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TEKS: 3.8A, 3.8B, 4.9A, 4.9B, 5.9C

Mac 'n' Cheese, Please

Check out the stats behind this favorite cheesy pasta dish

Nothing says comfort food like a warm bowl of mac ’n’ cheese. Whether you prefer yours made from a box or homemade, you can thank Thomas Jefferson for bringing the classic dish to colonial America.

This Founding Father did more than just write the Declaration of Independence. Jefferson worked in France from 1785 to 1789. While there, he tried many “exotic” foods—including french-fried potatoes, Parmesan cheese, and mac ’n’ cheese. 

Nothing says comfort food like a warm bowl of mac ’n’ cheese. You might like yours made from a box. Or maybe you prefer it homemade. You can thank Thomas Jefferson either way! He brought this classic dish to colonial America.

Jefferson wrote the Declaration of Independence. But he did more than just that! The Founding Father also worked in France from 1785 to 1789. He tried many “exotic” foods while he was there. He ate french-fried potatoes. He tasted Parmesan cheese. He also tried mac ’n’ cheese!

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Jefferson brought his favorites back to America. As president, he even put mac ’n’ cheese on the menu at a state dinner in 1802!

But mac ’n’ cheese didn’t become a crowd-pleaser overnight. In 1929, more than 100 years after Jefferson served the dish, the Great Depression hit the United States. Many people lost their jobs and ran short on food. 

Food makers scrambled to produce quick, cheap meals. In 1937, Kraft Foods introduced boxed mac ’n’ cheese. Priced at 19 cents (the equivalent of $3.36 today), a box could feed a family of four. The rest, as they say, is history!

Jefferson brought his favorite new foods back to America. He even put mac ‘n’ cheese on the menu at an official state dinner in 1802, during his time as president!

Mac ’n’ cheese didn’t become a national favorite meal right away. The Great Depression hit the United States in 1929, more than 100 years after Jefferson first served the dish. Many people lost their jobs. They didn’t have enough food.

Food makers scrambled to produce meals that were cheap and quick to make. Kraft Foods introduced boxed mac ’n’ cheese in 1937. One box cost 19 cents. That’s worth $3.36 today. Just one box could feed a family of four. The rest is history!

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What is the title of the circle graph?

What is the title of the circle graph?

According to the circle graph, which type of cheese is the favorite to pair with pasta?

According to the circle graph, which type of cheese is the favorite to pair with pasta?

True or False? A year’s sales of Kraft Macaroni and Cheese is greater than the sales of private label and Annie’s mac ’n’ cheese combined.

True or False? A year’s sales of Kraft Macaroni and Cheese is greater than the sales of private label and Annie’s mac ’n’ cheese combined.

For how many years has Kraft’s boxed mac ’n’ cheese been available?

For how many years has Kraft’s boxed mac ’n’ cheese been available?

A. 10

A. 10

B. 32

B. 32

C. 62

C. 62

D. 83

D. 83

According to the bar graph, about how much money do Americans spend on Velveeta mac ’n’ cheese each year?

According to the bar graph, about how much money do Americans spend on Velveeta mac ’n’ cheese each year?

A. $500 million

A. $500 million

B. $150 million

B. $150 million

C. $430 million

C. $430 million

D. $320 million

D. $320 million

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How many ounces of elbow macaroni would you need if you wanted to double the mac ’n’ cheese recipe?

How many ounces of elbow macaroni would you need if you wanted to double the mac ’n’ cheese recipe?

Write a comparison statement using <, >, or = for the amount of salt and the amount of black pepper used in the mac ’n’ cheese recipe.

Write a comparison statement using <, >, or = for the amount of salt and the amount of black pepper used in the mac ’n’ cheese recipe.

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