll want to act fast when the time arrives as I’m sure these coupons will go quickly.


I’ve got three taste test kits available to giveaway that each include: One Back to Nature Organic Shells and Cheddar Macaroni & Cheese. One Back to Nature Crazy Bugs Macaroni & Cheese, One box of the leading competitor’s brand of Organic Shells and One box of the leading competitor’s brand of Shape Pasta. Use the form below to enter.

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Note – Back to Nature is providing the products for this program at no cost to me for review.  We conducted this review as a blind taste test where only myself was aware of the brand that provided the samples.

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  1. Tabitha P. says:

    using margarine make it better

  2. Kimberly B. says:

    I like the whole wheat kind.

  3. The cheese for sure! (love the analysis on which one won!)

  4. Elena says:

    the cheese type makes a difference

  5. Brande says:

    The Shells – they hold tons of cheese!

  6. Kim Henrichs says:

    Using a mixture of cheeses!

  7. Faride says:

    The perfect mac n cheese for my family is penne pasta in a poblano pepper cream sauce smothered with jack cheese. Yummy!

  8. Kimberly Schotz says:

    It has to have a real cheese taste

  9. Maralea says:

    like to make mine with elbow macaroni and lots of cheese!

  10. Shells! They make little cups of cheesy goodness.

  11. tina page says:

    if we are going to eat boxed i like spirals and use real butter and heavy cream in the mic.

  12. The cheese for sure! I like regular shells with extra creamy sauce!

  13. Tabathia B says:

    I think the cheese makes the biggest dinner and the type of pasta used also

  14. Diane Sallans says:

    for me it’s all in the taste & texture of the cheese sauce

  15. It’s all about the cheese! I want a creamy sharp taste.

  16. I like the whole wheat

  17. Cindi says:

    The type/types of cheese used to make Macaroni and Cheese
    makes a lot of difference to our family…
    Many thanks, Cindi

  18. Leanna Morris says:

    I like mini shells with a cheddar cheese “white” sauce and then baked in the oven!

  19. Diane says:

    I think it’s the creaminess of the cheese that sends it over the top!

  20. D Schmidt says:

    Definitely the type of cheese!

  21. It’s got to be creamy, that makes it the best.

  22. deb c says:

    I like white cheedar, small shells, and extra creamy.

  23. debbie says:

    The shells with as much cheese as possible.

  24. I think the cheese type is what matters for me. I like my mac and cheese very creamy!

  25. Fawn H says:

    The cheese is what makes a difference. I love a real cheese taste

  26. latanya says:

    the cheese type

  27. The cheese for sure

  28. Marcia Goss says:

    The cheese is what makes a great mac n cheese.

  29. It has to be extra cheesy but still have good nutritional value.

  30. Whole grain elbows with italian cheese blend, peas, baked with ritz crumbs ontop!

  31. Jackie says:

    The cheese (and the shape of the pasta)

  32. Vicki Wurgler says:

    for me it is the cheese

  33. kelly g says:

    shells and creamy cheese

  34. Jennifer W. (Auri Lae) says:

    I love shaped mac & Cheese….it seems to hold the sauce better! Other than that, I’m not too picky!

  35. The cheese for sure! Crappy cheese means crappy flavor!

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  36. Gianna says:

    The perfect blend of heavy whipping cream and sharp cheddar cheese.

  37. moonsword says:

    We like whole grain spirals with daiya, baked with mushrooms. :)

  38. a marie hj saver says:

    It has to be SHARP cheese!

  39. For me its all about the ratio of cheese to noodle. it needs to be about 40/60 for noodles, otherwise its just too rich. I don’t care the shape of the pasta but I do love me some farfalle!!!

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  41. Lisa L says:

    It’s all about the cheese…I dont like the powdered kind

  42. We are a Crazy Bugs household, too. My daughter goes nuts for them! Great idea – I’m sure she would love to taste test something. We’ll have to give this a try.