Budge’s THRIVE Pizza

Our IT department had a pizza party at work today and things got a little crazy. I work for a freeze-dried food company, Thrive Life, which makes a wide variety of delicious freeze-dried foods. Our chairman, Jason Budge, joined us and made a very unique pizza. This is a grocery store pre-baked crust with tomato sauce, mozzarella cheese, black olives, and… THRIVE freeze-dried Greek Yogurt Bites and Fuji Apple Slices . Certainly not a typical pizza, but Thrive Life isn’t a typical food company.

I didn’t try the pizza myself, but I was told the part with the Fuji Apple Slices was actually decent. The Greek Yogurt Bites didn’t quite work with the cheese and tomato sauce, but are apparently really good toasted on their own, so I’ll definitely be trying that as a snack in the future.

Digiorno Thin Crust Four Meat

It’s not bad!

This is the first Digiorno pizza I’ve had that actually seemed to bake right following the directions. The crust leaves a bit to be desired, and is much thicker than an Italian-style thin-crust, but overall this is a pretty good pizza. There’re plenty of toppings and just the right amount of cheese and sauce.

Totinos Party Pizza

To conclude my cheap frozen pizza fun, I decided to end with the Totinos Party Pizza. It’s the best selling pizza for around a dollar you can get, and for good reason. While it definitely tastes cheap, it’s surprisingly good for it’s price. It’s actually one of the best sub-$5 pizzas I’ve had, and I’ll likely buy more.

The crust is somewhat thin, but not so much that it gets too crispy, and while the cheese and toppings are a bit lacking in quantity, it has a great overall taste. They’ve done a great job getting the best possible pizza out of the simple ingredients.

California Pizza Kitchen – Sicilian Recipe

California Pizza Kitchen recently redesigned their frozen pizza boxes so I thought there was a chance the pizzas changed too. This one was exactly the same as the last Sicilian Recipe as far as I can tell. Sadly though, I’ve had a very hard time finding the Signature Pepperoni, which is a bit sad since it’s my favorite frozen pizza ever. I’m really hoping they didn’t discontinue it…

Jack’s Thin Crust Pepperoni

Continuing my adventures with cheap frozen pizzas, I tried Jack’s Thin Crust Pepperoni.

This isn’t a bad pizza, but it definitely tastes cheap. For $2-3, it’s a decent size, but the flavor is quite bland. Overall not terrible, but, as always, you get what you pay for.