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Consumer Reports puts frozen pizzas to a taste test

6:32 PM, Dec 21, 2010   |    comments
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Consumer Reports' sensory panelists tasted more than 800 slices. A great-tasting pizza should have a crust that tastes fresh-baked, flavorful cheese, and sauce with fresh-tasting spices. And though pizza isn't exactly diet food, it turns out some are more nutritional than others.

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

It turns out none of the pizzas rated Excellent. Still, many did rate Very Good. Even better - the tastiest also rated good for nutrition.

That pizza was 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 tasty change from the same old cheese pizza.

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 also found two more pizzas with different styles worth a try-the Chicago "deep dish" style Home Run Inn Classic Cheese Pizza and, from Target, Archer Farms Four Cheese Hand Made Wood Fired Pizza.

(Copyright © 2006-2010 Consumers Union of U.S., Inc.)

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