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Old 02-18-08, 06:07 PM
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Hamburger Helper: Anyone else pissed that they changed?

Ok, yeah, I know this isn't the best food in the world but I've loved two of them for just about my entire life - Beef Stroganoff and Cheeseburger Macaroni, two of the most basic offerings I believe. Anyway, last year I noticed that they changed both of them, and they're nowhere near as tasty as they once were.

I'm not sure what they did to the mixes, but neither one of them taste anything like they once did. They're not even in the same ballpark as the original versions in terms of taste. They also changed the noodles for both of them.

I guess I could be the only one to both notice this, and care, but it really ticks me off. Did they change all of the different types of Hamburger Helper? I wonder why they decided to do this, ugh.

Maybe I can find some sort of way to recreate them as they once were. Hmmm...
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Old 02-18-08, 06:13 PM
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Yes, I too am a victim of the switch. They taste like cardboard asshair now.
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Originally Posted by Brent L
Maybe I can find some sort of way to recreate them as they once were. Hmmm...
Home made hamburger helper? Wouldn't that just be a casserole? If you could figure out the right balance of spices and flavorings, you would be good to go.
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Old 02-18-08, 06:16 PM
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Originally Posted by DarthVong
Yes, I too am a victim of the switch. They taste like cardboard asshair now.
Eaten your share of asshair, huh? To each their own.
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Maybe it's not the mix....

maybe...

it's....




THE WESTLAND BEEF!!!!
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Old 02-18-08, 06:19 PM
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Originally Posted by calhoun07
Eaten your share of asshair, huh? To each their own.
Times are tough. Gas is expensive pal!
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Old 02-18-08, 06:25 PM
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Originally Posted by calhoun07
Eaten your share of asshair, huh? To each their own.
I do believe he specifically said cardboard asshair.
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Old 02-18-08, 06:34 PM
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I do believe he specifically said cardboard asshair.
Well, that's completely different.

<--Couldn't tell you what cardboard asshair tastes like either. Different strokes for different folks.
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Old 02-18-08, 06:40 PM
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it's probably made in china now
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Old 02-18-08, 06:41 PM
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check ebay to see if someone still has the old ones. I havent had it in a long time so I'll have to pick up some asshair
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Old 02-18-08, 06:48 PM
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Hmmm, while not a fan of the strokenoff, I do love the cheeseburger macaroni and had some just a few days ago. When was the change? We generally have a decent supply so I might be eating some pretty old stuff, but I didn't notice a difference.

Hopefully I just can't taste because I really enjoy it.
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Old 02-18-08, 06:53 PM
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Originally Posted by kvrdave
Hmmm, while not a fan of the strokenoff, I do love the cheeseburger macaroni and had some just a few days ago. When was the change? We generally have a decent supply so I might be eating some pretty old stuff, but I didn't notice a difference.

Hopefully I just can't taste because I really enjoy it.

He said "strokenoff". Heh-heh!
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Originally Posted by kvrdave
When was the change?
It happened around a year ago I think, give or take.
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You know what was really awesome was the tuna pot pie mix. It was a bit more work but totally worth it.
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Originally Posted by Brent L
It happened around a year ago I think, give or take.
You have no idea how happy I am that someone else has noticed this. I've been eating Cheeseburger Mac since I was a young'un and noticed the difference too...and it's not just the smaller amount of (bigger) noodles, either.

In fact, I even called Betty Crocker because I came across an "older" box of HH (like the one pictured above) and asked them what the deal was, because there was a noticeable difference in flavor.

I'm sure the operator was like "surrrrrrrrrrrre....let me just type everything you've said on my invisible typewriter...."
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Old 02-18-08, 08:27 PM
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Glad someone else noticed this. I used to get the Stroganoff flavor all the time, and then like you said, about a year ago they changed the noodles and the mix, and it no longer tastes nearly as good. I tried it a couple times more and then stopped buying it altogether. Haven't had any since.

Guess the flavor will just have to live on in my memories.
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Old 02-18-08, 08:29 PM
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Then there is a term Heartburglar spread around maybe that is why they switched them with low fats.
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Old 02-18-08, 08:38 PM
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Wouldn't it be relatively easy to make these yourself? There are a lot of recipes out there. Of course, you're lacking the convenience, which may be a big factor in these things.
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Old 02-18-08, 09:43 PM
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They have a special magic seasoning packet like so many prepared foods. It's practically impossible to accurately reproduce the original taste unless you're the factory.

Off-topic: I noticed a change in the size of Burger King breakfast croissants; it was around 10years ago. There was a time where I bought one every morning on my way to work. The size changed (shrunk) from one day to the next, and forever remained at the reduced size. No way was it just my imagination. I even requested the manager, and asked him about it. He flatly denied there was any change. C'mon. If I took notice based on seeing only 1 per day, I'm sure the workers noticed it since they handle hundreds per day. And I'm sure the managers would be informed of a product change.
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Cheesy Shells > Cheeseburger Macaroni
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Old 02-18-08, 10:27 PM
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Originally Posted by crazyronin
He said "strokenoff". Heh-heh!
That made me laugh.

I haven't eaten HH in years so I probably wouldn't notice the change if I ate it now. Besides, I've always been partial to Tuna Helper instead...



"I don't know why they call it Hamburger Helper. It does just fine by itself."
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Old 02-18-08, 10:35 PM
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It now missing the blue magic packet of goodness.
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Old 02-18-08, 11:02 PM
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I am more of a tuna helper fan.
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