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.


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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. Faride says

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

  2. tina page says

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

  3. Tabathia B says

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

  4. Cindi says

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

  5. Leanna Morris says

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

  6. Diane says

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

  7. Tt says

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

  8. 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!

  9. says

    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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  11. says

    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.