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What is wrong with the Macaroni and Cheese box?

Asked by babygalll (2734points) May 2nd, 2009

This might be a silly question. The side of the Macaroni and Cheese box has a spot where it says “to open push here.” Why is it that it NEVER works? I just end up tearing the top of the box to get it opened. Is it just me or does that happen to others? What’s the point of having it there if it doesn’t really open the box? I don’t really care, but I am curious.

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cak's avatar

I rarely make mac & cheese from the box, only because I’m generally against overly processed foods; however, I do have a few on hand, for that emergency cry for Mac & Cheese from my son. That darn thing never works for me! I just open the top, like normal. Those things never work…I don’t know if I am pushing too hard or not enough. BLAH!

It’s not just you!!

knitfroggy's avatar

I usually get a fork or spoon and stab at that little perforated half moon until I can get my finger in it. Then I can pull the top off as they apparently intend for me to do. I don’t know why I don’t just rip the top open-it would be a helluva lot easier.

buckyboy28's avatar

Obviously it is a message from the box to stay away from it’s tasty, tasty noodle guts.

augustlan's avatar

Those things have never worked, on any package that has them. Wouldn’t you think they’d just give it up already? On a related note, those little ‘pull here’ zipper thingies rarely work either!

Allie's avatar

Ah! This happens to me too. I don’t even try to open it there anymore. Time is much too precious and the delicious macaroni and cheese goodness is waiting for me. I rip the whole top part off. =]

MissAusten's avatar

I always ignore the “open here” message and tear the top off too. What I really want to know is, why do the boxes with cool shapes, like Spiderman and Scooby Doo have so much less macaroni in them? For some reason that really bothers me. I have to buy two boxes, because of course the traditional macaroni shape is just too boring for my kids.

shadowfelldown's avatar

It really depends on the brand and size of the box.
here is my scientific breakdown, by brand, of the probability that the half moon perforation will open the box.
Kraft:
Regular size:
41%
Family size:
0% (100% if you are like my ex girlfriend and kept your nails as sharp as razorblades so that you could cheat at thumb wrestling.)

special spiderman edition:
100% (note: there may have been issues with my sample size… it is very hard to explain away multiple boxes of spiderman mac and cheese to your roommate when they find it conspicuously stashed at the bottom of an empty mini-wheats box.)

Annie’s
0% (well… technically, I didn’t really try all that hard to open them… I just never feel quite right about molesting those poor fluffy bunnies…)

stop and shop or other generic mac and cheese other than Turtle Macaroonies:
0%
Turtle Macaroonies
0% (still no chance of the box opening… but that’s some damn fine pasta)

dynamicduo's avatar

I’ve never had those tear off sections work correctly, nor do I often have the zippers in the bags of frozen veggies actually work. I figure it’s a conspiracy funded by Ziploc and Tupperware.

boffin's avatar

Must be a slow news day?

casheroo's avatar

I use Annies Mac & Cheese, and it works pretty well. I usually make a mess though.

Allie's avatar

Well thanks to this thread I just have to eat Kraft Blue Box for lunch today. It’s been decided.

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