Cheddar Bay Biscuit Mix from Red Lobster: As Good as the Real Thing?
JK Grence Hard to tell which is which. That's the point.
The Guilty Pleasure:Red Lobster Cheddar Bay Biscuit Mix
Where To Get It: Your favorite grocery store
The Price: About $2.25 (plus a couple pantry staples)
What It Really Costs: Depends on your feelings about baking mixes (and partially hydrogenated oil).
If you've been reading my Guilty Pleasures articles for a while, you'll know that I don't find much pleasure in dinner at Red Lobster. The kitchen plays it too safe for my taste, churning out dishes that mainstream Americans adore, but just make me yawn. There is, however, one exception.
It's those Cheddar Bay Biscuits.
As I'd mentioned before, they're universally loved for a simple reason: Warm, soft carbs bathed in garlic butter are delicious. The one problem is that you have to Red Lobster to get them. Or at least, you once had to step outside of your house. Not anymore.
Some marketing genius at Darden (Red Lobster's parent company) realized they could take the mix that they ship to the restaurants, and package it for home use. Now, according to the box, you can have the same biscuits that Red Lobster makes at their restaurants in the comfort of your own home. Does the claim stand up? Let's find out.
The first thing I had to do was go get some of the genuine article. Did you know you can go to Red Lobster and just buy biscuits by the half-dozen to go? Until I wrote this article, the thought never occurred to me. At $2 for a half-dozen, it's a decent deal for a quick snack on the road. At least, as long as you don't mind your car smelling like garlic butter.