[Review] Burger King Mac n’ Cheetos

This is a “throwback review” for the recently-returned Mac n’ Cheetos at Burger King.

“Burger King Mac n’ Cheetos.”

Just look at that phrase. Take a minute to really appreciate its absurdity. It’s an idea that I can only imagine was the result of a drunk conversation between Chester Cheetah and The Burger King after a few too many Four Lokos. I mean, why else would a burger joint take mac and cheese, shape it into enormous sticks, fry them, and cover them in cheese powder?

Well, because our great nation is the Fast Food Capital of the World, and we’ll rush out to buy whatever insane new product is being shoved through our clogged arteries any day of the week. Quesalupa at Taco Bell? Sign me up. Double Down Sandwich at KFC? Hope it comes with double the heartburn medication, ’cause I already ate two. Pizza Hut’s Hot Dog Bites Pizza? Why the hell not?

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From the country that brought you the cotton gin, the light bulb, and the personal computer…

Burger King Mac n’ Cheetos are officially available nationwide on June 27, but a few stores have already begun selling them–they’ll run $2.49 for an order of 5 sticks. When I noticed the Mac n’ Cheetos promotional poster in the window at a BK in my area, I knew I had to stop in. I approached the counter, acted like I needed a minute to scan the menu because I had no idea what to order (I knew exactly what I was going to order), and said in a slightly-higher-than-normal pitch, “Umm…I guess I’ll try those Mac n’ Cheetos things?” The cashier chuckled, as though I should be embarrassed for ordering them in public (I was). Once I got my order, I found an empty table in the BK store (Oh my God this is so pathetic) and went to work on them.

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“went to work” = ate deep-fried pasta and cheese alone at a Burger King on a weekday

Mac n’ Cheetos come in simple, convenient packaging, like a standard french fry container with a foldable cover. My order came out pretty warm, which was good because temperature affects these quite a bit (more on that in a minute). The exterior feels and tastes really greasy, with no sign of cheese dust to be found. What’s a Cheetos-branded product without the signature cheese-stained fingertips? The texture of the breading isn’t anything special, either–it’s crisp yet light, a lot like the average onion ring–but provides a decent crunch to contrast with the soft macaroni and cheese center.

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The flavor of the mac and cheese is…just okay. It reminds me of ill-prepared boxed macaroni and cheese that’s way too heavy on the milk and far too light on the cheese. There’s a somewhat creamy, slightly tangy taste at points but it’s pretty tame overall. Most disappointing, though, is the lack of any distinct Cheetos flavor in Burger King Mac n’ Cheetos whatsoever. The mellow cheese taste that is present is neither sharp nor bold…and it quickly gives way to that distinct oily flavor of the breading, which is also the dominant aftertaste. Blech.

Now, for the “fast food” aspect. These get way worse as they cool. One of the most fun parts of junk food blogging is taking photos of every product that I review. One of the worst parts about writing this review was eating lukewarm oily breaded globs of mac and cheese because I’d spent too long playing around with my iPhone camera settings. If you do order Mac n’ Cheetos at any point in your life, probably a very low point, eat them while they’re hot.

I get it. You’re probably going to try Mac n’ Cheetos at some point, no matter what I say. It’s new, it’s ridiculous, it’s macaroni and cheese and Cheetos. But they completely lack any sort of “Cheetos” component, and the overall combination leaves a lot to be desired. Save your money (and your calories) for the next ludicrous fast food creation.

Item: Burger King Mac n’ Cheetos
Price and Place of Purchase: $2.49 at Burger King
Nutrition Facts (serving size-1 order/5 sticks): 310 calories, 13 grams of fat, 4.5 grams of saturated fat, 15 mg of cholesterol, 710 milligrams of sodium, 37 grams of carbohydrates, 9 grams of sugar, 9 grams of protein.
In a Nutshell: Mac and cheese filling is creamy, slightly tangy, and provides a mild cheese flavor. Each stick is plagued by a heavily oily (and otherwise tasteless) breading, with no recognizable Cheeto elements at all.  I want to party with Chester Cheetah. I’m good keeping my distance from The King, though.
Overall Score: 4.5 out of 10

Junk Banter also reviewed Burger King Mac n’ Cheetos. Check it out!

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