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Pizza Challenge: Who makes the best bargain brand (a.k.a., cheap) frozen pizza? Day 9 - How good is Jack's?

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.....   

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Jack's Thin Crust Pepperoni Pizza

It's Day Nine of the challenge and I'm reviewing Jack's, a maker of frozen pizza since 1960.  In a quick review of the ingredients listed on the box, my expectations are - "eh."  Pepperoni made from pork, chicken, and beef, a.k.a., not real pepperoni.  The cheese, while supporting Wisconsin Dairy Farmers, uses skim milk to make the mozzarella which means good, but not great.  The sauce, well, details below....  I purchased my Jack's Original Thin Crust Pepperoni Pizza for $3.34 and it weighed in at 15.4 ounces, just under the normal weight range of bargain brand pizzas of 16 ounces and up.  

So how was it? 

I have to admit, my expectations were not very high going into this review.  I expected the typical cardboard crust, the spicy ketchup flavored sauce and just an overall bland pizza bite experience but this pizza, is actually, pleasantly good.  The pepperoni portion is decent and even though not authentic pepperoni had good flavor and wasn't too greasy.  The sauce was nice, not too sweet and the cheese was of good portion and melted nicely.  The crust, as I stated, was not cardboard.  I did have to bake the pizza an extra two minutes with the added ingredients in mind, the edges were baked perfectly, the middle underside was however a bit soft.  But had I baked the pie another two minutes or so, I think the outer crust would have been over baked.  Overall, this was a pretty nicely balanced pizza and for $3.34, Jack's is a repeat buy.  The crust could probably handle some light doctoring, but not heavy as I like to do....  onions, mushrooms and a lot more cheese....  Perhaps just a little more cheese is all, next time.... 

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Out of the box
Jack's Pepperoni Pizza
Jack's Pepperoni Pizza, out of the oven, crust shot

Jack's Thin Crust Pepperoni gets 3 out of 5 Bachelor on the Cheap Stars.  You get a nice balance of flavor for a truly bargain price.  It's a repeat buy, but you can't go too heavy on the doctoring. 

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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