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Monday 09/10/18

Great Value Thin Crust Pepperoni Pizza Review

I usually avoid store brand pizza since it usually doesn't turn out very well, but I figured maybe the thin crust kinds might be better.

This was cheaper than Jack's by a little bit (like $2.80, whereas Jack's is usually $3.00?) and I figured it'd probably be similar to Jack's. It was. It's got similar pepperonis and similar crust, and it's crunchy and nice. In contrast to the rising crust store-brand pizzas I've seen it's got flavor, though nothing particularly exceptional. I did like the cheese though.

I feel like if you want cheap pizza a better option is getting Tony's. They're even cheaper ($2.50) and they're similar to Red Baron, with an emphasis on flavor.

Sunday 08/12/18

Tony's Pepperoni frozen pizza review

I've reviewed other Tony's products that went in the microwave that I did not enjoy much, but this one goes in an oven, which is a great start. Apparently this is the first frozen pizza brand available too?

Instead of the microwave situation where the whole thing is usually soggy or tough and not fun to eat, this was pretty fine. It's actually kind of similar to a Red Baron pizza. I've primarily been getting those for my frozen pizza needs because they're flavorful and very nice, but it seems like Tony's might be a decent alternative.

The crust is a bit fluffier and softer than Red Baron usually turns out, but it's still actually crunchy in a pleasant way. I like it. The pizza also has no trouble holding itself together, though that's probably helped by only having pepperoni.

The pizza has a slightly spicy/savory flavor going through it like the Red Baron and Freschetta does, though it's cheaper than both of those options. The pepperoni isn't really anything special - it doesn't turn out crispy or anything and it tastes sort of average, but it's pepperoni for sure and it contributes to the pizza.

I'd say it's definitely worth getting if you want cheap but decent pizza, though also consider Red Baron if you want something slightly better.

Friday 06/29/18

Review: Totino's Party Pizza - Combination

I saw this pizza for $1.36 and decided to try it; if it was good then I have a cheap pizza to get alongside my usual Red Baron. If it's bad, I didn't waste very much money. I used the oven instead of microwaving it, which made the crust come out very satisfyingly crispy. and crunchy. Unfortunately, I think the crust might have been the best part of the pizza.

You don't go into a $1.36 pizza expecting a lot, so I kept that in mind. It's much better than the Tony's Microwaveable Pepperoni rectangle but this wasn't exactly fair since I baked this and microwaved that. I can happily say that the Totino's version was not very greasy in comparison. I used a napkin to try and sop up grease but there wasn't really much. I didn't really end up feeling gross afterwards either.

The sausage part reminded me of the sausage component of a combination pizza roll. In fact, I think the product in general reminded me of a pizza roll, not surprising since it's the same company and all. The flavor is a little "off" for pizza but not in a necessarily bad way? I tried to see what I thought of the sauce and the cheese but there weren't really much to either of those. That's party of why I think the crust is probably the best part. It's crunchy and airy in an interesting way and it's pleasant.

In the end, it's fine for $1.36 but for cheap pizza in general I would stick to Jack's, and for slightly more expensive pizza I would stick to Red Baron, though they're pretty different experiences. A big plus is that Totino's is microwaveable, so if you can put up with a softer pizza it can let you make a pizza very quickly. I would also rate their other product, pizza rolls, as being much better overall. You can get a 20-roll box for a bit more than a Totino's Party Pizza but I'd say it's worth it if you want to stick to cheap pizza-like products.

Tuesday 10/04/16

Tony's Deep Dish Pepperoni Review

This is another microwaveable pizza. I was very wary because of the pizza rectangle I bought previously from the Tony's brand but this one was okay.

it was unbelievably greasy as usual but I dabbed up as much of it as I could with a napkin and it was still very greasy but okay. It was tough and not too easy to cut through but I guess that's to be expected when it's deep dish. It was chewy but not soggy. The pepperoni wasn't tough like in Lunchables and was pleasantly spicy. In fact the whole thing had a nice spiciness to it and was sort of flavorful.

I guess it's okay for $2.25.

