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Pizza Challenge: Who makes the best bargain brand (a.k.a., cheap) frozen pizza? Day 8 - How good is Newman's Own?

Mike Thayer 2016 (2)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.....   

Newman's Own Pepperoni Pizza
Newman's Own Thin and Crispy Crust Pepperoni Pizza

It's Day Eight of the challenge and I'm reviewing a pepperoni pizza made by Newman's Own.  Loved his movies, but will I like his pizza?  In a quick review of the ingredients listed on the box, my expectations are high.  Real pepperoni and whole milk mozzarella stand out, this has the makings of an excellent classic pepperoni pizza!  I purchased my Newman's Own Thin and Crispy Pepperoni Pizza on sale for just $4.99 and it weighs in at 15.1 ounces.  Normally the price of this pizza is beyond the bargain pizza price range, around $7. 

So how was it? 

Very good, worthy of a repeat buy in fact, with a caveat.  Newman's Own uses quality ingredients and you can tell that is the focus in the crafting of this pizza.  Real pepperoni, real cheese and the sauce is on point.....  You can pick up all the notes of garlic, onion and spices.  The portions are nice, everything is well balanced but there's one thing that holds this pizza back.  The crust.  It's a multi-grain crust and it really didn't hold up as well as I had hoped to the adding of additional ingredients.  I had to add four minutes to the normal baking time and that left the crust a bit too hard on the edges, with the middle underside a bit underdone.  I had to pull the pizza out of the oven when I did to prevent burning.   Otherwise, this was a very nice classic pepperoni pizza. 

20180619_190752Quality ingredients, but the crust doesn't hold up to added ingredients

Newman's Own Thin and Crispy Crust Pepperoni Pizza gets 3 out of 5 Bachelor on the Cheap Stars.  You get high quality ingredients with this pizza, but the crust doesn't hold up to added ingredients.  It's a repeat buy, even at full price IF you don't doctor it.  In fact, I would argue that this particular pizza is best enjoyed, as is.  The upside is, the ingredients are that good.  The downside to that though, is you don't get to truly enjoy pizza as YOU like it.

3 stars

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

Spend Wisely My Friends.....

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