Rising Moon Organics Organic Shells & White Cheddar No clumps here: Kids and adults found this mild, not-too-salty sauce irresistible. A tasty white-cheese alternative for those who don’t cotton to a bright orange dinner.
To buy: $3 for 6 ounces, Whole Foods Market.
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Trader Joe’s Mac ’n Cheese The good-enough-for–grown-ups blend of Gouda, Havarti, Swiss, and Cheddar might just allow you to pass this dish off as homemade.
To buy: $3 for 14 ounces, Trader Joe’s.
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Annie’s Homegrown Organic 5-Grain Elbows & White Cheddar Want to sneak in some extra fiber? Fans were so focused on this pick’s rich, delicious sauce that they hardly noticed the nutritious multigrain noodles.
To buy: $2.50 for 6 ounces, at supermarkets.
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Best Fun Shapes
Kraft Toy Story Macaroni & Cheese Dinner Cute characters—Buzz, Woody, and the gang—and pasta that cooks through evenly (a rarity with novelty shapes) guarantee that kids won’t just play with their food.
To buy: $1.30 for 5.5 ounces, at supermarkets.
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Back to Nature Organic Shells & Cheddar Gloriously saucy, with a sharp Cheddar tang, this winner had all the testers licking their bowls clean.
To buy: $2 for 6 ounces, at supermarkets.
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Gluten Free & Fabulous Macaroni & Cheese Unlike most gluten-free mixes, this winner is made with quinoa, not rice. The result: delicate (not chewy) noodles with an extra shot of protein.