Sunday 07/31/16

Papa Johns Pan Pizza Review

I got a pepperoni and sausage Papa Johns pan pizza because they were only $10.

Usually I associate pan pizza with Pizza Hut. It reminded me of their pan pizza a lot, and it was like some weird hybrid between the two. I think the crust was thinner than Pizza Hut is but it was thicker than the usual for Papa Johns. The crust was sort of crispy and it was actually a little tiny bit burnt on the very edge but it didn't affect anything. I wouldn't be surprised if Papa Johns is still sorta figuring things out since pan pizzas are new for them.

Taste-wise it was the same as a regular Papa Johns pizza, and it was sort of odd having a pizza that feels and looks like a Pizza Hut pan pizza without all the grease. The crust is definitely a lot less of the taste than it is for store-brand rising crust pizzas, even with how thick it was.

I dunno if I'd pay extra for a pan pizza, but when it's on sale it's nice to get.

Sunday 07/17/16

Freschetta Pepperoni pizza review

Another rising crust pizza. Except, this tastes a lot better than the usual generic rising crust pizzas, like how DiGiorno does. It has a pleasant spicy and savory taste to it and the crust actually reminds me of IPFW's crust. It's nice and soft and doughy, while still crunchy. Actually, now that I think about it it's good in a lot of the same ways IPFW's pizza is.

I recommend it.

Wednesday 07/13/16

Pepperoni Pizza Funnel Cake Review

Against my better judgment I tried pepperoni pizza funnel cake.

It's sugarless funnel cake with a layer of sauce, then a layer of the kinda cheese they put on pretzels and nachos, then pepperonis.

The cheese was a poor decision and they should have figured out how to put melted mozzarella on it. That would have been so much better. I found it hard to eat after awhile since it was pretty gross after the novelty wore off. I started wiping the massive amounts of cheese off and even then it was kinda hard to eat. I couldn't finish it.

Not worth $9.

Sunday 06/19/16

Kojak's Pizza Puff Review

I was told that Kojak's Pizza Puff was like an oversized pizza roll, so I got one.

It was big alright, and the outside seemed a little burnt, crust like frozen pizza that had been left in just a tiny bit too long. It was very distinctly pizza crust though unlike the tortilla-like crusts in some of IPFW's vending machine selections.

The burnt taste gets overpowered quickly though because as you bite in you get to the doughy, tasty inside. There's what seems like little bits of pepperoni and sausage chunks and it's somewhat spicy, probably because of all the meat. It wasn't messy to eat at all.

It also tasted pretty much exactly like a big pizza roll, which is wonderful.

Red Baron Pepperoni and Sausage Pizza, Review

I tried a Red Baron frozen pizza and it was alright. It had a decent amount of spiciness and the crust and pepperoni were both really spicy and lovely. The pepperoni was flavorful and the sausage was juicy. However, the meats really took up most of the taste and covered up the rest, so I can't really comment on the cheese or sauce.

Saturday 05/21/16

Reggio's Pepperoni Frozen Pizza Review

I've had the cheese version of this and remember liking it. It's really quite different from the kinda pizza that Digiorno/Tombstone/Jack's/etc aims at and that should be taken into account in reviewing it.

It brags about a "famous butter crust" and indeed the crust is pretty buttery and soft, in a good way. The whole pizza is pretty soft and the cheese is a little gooey but not excessively so. The pepperonis aren't as good as on some other pizzas but that's probably because this pizza seems like it's supposed to be more moist than others. The pepperonis honestly reminded me of the kind you'd buy at a store to put on homemade pizzas.

Thursday 04/21/16

Fast Choice Pizza Charbroil with Cheese Review

I saw a "pizza burger" in the vending machines when I was walking around Ivy Tech forever ago and I regretted not trying it. Now, I tried what seemed to be a pizza burger. It was NOT soggy or anything when microwaved, and it was basically just a patty with pizza sauce and a slice of cheese on it. Like, pasta cheese rather than American cheese. It honestly did not taste very much like a pizza, but rather more like goulash. And, judging it as a goulash burger rather than a pizza burger it's surprisingly good for $2.25.

