Macaroni and Cheese Ice Cream is Exactly What We Need This Summer

When you say macaroni and cheese, I immediately think of the boxed Kraft Mac and Cheese that can be quickly put together along side any meal. Growing up as a kid we had mac and cheese all the time. When it came to mac and cheese, we didn’t think outside the box and never had our own recipe. But now, could you think of it as Mac and cheese ice cream?

It was the boxed stuff and it was phenomenal. Now as an adult, I prefer to go outside the box, pun and no-pun intended.  There are plenty of phenomenal recipes for mac and cheese available but for right now, let’s stick to the blue box stuff shall we?

On Wednesday as I was scrolling through Twitter, I stumbled up something. Some might say is agregious, if you’re a foodie this might even offend you. 

There’s a collaboration between Kraft Macaroni and Cheese and Brooklyn ice-cream maker Van Leeuwen. The duo will be creating Macaroni and Cheese ice cream.

My initial reaction was, gross. When I think of ice cream I certainly do not think of mac and cheese scooped into a ball and thrown on to a cone. But when I stopped and I thought about it, it probably tastes absolutely delicious.

Hear me out.

Does it Really Taste Like Mac and Cheese?

Image courtesy of the Van Leeuwen website

Nothing says summer like a delicious scoop of Mac and Cheese ice cream, amirite? I am sure that everyone is thinking, does it really taste like Mac and Cheese?

To be clear, I have not tried this new ice cream. I intend to try and purchase this eccentric ice cream, however, it is currently sold out on the Van Leeuwen web site.

The ice cream is retailing for $12 dollars a pint which is a little costly considering you can get any normal flavor you want at a third of the price.

The feedback from people has been positive for the ice cream. Patrons had a chance to try this potentially majestic savory flavor, it was free at all Van Leeuwen shops for National Mac and Cheese Day. 

Amy McCarthy at Eater had the following to say about the gimmicky ice cream, “Upon taking the first bite, I was hooked. Half of the pint had disappeared by the time I looked up, and I have no regrets.”

“The cheese powder combines with Van Leeuwen’s rich base, made with milk, cream, and sugar, to produce a buttery flavor that’s only slightly cheesy. It doesn’t exactly evoke a bowl of macaroni and cheese in terms of texture, thankfully, but the flavor is strikingly similar. It’s lightly funky, and more complex than the classic blue-box dinner,” added McCarthy in her write up on Eater. 

You Need to Scoop This Up

Image courtesy of the Van Leeuwen website

As I mentioned earlier, this ice cream is currently sold out on the Van Leeuwen website. It is unknown whether or not they’ll produce more and capitalize on the hype.

My first instinct after I got over thinking this ice cream could be gross is that it’ll have a buttery flavor to it. It makes sense considering you need to add butter when you make mac and cheese. If you think about it, Mac and cheese is made with milk and cream, so is ice cream. Add a few spices to balance out the dairy taste and you’re on to something. 

This ice cream should evoke memories for adults who ate Mac and cheese as a kid religiously. Mac and cheese is a comfort food, it soothes the soul after every bite. And most people had the reaction on social media like a fussy child at the dinner table throwing their fork on the floor in protest.

But something about this concoction speaks to me.

It’s time to live a little, so grab that ice cream scooper and your favorite cone and drop two scoops of Mac and Cheese ice cream on top. Grab a stack of napkins to wipe the orange off your face and bon appétit.

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– Chris Henrique (@ChrisHenrique on Twitter)

Feature image is courtesy of Van Leeuwen ice cream

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