In this new dish, Panera’s creamy mac and cheese, which is made with Vermont cheddar cheese, is topped with crunchy, thick-cut bacon. Like all of Panera’s offerings, the dish is free of artificial colorings and flavors.
The company only uses bacon that is cured without artificial additives. In other words, this is real bacon — not the imitation stuff!
“There are few foods as beloved as bacon,” said Panera head chef Dan Kish in a press release. “My food philosophy is that if you’re going to truly enjoy an indulgence, like salty, smoky bacon, it should be the best you can get.”
No argument here!
But there is just one catch: You can only try the new bacon mac and cheese if you order Panera to your home or office. That’s right: It is only available via the company’s delivery service, which the company first started back in 2016.
The chain delivers in almost 900 cities in 43 states. To find out if your local Panera delivers to you, go to their web site and enter your location. You can also download their app to your smartphone.
Alas, this latest cheesy creation is only available from now until June 26, so you’ll have to act quickly!
If you are a Panera mac and cheese fan, but don’t live close enough to a location to receive delivery, no worries. You can still make a copycat Panera mac and cheese at home with this recipe from the blog Shugary Sweets. (For a slightly healthier option, try a copycat of Panera’s broccoli cheese soup recipe as well!)
The best part about making copycat recipes at home is that you can easily modify the dish to suit your own tastes. For instance, you can add a little cayenne to give it some heat, or tossed with crunchy breadcrumbs … or crispy bacon, of course!