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      18.06.2012 20:23
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      A great pizza snack

      Background:
      When I was younger my Mum often bought these and we shared it amongst me, my sister and my brother (he got an extra one because he was a boy...and that somehow meant he deserved more in his eyes!). At that age, the 8 that the pack comes with was plenty for all of us (and as we got a bit older, we simply bought an extra box) and we'd often eat them completely on their own, as something just to pick at when we were hungry. As you can probably guess, and tell from the image on the packaging, they are simply rectangular shaped pizza pieces.

      The Brand:
      McCain products are always full of quality and are great tasting. The majority of their products involve potatoes and so are things such as chips, jacket potatoes and smilies (which are sorta of waffle consistency potato goods, made in the shape of smiley faces no doubt).

      The Product:
      On the McCain website, Pizza Fingers are listed as a kids favourite, and from my own experience, I can definitely say that they were/are. Its hard to go wrong with a simple cheese and tomato pizza product, and unlike other more particular flavours such as ham or something more exotic like pineapple, you're more likely to be successful with something like this.

      They make a perfect lunchtime treat and are very easy to cook. When I was younger (and too lazy to read the instructions on the back of the packet) I cooked these in the microwave. Apparently that was wrong and you are supposed to oven cook them! Although, to be honest, this revelation probably does explain why my cheese on my pizza fingers was incinerated. Now, when following the instruction (as you should!), you are supposed to cook these gently in the oven for a little over 10 minutes, which makes for another positive of the product, they're quick and easy.

      Price and availability:
      Pizza fingers tend to cost about £1.20 depending on when you happen to grab a box, and can be found in many supermarkets. I haven't seen them, or noticed them rather, in smaller local shops, so your best bet is probably a larger store.

      My thoughts:
      These make for a great snack, although aren't necessarily very filling unless you plan on eating the entire box yourself! They are excellent for children as they taste great and are little fuss, but are also equally enjoyable to adults. I'd probably recommend them either as a small snack or maybe even as a a party food combined with other little bits and pieces to pick at.

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        31.05.2012 12:34
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        Decent Pizza but could do with a little more topping.

        I am a huge fan of the McCain products because they are quick and easy to cook. The Pizza Fingers made by the McCain brand aren't one of their best products but I can't say I don't enjoy them. Pizza Fingers are exactly what they are called pizza in the shape of fingers. OK maybe there not exactly the shape of fingers but more like a rectangle about the size of a two part Kit Kat.

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        McCain Pizza Fingers are very nice but I do have to say that they have very little tomato puree and cheese on there. There have been the odd few times where the Pizza Fingers I ate where perfect with the amount of puree and cheese they put on there. When they are cooked the cheese melts nicely onto of the breaded base. When eating the Pizza Fingers because they have little toppings it seems like I'm eating more bread than a pizza but it's not completely bad.
        Although these are pizzas they don't have the strong smell of pizza that pizzas usually have. I've noticed that when I cook these I nearly always forget that they are in the oven because I always use smelling the food as a sign it's almost done. These pizzas fingers can only be smelt if your standing near to them but they mostly smell of the puree.
        The McCain Pizza Fingers looks just like the image that is on the box when cook which is good because I really hate when company's false advertise the packaging of their products. They are about 6cm long, 1.5cm wide and 1.5 cm high.
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        These Pizza Fingers are very easy to cook and take about 10 minute in the oven which is great for a quick snack. I usually have them for lunch if I'm not doing anything but the are some occasions when I get home and I'm hungry and throw them in the oven because they are quick. I usually cook the whole box because 1 or 2 just isn't enough for me but when I was a kid I could only manage to eat about 3 at most.
        I'm a really big pizza lover so these don't come out onto for the best pizza but they are still nice to eat.

        8 come in a box which is currently on sale in ASDA for £1 but the are usually around £1.50. I think they are worth the price but I do think they should make a box 10 instead of 8 to make it a better value since they are quite small. For the price the quality is quite good and you really can't for much more. I definitely would recommend them because they a great for lunch and even for dinner for kids.

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          23.05.2010 21:49
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          Not bad and a great snack for a night in

          ** McCain Pizza Fingers **

          Any food that you can cook quickly is ok by me and as readers of my other reviews will know is what I call MAN cooking :o)

          MAN cooking being the sort of cooking we can get away with doing for ourselves when our wives and girlfriends are else where and we want a snack while watching sports on TV or something.

          McCain Pizza Fingers looked like ideal quick to cook MAN food to me so I popped a packet in my trolley during the twice weekly shop at the supermarket. I already like McCain's other products so I thought the pizza fingers were a safe bet taste wise.

          I only ever oven cook my pizzas or in this case pizza fingers. Grilling sounds like something I have to pay attention to which is the opposite of man cooking. Having had a lads night in with a few friends I popped all 10 of the McCain pizza fingers in the oven.

          They looked quite appetising even before cooking. They seemed chunky and thick as if they would be something substantial to eat so I left them in the oven cooking for about 20 minutes.

