This is my personal review of Betty Crocker Roasted Garlic Mashed Potatoes. This is for the two pouches for two meals 6.6 ounce box. I normally buy another brand of instant mashed potatoes, but my daughter noticed these were on sale for a dollar per box, the same price for twice as much as the other brand. I thought this was a really good deal. I shop at Fred Meyer, and this is where this product was purchased. This purchase was based only on price, and I had not tried this particular product before. Here is my review, including nutritional information of the product, and what my family liked and disliked about it.
Betty Crocker Roasted Garlic Mashed Potatoes are made with 100% real mashed potatoes, and real garlic. The directions say to add water, milk and butter or margarine. You can cook the mashed potatoes on the stove top or in the microwave. I chose to cook them on the stove. I generally like Betty Crocker products, and expected that I would most likely like this product as well. I measured all of the ingredients correctly and cooked as the packaging instructed. Cooking time was less than five minutes, long enough to boil the water and margarine, and to stir in the milk and dried potatoes.
With the exception of potassium, these mashed potatoes don’t have much in the way of nutrition. That’s to be expected, they are just potatoes after all. There is a little added nutrition with the addition of the milk, and I will provide the nutrition facts for the prepared potatoes by what is listed on the side of the box. These nutrition facts are for 2/3 cup serving size of potatoes. As I said, these mashed potatoes have a decent amount of potassium, 280 milligrams. There are 140 calories per serving, 2 grams protein, 17 grams carbohydrates, 20 percent of daily allowance for fat, 400 milligrams of sodium, 6 percent daily allowance for cholesterol, and 1 gram of fiber per serving.
I cooked these Betty Crocker Roasted Garlic Mashed Potatoes to go with baked chicken and salad for dinner. I have to say that I was displeased with them on multiple levels. The flavor was OK, but the texture was horrible. After letting them sit for several minutes like the directions suggested after stirring, I could pick up the whole mass with a fork. I wasn’t very happy about it. I served them anyway, as the taste wasn’t too bad. No one liked them, although I didn’t get any outright complaints. Another problem I had with these potatoes was that they weren’t instant, as I had thought they were. When I purchased the box, I didn’t realize I would have to add milk and butter. It was my own fault because I didn’t read the box, but the reason I got them in the first place was for something super quick to go with dinner. And having to add other ingredients raises the price of the meal, which I wasn’t happy about either.
I will definitely not purchase this product again. I will also not recommend it to anyone else. I will stick to my usual brand from now on, even if it the Betty Crocker brand is on sale again.