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PostPosted: Thu Jul 09, 2015 8:46 pm 
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I saw a new mac n' cheese in a box today at Food Fight. It's made by Daiya, and there are three kinds: cheddar, alfredo, and a kind with peas and other veggies in it. It's gluten free and soy free. The box is bigger than the EB ones and it looks like it contains more. It was quite expensive--over $5/box. Anyone heard of it or tried it?

Here's a link to the product: http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases ... 10753.html

Also, did you know that July 14 is both Bastille Day *and* National Mac and Cheese day?!

eta: also spotted: four kinds (chocolate, vanilla, strawberry, key lime) of frozen Daiya cheesecake.

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I tried the cheddar one, it's more like shells and cheese. The cheese sauce is really thick and heavy. You don't have to mix anything, you just make the noodles and add the sauce. I think people will really like it.

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I tried the kind with veggies. It tastes like Daiya. I doubt I'd ever buy it again.

I've tried the chocolate, NY, and strawberry cheesecakes - the NY is my favorite, surprisingly! It was particularly good with some Sweet Ritual salted caramel sauce and sliced strawberries on top.

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How does it compare to the Amy's frozen Mac made with daiya?

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The Amy's is better, I think. chub is right that it...tastes like Daiya! It really punches you in the face with the 'stinky cheese' smell. Personally, I like the EB better but I wouldn't refuse the cheddar. I would refuse the veggie one though and in fact I didn't even finish it. The alfredo one tastes nothing like alfredo, it's just a white version of the cheddar. Also I thought they all tasted vaguely of brown rice syrup for some reason. It's a shame because I did like the texture of the sauce.

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I liked the cheddar one a lot. Too much. Dangerous amounts. I mixed it with some steamed broccoli. Reminds me very much of the Kraft shells and cheese that I was addicted to in college.

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I liked the cheddar one a lot. Too much. Dangerous amounts. I mixed it with some steamed broccoli. Reminds me very much of the Kraft shells and cheese that I was addicted to in college.


Exactly this. I also liked the Alfredo, but nothing takes me back to my teen years like shells and cheese.

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I tried the cheddar one and thought it was weird and bitter. I don't plan to buy it again.


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Ooh! I hope Whole Foods has it so I can try it

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How does it compare to the Amy's frozen Mac made with daiya?


I like the Amy's frozen mac much better, but I love that stuff, so that might not count for much!

I do have to agree that the texture and body of Daiya's sauce is excellent.

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I tried the cheddar. I love it. My non-vegan beau loves it too. I love the consistency. I even love the taste, and I don't normally like Daiya. To my palate, it doesn't have that weird Daiya taste at all. I like it a lot more than Amy's.

I want more.

I see that Daiya is also coming out with a Greek yogurt.

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I liked it better than the frozen one for sure.

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It was okay, but not anywhere near worth the price. I knew I'd reached prime vegandom when I tasted it and decided it would be better doused with nutritional yeast.


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I tried the cheddar and liked it OK, but it smelled pretty gross to me for some reason. Not sure what the deal is with that, but at $5 a box I'd rather make my own or buy Amys frozen. I definitely like frozen Amys better. I do like it better than earth balance Mac.

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 Post subject: Re: Daiya mac and cheese in a box
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I'm a big EB fan, but I liked this. I bought another box to keep around because D made us a super lazy dinner with our last box (fried up some Beyond Meat beef crumbles, steamed some broccoli, and mixed it in with the mac) that was pretty good and easy on a night when we were both too bagged to cook something "real." So, I guess the verdict here is that it's not as good as EB plain, but is better for mix ins.

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I liked it a lot. I like the EB one too. This one reminds me more of velveeta and the EB is more like kraft. its expensive, but I appreciate that theres enough cheese included to accommodate mix ins


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I had a coupon and picked up 2 boxes of this (one cheddar, one alfredo) to send in a care package to julialegume from fred meyer in pdx.

What I super want to get my hands on next is the new so delicious ones!!

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Count me as a fan. I lucked out and found it at my small grocery store out in the country. They don't even carry it at the bigger stores in the next town or at my co-op. I just had gotten my co-op to bring in the EB ones so I won't ask them to bring this in yet. But I liked it!

I only tried the cheddar one so far but I was surprised how much I liked it. Wasn't a fan of the gluten free noodles as I was testing them for doneness, but once they were cooked it was fine. Could easily add in my own whole wheat pasta if I wanted easily enough.


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jdfunks wrote:
the new so delicious ones!!


details please!

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Oh man, maybe I got a bad box or something but I thought the Daiya cheddar was one of the worst things I have ever eaten. And I like Daiya. Couldn't even finish it; half the box went into the compost bin. I love the Amy's frozen one and am a big fan of the EB cheddar one. I just bought the new So Delicious stuff to try. Hoping it's better than Daiya!

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Oh man, maybe I got a bad box or something but I thought the Daiya cheddar was one of the worst things I have ever eaten. And I like Daiya. Couldn't even finish it; half the box went into the compost bin. I love the Amy's frozen one and am a big fan of the EB cheddar one. I just bought the new So Delicious stuff to try. Hoping it's better than Daiya!


I didn't really like it either. I didn't think it was worst thing I'd ever eaten, but it did make my house smell really weird and gross.

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I just got this, haven't made it yet. But truth! At $5 a box, I'm only getting it this once. I don't know if they figured they'd jack it up to get the curious vegans and then drop it? Because for real, not buying it again at that price.

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Verdict on the So Delicious: Not so much mac'n'cheese as mac'n'creamy orange sauce made from powder, marg & milk. Edible. Better than the Daiya by a long shot, but nowhere near as amazing as the EB stuff. Thinking of adding some nooch to it to improve the taste. Would not bother to buy again as long as EB is available.

Next up: Annie's new one. They don't even call it mac'n'cheese. I think it's "Elbows & Creamy Sauce." Even though I have not been impressed with the last two I've tried, I am stoked to have so many vegan mac choices!

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Received the boxes from jdfunks. Scared to try them after reading what people are saying here. Will try tomorrow. In college I used to boil up gluten free noodles, throw in some wildwood creamer and an entire bag of daiya. I LOVED IT. I'm so scared.

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I'm unsure. I got the Alfredo. I was kind of scared, but Molly jumped on the bowl rim and started chowing down. So, Moll is an enthusiastic supporter, but I'm on the fence between "almost gross" and "not bad."

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