Nov 1, 2010 - Time's Up! I will be drawing the winner later today!
This is a sponsored review by BlogHer and Newman's Own.
My daughter likes mushroom on hers. My son, pepperoni. Both kids like to make their own, when we have time to do that.
But despite my best intentions, we just simply don't always have time to make pizza. The dough from scratch, the sauce from scratch, the toppings freshly plucked from our garden or cheese that I made that morning. We will buy other pizza, but usually reluctantly.
When Blogher indicated they were looking for people to sample Newman's Own Thin and Crispy Pizza, I pretty much begged to be included.
Paul Newman, or, more correctly, Newman's Own, was different.
I'd been a fan of Paul Newman, the actor, since I saw The Sting on tv one Sunday afternoon. Sure, Robert Redford was the younger guy, but Paul Newman, with that grin, and those eyes - he was cool.
I graduated from the University of Connecticut a whole bunch of years ago, and I remember that it was right around that time period that the first Whole in the Wall Gang Camp was created in nearby Ashford. I remember thinking how generous Mr. Newman was, and what a marvelous place this camp, for kids with serious illnesses, would be.
Years later, when Mr. Newman branched out into the world of salad dressings and pasta sauces, I was right there with him. Still am. Especially now, when fresh, natural ingredients are hugely important to me, both as a home cook and a mother.
I selected the Thin & Crispy White and the Thin & Crispy Supreme for my family to sample.
I preheated the oven and took the plastic-wrapped pizzas out of the box.
I have a confession to make.
I don't usually buy frozen pizza. I just...don't. I know. I order it, I make it, but I typically don't buy it frozen. Why not, when it would be so convenient to just open the freezer and pop one or two in the oven?
Well, because usually frozen pizza just tastes like...like frozen pizza.
When I unwrapped those two pizzas, they looked...well, kind of like frozen pizzas. Which, I suppose, is fair. They were frozen pizzas. But, they had the Newman's Own label, and the image of their grinning, blue-eyed founder on the box, so I remained confident.
The Supreme pizza includes pepperoni, sausage, and roasted red, yellow and green peppers.
I put them in the oven - directly on the racks, as advised by the instructions on the back of the box - and set the timer for ten minutes. I took out plates and napkins and set the table while I waited.
Within five minutes, we could smell the pizzas cooking. And they smelled good.
I baked mine for a total of 12 minutes, took them out and sliced them into 8 wedges per pizza. (The box says each pizza provides 3 servings, but we had 4 mouths to feed, so I ignored that part.) I brought the pizzas to the table and served one slice of each to my husband, my kids, and myself.
And then I waited for the feedback.
First, the White Pizza.
Bill gave this one a thumbs-up immediately. He really liked the garlic flavor in the white sauce, and the crisp crust. Julia, my 6-year-old, said, "It's yummy. It tastes better than it looks." She was right.
Now, I sort of didn't expect Alex to like this one at all. He doesn't really like spinach or white pizzas, but I asked him, in the interest of this review, to try one bite. He did. And then another. "Mmmm...this is good. It's a good thing I decided to try it! The cheese is very good, so is the spinach and I love the crust. Love it."
And I agreed with them all. I really liked the roasted garlic flavor in the white sauce, and the spinach, though it had been frozen, looked like someone had chopped it up not too long ago. I liked the crust, too. It was crispy and flaky - it kind of reminded me of pie dough.
Next up, the Supreme.
I think Bill and I were both pleasantly surprised at how flavorful this was. The sauce had a pleasant bit of heat, and the sausage was yummy. And the peppers! I hadn't read everything on the box before we ate dinner, so I hadn't known that the peppers were roasted. And so while I was eating, I was thinking, "Hm...these peppers taste good...like they've been roasted...." Surprise, surprise!
Both kids liked the Supreme, too. Julia used words like "great" and "awesome," and Alex particularly liked the sausage - even better than pepperoni, surprisingly.
Once we'd polished off the two pizzas (I interrupt myself here and have to say that this is my only complaint - the pizzas were too small. I think we could each have eaten one. Or two. Okay, I'm exaggerating. Sort of.) I asked everyone to let me know, just for fun, which pizza they preferred.
Alex liked both equally, while Bill, Julia and I preferred the White, but only by a slim margin.
Finally, I asked them all if they would like me to buy Newman's Own Thin & Crispy Pizzas again.
Alex - yes, and he wanted to try some of the other varieties as well.
Bill and I were of the same opinion - frozen is not the same as fresh, but as far as frozen pizzas go, these were much better than anything we've ever had before. The flavors were real, you know? They spinach tasted fresh, the peppers tasted roasted. The sauces were yummy, and we really liked the crust.
And even though I had coupons for the pizzas, I was pleased to find that they were pretty inexpensive as well. How can you beat that? Newman’s Own Thin and Crispy pizzas deliver delicious, high-quality, all-natural ingredients to the table with the added benefit of convenience, healthier option and popularity. It takes only 10-12 minutes for a Newman’s Own Thin and Crispy frozen pizza to bake to perfection and at about half the cost of take-out pizza.
Now, what does all this mean for you?
So, what do you have to do to enter?
Just let me know what you like on your pizza. I'm nosy.
Right here, in the comments section of this post. That's it. That's all you have to do. Well, that and take a look at the Official Rules Page. The contest runs from now (September 1, 2010) through September 30, 2010 October 31, 2010! So go ahead and enter!
Oh, and second? Check your local grocery store to see if they're carrying Newman's Own Thin & Crispy Pizzas. And if they are - buy a couple. They're yummy.
Four out of four members of my household agree.
And third? Because this is on every Newman's Own Label:
“All profits to charity. Newman’s Own Foundation continues Paul Newman’s commitment to donate all profits to charity. Over $300 million has been given to thousands of charities since 1982.”
And for me, that's reason enough.