Review of Hungry Jack Cheesy Scalloped Potatoes

by StevenHelmer

I made this as a side dish for our chicken dinner last night. Read to find out what I thought of it.

Product Description: Boxed cheesy scalloped potatoes from the Hungry Jack brand, which I purchased at one of our local grocery stores a few weeks ago. The potatoes are prepared either in the oven, on the stove top or in the microwave by adding water, butter and milk to the potatoes and seasoning inside the box. Total cook time is about 15 minutes using the microwave.


My daughters both had figure skating lessons last night so, planning ahead, I decided to make a chicken dinner in our slow cooker. Unfortunately, around mid-afternoon, I realized I never got around to adding some potatoes to our crock pot so, needing one more side dish, I ended up making this product instead.

I had just re-discovered these potatoes while reorganizing our pantry a couple hours earlier, which is the main reason they were still fresh in my mind. And, even though I'm not normally a big fan of boxed potatoes, I did like the convenience. Unfortunately, they really weren't as good as I was hoping they would be.

Hungry Jack Potatoes
Hungry Jack Potatoes
Photo by Steven Helmer

In the interest of time, I decided to make the potatoes in the microwave and did think they were easy to prepare. The instructions were easy to follow and it only took about 15 minutes to cook them, giving us plenty of time to eat them before heading over to the ice rink.

Unfortunately, when it came to taste, these potatoes were definitely lacking something. As expected, it was pretty easy to tell they came from a box, mostly because the potatoes tasted a little rubbery and not fresh. But, while many similar products do a reasonable job hiding this with the cheese sauce, this product didn't.

In fact, I didn't think there was anything cheesy about that sauce. It actually was a little on the salty side and that's mostly what I was tasting when eating these. As a result, while it wasn't the worst boxed potato product I have ever purchased, it wasn't anything overly memorable either.

Hungry Jack Cheesy Scalloped Potatoes, 6.1 Ounce (Pack of 12)

Hungry Jack® Cheesy Scalloped Potatoes.With a Three Cheese Flavored Sauce.Family Size - 6 Servings.American Culinary Chefsbest.Chefs Best Excellence Award 2016.Made with 100% re...

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Final Opinion

If you can find these on sale (which I think was the reason we purchased them originally), they might be worth buying for the convenience. But, they aren't nearly as good as similar products from other brands.

My Grade: C

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Updated: 01/03/2017, StevenHelmer
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DerdriuMarriner on 03/02/2022

StevenHelmer, Thank you for practical information, pretty pictures and product lines.
Suppose that a meal includes someone who likes scalloped potatoes. Suppose that the potato is not too rubbery, that it's atypical of the brand to include non-fresh products. Suppose that there may be more guests than expected somewhere.

Would this work as an extender, instead of going out and buying more potatoes, for scalloped potatoes if it had the proper amounts of cheese and salt? Or would it be better to look to other brands?

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