Costco is selling a $90 tub of mac-and-cheese that weighs 27 pounds and lasts 20 years
Unfortunately, it’s not available in stores. ( “A 27-pound bucket of macaroni and cheese?” said one employee over the phone. “No.”) It’s also intermittently out of stock on Costco.com. As of mid-afternoon on Friday, it’s sold out.
The Chef’s Banquet Macaroni & Cheese, listed under Emergency Kits & Supplies, offers 180 servings in separate pouches of elbow pasta and cheddar cheese sauce. That comes out to two servings per dollar.
The product’s two-decade shelf life may freak you out. That is, after all, longer than many canned foods and grains last, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
But “preservatives used in food are approved by the regulatory agencies,” says Joseph G. Sebranek, a distinguished professor at Iowa State University who researches food safety.
While Sebranek isn’t familiar with this exact product, he says that, if it’s on the market, it’s probably safe.
And, if you trust the reviewers on Costco’s website, the mac-and-cheese is actually pretty good. “Very pleasantly surprised,” wrote MimiO in a five-star post from three years ago. “You can’t mess it up. Have purchased it again, and will continue to use it.” Indeed, potentially for the next 17 years.