Food of the Eighties, Mug O Lunch
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Came 2 pouches to a box. My favorite flavor was the mac & cheese. Put the mix in a mug, add hot water and a pat of butter and you're good to go. Scrumptious.
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G. - July 30, 2007 - Report this comment
I LOVED this stuff! I truly enjoyed the spaghetti sauce and macaroni; ate tons if it and the macaroni and cheese when I was a starving college student in the late '70s. I wish I could buy it today. It's truly a taste of the past that I miss.
Katy - August 23, 2007 - Report this comment
As a child this was the ONLY thing I would eat. I LOVED the spaghetti mac. I wish they would bring it back.
J Palms - September 12, 2007 - Report this comment
I was just reminded of these lunch time treats. I couldn't decide between the beef noodle or the spaghetti as my favorite.
DD - September 27, 2007 - Report this comment
The beef noodle rocked - i would love to see it back it on the shelf !!
Lisa - October 28, 2007 - Report this comment
The mac n cheese was my favorite. It was one of the first meals my mom would let me make on my own. Easy mac is good, but Mug O lunch was the best.
Kris - November 05, 2007 - Report this comment
I loved the spaghetti!!! I have yet to taste anything quite like it.
MIKE - January 21, 2008 - Report this comment
Reminds me of summer vacation in the 80's when us kids had to make our own lunches. Would love to see them come back !!
meli2sa - March 29, 2008 - Report this comment
I always loved how the macaroni on the very top of the mug stayed crunchy if the water didn't completely cover it. I think I still have a 10 cent coupon for it somewhere!
Sandy Lemke - May 14, 2008 - Report this comment
I really liked the beef noodle. Pure MSG, it was. Ate this every day while I watched Sanford & Son after school. meli2sa is right about the crunchy, that was great. The macaroni and cheese had a distinct taste, like no other mac & cheese out today.
Kerry - June 25, 2008 - Report this comment
Oh yes....the mac & cheese was my favorite. I SOOOOO miss this!
Barb S - September 12, 2008 - Report this comment
I am so glad I found this website about my favorite childhood food. The Mac and Cheese was the BEST. My sister always had the Beef Noodle. I wish Betty Crocker would bring this back again. It would be a wish for my 40th birthday(2/18/09). Please Betty, enlighten us children of the 70's/80's!!!!!!!
Suebee - October 18, 2008 - Report this comment
I tell people about this stuff all the time!! PLEASE bring it back!! I loved the beef & noodle & the mac & cheese one!! PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE bring this back! Retro is in! Everyone loves convenience products too!!
CC - October 23, 2008 - Report this comment
I loved the mac & cheese!!! It was awesome! They always say istory repeats itself - so Betty Crocker, please "repeat" and bring Mug O Lunch back!
CHris B - December 05, 2008 - Report this comment
My favorite was the beef noodle. NOthing was greater
pat - January 21, 2009 - Report this comment
I LOVED THIS STUFF! I loved the crunchy mac noodles too. I was so surprised to see others liked that too. I forgot about the other flavors until I read this. Oh, how I miss these!!! Some times progress is not best.
Melissa - February 12, 2009 - Report this comment
The Mac and Cheese was the best!! I would love to see this one the store shelves, again.
DSCSWAW - February 20, 2009 - Report this comment
While I was in the Navy - my parents sent me this 'treat' which was wonderful on midnight watches. I wish they would bring it back.
Samantha's Daddy - February 24, 2009 - Report this comment
I also miss the Mac and Cheese. I LIVED on this stuff for a while! Bring it back for an encore performance.
BillDavis - February 24, 2009 - Report this comment
Toooo much! Was preparing Annies mac and cheese micro style-2-pouch and had visions of mug-o-lunch at 12,000 in the southern Sierra. Ahhhhhh........
Scott - March 08, 2009 - Report this comment
They were all good, but Beef Noodle was my absolute favorite. I have a craving for it right now, thats how I wound up on this page. I wish Betty Crocker would see these posts and bring back an American Icon.
Susan - March 28, 2009 - Report this comment
Bring back mug o lunch! it was a great product! the spaghetti was great!
Christine - April 24, 2009 - Report this comment
Wow I'm not the only one hooked on this stuff. I don't know why they stopped making it but they should really bring it back. There was nothing like it. It's so good to just see the box!!!
Melissa - May 11, 2009 - Report this comment
Maybe we should all petition Betty Crocker to bring it back.
Eric - May 13, 2009 - Report this comment
Mug O Lunch mac 'n' cheese was SO creamy and delicious. It was much better than anything out there then...and even today! I'm not sure, though, if it was the downfall toward my gaining weight through my adolescent years.
