REVIEW: Burger King’s Mac n’ Cheetos
Burger King’s Mac n’ Cheetos are back on shelves! Is that exclamation point one of excitement or terror? Find out by reading our review from last year below:
Ah, the junk food/fast food hybrid. There truly is no better way to hate yourself than to combine two mediums of food this bad for you. Normally, you choose one or the other, indulge until you have a stomach ache, and then immediately take a shame shower. You rarely feel good about what you’ve just done, but sometimes it simply needs to be done.
For example, the glorious hybrids! When the food demons create a masterpiece by flavoring the food of fast with the food of junk, such as with the new Burger King Mac n’ Cheetos, you march your ass right to the nearest Burger King, look them dead in the eye and say, “I deserve this.”
Except this wasn’t the case when I went to demand mine. If you’ve been on the Internet or turned on the radio today, you definitely heard about Burger King’s new Mac n’ Cheetos. They’re rolling out to Burger King locations as we speak, but the one BK I checked wasn’t yet advertising them. There is something extremely awkward and humiliating about asking the employees if they’re selling something they’re not listing in the store: “I, uh, have you heard about those Mac n’ Cheetos things? Yeah me neither, cool, just checking. But like, can you ask if maybe you have them? It would be cool if they made something like that. Like maybe, can you ask your manager?”
Unfortunately for my health, this BK location did have the new Mac & Cheetos lying around somewhere. After a brief wait, I was asked: “For here or to go?” I nearly panicked. Is one better than the other? I want to eat these in a cave all by myself, but they’re probably so hot and delicious right now! I tucked away into the corner of the store and did what anyone would do… took pictures with my iPhone.
Burger King’s Mac n’ Cheetos are fried mac & cheese sticks coated in cheese powder like ludicrously-sized Cheetos. You can purchase 5 pieces for $2.49 or, or 100 pieces for $49.80. I rushed to eat one while it was still hot. You know what I really like about these? Barely anything.
The Mac n’ Cheetos are fried in a thick breading that tastes nothing at all like Cheetos. Go ahead and try licking one, since you already don’t respect yourself today. There’s barely any artificial cheese flavor at all, and there’s definitely nothing close to the Cheetos signature. Try rubbing your fingers on them. You’re barely left with any orange cheese powder residue. It’s mostly just oil, which is one of the predominant flavor in these.
The other predominant flavors are “bad cheese” and “bland macaroni.” There is indeed a cheesy flavor at the center of Burger King’s Mac n’ Cheetos, but it tastes like Kraft Easy Mac Powder that you didn’t add enough water to. That’s because the insides are congealed even when hot. There’s no melty mac & cheese sensation. The mild, not sharp, cheese-type flavor will emerge only after you work your way through the oily, thick, flavorless exterior. It has an upsettingly unpleasant aftertaste, like sour chemicals. This aftertaste is my strongest criticism against it. They get even worse as they cool, so you’ll want to eat them fast. Except you won’t want to eat them at all.
I opted for two packs of Burger King’s Mac n’ Cheetos when I ordered. Regretting that decision, I returned home and tried heating them up in the microwave to get the inside to melt. Nope… this just generated more oil while the inside stayed pretty dense and cooler than the outside. The cheese flavor contained within the center comes on a little more strongly fresh out of the microwave, but I still wasn’t satisfied. I dipped them in some ketchup to try and salvage my night. It definitely helped masked the flaws of the product, such as the product itself.
Burger King’s Mac n’ Cheetos still get a few points for being fried carbs that I can dip into things, but this was an extremely poor snack-brand hybrid. There’s nothing Cheetos about these if you ask me. “Cheetos” is not exactly the most sophisticated flavor, so it shouldn’t have been difficult to pull off. But here we are.
In summary, I hate myself.
Shame Shower Rating: 3 out of 10
The Word “Congealed” Rating: 2 out of 10
Overall Rating: 3.5 out of 10
Did our friends over at Snack Cellar like these any better? Probably not! Find out by reading their review here: Review via Snack Cellar
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