One of the classic comfort foods earns a place of honor on July 14. It is National Mac and Cheese Day!
The History of Mac & Cheese Day is the history of Kraft Macaroni and Cheese, known throughout the world by various names, including simply Kraft Dinner in Canada. While it seems a simple thing, a dish of macaroni with cheese, it was in fact quite an innovation for its time and started an important tradition in ready to prepare foods.
Kraft Macaroni & Cheese was created as a response to the trying times of the great depression, there was a salesman who had an innovative idea. That idea being the sale of both cheese and macaroni together, so he began attaching packages of grated cheese to boxes of pasta. In part due to the conditions of its release, it became an absolute success.
- World War II saw the rationing of milk and dairy products, and due to shortages, many families were relying on dishes that had little meat in it. Macaroni and Cheese seemed the obvious solution and so its popularity spread like wildfire.
- James Lewis Kraft patented an important method of processing cheese that gave Kraft Macaroni & Cheese its unique orange color and has served as a signature trait of the product ever since.
- The first known recipe of mac and cheese comes from a 14th century Italian cookbook, Liber de Coquina, which features a cheese and pasta casserole made from slicing lasagna into pieces, tossing it in boiling water, and then layering it with cheese and melted butter to make a casserole.
- The first recorded instance of macaroni and cheese comes from the 1770 cook book by the Englishwoman Elizabeth Raffald, which called for tossing a Mornay sauce with macaroni, sprinkling with Parmesan, and baking. Now as you chefs out there know, that’s literally a macaroni and cheese recipe you could find online today.
- Kraft Sells One Million Boxes Of Mac And Cheese A Day
- The Record For Eating An Entire Box Of Kraft Macaroni & Cheese Is One Minute, 2.14 Seconds.
- Kraft Macaroni & Cheese Is Considered The Unofficial De Facto Food Of Canada. The Popular Way To Eat Mac And Cheese In Canada Is With Ketchup