So when Twitter told me about the gluten-free mac & cheese at Beecher's, I wasn't too excited. Am always psyched to hear about more GF options, just not personally excited about this item. But since I was running errands in the Union Square area last weekend, I decided to pop in and check it out.
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grabbed a sample of their (deeelicious) Flagship cheese, and checked out the in-store cheese-making area before heading to the register.
Have to say: This GF goodness ain't cheap. I was kind of surprised by the price at the checkout: $18! Almost put it back, but decided these folks probably wouldn't have bothered to make a GF mac & cheese if it wasn't outstanding. (They call it their "World's Best Mac & Cheese", perhaps an honest claim?) Also? It's a hefty portion - says 4 servings on the box, which I'd agree with if you're serving it as a side. As a main course, I'd call it 2-3 servings.
Ok, enough with details. Here are the goods:
I took a bite and let out a long "Mmmmhh!" This mac is piquant and flavorful, full of what was clearly more than one cheese - just MMM. I ran to get the box out of the recycling, to see just what was in this magic: Their Flagship cheese - the one I had tasted in-store - along with some jack cheese, chipotle peppers, chili peppers, and garlic, among other things. In short: This ain't your momma's mac & cheese.
I'd be a liar if I said I'm a mac & cheese convert. Still not my go-to pasta dish. But I can say: Beecher's is the only one I'll buy from now on if the craving strikes. Just head and shoulders above the rest; unlike any mac & cheese I've ever had. May just be the world's best after all.