Monday 04/04/16

Littieri's Pepperoni Pizza Calzone Review

I forgot to bring pizza with me and there were no pizza wraps so I tried the $3 Littieri's Pepperoni stuffed Calzone. It advertised "authentic bread with flavorful fillings" and it actually had microwaving instructions, so I put it in for like 1:15. It came out really soft and poofy and it's tastes pretty nice, and tasted like proper pizza crust rather than like Lunchmakers (so authentic bread is right). There was transparent tape on the package for some reason, holding it together which I thought was weird. It smells decent and while it's really soft you don't necessarily need a plate as long as you're careful.

The calzone is pretty spicy from the pepperonis and it tasted alright. The taste isn't amazing (it's sorta like rising crust frozen pizza) and the texture is pretty bad. It's sorta mushy and the cheese isn't great.

Like before, I think I'd prefer the regular pizza for a little bit more money, though it's a long walk to Walb from Kettler.

Monday 03/28/16

IPFW Vending Machine Pizza Wrap Review

The pizza wraps have been kind of hard to find, and for good reason: they're pretty good actually.

The wrap had no instructions on it so I heated it up for 30 seconds which still left it mostly cold. I guessed that was good enough and just ate it. It also came with a dipping cup (?) of marinara sauce which was kind of hard to use because ingredients kept falling into it. I think maybe instead you're supposed to spread it out over something and dip into that instead of directly using the cup.

The pizza taste is very much like a Lunchmakers pizza, which I think is probably from the tortilla used in place of a crust. The inside has pepperoni as an entire layer so there's TONS of pepperoni in there, and there's Italian sausages which give it a very spicy taste. The cheese reminded me of Lunchmakers too. This isn't a surprise since they both seem like they're meant to be eaten cold.

The pizza has lots of meat in it and it's very flavorful and quite spicy. It's honestly not a huge upgrade from Lunchmakers in pure flavor but it feels a lot more filling because there's so much and because of how juicy and nice it is. It's $3 which is kinda expensive but still cheaper than the cafeteria pizza (which is like ~$3.50 with tax?). Honestly, I might as well just pay the extra 50 cents for the awesome pizza in the cafeteria, especially with how hard it is to find the pizza wraps.

Sunday 03/06/16

Armour LunchMakers Cheese Pizza, review

While the pepperoni pizza is okay, I looked in the fridge and found tons of Amour LunchMakers cheese pizzas instead after it was recently restocked, and decided to try one. I put it in the microwave like I usually do, for 30 seconds, and it was ick. The cheese type includes a second type of cheese in addition to the mozzarella. In their infinite wisdom Armour decided to go with AMERICAN CHEESE out of all the possible choices they could have used! I'm guessing it was just cheaper to use American cheese than something better, or even just a bigger amount of mozzarella! Needless to say this pizza is not very good, and I recommend eating it without cooking it if you get the cheese kind at all, since it's less ick when it's not melted.

Tuesday 03/01/16

Mozzarella String Cheese On Pizza, Review

I wanted to make a pizza with a premade crust and pizza sauce, but I didn't have shredded mozzarella. rather than make another cheddar-only pizza I took mozzarella string cheese and ripped it into lots of little bits and scattered them around the pizza. The resulting pizza has a lot of white streaks where the mozzarella was and the stringiness doesn't seem to affect all that much, just making it harder to pull two pieces apart and keep the cheese separated. Texture-wise it's not really that different from normal.

Monday 02/29/16

Lunchables Pepperoni Pizza Fun Pack, Review

Today I had a Lunchables pizza rather than an Armour Lunchmakers one. It came in a cardboard box that contained a Capri Sun fruit punch pouch, and a Crunch candy bar. The box had jokes on the inside and fun fax and tongue twisters but there was nothing in there that was really amusing for a college student.

Unlike Lunchmakers, Lunchables Pizza has tons of sauce and tons of cheese so you definitely have enough. I ended up using the whole amount of cheese and sauce I got. The big difference between Lunchmakers Pepperoni Pizza and Lunchables Pepperoni Pizza is that Lunchmakers has "pepperoni flavored sausage" which is really thin and easy to tear through and it tasted pretty decent. Lunchables on the other hand has real pepperonis.

