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Original Kraft Dinner
As the name suggests, the original Kraft Dinner. Macaroni noodles, and a strangly bright, almost day-glow yellow cheese sauce. Many would argue that the "white cheddar" varieties are an improvement on the taste, but when you have an overwhelming urge to get back to your roots, this is where to go. Comes in a 225g box - the best $/gram value of the Kraft varieties.
Kraft Dinner with Egg Noodles
Going back to the original cheese sauce, this box apparently contains "egg-noodles" which are apparently different than regular noodles. I did make two boxes, and took the leftovers into work for lunch. The overall effect of the eggnoodles is a refreshing change in texture. They also microwave well. Comes in 175g box, so either the noodles are less dense, or Kraft is getting cheap.
Sharp Cheddar Kraft Dinner
The Sharp Cheddar and Spiral Kraft Dinner boxes were scanned for me by Rob in Alberta, who noted that they were sadly missing from the page. The main reason for this is that we didn't have either variety in Ontario until (as far as I can tell) the last month or so. I tried this variety last week and it was pretty good. It's hard to describe the taste other than to say that it's like regular Kraft Dinner but "sharper." I never claimed to be an expert in describing tastes. 200g box.
Kraft Dinner Spirals
Kraft Dinner Spirals have long had a place in the list of varieties, but have been in the discontinued section for some time. Rob (of Sharp Cheddar fame) also sent me this scan, and (as far as I can tell) they've only just reappeared in Ontario. 200g box, and they're the standard cheese sauce, but with spirally noodles.
Kraft Dinner White Cheddar
Not to be outdone by the President's Choice folks, Kraft now has their own White Cheddar macaroni and cheese. It's essentially the same stuff, but is typically more expensive and it comes in a smaller (200g vs. 225g) box.
Kraft Dinner Alfredo
I haven't tried this one yet, but it looks pretty good on the box. I'm guessing it's sort of the successor to the three discontinued side-dishes listed below. Indeed, the front of the box boldly proclaims that it "Makes a Great Sidedish." 175g box.
Kraft Dinner Shapes
Standard sauce but with Rugrats shapes. Is that show still on? Do kids watch it? I don't know. What I do know is that for once the French got a better name for a product - instead of "Shapes" it's "Form-idables." This one is a 156g box, and advertises the official Kraft Dinner website.
EasyMac Original
As if Kraft Dinner wasn't already the lazy-person's food, Kraft has developed "EasyMac", a variety of Kraft Dinner that requires only the addition of water (no milk or butter needed), and can be prepared in the microwave in 4-4.5 minutes.
Speaking from experience, it's not too bad, despite the lack of any milk-related ingredients. As the box says, it "Makes a Great Snack" when you can't be bothered to cook up a whole pot.
EasyMac comes in boxes containing enough packets to make six bowl-sized servings.
EasyMac Extreme Cheese
Another variety of "Instant" Kraft Dinner. The box for this kind says it has "Extreme Cheese Flavour" and bigger noodles, but I haven't tried it yet myself.

Discontinued Varieties

Spaghetti & Cheese Kraft Dinner
A variation on the original, this variety combines the common spaghetti noodle with the same day-glow yellow cheese powder. For whatever reason, the noodle change provides some difference in taste from the original, and the sauce ends up with a less bright-yellow colour. Comes in a 200g box, so those of you who are really anal will instead want to pick up the original for the extra 25 grams.
Spaghetti in Tomato Sauce Kraft Dinner
The contents of this box look identical to those of the cheese spaghetti - spaghetti noodles, and a sauce mix pouch. But lo and behold, when the pouch is opened, instead of the typical bright yellow powder, out comes a strangly off-red powder with funny bits in it ("spices", I think they try to pass them off as). Anyway, its a nice change from cheese, but I still prefer the original. Comes in a 200g box.
Kraft Dinner Extra Creamy
Unfortunatley, I can't say I recommend this one. If you're looking for a deluxe version of Kraft dinner, go with the President's Choice cheddar variety. This stuff has a sort of weird taste... I think perhaps its a result of a yellow powder overdose. Anyway, 200g box'n'stuff.
Tomato Marinara
I haven't tried any of the side dishes yet. They've been waiting in the cupboard to be scanned for the past few months. I'll have to let you know how they turn out. 135g Box.
Creamy Garlic
130g Box.
Cheese & Bacon
144g Box. Because bacon is more dense than cheese I suppose.
Deluxe Cheddar Macaroni & Cheese
This one was made by President's Choice, Deluxe Cheddar Macaroni & Cheese is Kraft Dinner. They still make a product with the same name (mentioned below), but the recipe and box have changed. According to this box, the original recipe was "packed with our own zesty PC cheddary bursts". I think the case is really that they could never get all of the cheese powder to dissolve, so they decided the leftover chunks would be "cheddary bursts". 225g box.

Foreign Varieties (Availability Unknown)

Kraft Macaroni & Cheese Dinner
Yes... you've all heard rumours that the crazy Americans haven't got "Kraft Dinner", and the rumours are indeed true. This is what they've instead. I'm sure its quite the same but since I've only just scanned the box now, I haven't been able to try it out yet. And, not having caught on to the wonder that is the metric system (the key is "10", people), this is a 7.25oz (206g) box.
Kraft Macaroni & Cheese Super Heroes
Another import from the States, this one has noodles shaped like various super heroes (Superman, Wonderwoman, Green Lantern, etc.). I should expect the sauce is the same though. 5.5oz (156g) Box.
Thick'n Creamy Kraft Macaroni & Cheese Dinner
A third import, this would seem to be the same as the Kraft Dinner Extra Creamy, so I'm not really looking forward to diving into this one. 206g Box.
Three Cheese Macaroni & Cheese Dinner
The last of my imports, this one purports to have three different types of cheese in it. I don't know how you can tell three cheeses mixed into a generic cheesy sauce from any other generic cheesy sauce, but I think I'm just getting cynical. 206g Box.

Non-Kraft Varieties

White Cheddar Macaroni & Cheese
There are a number of brands of White Cheddar M&C available, the original (to my knowledge) being President's Choice. WCM&C sauce tends to bear more resemblance to actual cheese than the Kraft varietes. It also tends to be cheaper. Many would also argue that it tastes better, but regardless, just remember where it all started.
Deluxe Cheddar
I have to say, the new recipe is a significant improvement over the original President's Choice Deluxe Cheddar, listed in the Discontinued section. While it was good, the crunchy "Cheddary Bursts" were a little strange and tasted less like cheddar and more like hunks of undissolved cheese powder. Anyway, I do quite like this stuff and highly recommend it. It's usually cheaper than the Kraft varieties, and comes in a bigger (225g) box.
OrganicsTM Macaroni & Cheese Dinner
I'd seen this on the shelf before, but hadn't bothered to try it. Then I remembered that I run a Kraft Dinner (and related chese/pasta products) website, and that it's my duty to buy these things. I don't know what the deal with this stuff is, and I haven't tried it yet, but it's made by the same people as the two varieties above, so I'm expecting it's not bad. Strangely, the stuff on the front of this box looks more like Original Kraft Dinner than does the stuff on the front of the Original Kraft Dinner box.
This stuff comes in a 170g box, and is apparently "Made with Real Organic Cheddar Cheese".
OrganicsTM Pasta Shells & White Cheddar Cheese Dinner
I haven't tried this one yet either, so I can't tell you how it compares either to the other Organics stuff, or the regular President's Choice white cheddar stuff. I'll update when I know more.
170g box.

 

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