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Family Mealtime: Kraft Homestyle Macaroni & Cheese Taste Test

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Want quick, easy, and fun family mealtime ideas that create meaningful moments? Look no further. Kraft offers the perfect solution for busy moms.

How to Host Your Own Mac and Cheese Taste Test

Step 1. Buy one of each variety of Kraft Homestyle Mac and Cheese.

Kraft Homestyle Macaroni & Cheese comes in five varieties: Hearty Four Cheese, Sharp Cheddar & Bacon, White Cheddar, Creamy Broccoli, and Southwest Tortilla. The microwavable bowls, which can be used for single servings or for a family dinner, cost $2.49 and are available at grocery stores, drug stores and mass merchandisers nationwide.

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Step 2. Prepare one of bowl of each variety.

Each Kraft Homestyle Macaroni & Cheese takes 5 minutes to prepare. Just mix the hearty ridged macaroni and seasoning with water, and then microwave for 4.5 minutes. Finish by stirring in creamy real KRAFT cheese, and top off with a crunchy topping like breadcrumbs, bacon or tortilla chips.

After cooking each one, cover the top to keep warm and put the label from the packaging in front of the bowl to keep track of which bowl has what flavor.

Step 3. Make a healthy side dish.

What side dishes do you typically serve with pasta? At our house, we love having salad for family mealtime. Make your favorite healthy side dish for a well-balanced meal.

Step 4. Set the table for the taste test.

We set the table as normal. In the middle, we placed each of the five bowls in a circle with the corresponding label in front of it, identifying which flavor it was. We numbered each label. We brought a paper and pen to the table to tally the votes.

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Step 5. Eat and vote.

We dished up a small serving on each plate and we tasted all of the varieties. When we were done with the taste test, we voted from 1-5, 1 being the highest, on our favorite flavor.

Step 6. Choose a winning Mac and Cheese flavor.

And the winner was... Hearty Four Cheese (featured third to the right in the picture below)! Runners up, in order, were: Sharp Cheddar & Bacon (at top), White Cheddar (my personal favorite, second in the picture), Southwest Tortilla (my least favorite, but my husband's preferred variety, featured fourth), and Creamy Broccoli (last in the line up).

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Adding fun elements like hosting your own taste test to family mealtime create memories that last.

What are your go-to quick and easy dinner solutions and how do you make family mealtime fun?

In full disclosure, Kraft provided me with one sample of each flavor of their Homestyle Macaroni & Cheese. All opinions are my own. For more information about Kraft Macaroni & Cheese, visit Facebook/KraftMacaroniandCheese.

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An active part of the Mom It Forward team, Jyl primarily writes about parenting, social good, and all things travel related. In a past life, Jyl was an award-winning copywriter and designer of corporate training programs for Fortune 100 companies. Offline, Jyl is married to @TroyPattee; a mom to two teen boys and a beagle named #Hashtag; loves large amounts of cheese, dancing, and traveling; and lives in the beautiful Rocky Mountains. Topping her bucket list is the goal to visit 50 countries by the time she's 50.


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