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Feb 7, 2008 04:54 PM

Prepackaged Mac n Cheese

How about some advice on the best refriderated or frozen mac n cheese? This single guy wants some good stuff without all the bother!

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  1. Stouffers. It is totally embarrassing to purchase, but it's tasty.

    Or there is always the blue box, Kraft.

    1. I know this isn't totally responsive to the question, but , here goes...Annies box prepared according to the directions with the addition of a thick deli slice of muenster cheese (dice and stir in to melt.) Very delicious!

      1. I love the Trader Joe's frozen version!

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        1. re: mollyomormon

          it's yummy, and definitely beats stouffer's by a mile.

          that said, TJ's version is nothing like kraft.

          unfortunately, i did not have a good experience with annie's. i had to add salt, and i guess for me, if i'm eating mac'n'cheese (defying my gluten intolerance), i'm not looking for an organic health food, i want comfort foody goodness.

          cracker barrel's is better than country crock.

          if you happen to live near a ralph's supermarket or gelson's, both of them have great mac'n'cheese in the hot deli section... ralph's i prefer to gelson's.

          1. re: mollyomormon

            Another vote for TJ's. I can't buy more than one package at a time because my son consumes it like it was crack.

            1. re: mollyomormon

              TJ's four-cheese version beats all the major brands hands-down, including Stouffer's. I first heard of it from a very funny packaged food blog, check it out at

              1. re: mollyomormon

                I totally disagree on the Trader Joe's version beating out Stouffers. I found the TJ version to be grainy and dry, whereas the Stouffers is rich and creamy.

                I also *hated* the Amy's frozen mac 'n cheese -- it was not cheesy enough and the noodles had a weird texture.

                I'm a Stouffers girl all the way. To each their own!

                1. re: DanaB

                  Grainy & dry? You can't be eating the same stuff I am - the "four cheese" version? I understand different tastes for different folks, but this stuff is so ooey gooey and loaded with cheese that it couldn't possibly be described that way, unless you got a defective batch of the stuff or somehow misprepared it.

                  1. re: BobB

                    Maybe I got a defective batch, but I prepared it exactly as directed. I bought the TJ's version based on chowhound recommendations, precisely because people previously have said it was better than Stouffers, too. I guess I need to give it another whirl.

                    1. re: DanaB

                      I never heard of Trader Joe's. Guess we don't have it in Texas.

                      1. re: DanaB

                        I gave the TJ mac and cheese a thumbs-in-the-middle the first time I tried it, but I ate it again last night and found it better than the first time. Not bad at all. Maybe give it another shot.

                    2. re: DanaB

                      Second on the thumbs down for the TJ version. I, too, am a Stouffers devotee, and have been known to devour more than my share of the Blue Box stuff as well.

                  2. I am shamefully fond of the Boston Market frozen mac & cheese. Please don't tell my friends.

                    1. Amy's Organic frozen mac and cheese. It's very good. We ditched Stoufers for it.

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                      1. re: Janet from Richmond

                        This is the only frozen packaged thing I buy, and I still find Stouffers is the best.