Taking the Mac & Cheese Taste Test Challenge #BackToNatureMac

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As I am becoming more aware of the unhealthy foods out there (hello, GMOs!), I have been paying extra attention to what I am buying at the grocery stores.

This means that whereas I once just concentrated on buying only organic dairy and meat and poultry that was free of hormones and antibiotics, I am now trying to buy as much organic and non-GMO groceries as possible.

Not all organic food is great, I will just put that out there. Some brands, while being organic, don’t taste all that great. It can take a while to find the right products for your family and your tastebuds!

So, when I asked to take the Back to Nature Foods taste test challenge? I said YES MA’AM!

I received:

  • One Back to Nature Organic Shells and Cheddar Macaroni & Cheese
  • One Back to Nature Crazy Bugs Macaroni & Cheese
  • One box of the leading competitor’s brand of Organic Shells (turned out to be Annie’s)
  • One box of the leading competitor’s brand of  Shape Pasta (also Annie’s)
Now, I’ll be honest and tell you that the brand I usually buy when I am buying organic pasta and snacks at my local grocery store is Annie’s. I was a little worried that I was going to taste them both and choose Annie’s because that is the taste that I am more familiar with, know what I mean?

So here’s what happened…

Right away, I could see that the pasta were different colors. I had my daughter empty them from the boxes so that I didn’t know which brand was which until after it was all over, don’t worry, I didn’t cheat!

They were different colors!

Angeline told me which ingredients to use for which batch so that I didn’t have to look at the boxes, and I completed both brands.

As soon as they were done, I could tell there was a difference in the color!

While they both tasted good, I preferred the lighter one over the more orange one. It had a more mild, cheesy flavor. As it turns out, the one that I liked more? It was the Back to Nature brand!

I checked the ingredients and while Annie’s macaroni was labeled as being made with organic pasta, the box itself (the entire product) was not stamped as having the USDA Organic seal of approval. I don’t think I’d ever noticed that before…I just saw “Made with Organic Pasta” and thought it was organic.

While Annie’s pasta was made with organic ingredients, the cheese product was not – and honestly, I’ve been doing organic dairy for over 6 years now and that is the most important thing to me. How did I never realize that Annie’s wasn’t 100% organic before?!

After reading through the ingredients in both, which were very similar, I found that the Annie’s brand used Sodium Phosphate, whereas the Back to Nature Brand DID NOT. I learned that Back to Nature Foods makes their products without artificial flavors or preservatives!

So…yeah, the Back to Nature Brand won this little taste test – and the organic test too!

You can try Back to Nature brand yourself with a $0.75 coupon available on Coupons.com! You can learn more about Back to Nature Foods and their product offerings on the Back to Nature Foods website. I recommend that you check them out!


Back to Nature is providing the products for this program at no cost to me for review. All opinions are my own!

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  1. says

    I love boxed mac & cheese–it brings back so many childhood memories! I’m totally going to have to try the Back To Nature kind.

    I don’t know if you know this, but your latest posts are never on the front page of your blog. Or maybe it’s just me? Or maybe you’re just featuring certain posts? Feel free to ignore me if I’m wrong. :)

  2. says

    I love mac n cheese, but can’t eat it anymore :( MSG is not my friend, and pasta.. well it doesn’t always like me either.

    But, my son loves it! And we actually have been buying the Annies as it is better than the other stuff 😉 (regular kind)

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