Make & Model - Backpacker's Pantry Three Cheese Mac & Cheese
Package Size - 7.1 ounces
Servings Per Package - 2 Calories Per Serving
Approximate Shelf Life - 7 years
Prep Method / Prep Time - Add boiling water to package / 15-20 minutes
MSRP / Cost Per Ounce - $9.50 / $1.34 per ounce
URL - http://www.backpackerspantry.com
Elbow macaroni noodles with cheddar, Parmesan, and Romano cheeses, whole milk, and a butter sauce. Also includes onion and bacon flavoring.
Tester #1: Patrick Vuong
I almost always regret buying overpriced mac and cheese at hipster restaurants, knowing I can make a better meal at home from a $1 Kraft box. So, I was completely expecting a letdown with this nearly $10 pouch. Slightly astounded, I actually enjoy this three-cheese dish. The elbow macaroni has just the right touch of firmness while the buttery cheese flavors are spot on. Oddly though, it left a salty aftertaste despite having less sodium than some of the other dehydrated meals. Still, I'd be a happy camper if this were on the menu during my next outdoor adventure.
Tester #2: John Schwartze
Who doesn't like mac and cheese? It's a classic, but also a dish that can be hard to do right. Although I was expecting something on, or slightly under par with Kraft's boxed mac and cheese, this is a very pleasant surprise. The macaroni is tender, and the cheese is both flavorful and plentiful. It's nice and stringy like you'd expect from the grated kind used in a homemade recipe. Never knew emergency/camping food could taste this good. My favorite of the bunch. It comes with a big helping of saturated fat, though.
Tester #3: Patrick McCarthy
Mac and cheese is a central piece of American comfort food. It's also a dish that has only two core ingredients. That's why this entree makes me so sad. It comes out of the pouch coated in thin sauce the color of mustard, with stringy orange cheese shreds draped across the occasional noodle. It doesn't taste creamy or cheesy in the slightest; it mostly just tastes like noodles with a hint of smoke from the bacon flavoring. Boxed mac and powdered cheese doesn't last nearly as long, but it's miles ahead of this in terms of flavor.