Black Mac 'n’ Cheese

We just turned your childhood favorite into your worst nightmare.


  • For the pasta:
  • 3 tablespoons food grade activated charcoal powder
  • 8 ounces uncooked elbow macaroni
  • Salt for water
  • For the sauce:
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons food grade activated charcoal powder
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 1 cup cheddar cheese, shredded
  • Salt to taste


  1. In a pot, boil 3 cups of lightly salted water. Add the charcoal powder and stir well. Add elbow pasta, stir, and cook until al dente. Drain the black water, coat the pasta with a drizzle of olive oil and set aside.
  2. In a pot, melt butter and whisk in flour and charcoal powder. Cook until the mixture for about one minute. Then pour in cold milk while whisking, and cook for a few minutes until the sauce begins to thicken. Lower heat and add the cheese. Stir until fully melted. Season with salt. Combine the cooked pasta and sauce, and serve.