Actually, I take that back. Hamburger Helper is a scam. It's like stone soup--the best stuff comes from outside the box, and you're the one who does all the work. All you get when you buy a box of Hamburger Helper is a couple cups of dry macaroni and a packet of dehydrated cheese sauce. If you made Hamburger Helper without the box and used the same recipe on dry pasta, melted cheese, and maybe some spices (basil? paprika?) instead, you'd have a similar--nay, superior--meal, and it would take just as long and leave you with just as many dirty utensils to clean up.
Also, while one would expect it to be emasculating, there's something downright studly about scrubbing a filthy bathtub half-naked.
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