Growing up, my all time favorite food was Kraft Macaroni & Cheese.
INTERESTINGLY, Wikipedia.org and About.com Inventors say that Kraft was introduced in the US and Canada in 1937 during World War II. The rationing of milk and dairy products, in addition to an increased reliance on meatless dinners, created a great market for the product, which was considered a hearty meal for families. Their advertising slogan was:”Make a meal for 4 in 9 minutes.”
By choice and absolute pleasure rather than war time hardships and food rationing, I pretty much lived off of Kraft Mac & Cheese for the large majority of my childhood and adolescence. I loved all of the special pasta shapes, like pin wheels, spirals, and blue Blue’s Clues dogs, which tasted even better than the original elbows. Unashamedly, I was able to gobble down an entire box myself, which is most likely why I was such a chunker. But who am I kidding? Kraft remained a staple food group in my life all through college as well.
Ty had never had boxed Macaroni & Cheese, which led me to believe that he had a sad and deprived childhood. SO, when he came to visit me in the US, we had a Mac & Cheese eating marathon where we indulged in Kraft and two kinds of Annie’s. Luckily he liked boxed macaroni and cheese, which reaffirmed my love for him.
When I moved to South Africa, I began having intense night sweat-inducing withdrawal as the bright yellow, artificial, creamy, cheese left my system. Luckily, my mom sent us an emergency package full of Kraft Macaroni & Cheese sachets. Since we had a limited supply, we rationed ourselves to 1 packet per month (like during war times), which enabled us to effectively maintain our supply for nearly 1 year. It was devastating when we finished our last sachet and were forced to go many months without it. However, earlier this month, a sweet sweet girl named Ann organized one of her American friends to bring us a few boxes when she came to visit! Ty and I were unable to control our urges and are down to one box again! Luckily, my mom’s friends are coming to South Africa JUST IN THE NICK OF TIME to refill our supply!
Kraft Macaroni & Cheese
Ingredients (serves 2)
- 1 box of Kraft Macaroni & Cheese (complete with pasta and sachet of cheese)
- water for boiling the pasta
- 2 heaped tbl butter
- 1/2 milk
- add water to a pot and bring to a boil
- add the macaroni and cook on high
- strain the pasta when it is done cooking and pour it back into the pot
- place the pot on the warm burner and add the sachet of cheese, butter, and milk and stir vigorously. Add more milk if you want the sauce to be thinner
- note: I am an extreme purist when it comes to Macaroni & Cheese so I would recommend adding NOTHING else