Mer - May 20, 2009 - Report this comment
The Spaghetti was THE BEST! I had it EVERY DAY when I got home from school. My Mom used to buy it but the box for me - I never got tired of it! BRING IT BACK BETTY C!!
Bev - June 23, 2009 - Report this comment
Omg! I can't believe their is a site on here about Mug O Lunch lol! I was just talking about it at work. I miss the Beef Noodle mmmmmm. Was so good :)
DAVEp - July 30, 2009 - Report this comment
Does anyone have the ingredients? It shouldn't be that hard to put together- I want to start experimenting with different recipes for it
Mark - August 26, 2009 - Report this comment
I loved the spaghetti, I would eat it all the time and I was really sad to see it go away....BRING IT BACK!!!!
DAVEp - September 02, 2009 - Report this comment
Ingredients? any thoughts? obviously: spaghetti Noodles elbow mac please feel free to add what you remember- If I can perfect it, I will share it. A problem to solve is to shorten the cooking time of the noodles- they may have to be parboiled and dried?
flajetfan - October 09, 2009 - Report this comment
If somebody wants to duplicate the taste of the beef noodle get a box of beef noodle hamburger helper and use morningstar farms imitation hamburger crumbles instead of beef. Tastes identical.
Kristin - November 03, 2009 - Report this comment
I miss Mug O Lunch so much. I can still remember the way they taste. Please Betty Crocker bring them back!
Ann - January 12, 2010 - Report this comment
I loved the spaghetti and beef mug-a-lunch. I lived off it and ramen noodles in college. I wish they'd bring it back.
matt - January 23, 2010 - Report this comment
betty crocker bowl appetit!!!!!'s mu-o-lunch in disguise!!!!! it ROCKS LIKE VH IN 1980!!!!!! still wish they would bing back the original though!
KHALIL - April 25, 2010 - Report this comment
harkstone - May 20, 2010 - Report this comment
I LOVED Mug O Lunch. I enlisted in the Army in 1977. All we were given for food in the field was C-Rations. I liked the chopped ham & eggs but not any of the others. It was always easy to swap though. I remember countless days and nights in the field. I always carried Mug O Lunch. It was so comforting Pulling guard duty at 4 am with little sleep, I could take my canteen holder afterwards and heat up some Mug O Lunch and it was SO satisfying. I would sleep like a baby, satiated. Nowadays there so many 'Add hot water and wait 3 minutes' meals.. I don't/won't eat them. But if good old fashioned Mug O Lunch became available again, I would eat it up. It's more than not-very-nutritious or healthy eating, it is more like a dear old friend. PLEASE bring it back. Not 'new' or 'improved' but the exact same thing that we loved in the late 70's/early 80's. Times have changed but some things never change and Mug O Lunch is one of those things. There will always be ramen noodles but it isn't the same.
Paula - July 18, 2010 - Report this comment
The beef and noodle was my favorite. My grandma made it for me in the summertime when we were on vacation from school in the late 70's early 80's. I sure miss it. I'm glad I found this site
Paula - July 18, 2010 - Report this comment
OMG OMG OMG!!! You can get an 80's gift basket on amazon! In it is MUG O LUNCH!!!! go to amazom DOT COM and put in the search Mug o Lunch!
Rhonda - August 12, 2010 - Report this comment
I can't believe there are other people out there who remember and love Mug-O-Lunch!! I ate this as a kid every chance I got. The beef and noodle was my favorite. Great childhood memories!
John - November 10, 2010 - Report this comment
I loved this stuff... I wish they'd bring it back. The mac and cheese was awesome.
Dawn - January 15, 2011 - Report this comment
I loved this product as a child, and LOVE that we can find these things decades later via the internet : )
James - February 10, 2011 - Report this comment
I remember the beef chunks floating on top, in the beef & noodle recipe. The chunks were spongy. The noodles were crunchy on top. Same with the Mac & Cheese. I loved these. Used to eat them as an after-school snack while watching classic TV sitcoms. Great memories.
zippylip - March 05, 2011 - Report this comment
I whacked down a truckload of mug o lunch back in the day; just thought of it today & googled it & found this site hahahahaha. Good stuff
Phuzee - April 11, 2011 - Report this comment
I remember both the mac-n-cheese and beef noodle varieties very well but never had the spaghetti variety. I would usually fix one or the other after coming home from school. My favorite was the beef noodle. I just loved the flavor of the beef noodle. The mac-n-cheese was made much better with a little sprinkle of black pepper on top and mixed in after cooking. I agree with some of the above comments: PLEASE Betty Crocker, Return this product to store shelves. We children of the late 70's/early 80's have fond and wonderful memories of this product plus with the advances in food tech since the initial release I'm sure ways can be found to make it better than it was to begin with.
