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This Is the Grown-Up, Boxed Mac and Cheese We’ve All Been Waiting For

published Jan 10, 2022
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I never say no to mac and cheese. That’s just a general life rule. So when the news debuting a new boxed macaroni and cheese, Goodles, landed in my inbox (via a PR pitch), I didn’t need much prompting to say yes, I absolutely want to try the yet-to-be-released samples. 

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Buy: Goodles Mover & Shaker, $20 for 4 (6-ounce) boxes

This boxed mac and cheese is designed for adults. That is, the box has stylistic appeal and the contents are culinarily interesting, nutritious, and nostalgic enough to hit the spot on a night you only have the energy to boil a pot of water, because #adulting is exhausting. 

Co-founded by Annie’s co-founder and former President Deb Luster, former Kraft executive Paul Earle, and actress and philanthropist Gal Gadot, Goodles was created by a pasta-superhero dream team. 

The brand launched in November with four flavors: Mover & Shaker (cacio e pepe-inspired mac), Twist My Parm (asiago and Parmesan with spirals), Cheddy Mac (creamy cheddar and macaroni), and Shella Good (aged white cheddar and shells). Each type I tried was distinctly flavored and delicious, a generous portion for dinner or a nice amount to share with my wife for lunch. The flavors are full enough to be a meal in themselves, but also paired nicely with roasted and steamed vegetables to make a more well-rounded meal. 

Like its co-founders’ origin macs, Goodles resembles your typical easy-to-cook macaroni and cheese. The box contains a 5.5-ounce serving of pasta and powdered cheese sauce, to be mixed with milk, and butter, if desired. The noodles are made from wheat flour, chickpea protein, wheat protein, and a plethora of nutrients extracted from vegetables, adding more protein, fiber, and vitamins to the mac. Once mixed with the sauce, I, a prodigious macaroni consumer, couldn’t tell the difference in taste or texture between these noodles and other (read: plain white flour) varieties. I absolutely appreciated the nutrient boost I was getting with this indulgence as well. I give it a 10 out of 10. (There’s even a money-back guarantee if you end up not loving your mac and cheese as much as I do.)

The only downside to Goodles is the cost. At $20 for four boxes (that’s $5 each), a box of Goodles is five times more expensive than your dollar box of mac and cheese. But if you’re willing to splurge a little for a bigger depth of flavor, plus some health benefits, Goodles is it.

Do you have a favorite brand of boxed mac and cheese? Tell us about it in the comments!