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No Help From Hamburger Helper
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This Philly Cheese Steak Hamburger was the nastiest thing I have ever cooked for my family. My husband will eat just about anything I cook and since this was a new "flavor", I thought I would give it a try. Well, I tried it when it was done and gagged. I checked the directions again to make sure I had done it right, and I had. My husband came home from work, tired and hungry, sat down for supper, took a big bite and spit it out. He said that it was the worse stuff he'd ever tasted. So, we ordered out. I tried giving it to the dogs and even they wouldn't eat it. This is the first time I have ever had Hamburger Helper that tasted that bad. I don't know if it was just us, but I won't be buying that particular "flavor" again.
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Alain on 07/05/2010:
I liked their other flavors, but I haven't had Hamburger Helper in a while. Give Kraft a call (847-646-2000) at their Northfield, Illinois headquarters and tell them you don't like this flavor.
Weedwhacked on 07/05/2010:
Not everyone is going to like every flavor.
Alain on 07/05/2010:
I always sort of liked the 'lasagna' flavor, but I added a lot of extra cheese. That's why I stopped using them. It just wasn't really good for trying to lose a few pounds.
Venice09 on 07/05/2010:
Philly is not a new flavor. It's been out for a very long time. I used to make it a lot because it was one of the best flavors.

If the box you used said "New Flavor" on it, I have a feeling it was very old and outdated. If you still have the box, check the expiration date. I think the powdered mix for the sauce could actually go bad. Also, if you used milk that was on the verge of turning, that could make the food taste bad.

I really think something went wrong because even if you didn't like the flavor, I can't imagine it being so bad that you would have to spit it out. I would call the company and let them know, and then I would buy another box just to see if it's any different. They might even send you some coupons to cover the cost.

I'm curious how this turns out. Please come back and let us know.
PepperElf on 07/05/2010:
expiration dates are a good thing to check
even dried foods have expiration dates. hell even MREs have them
Venice09 on 07/05/2010:
MREs?.. what's that?

It would take a long time for the mix in Hamburger Helper to spoil, but if the box said "New Flavor" on it, I have a feeling it was a very old box. That flavor has been around for many years.
PepperElf on 07/05/2010:
MRE = Meal Ready to Eat.

aka military rations.

They're actually kind of tasty, though I find using the heater element is cumbersome. So whenever I had one I saved it or used it as a heater when my legs were cold.

some of the guys told me they liked putting the heater into a small bottle of water - tho one said he preferred gasoline - to turn it into a makeshift explosive.
Venice09 on 07/05/2010:
I figured it was something like that. I guess it has more uses than meets the eye!
localgod on 07/06/2010:
Don't let PepperElf fool ya, MRE's are nasty and slightly worse than their C-Ration the USA Infantry, we called them MRP's (Meal Ready to Puke).
PepperElf on 07/06/2010:
seriously? the ones I tried I kind of liked.
they had some for sale at the commissary.

then again it's not like the ship's food was much better at times.
momsey on 07/06/2010:
I agree with some of the others that even if you didn't like the flavor, it shouldn't have been to the point of having to spit it out. Something definitely went wrong somewhere along the line. My dogs will eat just about anything they can get their teeth on, including dirty diapers and baby vomit. I can't imagine them turning their noses up at Hamburger Helper.
beanbagbritches on 07/07/2010:
What happened to good old-fashioned "cooking"? Is that no longer in style? Perhaps pulling out a cookbook & fixing up something from scratch (or even partially from scratch: get a pre-made pie crust & make chicken pie) for a change. Crock pots are a wonder for time saving too. Don't forget that salads are a great resource for dinner too.
PepperElf on 07/07/2010:
and that home-cooking can also be a lot cheaper than convenience foods
sometimes a hell of a lot cheaper too

Venice09 on 07/07/2010:
beanbag, when I used to make Hamburger Helper, I used it as a base and added other things, like vegetables, beans, milk, etc. What's the difference in that and using a pre-made pie crust? Not everyone has time to make a supper from scratch every night. Oh, and salad goes great with HH. You can have both. I don't see anything wrong with using packaged or canned food as a starter to a home-cooked, nutritious meal. I would never make the cook feel guilty for taking some shortcuts when time is an issue. Also, HH can sometimes be bought on sale for 99 cents. Add a double coupon to that, and it's free!
CrazyRedHead on 07/09/2010:
Did you put seasoning in your meat prior to putting in all the other ingredients, sometimes that will make a lot of difference. I season my hamburg beforehand and sometimes if I add to much it makes it inedible and then have to throw it away.
jktshff1 on 07/09/2010:
pepper, they are a lot better than the old c-rats!!
Grammy on 11/23/2011:
I have purchased your products for years. They has always been very good but the last three flavors that I have tried have been terrible!! I had not tried any for a while so I thought I would pick up a few boxes and I was very disappointed!! The cheesy macaroni has always been a favorite as well as the chicken fried rice. Now you call it Asian rice and cheeseburger macaroni??? Not sure why you changed them but if something is not broken why mess with it?? I also tried the lemon and herb chicken which I had to throw away because no one could eat it. (Talk about a waste of time and chicken!!)I am sorry to be so negative but unless you change your flavors back to what they used to be, I will not be buying any of them any more!!!
jim jones on 01/27/2014:
I just made the cheeseburger macaroni mix and there was something wrong with it. The incredients seemed darker than usual and it made the whole house smell. I think we identified the smell as cloves. Do they mix cloves into spices. Could it have been a bad batch? The worst thing we ever tasted. Had to order out because we used up the milk and hamburger. Something is wrong with this product.
Gail Miller on 02/04/2014:
We have 7 inches of snow here in NE so thought I would make some chili cheese HH for supper. When I opened up the seasoning packet I could immediately tell that it smelled strange. Not like it usually does. Made it anyway, but as it was cooking it really smelled bad. I went ahead and served it, thinking maybe something I was just sensing. My family took one taste and spit it out. No one would touch it after one bite. AND this is one of our favorites of the past! We are still complaining of the BAD almost metallic, bitter taste in our mouth that we can't get rid of despite mouthwash and brushing our teeth. Guess we are having ANYTHING but HH for the next few meals till the snow goes away. And I have 20 boxes in the cupboard. I don't think I am going to get my family to be able to eat HH for a very long time now. I know I want to throw them all away and just make it from scratch. Why waste 2 pounds of hamburger that you end up tossing in the trash after one bite??? I am not buying anymore Hamburger or Chicken Helper from now on. And I have bought them for years!!! (Now that they are only about a buck each at Walmart, they SUCK in taste!!! Maybe that is the reason??? Cheaper ingredients and lots of fillers?)
gjone on 02/20/2014:
it taste horrible. I wish you still could sell the old kind to guve people a choice.
connie on 09/06/2014:
I loved the Philly cheese steak and the
Southwest style ranch suddenly salad
They changed both its horrible .we love
Betty crocker but this is two that we will
Not buy again .
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