In case you missed it, Burger King recently released a new menu item combining two great foods, Cheetos and macaroni. The Cheetos are basically a hollow shell that contains the macaroni stuffed inside.
Prior to eating my 'death by cheese' snack, I was excited. My absolute favorite food in the world is macaroni and cheese. I saw this menu item as a fun take on hybrid foods.Who doesn't love comfort food? Cheetos are delicious! This is a holy grail for junk food aficionados.
Mac and Cheetos are sold as a 5-piece package for $2.49 plus tax. All in all, it's not too expensive for a side menu item on a fast food menu. The macaroni-stuffed Cheetos are packaged in the box pictured above. I was honestly a little disappointed that they used a box instead of some form of bag that more closely resembled a Cheetos bag.
Upon removing the first mac-and-Cheeto from my box I noticed that these Cheetos have no powder cheese dust on them whatsoever. The Cheetos have more of a texture of the breading of a mozzarella stick than of the snack it was derived from. The breading is still very orange despite the lack of powder cheese dust.
Despite my initial disappointment of the outer shell, I was still looking forward to taking that first bite and tasting the cheesy goodness. When I took my first bite, I did not experience cheesy goodness. The macaroni texture inside was pretty gross and the cheese surrounding it had an odd taste as well. The contents of the Cheeto reminded me of leftover macaroni and cheese that had sat out too long and had started to congeal together. I also noticed no strong flavor that reminded me of eating Cheetos. Burger King's Mac and Cheetos are really just more deep fried gross macaroni and cheese.
My expectations for Burger King's Mac and Cheetos was a cheese explosion. Instead of a cheese explosion, I got a cheese disappointment. They really didn't taste that special and I didn't feel great after eating them, either. I can understand Americans wanting to try them out of the same curiosity that I had. Feel free to try them if you're curious but I would not recommend these to anyone. I give Mac and Cheetos a 4 out of 10.
Undoubtedly, this will be a successful and profitable marketing campaign for the fast food chain. I believe many more Americans that may not typically visit Burger King will swing by just to say they tried them. Burger King has also successfully sold other unusual foods to customers such as the Angry Whopper which had hot sauce infused into the buns to produce a bright red color and the Halloween black whopper which buns were infused with A1 Steak Sauce to produce a notable black color. Will the Mac and Cheetos be another Burger King gimmick or a permanent addition to the fast food chain's menu? Only time will tell.