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America’s Favorite Mac and Cheese


We can probably all agree that mac and cheese is one of the greatest foods on this earth and in this universe, but can we agree on what kind of mac and cheese beats out all the rest? Earlier this week, Huffington Post conducted a survey of one thousand participants to decipher just that, and the results are in.

When it comes to the cheese, cheddar took home the gold with 43% of votes. A blend option was a close second with 37%; 7% of participants like powder, 7% weren’t sure, and 4% said “other.” Poor Gruyère came in last with 1% of votes. Don’t worry, Gruyère, we still love you.

Almost half the participants would choose plain mac and cheese over one with added toppings. Of those who like a little something extra, however, bacon was the top choose with 29% of votes. Another 19% voted for garlic, 18% were veggie fans, 8% praised lobster, and 2% chose beer.

As far as store-bought mac and cheese goes, 65% say the box is the way to go, with 11% favoring a frozen option. The rest of voters either don’t buy mac and cheese at a store or don’t have a preference. The homemakers were much more divided, with 48% opting for baked and 40% all about the stove top mac and cheese. The rest of the voters either couldn’t choose or don’t make their own mac.

The answers I found most shocking was that, when asked how often you eat mac and cheese, most people said a few times a year. Only a few times a year? How do they resist the gooey, cheesy, goodness for that long? Clearly they are lying.

Now that you’re seriously craving some mac and cheese (homemade or no), check out our breakdown ofthe best microwaveable mac and cheese brands at the supermarket, a recent round-up of awesome mac and cheese recipes on the web, or MLB mac and cheese to make this World Series!

Sarah Cummings

Sarah Cummings is a native New Yorker braving the Boston winters to study Writing, Literature, and Publishing at Emerson College. In her spare time, she can often be found rock climbing, cuddling the neighborhood cats, or integrating goat cheese into her every meal.