Mom of two Mischievous Monkeys: Annie's Macaroni & Cheese

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Annie's Macaroni & Cheese

I just had to post about this stuff since I love it so much. Okay, well not so much that I love it as in I love to eat it(altough it tastes great) but trying to avoid gluten this is not something I can eat too often any more.  But I love buying it for the rest of the family. Annies does make a gluten free Mac and Cheese too though. Check out the website at Annie's for more info on the products they carry: 


What I love so much about this product is that it has made an excellent replacement for the traditional Kraft Mac and Cheese. I am not knocking Kraft her but ever since removing food dyes from N's diet to help with behavioral issues, it was one of the things to go. Note that I do find with the orange varieties especially I do find that I need to leave the heat on to heat up the milk and margarine to ensure the cheese packet mixes well.

 Here is my list of what I love best about this product:
1. It is not colored with artificial dyes. The orange variety is instead flavored with Annatto extract and Beta Carotene for natural color
2. I can pronounce all the ingredients
3. I can buy it at Costco in bulk packs, still making it pretty reasonable.
4. The kids like it. Always good thing when need something quick to feed them.
5. The husband will eat it too, always another good thing.
6. The company gives back, supporting community gardens, school gardens and other educational programs.

Interesting info on Annatto from the Annie's website:

 Our totally natural cheese is coloured with a plant extract called annatto. Annatto has been used in tropical American cultures for generations to color foods such as butter, cheese and mustard. The annatto tree grows 20 to 30 feet in height and when its seeds are stirred in water, they produce orange annatto dye, also called achiote, to color foods. Annie's Cheddar Macaroni and cheese is a great alternative for kids who need to have that "orange" cheese on their macaroni.




Here is a breakdown of the three varieties that I get in a package at Costco and their ingredient listings:




Annie's Cheddar Mac (as we call it!) is our answer to all those chemically orange colored cheeses out there. We've taken our original Shells & White Cheddar and added a little color to it, naturally! Our totally natural cheese is colored with a plant extract called annatto. Annatto has been used in tropical American cultures for generations to color foods such as butter, cheese and mustard. The annatto tree grows 20 to 30 feet in height and when its seeds are stirred in water, they produce orange annatto dye, also called achiote, to color foods. Annie's Cheddar Macaroni and cheese is a great alternative for kids who need to have that "orange" cheese on their macaroni.

 Made with only the best ingredients: ORGANIC SEMOLINA PASTA SHELLS FROM DURUM WHEAT, CHEDDAR CHEESE (CULTURED PASTEURIZED MILK, SALT, NON-ANIMAL ENZYMES), WHEY, BUTTERMILK, CREAM, SALT, NATURAL SODIUM PHOSPHATE, ANNATTO EXTRACT AND BETA CAROTENE FOR NATURAL COLOR.


Over the years, many of you have asked for a milder cheese flavor for your most finicky eaters. Others have asked for the traditional elbow macaroni shape to match that "other" brand. Now, we're happy to introduce our "True Blue" macaroni and cheese featuring a milder cheddar cheese and elbow shaped macaroni. 

Made with only the best ingredients: ORGANIC WHEAT MACARONI, CHEDDAR CHEESE (CULTURED PASTEURIZED MILK, SALT, NON-ANIMAL ENZYMES), WHEY, BUTTERMILK, SALT, CREAM, NATURAL FLAVOR, NATURAL SODIUM PHOSPHATE, ANNATTO EXTRACT FOR NATURAL COLOR.



Introduced back in 1989, Annie's Shells & White Cheddar is our original and best selling product. Annie created Shells & Cheddar (as we call it here) in her kitchen when she realized there was no all-natural, white cheddar macaroni & cheese on the market. She came up with a totally delicious product that is made with real white cheddar cheese and organic shell shaped pasta.

Made with only the best ingredients: ORGANIC SEMOLINA PASTA SHELLS FROM DURUM WHEAT, CHEDDAR CHEESE (CULTURED PASTEURIZED MILK, SALT, NON-ANIMAL ENZYMES), WHEY, BUTTERMILK, BUTTER, SALT, NATURAL SODIUM PHOSPHATE.

7 comments :

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  2. We love all of Annies products. It's such an easy way to be good to your family!

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  5. This was a very interesting post. I need to see if I can find this mac and cheese.
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