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Not Gross Enough for Canada Alone, Kraft Pumpkin Spice Mac and Cheese Is Coming to the U.S.

Plus, Cream of Wheat will no longer have its Black chef mascot after considering racist connotations, and more news to start your day

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Cup of Kraft mac and cheese held in hand.
Pumpkin spice mac and cheese, flavored with cinnamon, allspice, ginger, nutmeg, and cloves.
Photo: Kraft

Americans can have a little pumpkin spice mac and cheese, as a treat

Americans have a lot to be jealous of Canadians for these days: Kinder eggs, healthcare, a COVID-19 response that doesn’t amount to a death cult. But one thing that Americans will no longer have to envy their northern neighbors for is Kraft’s pumpkin spice mac and cheese, which is now available to people in the U.S. after originally only being offered to Kraft fans in Canada.

The fall-themed monstrosity was created as part of a promotion in Canada — where Kraft mac and cheese is such a staple that Kraft Dinner is simply known as “KD” — in which 1,000 people will be chosen to try it for free. Late last week, the brand decided to bring the promotion stateside, as well, announcing that U.S. residents can tweet by September 29 for the chance to win the limited-edition product.

“After seeing the huge response Pumpkin Spice Mac & Cheese received north of the border, and even hearing some heated debates about it down here, we had to bring it to the U.S. for Americans to try,” a Kraft representative told Delish. “Who knows? Maybe it could become a new North American fall favorite.”

Sure, maybe!!!

And in other news…

  • Cream of Wheat is removing the image of a Black chef from its packaging, after announcing in June that it would be reviewing its branding in light of anti-racism protests and movements across the country. [Food Dive]
  • Starting this week, Maryland is the first state to ban the use of styrofoam products — including cups, plates, containers, and trays — for carryout and food services. [CNN]
  • Winemakers along the West Coast have to decide whether to test their grapes for smoke contamination or to refrain from producing wine this year. [WaPo]
  • IHOP has a new “IHOPPY” happy hour with discounted food from 2-10 p.m*. [USA Today]
  • U.S. food insecurity by the numbers. [NPR]
  • A Spanish winery was flooded with 50,000 liters of red wine spilling forth from a busted tank, as captured in a viral video. []

*Correction: This post previously stated that the IHOPPY Hour was from 2-8 p.m. The time has been rectified to 2-10 p.m.

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