Restaurant chains need to stop adding this disgusting ingredient to menu items

The Dave & Buster’s short rib and cheese mac stack.
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Mac n’ cheese is great. But, what about mac n’ cheese in a burger? Or on a pizza?

America is facing an overwhelming trend of mac n’ cheese being added to foods that simply do not need macaroni and cheese.

On Thursday, Red Robin announced it had added mac n’ cheese to the chain’s tavern burger.

“Begin drooling now!” the burger chain ordered on Twitter.

The new menu item comes less than a week after Dave & Buster’s short rib and cheese mac stack was named one of the least healthy menu items in America, clocking in at 1,910 calories.

The buzziest mac n’ cheese item of the summer, however, has to be Burger King’s mac n’ Cheetos, a polarizing item that debuted in June.

“My mouth is so confused and I’m so concerned as to how much I think I like these,”one Business Insider testersaid of the mac n’ Cheetos. “I ate gourmet French cuisine yesterday and I am deriving nearly the same amount of satisfaction now.”

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Others disagreed.

“These are bad. Very bad,” another Business Insider tester said. “There is no flavor, no crispiness, just a mushy center that vaguely resembles mac and cheese that’s been run through a blender coated in something that looks like Cheetos and has also run through a blender.”

Restaurants seem to be drawing inspiration for these controversial mac n’ cheese mashup dishes from the plethora of over-the-top culinary creations found online.

Mac And Cheese Breadsticks Serves 8 INGREDIENTS 1 frozen macaroni and cheese dinner 1 tube of premade pizza dough Olive oil Parmesan cheese Italian seasoning PREPARATION 1.Preheat oven to 400°F/200˚C. 2.Grease a foil-lined baking sheet with cooking spray. 3.Remove macaroni and cheese (still frozen) from the packaging. Using a sharp knife, carefully cut into 8 equal-sized sticks. 4.Unroll pizza dough. Using a pizza cutter, cut into 8 strips. 5.Working quickly, wrap each mac and cheese stick with pizza dough, making sure not to leave any parts uncovered, and place onto greased baking sheet. 6.Brush each with olive oil, sprinkle with parmesan cheese and Italian seasoning 7.Bake in preheated oven for 18-20 minutes, or until dough is cooked and golden brown. 8.Remove from oven, allow to cool slightly. 9.Enjoy!

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Dude Foods haspublished recipesfor creations such as a bacon weave taco stuffed with mac n’ cheese and a mac n’ cheese crust pizza. BuzzFeed has debuted a recipe for breadsticks filled with mac n’ cheese.A simple Google search of “mac n’ cheese pizza“turns up seemingly endless results.

Instagram is filled with increasingly absurd takes on mac n’ cheese mashups. We have deep-fried:

Mac n Cheese bites are honestly the only meal I need in life ???? Credit: @hungrytwins

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In a grilled cheese:

just a light evening snack: mac and cheese stuffed grilled cheese ????

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Yes, that’s MAC N CHEESE stuffed into a GRILLED CHEESE! Coming soon to a @brotherjimmys #Brunchboys

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On fries:

Mac’n’cheese with chips – because sometimes only carb-on-carb violence will do ???????? Pic by @marcel_n83

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Again, on pizza:

Even on waffles:

I’m sure some of these dishes are delicious, but enough is enough.

Mac n’ cheese is great. Whether Kraft’s distinctive flavor or a creamy homemade version, it’s a fantastic and usually fattening dish that makes any meal better.

But adding it to a recipe that does not require it doesn’t make every dish better. Your burger is fine without the mac n’ cheese. So is your pizza.

Adding unnecessary ingredients to make your dish more photogenic is a scourge of the restaurant industry.Stick with your side of mac n’ cheese, and stop trying to cram it into every item on the menu for Instagram likes. Please.