It turns out that yesterday was “National Mac & Cheese Day,” so I missed the [pirate] boat by just a bit on this post. Pirate’s Booty (makers of the beloved baked rice and corn puffs) now makes macaroni & cheese! The brand’s products are all “free from fryers and ingredients you can’t pronounce, Arrr.”
Pirate’s Booty Mac & Cheese products are all made with organic pasta, no artificial colors, flavors or preservatives, and available in four varieties:
- Shells & Cheese Aged White Cheddar (shell-shaped pasta)
- Mac & Cheese Aged White Cheddar (traditional elbow pasta)
- Mac & Cheese Mild Cheddar (traditional elbow pasta)
- Anchors & Cheese Aged White Cheddar (pirate-themed shaped pasta)
Above are the anchors, which I made with ChimiButter (instead of the recommended milk and butter) and peas. The ChimiButter is made with some spices, which elevated this boxed mac & cheese and really made it special! I could have eaten the whole box like this.
The mild cheddar, elbow-pasta (in the first picture above) tasted nothing like Kraft, even though it looks similar, and that’s a good thing. Kraft has an artificial, almost plastic taste, and a strange aftertaste (to me, at least!) but this Pirate’s Booty version tasted more real and authentic to cheddar cheese, even though the “cheese” comes in a powder form in the box.
The anchor pasta was adorable and would be such a cute meal for kids, especially at a pirate-themed party! It’s difficult for me to explain, but perhaps since this wasn’t the usual shape for pasta associated with mac & cheese, it was really satisfying to eat.