Oh, you thought July 14 was a big deal historically on account of being Bastille Day. Quelle mistake!
Turns out Thursday is actually important for gastronomical reasons. Also because of food. See, it’s National Macaroni & Cheese Day.
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Truth: We had no idea ourselves. We were just stocking up on berets and Bordeaux and bulls eyes with drawings of Louis XVI when suddenly we heard from Finlandia Cheese, whose appointed representatives say is available in “groceries, select Costco stores, and deli counters nationwide.”
And they told us: Thursday is the day.
They swear that there was this Very Scientific Survey of 2,000 people that showed that 86 percent of respondents “like or love” mac and cheese.
That is probably a higher proportion of people than the share that like or love say, their families. Or the beach. Or sleeping in on a weekend.
But never mind.
According to this Truly Precise Reading of American opinion, mac and cheese is more popular than cheeseburgers. More popular than nachos. And more than half of Americans – 64 percent – eat mac and cheese at least once a month.
Really. That’s what the survey says.
One last note, before you head out to the market to buy a couple cases of the good stuff (or Velveeta, what with different strokes for different folks and all). Anyhow, the Spectacularly Methodical and Careful Survey found that the most-desired extra ingredient for macaroni and cheese is bacon. We know, we know. But that’s what The Sensationally Meticulous and Careful Survey found.
So, have an extra helping tomorrow to celebrate. Check out Finlandia’s Super Secret Three Cheese Recipe. Meanwhile, we’re going to check to see if Friday is National Get Your Cholesterol Checked Day…
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