October was National Pizza Month and while it’s now National Turkey and Black Friday Shopping Month, thanks to the generosity of Cub Foods, you all have a chance at winning a $10 Cub gift card just by reading this post about their Culinary Circle frozen pizzas and commenting on below! Rules are easy:
- 1. Read the post
2. Comment about your love of everything that is sodium-laden frozen pizza or whatever else your heart desires
3. One lucky person will win a $10 Cub gift card to be mailed to them to which they can use it for anything they wish at their local Cub.
4. The drawing will occur on Sunday, December 1st, 2013 at 11:59:59 PM and the winner notified via e-mail.
This week Cub had a special buy two of their Culinary Circle pizzas for $10 ($5/ea) and The Wife headed over to the store to pick up two. She came home toting their Ultra Thin Crust Garlic Chicken Alfredo and Chicken Bacon Ranch Flatbread pizzas. There are plenty of others to choose from including Roasted Vegetable & Goat Cheese Flatbread Pizza and Rising Crust BBQ Chicken Pizza, both of which sound pretty tasty and provide comparable styles to what you can find over in Target’s frozen food section under their own internal brand names.
The pizza boxes are quite hilarious. First off, down in the lower left hand corner is a little image of someone kneeding or rolling out dough but superimposed over these pictures are the words, “PRODUCT IS NOT HANDMADE,” you know, just in case you were under the insane misconception that a $5 frozen pizza from Cub foods was made with farm fresh ingredients, no chemical stabilizers, and was hand-tossed and assembled by a team of experienced pizza-makers before being flash-frozen and stuffed into a cardboard box. Next up are the photos on the front. While the Chicken Bacon Ranch was actually somewhat similar to the real deal, the Chicken Alfredo came out completely green, as it were more pesto than Alfredo. If this was a review about salsa, I would delve into the list of ingredients, but in the case of these, not handmade products, I’m going to save you all the 50 minute laboratory-raised, chemically induced, food science lesson and let you think up random combinations of 16+ letters and call it good.
Due to the relatively small size of the pizzas, we decided to bake both at the same time. While the one pizza was a relatively standard cook time, the other had an option for upwards of 20+ minutes. I mean, good things that come to those who wait and all but really? 20+ minutes for a tiny frozen pizza is more than too much IMO.
Anyway, the pizzas were out of the oven and cut up well. The crusts were thin and crispy and held the ingredients well. The chicken cubes were large, abundant, and carried their flavor as expected. The other toppings, aside from the chicken, were also well represented and you could taste each one, for the most part. While I thought the Chicken, Bacon, Ranch pizza was decent for a $5 off-brand frozen pizza, I found the Chicken Alfredo pizza more or less inedible. I don’t know if it was the overdone parsley turning the pizza pesto green or the fact that it just wasn’t that good, but I took one piece and left the rest for tomorrow and possibly never again.
Overall, I thought that for $5, the pizzas were ok and while I would only stick with the Chicken/Bacon/Ranch in the future, out of the two we tried, I found them quite comparable to other similarly priced pizzas and certainly in line with what you will find from store brands at Target. I have found that making French bread pizzas using quality ingredients is just as inexpensive as these were and are a lot healthier and take less time to cook so I see no reason to walk through this exercise again, but in a pinch (both in shopping time and pennies), Cub’s Culinary Circle pizzas could certainly do the trick.
So what do you think about these? If you won the Cub gift card would you use it to try one of these pizzas or would you just use it to supplement your usual weekly grocery shopping? Are frozen pizzas a regular item on your shopping list? If so what brands and what flavors does your family prefer? Whatever you have to say go ahead and comment on and get entered into the drawing!