Kraft Foods introduced its boxed macaroni and cheese in 1937 when America was in the throes of the Great Depression with the promise that buyers could feed a family of four for 19 cents. Kraft sold 8 million boxes of its quick-and-easy macaroni and cheese the first year

Marvelous Macaroni and Cheese

The exact origin of macaroni and cheese is unknown, though it most likely hails from Northern Europe, with the earliest known recorded recipe being scribbled down in 1769. A staple of American cuisine, the creamy combo made its way to the United States courtesy of Thomas Jefferson, who, while visiting France, became enamored of fashionable pasta dishes served there. He brought back noodle recipes and a pasta machine, since this foodstuff was unavailable in the Colonies. As president, he served macaroni and cheese at an 1802 state dinner.

Kraft Foods introduced its boxed macaroni and cheese in 1937, when America was in the throes of the Great Depression. The product could serve four for 19 cents, and the company sold 8 million boxes of i… Continue Reading (2 minute read)

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  1. DefenderofSector2814

    Inflation calculator was interesting. 19 cents is ~3.45 now so price has gone down relatively. And then profit was ~1.5 million dollars which is the equivalent of 27.6 million today. 1.5 million in the middle of a depression is crazy.

  2. series_hybrid

    I knew we were starting to do better when my mom started putting chopped up cooked hot dogs in the MAC and cheese…and a slice of cooked sandwich ham in the grilled cheese sandwich…

  3. sumelar

    I call it Mac’s Famous Mac n Cheese.

  4. Sardine_Sandwich

    Mac & Cheese with a can of drained tuna mixed inside was what my mom would cook us when money got tight, that concoction is comfort food for me now and I make it at least once a month. We also chopped up hot dogs and threw that in the M&C when we had leftover hot dogs.

  5. bolanrox

    what’s the difference between a large pizza and a Jazz Musician?

  6. insaniTY151

    The price has gone up 80 cents since then. Greedy bastards .

  7. mattyice16

    Yeah, but did they have shapes? It’s a scientific fact that the shapes taste better and the boxes feed less (one me).

  8. dog_snack

    *And if I had just 19 cents*

    *I’d only have to eat Kraft Dinner*

  9. remyroux

    It didn’t promise that a family of 4 would be full. Only that they would be fed.

  10. xaanthar

    If I had a million dollars, I wouldn’t have to eat Kraft dinner.

    But I would.

  11. nukeop73

    And now Kraft Dinner is the most sold product in Canada. We buy almost 2 million boxes a week.

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