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Backpacker's Pantry Three Cheese Mac & Cheese

rated 2.5 of 5 stars
photo: Backpacker's Pantry Three Cheese Mac & Cheese vegetarian entrée

Nothing special, sadly.


  • Reliable
  • Lightweight
  • Inoffensive


  • Very salty
  • Not very cheesy

Remember the old lady from the Wendy's commercials back in the '80s?  Allow me to refresh your memory, with a bit of alteration for context.


This is called Mac & Cheese, and there was cheese (and mac), but....  I expect better from Backpacker's Pantry. I expect more from anything calling itself "Mac & Cheese." I don't expect nearly 100% of the r.d.a. of sodium from a relatively small portion of relatively bland pasta and dairy.

This wasn't bad. I've definitely experienced freeze-dried meals in the past that disagreed with my gut in a myriad of ways, and this did not do so.  But it sure wasn't good.

The only place I can see for this meal is as a nearly completely inoffensive offering for a picky eater on a long, hot, sweaty day. Something to help replenish salts when you just can't handle the thought of flavor—for some reason.


More than four decades of hiking, backpacking, and car camping have provided me with ample excuses to sample a wide range of freeze-dried foods.

Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $10

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Price MSRP: $9.99
Current Retail: $9.95-$10.99
Historic Range: $8.64-$10.99
Reviewers Paid: $10.00
Calories per pouch 510
Protein per pouch 24 g
Servings 2 per pouch
Allergens Eggs, Milk, Gluten, and Wheat
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