19 March 2015

Our Family Eats Kraft Mac & Cheese - So, STFU

On Tuesday, a recall alert was issued from the makers of Kraft Mac & Cheese alerting the public that metal fragments had been found in a specific segment of boxes produced by the company. As of this morning, no harm or incidents have been reported. The company has issued a statement, made an apology and is also offering full refunds, no questions asked, to any individual who purchased said boxes in question. 

When I heard the news, I promptly went to our pantry and checked the two boxes of Kraft Mac & Cheese we currently have. Neither box fit the description of the boxes in question so back on the shelf they went. I never once questioned or thought about throwing them away. Why would I? They were safe, and I’m not in the business of throwing away food for no good reason. 

When I closed the pantry door, I didn’t think twice about my decision to keep the boxes…until I got back online and logged onto Facebook. Against my better judgment, I started reading all the comments about the recall {But seriously, when will I learn that you are never supposed to read the comments?} and within a few short minutes, my aggravation level went from zero to WTF. Why, you ask? Well, because of comments like these:

This is a prime example of why our nation needs to be eating organic foods only.”
“I’m so thankful that I don’t feed my family this junk. Only wholesome foods for us!”

And my personal favorite…

“Maybe swallowing some metal is what it takes for families to understand the importance of eating organic, wholesome foods only.”

It never ceases to amaze me how Americans take every opportunity possible to be the biggest bunch of know-it-all, judgmental assholes that ever walked the planet. 


I often wonder what all these judgmental, organic eaters ate growing up. I’m willing to bet it was slim to nothing organic. I’m also willing to bet that their health, as a result, was never put into jeopardy because they ate non-organic foods. I’ve yet to read a study that can clearly vouch whether or not organic foods are really even worth the extra cost and worth eating. From everything I’ve read on the issue, eating organic vs. non-organic foods cannot be linked to any diseases so this whole argument of a healthy lifestyle and eating wholesome foods is invalid to me.

I certainly didn’t eat organic growing up – as a matter of fact, my parents bought the same types of fruits and vegetables I buy from my grocery store today for my family: the non-organic ones. I grab those babies up, wash them and eat them. And while I’m doing my grocery shopping, you can bet your sweet ass I swing by the macaroni isle to pick up a few boxes of Kraft Mac & Cheese. 

And I don’t feel the least bit bad or guilty about it. 

In all the rage and hype of eating organic, I think we’ve forgotten along the way that most families in this country are simply trying to make ends meet coming off the worst financial downfall since the Great Depression, let alone paying a small fortune for organic meals and produce. If you’re able to do this for your family and choose to do so, great! But why look down your nose at the families who uses their choice to live within their means to not eat organic? It makes absolutely no sense to me. I truly believe that every family is doing the best they can to provide the very best in life possible for their children and loved ones. The choices other families make with regards to food have no bearing or consequence on your family at all. When will we all learn to simply live and let live?

Yes, our family on occasion indulges in the blue box so please, STFU with your judgmental diatribe. The only thing you’re proving is how much of an ass you sound by your comments. Please understand and respect that the food choices I make for my family are just that – mine. You are free and able to do the same for your own family, and when I see you reaching for that $5/lb apple, all I’ll do is simply smile at you with zero judgment and carry on about my business…

The business of eating all. the. blue. box. 

Courtney @ Shiraz In My Sippy Cup
Courtney @ Shiraz In My Sippy Cup

Courtney is a published author, mom, taco enthusiast, and a Star Wars and Tennessee Volunteers fanatic. She's never met a piece of sushi she didn’t like and enjoys an amazing glass of wine and a great cut of meat. You can read more of her wine-induced, sleep-deprived adventures on The Huffington Post and Scary Mommy.


  1. OMG! I cannot even believe people. Everybody gets to choose for themselves. I'm with you...STFU, people!

  2. I just hope people are choosing the shapes blue box, because those taste way better than the regular elbow noodles.

  3. Ha! Courtney is totally right - the shapes taste way better! Preach on lady. I just don't get people. I also don't get how people afford to buy all organic but if they can and they want to that's their choice. We are not poor but we're not made of money and there's no way we could afford to buy all organic. well I suppose we could and we'd give up something else - so yes I guess our choice too. I've got some things that truely taste better organic that are worth the splurge for us but the rest of food no thanks. And while we're talking about mac & cheese do people seriously think the organic stuff is "healthy" because really its not health food no matter if it's organic or not. With that said I think we'll have having some kraft mac & cheese for dinner!

  4. Tracy WestmorelandMarch 19, 2015 at 2:22 PM

    So.. eating organic will prevent tiny, metal fragments from invading my food? Hmmm.. ok.I'm not skeered..to the blue box i go!

  5. Seriously I have to refrain from reading comments on some threads because if I give my opinion, then I'm afraid to start a war. People who are so ignorant and state things like that on the comments are just looking to start a fight. And I don't need to fight with ignorant people. My son ate chicken nuggets (the breaded kind, frozen from the bag) last night and I don't feel in the least bad. Judge away people. In fact, maybe we will have some Mac and cheese tonight! Alert the authorities :)

  6. I love you.... seriously. This post summarizes exactly how I feel. Thank you.

  7. haha I love this!! I was fed the blue box as a kid and as an adult I prefer Annies mac and cheese! I turned out just fine! :)

  8. Give me all the blue boxes. I'll eat them up. Ninja turtle shaped metal shavings? Even better. #yum

  9. Oh my gosh, I can't even with comment threads. UGH I totally feed my child craft dinner.... WITH hot dogs and I don't feel the least bit bad about any of it. I just wish people would worry more about their own families' than stick their nose in everyone else's... or worse, shame another for the decisions they make.

  10. Or the shells!! The white cheddar shells are SO good!

  11. Courtney PattersonApril 22, 2015 at 9:58 AM

    Oh, with hot dogs is the BEST. I love to throw in some Nathans Hot Dogs and BAM. Delicious.