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The cult of Kraft Dinner in Canada and the weird recipes people make

Canada sure does love Kraft Dinner but even more than that, we absolutely love making recipes with it that anyone else would probably consider pretty weird. 

While Canada's unofficial dish is also widely popular with our friends to the south, a Global News report found that Canucks eat 55 per cent more mac and cheese per year than Americans.

In addition, of the 7 million boxes of KD sold weekly around the world, Canadians consume a staggering 1.7 million.

In fact, back in March, the KD plant in Montreal, which supplies all of Canada's mac and cheese, had to start working 24/7 to produce an extra one million boxes to keep up with unprecedented demand during the stockpiling phase of the COVID-19 pandemic. Now that's a lot of cheesy pasta. 

While there's no definitive reason as to why there's so much love for mac and cheese in Canada, it is most likely because the dish is cheap, easy-to-make, and reminiscent of one's childhood. 

Of course, Canadians aren't into just eating any plain old mac and cheese. Instead, we prefer to create some admittedly strange dishes out of the classic college student staple. 

Although this probably sounds horrifying to people outside the country, ketchup is often a necessary ingredient when making mac and cheese. 

This, unfortunately, does not sit too well with Americans. 

"Is this a thing? I’ve only been in Canada since August and this is the first time I’ve understood what 'Kraft Dinner' is. Do... Do people put ketchup on Mac and Cheese here?" someone else tweeted.

There's also the well-known, and perhaps less off-putting, combination of hotdogs and mac and cheese. 

If hot dogs aren't your thing, maybe you add some bacon or tuna to your mac and cheese.

Or maybe ketchup, hot dogs, bacon and mac and cheese all mixed together?

However you like your mac and cheese (or Kraft Dinner), next time you make a pot of the popular dish, you can feel a sense of Canadian pride knowing that you are most certainly not alone.

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