MariaP - July 07, 2011 - Report this comment
I'm not sure how long i searched for a Mug O Lunch after they stopped making it, but it was certainly one of my favorites as a kid. And if you can indeed get a Mug O Lunch in a gift basket from Amazon...where are they getting them from? Are they still making them secretly? Hidden Mug O Lunch factory?
RANDY N - July 20, 2011 - Report this comment
stacy a - July 27, 2011 - Report this comment
I am the same as everyone growing up back in the 70's I LOVED this stuff I sometimes sit and think back about how much I loved this stuff spaghetti was always my favorite
mug o lunch maniac - August 10, 2011 - Report this comment
beef and noodles i lived on that when i was a kid, i would love to have some just one more time
Janice Cody - September 29, 2011 - Report this comment
I remember being home with my mom on a weekday and me anticipating lunch time. She would ALWAYS buy them for me. Mac and cheese was the best thing EVER. Even though they have instant lunches now, for some reason, Betty was the one that got it RIGHT. PLEASE bring these back....I would buy them by the CASE and use them for work.
jeff havanchak - November 28, 2011 - Report this comment
beef mug o lunch was the greatest fast food lunch ever. i worked in a meat market in the late 70's & early 80's and man we couldn't keep that stuff on the shelves. i would buy a case of the beef flavor instead of buying a steak. BRING IT BACK!
Melissa - April 26, 2012 - Report this comment
I've still got a coupon for 10ยข off a box of it! I loved how the mac & cheese noodles would have a few crunchy ones top if you shorted the water just a tiny bit.
Charlie - February 17, 2014 - Report this comment
Made by Betty Crocker and came out in 1979
Scott - June 03, 2014 - Report this comment
Why did it get discontinued?? As a kid, I ate it almost every day until it got pulled from the shelf.
KAM - October 06, 2014 - Report this comment
PLEASE BRING IT BACK BETTY!!!! - Beef Noodle was my favorite. Also miss Chef Boy RD spaghetti dinner in a box! Where the sauce & cheese came in a can.
DD - May 24, 2015 - Report this comment
I agree with all the personnel and they were great for geriatrics with no teeth they loved it and so quick and efficient . How could they stop what happened.
Leslee - October 17, 2015 - Report this comment
beef noodles after school, love that one, they should bring it back. Never had the spaghetti, didn't even know they made it until I got on this site. Beef noodles? Where are you?
Floyd - November 17, 2015 - Report this comment
Like others I at Mug-o-Lunch as a poor college student. A great quick meal at a great price! At the time the only cooking item we could have in the dorm rooms was a hot pot. Mug-o-Lunch fit the bill perfectly! Ah, the memories...
Diana - November 23, 2015 - Report this comment
Loved Mug O' Lunch when I was little kid! I fondly remember the chicken noodle and macaroni & cheese. Yummy! It was probably filled with MSG and all kinds of chemicals. Delicious chemicals that is! Bring it back Betty C!
Kris - January 18, 2016 - Report this comment
Oh, the memories of the chicken noodle and Mac n cheese for lunch!! Microwaves were a new thing and every now and then you would chew on a crunchy noodle, lol! I remember shopping with my mother and picking out the ones I wanted for the week. Missing the old days!!! Bring back mug o lunches!!
Vicki - July 18, 2016 - Report this comment
I loved Mug O Lunch! Mac and cheese was my favorite followed by chicken noodle and beef noodle, the spaghetti was not always available but it was good too! I wish they would bring it back! Great memories!
Anita - October 30, 2016 - Report this comment
High School...I would come home for lunch and the Mac n Cheese was THE BEST...I would put a ton of butter in it and an extra slice of Kraft American cheese on top....I swear it was the greatest food ever made
Denise - March 02, 2017 - Report this comment
I was just telling people here at work about Mug- o- Lunch. That was some really good stuff. Beef and Noddle was my favorite. My brothers was mac and cheese. They need to bring this back. Tasted so much better then the box ones they have out now. Please bring it back Betty Crocker.
Roscoe P - May 11, 2017 - Report this comment
Wow, peeps still commenting about this. Well my memory was of course very early 80's and my bro and I would go through them quick except wagon wheels, I think a box of those stayed in pantry into the 90's. They had a distinct flavor, like you could blind fold someone and they would know it's Mug-o-Lunch.
L - July 31, 2017 - Report this comment
My Mom would never have allowed these in the house, but my friends had them. Whenever I got one at my friends house, I always chose Mac and Cheese. I never let them stew as long as they were supposed to, so my noodles were generally a bit on the crunchy side, and the cheese powder sauce was probably more watery than necessary, but that was how I liked it! I miss these stupid things. :)

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