Frozen Pizza Challenge: Who makes the best bargain brand (a.k.a., cheap) frozen pizza? Is it Totino's?
Pizza Challenge: Who makes the best bargain brand (a.k.a., cheap) frozen pizza? Day 5 - Is it DiGiorno?

Frozen Pizza Challenge: Who makes the best bargain brand (a.k.a., cheap) frozen pizza? Is it Red Baron?

By Mike Thayer

Pizza - Perhaps the greatest food invention ever and I don't know about you, but I don't know anybody that does NOT like pizza.....

So who makes the best of the cheap frozen variety?  How will your preferred brand stack up?

I like pepperoni, it's my go-to for a pizza topping and my favorite pizza combo is a thin crust, pepperoni, mushroom, onion, with extra cheese.  You won't find that combo in grocery stores, so with that in mind, part of this review/evaluation of pizzas is the ability to doctor it, as in add your favorite ingredients.  Lord knows the bargain basement brands don't exactly get crazy with copious amounts of meat and cheese.  A lot of folks 'doctor' pizzas before placement in the oven and I'm here to assist with that.  No, that doesn't mean I'm a pizza nurse...  Don't go there.....

20180615_185654Red Baron Thin & Crispy Crust Pepperoni

It's Day Four and after two consecutive underwhelming pizzas (Tombstone and Totino's), I'm looking forward to something better.....  One can always hope....   Today, I'm reviewing Red Baron, a go-to brand for a lot of folks, second only to DiGiorno in sales.  My Red Baron Pepperoni on a 'Thin & Crispy' Crust cost $3.49 for a pizza weighing in at 15.77 ounces.  That comes in under the typical size/weight range, traditional frozen pizza heft is usually between 16 and 20 ounces.  Must be the thin crust, right?

Red Baron Pepperoni Pizza
Out of the box

So how was the pizza?  This is a good but not great pizza.  The pepperoni, not authentic pepperoni...  Red Baron uses pepperoni using beef, pork and chicken (chicken?), but that's not unexpected in a pizza that costs under $5.  The cheese contains real cheese and the sauce is actually pretty decent.  You can taste the onion, garlic and other spices.  The crust, at first glance, didn't look like it was going to hold up to the added ingredient doctoring, but it did.  I had to add four minutes to the baking time, but it didn't come out with overdone outer edges or an underdone middle underside.  It looked underdone, but it wasn't and it didn't taste like cardboard.  Overall, not a bad pizza bite. 

Red Baron Pizza
The 'Doctored' pizza out of the oven, did the crust hold up?

The Red Baron Thin & Crispy Crust Pepperoni Pizza was friendly on the wallet and not bad on the taste buds.  Red Baron gets three out of five Bachelor on the Cheap stars.  For under $5, not a bad pizza, but doctoring is a must.

3 stars

Stay tuned for more frozen pizza reviews, with a complete ranking of worst to best to wrap up the challenge.

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