Hot off the heels of this blog’s review of Taco Bell’s Naked Chicken Chips, on the North side of the Bell over at Burger King, we have Mac ‘n Cheetos. As their TV commercial promotes this with their “Creepy King” prancing to the tune of “Return of the Mac“, this is indeed a “Return of the Mac ‘n Cheetos” as of May 2017, from its original introduction in June of last year. For a limited time, while supplies last, thank God.
Like all other new fast food menu items, there’s no shortage of internet reviews, blogger and vlogger buzz over Burger King’s Mac ‘n Cheetos, arguably the whackiest food mashup to date. It’s like they invited a bunch of non-paid “stoners” into their boardroom one day and asked them, “Hey guys, if you were on a deserted island with only one thing to eat after your ganga toking trip, what would it be?” And the unanimous decision turned out being Mac ‘n Cheese combined with Cheetos. See, they were told only one thing, but because they were stoned, they interpreted that as actually being three things: Macaroni, Cheese and Cheetos. “Like yeah man, that sounds totally rad!”
Some say this is BK’s answer to TB’s very well received Doritos Locos Taco, a mashup of their classic Taco, albeit using an actual Doritos chip flavored crunchy taco shell. Not to mention their Fritos Burrito (and whatever else they’ve stuck those chips in). Yet Cheetos is a total one-upper game changer, with its unique shape, oddly loud orange color, and even more odd “fake cheese” flavor. I’m personally more of a Crunchy Cheetos fan vs. the airy and light Cheetos Puffs. The latter of which these Mac ‘n Cheetos are trying to resemble (the Cheetos Puffs). At least from the outside.
So I got my Mac ‘n Cheetos mac on at the Burger King in the aptly named King’s Village Shopping Center in Waikiki, on the corner of Koa Street and Kaiulani Avenue, right behind the Hyatt Regency. And no, this shopping center isn’t named in honor of Burger King’s King. It’s in honor of King Kalakaua, the last king of the Kingdom of Hawaii.
Being this Burger King location is in “touristville” Waikiki, naturally the prices are a bit higher at fast food chains here compared to outside of the area, where here I paid $3.69 for the default set of 5 Mac ‘n Cheetos. Mainland reviewers claim they cost $2.50 there.
What’s funny is one of the reviewers were mentioning how much of a guilt trip they had upon ordering them, fearing perhaps someone they know would be standing behind them, forever tarnishing their otherwise highly respected reputation. Did I feel any guilt ordering them? Hell no. I was proud! “Give me some of them “Mac ‘n Cheetos baby!” In fact, this Australian couple standing behind me gave me a high five for ordering them, saying “You’re brave, mate!” I was hoping they’d follow suit and order them too so I’d have someone to bond with while sampling them, but nope, they ordered the usual Whopper combo. Dang it!
It was comforting to know upon ordering them that they were being cooked to order, not just sitting there under heat lamps, where it took about 2 minutes in the deep-fryer before arriving to me pipin’ hot in the bag, in its own unique container.
Clearly hashtagged #MACNCHEETOS, is this social media buzz ‘n click bait? Of course. That’s probably the whole reason for it. You think BK might be contemplating making Mac ‘n Cheese a permanent item on their menu? I sure hope not! Actually, hmm, let me think about that.
Well whoomp there it is, pipin’ hot Mac ‘n Cheetos, 5 pieces in the container, interestingly with molten-hot cheese oozing out several pores in the Cheetos-flavored crispy breading shell.
They definitely resemble Cheetos Puffs, albeit considerably bigger. Thankfully my set was cooked perfectly, not appearing burnt, having an if you call it that, pleasant bright orange “GBD” (golden brown delicious) color.
Specifically, each Mac ‘n Cheetos piece is about the size of a nickel coin in diameter by about 2-¼” in length.
Presenting all 5 Mac ‘n Cheetos, with 4 of them cut open for the “money shot”, so you can see there’s actual pieces of tender macaroni pasta mixed in there with the melted cheese. The flavor of the cheese tasting like your good ‘ole all-American Kraft Mac’n Cheese “mystery cheese” blend.
OK, so since these have been out one before back in June 2016, the consensus online from the many written and video reviews I’ve gone over is pretty much BK’s Mac ‘n Cheese gets a thumbs down. There were only a small number of reviews that were favorable of them. One reviewer said “The mac ‘n cheese within them is so bad, it’s as if your 15 year old baby sitter had prepared it.” Most important of all, most reviewers say they hardly if at all taste like Cheetos. Namely the “Cheetos dust crust” the Mac ‘n Cheese is encased, battered and deep fried in. Speaking of Cheetos, they also lack the signature “fake cheese” dust that’s left on your hand after eating the real deal snack puff chips.
But you know what? I disagree. I think they kind of taste like Cheetos Puffs, enough to at least warrant the marketing as such. There’s definitely that “fake cheese” Cheetos flavor on the otherwise sort of firm crusty batter encasing the Mac ‘n Cheese within. What BK really should have done was listen to the reviewers from last year and upon releasing them again this year (now), have them dusted with extra Cheetos fake cheese dust after they’re deep-fried. That way you get the full-on Cheetos snack puff chip experience, with not just the jacked-up flavor of Cheetos, but also the tangible experience of Cheetos dust finger-lickin’ goodness.
As for the Mac ‘n Cheese within that otherwise firmly finished Cheetos dust crust, it more or less taste like the classic Kraft Mac ‘n Cheese in the blue box. I mean, yeah, the macaroni noodles are mushy, while overall not properly prepared as you’d do it yourself in a pot on the stove (not the microwave stuff). But in the bad bad, bad for you world of fast food, I think it’s pretty dang good, and will definitely satisfy anyone craving mac ‘n cheese on the fly.
Summing it up, I actually like it in all it’s fake cheese flavored goodness from the inside out. Thumbs up! While it’s not screaming CHEETOS! in all its finger lickin’ dust glory, Burger King’s Mac ‘n Cheetos pretty much delivers what you’d expect it to. At least that’s my somewhat unpopular opinion. If you want Mac ‘n Cheese to go in the most handy-dandy portable way on planet earth at what I think is a reasonable price, this is it.
What? Burger King Mac ‘n Cheetos
Where did you get it and how much? Burger King @ the King’s Village location in Waikiki; $3.69 for container of 5 pieces
Big Shaka to: Tasty Mac ‘n Cheese goodness in the most portable way to enjoy Mac ‘n Cheese on planet Earth. Light ‘n crispy “Cheetos dust” shell adds a nice crunchy contrasting texture to the ooey-gooey Mac’n Cheese within it. Fried to order, arriving pipin’ hot, with all the right doneness and textures in check. Super fun marketing name and concept. “Stoners” making key boardroom decisions.
No Shaka to: Mac ‘n Cheese macaroni noodles are mushy. The Cheetos dust crust doesn’t taste “Cheeto-ee” enough. It needs a final dusting of Cheetos “fake cheese” dust to bring it up to par. “Stoners” making key boardroom decisions (both a pro and con lol).
The Tasty Island rating: 3 SPAM Musubi (very good!)