Canadians like their….. Kraft Dinner
Maybe I should make this a series? Seeing as how I keep referencing things they really seem to like around these parts?
Not only do they call it Kraft Dinner (I thought that was an old term! Like before it got brought down to “macaroni and cheese",” some people may have referred to it by brand name? But no, they actually call it that *and* label it that on the box!)….
But check out how many kinds there are! I wish my picture had been taken from further back because if you look at the top, that whole next row up is all mac and cheese, too.
Er, “Kraft Dinner”….*giggles*
Extra cheese, cheese and tomato, alfredo, sharp cheddar, three cheese are the pictured ones. I looked it up and KD (yes, they even call themselves that….doesn’t it make them sound cool? *stifles more giggling*)also has some made with cauliflower….whole wheat original and whole wheat white cheddar….white cheddar, mild cheddar, original, extra creamy, and spirals. I think that’s all of them.
Well. That’s all of the macaroni varieties. Did you know they also have crackers?
Oh yeah, crackers….
*cough* Weirdos *cough*
And did I mention that they eat it with ketchup? No really.
I thought this video was just extreme exaggeration or a parody making fun of a few people (or kids) who happen to put it on their occasionally.
But I was wrong. I’ve seen it done. More than once. It’s a real thing. A common thing even. I might even go so far as to say a custom.
Actually, check this out. There’s a whole thing about Canadian culture in Kraft Dinner’s Wikipedia page. Here are some snippets:
- One author noted that "in Canada it’s the number-one-selling grocery item and an object of worship on par with hockey."
- In Canada, Kraft Dinner has iconic status and is associated with young adults, in that it is an easy and inexpensive food for young people living away from home for the first time.
- "Kraft Dinner revolves in that all-but-unobtainable orbit of the Tim Hortons doughnut and the A&W Teen Burger. It is one of that great trinity (…) as genuine Canadian cultural icons."
- Of the 7 million boxes of Kraft Dinner sold globally each week, Canadians purchased some 1.7 million of them.
- …Canadians, who have a more intimate and intense relationship with Kraft food products than the citizens of any other country
- Canadians and Kraft products have bonded the way Australians have bonded with Marmite
Yeah. *shakes head at those silly Canadians* :P
April @ The 21st Century Housewife
July 23, 2011
This really made me smile! Kraft dinner is one of the things I miss from growing up in Canada, and my son and I absolutely love it. My husband thinks we are crazy, and calls it macaroni with plastic cheese. We’ve been known to smuggle it back in our suitcases, or pay ridiculous prices from importers to enjoy it maybe once or twice a year! While I am sure the statement that it is ‘the number one grocery selling item’ might be a slight exaggeration, I agree many Canadians (and Canadian ex-pats) definitely do have a soft spot for Kraft Mac and Cheese, and I really enjoyed this post! In fact, I plan to feature it tomorrow on The Weekend Roundup! Thank you for sharing it.
July 31, 2011
The more I talk to Canadians about this, the more it seems that everybody agrees. Yeah, it’s just “plastic cheese” but it doesn’t even matter….it has a special spot in a lot of people’s memories here. I love it. <3
September 4, 2012
but Aussies hate Marmite… Vegemite’s the way to go (also a Kraft product coincidentally!)
January 21, 2014
Not everyone here eats it with ketchup. In fact it’s not allowed to be eaten with ketchup in my house. Not even guests. Makes me sick, and if I am the one stuck doing the dishes, you’re eating it as is or not at all :p