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.
Had some Mac and cheese for Canada Day lunch #Canada150 pic.twitter.com/U7aPiwn0la— Dr Maria Strack (@wetland_GHG) July 1, 2017
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.
#DYK Canadians consume more mac and cheese than any other country? A Canadian delicacy! pic.twitter.com/Mh51KdGnkU— Canada (@Canada) November 12, 2016
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.
EM-Kraft Dinner production lines at Canada's Montreal plant responsible for supplying all of Canada’s mac-and-cheese supply are now working non-stop to produce 1 million extra boxes thats 4 million a week to meet an unprecedented demand during the COVID-19 pandemic. pic.twitter.com/we5m4zuYS9— Jewel 92 (@Jewel_92) March 23, 2020
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.
Did your mom used to cut up hotdogs and put them in your mac and cheese or did you grow up somewhere other than Canada?— Samantha 🇨🇦 (@ItsSamG) June 18, 2020
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.
A man in Ontario created this unique Kraft Dinner dish. Would you dare to try it? 😅-📸 Sean Dowling #Canada #KraftDinner #MacandCheese #Canadian pic.twitter.com/Yi1F0nNEya— Freshdaily (@freshdaily) September 10, 2020
Although this probably sounds horrifying to people outside the country, ketchup is often a necessary ingredient when making mac and cheese.
Okay I'm ready to fight the internet pic.twitter.com/dDmPOTNaBP— Flirt (@1MeLrO) June 9, 2020
This, unfortunately, does not sit too well with Americans.
Ketchup in Mac and Cheese? What kind of monsters ARE you, Canada?— spilliam (@IAmSpilly) November 22, 2015
"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.
Enjoying the evening air from my balcony with a glass of whisky, a can of Canada Dry and every man's mainstay comfort food: diced hotdogs with mac and cheese. pic.twitter.com/S1E9FnyF2E— Sean (@NKato) August 16, 2020
If hot dogs aren't your thing, maybe you add some bacon or tuna to your mac and cheese.
What is your favourite food?— DuckyBug (@DuckyBugGaming) January 16, 2020
And Do you like kraft mac and cheese with tuna and ketchup in it? I do and my best friend thinks its weird xD Also Im from Canada too
Or maybe ketchup, hot dogs, bacon and mac and cheese all mixed together?
In Canada, mac and cheese is called KD(kraft dinner). It's practically a food group. My mum likes it with ketchup.— El The 🇨🇦🇲🇹 (@franticmonkey) May 29, 2020
Legit there was a point in my 30's where I ate it 3 meals a day for a week. Sometimes I'd toss hotdogs into it. So so good.
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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