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Somebody replaced my food with cardboard
Chigago town Pizzas
Member Name: yukkibear
Chigago town Pizzas
Advantages: they were on offer
Disadvantages: tasted awful, not worth the money
I'm not usually a big fan of pizzas but Chicago Town do come in handy as a quick snack or as part of a meal for my daughter when I haven't got a lot of time.
The main reason I bought these pizza slices were the fact that they were on a trial price of £1.28 for two. I still thought this was a bit steep but I'm always willing to try a new product on the market, after all it could be my next favorite snack food.
Each slice comes individually wrapped, and upon removing the wrapper you are faced with the appealing looking pizza slice sitting on a base of cardboard. Further inspection reveals that the cardboard pops open into a triangular shape to fit the slice in for cooking purposes.
These can either be cooked in the microwave for 2 mins in a 850W microwave, or 30 minutes in a conventional oven at 150 degrees.
I chose the microwave as it's a lot quicker. Fairly excited at the prospect of having a hot snack in two minutes, I eagerly popped open the cardboard slice and inserted my frozen pizza slice.
Leaving it to spin wildly around in my microwave for 2 minutes I grabbed a knife and fork, expecting my cheese filling to be too hot for fingers.
First inspection of the hot slice was a different opinion to the frozen one completely. It had deflated quite a bit and some of the cheese was oozing out and dripping onto my microwave plate. Not a very pleasant sight at all.
The proof of the taste isn't in the appearance I told myself and gingerly removed the cardboard layer, with some difficulty I might add, as even after a few minutes it was quite hot to touch. As I slid and pulled the slice with my fork, it eventually plopped itself onto my plate, looking slightly worse for wear.
I cut the slice in half and pleasantly saw steam rising from the contents. It had cooked well. That was the first plus point I could find with the product. The aromas wafting from the slice was fairly appealing, but not enough to lull me into security.
The pastry which had originally looked nice and puffed, and sprinkled with cheese, now looked like a pile of uncooked dough, and to be frank it didn't taste much better. The edge pieces tastes slightly better than the middle bits, covered in cheese, but it was like eating a partially cooked, badly made pizza base.
The pizza flavour is deemed as "Triple Cheese" but there were in fact huge chunks of tomato floating about, not nicely proportioned pieces I didn't have to bite through as you would expect.
The cheese itself wasn't too overpowering, and I would say the best part of the dish, but combined with doughy outer casing and huge lumps of tomato it wasn't a pleasant experience from start to finish.
Admittedly the packaging does state that if you want a crispier crust then to cook in a conventional oven, but I really don't see the point in waiting 35 minutes for a few mouthfuls of cardboard.
The packaging itself is very similar to other Chicago Town products, basically a plain–ish box with the pizza plastered over the front and back. It's not hugely appealing to look at and it certainly doesn't resemble the product after cooking.
Per slice these pizzas contain 378 calories and 18.4g of fat. I think I'd get fuller and more satisfied on a bar of chocolate for that indulgence in calories and fat.
But you vegetarians out there will be pleased to know that this product is suitable for you, however it does contain wheat and gluten.
It definitely didn't fill me up and I spent most of the time grimacing as I was determined to finish the slice to give fair assessment, as you never know sometimes things taste better after a while.
As always these new products on the market draw you in, and it's unfortunately once tried never again for me.
Summary: a microwaveable pizza
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