Trader Joe’s Mac and Cheese. This is also goes by the moniker Joe’s Diner Mac and Cheese, but we all know it’s from Trader Joe’s, they can’t fool us with all these different names! This is one of those products you walk by a million times and never pick up because you would never eat it in a million years, but suddenly something changes and it’s around you and it’s in your freezer all the time! That something is a ravenous 11 year old boy that has taken a liking to all things Mac and Cheese and would be happy to eat it every night of the week!
The gold standard in the Mac and Cheese world, other than homemade, is Stouffer’s Mac and Cheese. It’s been around a long time and it’s the standard by which many people judge all Mac and Cheeses. My wife says she grew up on the stuff and I can’t really remember eating it before college, but it is a good, cheap, fast way to fill the empty spot in your stomach. Not exactly the most nutritious meal ever created, but it does fill you up and for picky kids, it’s an easy way to fill them up.
When I compare Stouffer’s Mac and Cheese against the Trader Joe’s version, in my humble opinion, there is no comparison. The Trader Joe’s version wins hands down! The Stouffer’s version is the bright, un-natural orange color, but I do like the flavor. The consistency is very much more runny than the Trader Joe’s version, which I’m not sure I like that much.
The really nice thing I like about the Trader Joe’s Mac and Cheese is that you can see real cheese when you take it out of the box and before you heat it up. The flavor and consistency is more what I would think that homemade Mac and Cheese would be like, plus I really like the melange of the four different cheeses and that adds a bunch of complexity to the dish.
If I had my choice, I think the Trader Joe’s Mac and Cheese wins, hands down, over the Stouffer’s! I am going to give the Trader Joe’s Mac and Cheese 9 Bells!