I used to love that neon orange boxed mac n’ cheese. I mean love. I could eat an entire box by myself in one sitting! No shame. After discovering that I was allergic to dairy, I tried a few boxed vegan mac n’ cheese products, and they were terrible. The noodles tasted like cardboard (seriously guys, how hard is it to make noodles?) and the “cheese” powder was a truly horrifying concoction that only served to make the macaroni a vaguely orange color (it definitely didn’t impart any cheesy flavor). I eventually gave up and stopped wasting my money. Enter: Earth Balance Vegan White Cheddar Mac and Cheese.
While it’s clearly still not the radioactive orange color that I loved as a child, this is simply the best boxed vegan mac n’ cheese on the market. It’s perfectly creamy, the noodles taste like actual pasta instead of cardboard, and the white cheddar sauce is pretty darn close to the cheese I remember eating!
Whole Foods sells this for around $3.00-$3.50 per box, depending on the location. I was lucky enough to snag 4 boxes on sale for $2.00 each at my local health food store. Compared to non-vegan versions, this is quite pricy. However, this is not a regular part of my diet. I prefer to center my diet around whole plant foods, and save products like these for special occasion treats. While this vegan mac n’ cheese is certainly healthier than non-vegan versions, it still is not a whole plant food. For people transitioning to veganism, or who just miss the comfort and convenience of boxed mac n’ cheese, this is a fantastic product!
I highly recommend Earth Balance Vegan White Cheddar Mac and Cheese. It tastes great and it is by far the best boxed vegan mac n’ cheese on the market. Earth Balance wins again!
In other news, my computer recently died. Today, I bought a beautiful, shiny new Macbook Pro! Now blogging, recipe writing, and photo editing will be infinitely easier. I can’t wait to see what’s in store for ThisVeganWhimsy, and I’m infinitely thankful to be typing on a computer that doesn’t freeze literally every five seconds.