These are pretty huge and sorta thick, and you get enough for three pepperonis per pizza, and if you use them evenly all the pizzas are mostly covered with the pepperonis. The pepperonis honestly don't taste all that much better (they're okay, taste like pepperoni and are a little spicy) and the big difference is the texture. They feel tough and leathery even when cooked for 30 seconds, and because of them you can't tear into the pizza with a fork very easily. You also have to chew it.

I'd probably honestly stick to Armour Lunchmakers here.

Monday 01/18/16

Kroger Three Meat Rising Crust pizza, Review

I felt like trying some new pizza, so I baked a self-rising crust pizza from Kroger. I know, it's store-brand so I shouldn't be expecting a lot, but Meijer's rising crust and Great Value pizzas turned out to be decent in both the pepperoni and cheese versions, if a little bland. This was not the case for Kroger's rising crust pizzas. I don't know if it was undercooked but it was put in between the minimum and maximum cooking times so I don't think it was. I didn't really like it.

The pizza was really gooey, in a sort of bad way. It's sort of like how Tombstone cheese pizza is a little too gooey but it's the whole pizza. In fact, the pizza is so gooey that it can't really hold itself together very well. It's very difficult to lift up a piece without it falling apart and spilling toppings. A lot of the pizza was the bread part which wasn't very crunchy at all except for some bits on the end, and the pizza was mostly just soggy. The flavors weren't all that great; the toppings were kind of bland and seemed moist rather than actually being juicy.

I don't know if the cheese version is any better, but as it stands I'm not really looking to try this brand again soon.

Wednesday 11/04/15

IPFW Walb Pepperoni and Sausage pizza slice, Review

Because Walb has pizza too in the cafeteria that used to be Pizza Hut, I bought a slice even though it was $3.29. It's a pretty big slice though. It looked delicious and way better than Tony's, with infinitely less grease though there was still some visible grease. There were TONS of sausages and they were big and juicy. They seemed a little crunchy too in a good way. The pepperonis were juicy and overall the toppings were way better than Pizza Hut's toppings and Little Caesars's toppings, but not quite as good as Papa John's. There are pepperonis on the crust which were crunchy.The dough wasn't tough and the cheese and sauce were really good. Overall it was a really good slice of pizza but $3.29 kinda kills it for me. If I'm hungry and I want pizza I could pay like, twice that and get a whole Papa Johns pizza.

Tuesday 11/03/15

Tony's Microwaveable Pepperoni Pizza Rectangle, Review

Everyone always tells me not to buy weird stuff from the vending machines. It was tempting though, not having any hot foods at college when I was hungry, so against my better judgment I purchased a Tony's Pepperoni Pizza thing, and it seemed like the kind of food you'd have in a high school lunch. Pizza tends to be good even when it's bad, so it was probably safe, right?

After it got out of the microwave I noticed it was ULTRA greasy and I used a napkin to wipe up a good amount of it but there was still a lot of it left. I grabbed one of the forks and headed off to discrete math class because I realized it was about to start. Once inside I realized the pizza was pretty much impossible to cut into with the ultra flimsy forks my college has and I mostly had to bite into it to tear it at all. The pizza looked really disappointing and it has those dumb cube shaped pepperonis that didn't turn out to taste very good and they kept falling off. The pizza kinda smelled weird too and overall it just reminded me of high school food but not in a nice nostalgic way. It was a little spicy though and that was nice.

I felt gross afterwards, ugh.

Tuesday 08/25/15

Lean Cuisine Craveables Pepperoni Pizza Review

It's microwave pizza, but really good microwave pizza. It's not crispy in the slightest but it doesn't try to be and it's a lot more flavorful than generic crispy frozen pizzas. It's kinda small but I guess for the type of product it is that makes sense. It's enjoyably spicy. I didn't pay attention to the nutritional value because I never do but it's Lean Cuisine so it's probably healthier than Kid Cuisine. It's probably a lot less calories than an entire Papa Johns pizza with copious amounts of garlic sauce.

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