Consumer Report: Tastiest Frozen Pizzas

By: Lauren Evans Email
By: Lauren Evans Email

Who wants to even think about cooking after the holidays? Popping a frozen pizza in the oven can be an easy solution to making dinner for the family.

Sales of frozen pizza topped more than $3 billion this year, with DiGiorno pizza the top seller. But is it the best-tasting pizza?

Consumer Reports tested 16 pizzas, all cheese, from brands like DiGiorno, Tombstone and Kashi.

Testing to find the best, Consumer Reports' sensory panelists tasted more than 800 slices.

"A great-tasting pizza should have a crust that tastes fresh baked, flavorful cheese, and a sauce with fresh-tasting spices," says Ellen Klosz of Consumer Reports.

And while pizza isn't exactly diet food, it turns out some are more nutritional than others.

Among the worst - Red Baron Fire Baked Thin Crust 5-Cheese and Totino's Crisp Crust Triple Cheese Pizza. And the Totino's was the lowest rated for taste, too.

It turns out none of the pizzas rated excellent, but many did rate very good.

Even better - the tastiest also rated good for nutrition. That pizza is Amy's Cornmeal Crust Three Cheese Pizza. It costs about $8. With goat cheese and a cornmeal crust, it's not the most traditional pizza.

"Testers said it was a nice change from the same old cheese pizza," Klosz says.

For a bit less money and a bit more pizza, Consumer Reports recommends DiGiorno's Rising Crust Pizza Four Cheese for about $6.50. It's a more traditional cheese pizza with a chewy, Italian-style crust, flavorful cheese, and plenty of sauce.

Consumer Reports says two other pizzas with two different styles are also worth a try - the Chicago "Deep Dish" Home Run Inn Classic Cheese Pizza and, from Target, Archer Farms Four Cheese Handmade Wood Fired Pizza.

You can find Amy's pizza at Meijer and Kroger.

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  • by mike Location: lansing on Dec 28, 2010 at 03:35 PM
    Paul before you comment learn to spell.Or proof read.
  • by Dan Location: Lansing on Dec 28, 2010 at 09:53 AM
    Just because its frozen does'nt mean you can't add other sides like more pepperoni or cheese or onions make it even better.
  • by Paul Location: Location on Dec 28, 2010 at 08:34 AM
    Why! would you pay 6.50 - 9.00 for a frozen Chese only lest tasting pizza when you can get a fresh out of the oven pizza with chesse and meat from three differant pizza chains here in Lansing for just $5.00 don't make any sense to me
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