Review: Mac n’ Cheetos from Burger King

Burger King might not be good at much lately, but they sure do know how to get people talking.  If given the option to create an excellent new LTO or grab headlines, the BK strategy is clearly the latter.   Products like the Whopperrito or a burger with a red bun… this is where the focus leans for BK.  The latest is Mac n’ Cheetos and it’s another solid headline grabber. In recent years, the competition from fast casual restaurants has taken a lot of the fun out of cheap fast food. It’s nice to see a fun fast food product from time to time and Burger King is leading the pack at creating buzz.  Mac n CheetosNew Mac n’ Cheetos from Burger King are a mash-up of an idea just like Doritos were for Taco Bell.  I don’t anticipate nearly the same success with this side item from BK, but it’s clear that these mash-up ideas are alive and well in the fast food world.  I guess the best way to describe this new product is first think mozzarella sticks, then picture that as macaroni and cheese in a Cheetos-flavored deep fried shell.Mac n Cheetos

I was impressed with the thick shell of Mac n’ Cheetos.  It’s got a nice, tight texture that works well for keeping in the heat inside and there’s no crumbly or dusty mess to deal with.  I was anticipating a Cheetos-like exterior that would leave cheesy residue on my fingers, but that didn’t happen.  The product actually doesn’t even taste that much like Cheetos to be honest.  The texture of the exterior shell was a positive and most everything else was just sort of mediocre.Mac n CheetosOn the inside, the heat level was just right, but oddly it still didn’t give me gooey, melted cheese.  The inside texture was reminiscent of cheap mac and cheese leftovers. It’s more of a congealed paste of cheese and macaroni than anything else and there were even some dry areas where I swear I noticed uncooked cheese powder.  Pretty disappointing.
Mac n CheetosNew Mac n’ Cheetos have a national release date of Monday, June 27th, but they’re showing up early in a ton of Burger King locations.  There’s five Mac n’ Cheetos sticks in a regular order and the suggested price is $2.49.  I’m in Maryland and things are usually a tad more expensive over the “suggested” prices and my order was $2.99.  So roughly 60 cents per stick.  I’m OK paying for the novelty of the product while trying to ignore that I could get 20 chicken nuggets for the price five cheese sticks.
Mac n CheetosMajor bonus points for keeping things interesting, but that can only get you so far with a lackluster product.  I feel there’s room for improvement with Mac n’ Cheetos and we’ll likely never see an improved version of something like this.  I love name, the packaging, and the concept of this product so it’s something that works a lot better in theory than execution.

Pros: Name, packaging. The shell.

Cons: Pasty interior with some dry powder spots.

Taste: 4.75/10
Value: 6.00/10
Grubbing on-the-go: 7.50/10
Price: $2.99

Overall GrubGrade: 5.50/10

More Info: bk.com
Nutrition Facts:
310 calories

16 comments on “Review: Mac n’ Cheetos from Burger King

  1. MP says:

    So what brand of mac ‘n cheese is this? Generic? Wasn’t there cheese powder coating promised? Either they skipped a step or there was no way it survived the deep fryer. I’m sure the noodles were there to absorb the cheese since American cheese has a low melting point & leaks very easily, which was the same problem Doritos Loaded had.
    GrubGrade saved me another $2.49.

  2. bobo says:

    This seems like something that would be real good at a local bar. But no way a huge chain is ever going to do a good version.

  3. richard says:

    Yours look like they were deep fried too long… More brown than orange color.

  4. Ryan D says:

    I can tell you’re getting less and less enthusiastic with each BK review you do. Did they cause any stomach issues? I had some bad stomach cramps after I had their Doritos ones. lol

  5. Johnnyboy says:

    I am glad you got a chance to try this. LOL! Burger King only has one good thing, the Whopper! But last week me and wife got the 2 whopper deal and I swear our burgers were scorched and tasted burnt.

    I will try these since they are available in our state. It will be a waste of money, but gotta try it for the experience as these may never come back.

  6. JF says:

    Looks like the beginning of BKexit.

  7. Brad says:

    You mean June 27th, not July, right?

  8. alan rodriguez says:

    once agan fail.. i can make that better.. i cant belive theyd tihnk they can get actual mac cheese inside sumthing like that.. maybe make the actual tender bigger so u have sapce to put the dam thing inside? jeesh im glad i cook evrything and not buy out anymore….. i am not getting theses.. and plp need to open their eyes.. nice try bk.. mving on

  9. rodney says:

    Ok, tried it, and I think it would have been better if they had just gone with a cheddar cheese filling. I liked the crispy shell, and the cheetos dusting, but not crazy about the macaroni.

  10. Alex says:

    Just tried these. Filling was kind of a goop, wasn’t much difference between the sauce and the noodles. Texture and crunch of the shell was a plus, but not a whole lot of Cheetos flavor. Probably won’t buy again, unless they come out with n improved version.

    On the other hand, they did get me in the door, so I guess they’re a success in that sense.

  11. holly says:

    these are sooooo bad! i had only read negative reviews but still had to try them myself…if you are craving a product like them then just opt for the mac n cheese nibblers from white castle and dust them in kernel season’s nacho cheddar.

  12. doctorx0079 says:

    If I want deep fried cheese I just go to Arby’s and get the best mozzarella sticks around. Sometimes there are coupons.

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