Frozen pizza taste test

Tombstone Original Extra Cheese(Courtesy of Tombstone)

We're a nation addicted! Americans spend over $3 billion a year on frozen pizzas. Here, you'll find yummiest buys in cheese, veggie and pepperoni varieties.

THE OVERALL WINNERS

Winner for Cheese:

Tombstone Original Extra Cheese ($5 for 20.5-oz. pizza)

This "fresh-tasting" pie is layered with "tangy" sauce and tons of "gooey" cheese. Its crisp yet "doughy" crust got a thumbs-up, too.

Tasters' Pick: This “flavorful” pizza was praised for its crispy yet "doughy" crust, “gooey” cheese, and “fresh” tasting sauce. A few tasters thought it had a kick from spices that made it taste like pepperoni.

Amy's Roasted Vegetable Pizza(Courtesy of Amy's)

Winner for Veggie:

Amy's Roasted Vegetable Pizza ($8.29 for 12-oz. pizza)

Tasters flipped for this pizza's bold flavor ("It tastes better than it looks") and barely noticed that there was no cheese under the "sweet" caramelized onions, peppers, and mushrooms.

Taster’s Pick: Tasters loved this “unique” flavored pizza with its “sweet” caramelized onions, peppers, and mushrooms. Its “pillowy” yet crisp crust had tasters drooling.



Red Baron Classic Crust Pepperoni(Courtesy of Red Baron)Winner for Pepperoni: Taster's Pick

Red Baron Classic Crust Pepperoni ($4.50 for 20.6-oz. pizza)

Earning points for "homemade flavor," this pizza impressed tasters with a "crunchy" but "chewy" crust that was "not too thick or thin." Also earning raves were the spicy pepperoni slices — for a real kick of flavor — atop gooey sauce.

 

(See also: Vanilla ice cream taste test)



Amy’s Cheese(Courtesy of Amy's)CHEESE:
Editors' Pick
Amy’s Cheese | $7.19

This pizza was applauded for its “homemade” taste. Tasters loved its “thick and crispy” crust, as well as its “tasty,” “super tomato-y” sauce.






Stouffer's Cheese French Bread Pizza(Courtesy of Stouffer's) Stouffer's Cheese French Bread Pizza | $3.19

Tasters were split on this pizza from Stouffer’s. While some loved its “sweet” sauce and “flaky” French bread crust, others thought it had “too many spices,” lacked cheese, and tasted more like garlic bread than pizza.






CPK Crispy Thin Margherita(Courtesy of California Pizza Kitchen)

CPK Crispy Thin Margherita | $6.49

While tasters loved the bits of chopped tomato on top of this pie, they were less than impressed with its “sour” and “artificial” taste and its “chewy” texture.









Totino's Cheese(Courtesy of Totino's) Totino's Cheese | $1.39

Many tasters liked the “crunch” of this pizza’s “light,” “flaky” crust, but found the sauce had an “acrid,” “fake” aftertaste from the dried herbs.







Jack's Cheese(Courtesy of Jack's) Jack's Cheese | $3.59

While some tasters raved about this pie’s “fresh” and “spicy” flavor, others thought it tasted “bland” and “stale.” They were also divided on its crust with some calling it “rubbery” and others saying it had a “decent crunch.”







Archer Farms Wood-Fired Margherita(Courtesy of Target)Archer Farms Wood-Fired Margherita | $4.99


Although some tasters appreciated the basil leaves on this pie, the herbs weren’t enough to save it. “Not a ton of flavor,” wrote many testers. One taster summed it up best, “crisp, but no flavor!”





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