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Canada’s Love Affair with KD

Last night I did something very patriotic and made Kraft Dinner for supper. Well, perhaps patriotic is a bit of a stretch, but apparently former Prime Minister Paul Martin admits that KD is his favourite food and former Prime Minister Stephen Harper confesses he often made Kraft Dinner for his children.

Canadians eat 55% more KD than Americans. In the US and Australia, this culinary delight is known as Kraft Macaroni & Cheese Dinner or Kraft Mac and Cheese, but in the UK it’s known as macaroni Cheese or Cheesey Pasta. Whatever you want to call it, it’s been a North American favourite since 1937. The ingredients for the US version are different from the Canadian one – supposedly in taste tests, the majority of the participating Americans and Canadians can spot the difference and claim their country’s version is better than the other.

There’s a definite art to making Kraft Dinner. It has to be creamy; I always throw in extra butter. It must be smooth, absolutely lump-free. Otherwise, the world will stop turning on its axis. After I’ve made the KD, I will add a pinch of the following: cayenne pepper, black pepper, garlic powder, and parsley flakes.

Aside from seasoning the macaroni, unlike in the video, I don’t add anything – especially not Cheez Whiz or a can of mushroom soup and peas. I do however, eat the KD accompanied by a side dish of stewed tomatoes with basil or oregano or if I’m lazy (like last night) I’ll use herbed canned tomatoes. Both the KD and the tomatoes have to be served (and eaten!) piping hot.

Personally, it’s one of my top five comfort foods. See me reach for the blue box and the butter dish, it’s a safe bet that my world’s falling apart and I’m about to glue it back together with some heavenly cheesy noodle macaroni goodness a.k.a Kraft Dinner.

Sources:

  1. Your Favourite Kraft Dinner Recipes – Breakfast Television Toronto
  2. Kraft Dinner
  3. Canadian KD vs. American Mac ‘N’ Cheese: a very serious investigation
  4. 5 Odd Facts about Canada
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