          After cooking the pizza fingers were nicely browned underneath if a little smaller for the cooking experience. The fingers still looked very succulent though. We had 3 fingers each and the dog got the extra one. Being the world's greediest dog there is little point asking his opinion of the taste as he would probably also eat the packaging if I wasn't watching him :o)

          The pastry was nice and tasty. Not too hard and brittle. It still had a soft bread like quality to it almost. The cheese wasn't quite as flavour filled as I would have expected from looking at it. It tasted better when you had your eyes open and were looking at it of you know what I mean? If I closed my eyes and concentrated on the flavour alone the cheese wasn't really anything special.

          Having said that it wasn't too bad and the pizza fingers went well with the lager we were drinking.


          ** In conclusion **

          McCain Pizza Fingers are not the tastiest pizza type products I have tasted but they were quite nice. We all agreed that pizza fingers were a lot more convenient to handle and eat than proper shaped pizza so that is an advantage. They don't take long to cook and I have a sneaky suspicion that if my girlfriend had cooked them that they may well have tasted a bit better. But then again it wouldn't have been proper MAN cooking :o)

          For around £1.50 for 10 fingers McCain Pizza Fingers are quite good value I think and though not spectacular they are pretty good.

          Thank you for reading this review.
          Mike xx

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          09.04.2010 08:09
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          Another buy for £1 courtesy of the wife. I think these normally cost around £1.50, but she never bothered about them at that price, and instead grabbed them when on offer. This could be because they were on the end of an aisle, and it caught her eye. They worked out even cheaper than that though as they were part of the Asda 4 £1 items for £3, so I see the point of buying something you wouldn't necessarily as it is on offer.

          These were in qutie a slim box. The box was eye catching enough and bright colours. The pizzas were stacked on top of each other in the box.

          They are rectangular shaped. Are quite wide, and not too thick. They look a bit like a Fish finger shape.

          The only flavour in these is Cheese and Tomato. it would be nice if you got these in a different kind, but a nice simple Cheese and Tomato is ok.

          You just cook these in the oven for 12-15 minutes from frozen and this cooks them ok.

          The Base of these was light, tasted quite fresh and was a bit doughey but in a nice way. The scraping of Tomato Sauce on top was quite thin and althought tasted Tomato like, it didn't taste seasoned or herby. The Cheese on top was quite a small scattering, but plenty for the Pizza.

          These were nice. I could eat the whole box quite easily. They perhaps weren't too exciting just being Cheese and Tomato, but they were a ncie simple change, and yes, we both would have them again.

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          18.11.2009 13:03
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          Buy a real pizza! Save yourslef the hassle of these .

          Pizza fingers, well the name kind of says it all really.
          These pizz fingers are available in cheese and tomoato, thats it.
          They come in a red box with the image of them on the front backed by a green swishy bit.
          Its a pizza that has been hacked up into 10 slices. So imagine your mccain micro pizza split into 10. So basically you end up with 10 1" wide slices. This is fine if your one of the borrowers, but if your bigger than that then you may have an issue. They simply arent big enough , or enough of them. Which ever way you look at it.

          Taste - Well after completely demolishing their size im onto their taste. Whack them in the oven for a few minutes and they are done ready to go.
          How do they taste, well i might suprise you with this one. Not too bad actually. The base is sometimes soft other times quite hard, it really depends on how long you microwave them. Its a bit cardboardy, well dont eat the base without the topping thats all im going to say.
          The topping has a minimal amount of tomatoe puree and cheese. As though its been sparringly put on. What in case of some freak cheese shortage??? So this could be majorly improved, more cheese please. As for how it tastes, well the cheese and tomato are not too bad. But it gives you a feeling that a value pizza from a supermarket would actually be 100 times better.

          If you have a buffet then you could probably get away with 10+ boxes. They are not too bad for lunchboxes, as you can use what you need.
          Or better still buy a real pizza. A real pizza thats round and cut into proper triangular slices.

          Overall i would say if you need a pizza in a hurry get a mccain micro pizza, which are roughly the same size and are a much better quality than these!

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          30.10.2009 18:46
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          It's Not Pizza, It's Not Even THAT Nice!

          I just don't get these Pizza Fingers at all, my sister loves them even though she's not mad keen on pizza and that says it all for me because it just shows that they're not anything like pizza at all!

          They are small fingers of cheese and tomato pizza but even though they're made to look very nice, they taste just like them cheapo individual pizzas you can buy in the supermarket.

          The dough is very thick on them and the topping is thin so they are dry and stodgy to eat. The tomato sauce is quite thick but it's not rich and it always tastes like ketchup to me instead of a rich pizza sauce. There doesn't look like there's much cheese on each finger but when it melts it spreads out and bubbles good so it makes the pizzas look very nice.

          The cheese is quite tasty and even though it tastes like proper fresh cheese there's a bit of a processed flavour there as well. On the odd occasion I have one I put a bit of Worcester sauce on the top before cooking it and that makes the pizza a bit more interesting.

          The main thing I don't like is how dry these pizzas are and also how chewy the bread base is if you don't eat it straight out of the oven. There are a few herbs in the tomato sauce and the flavours of them come out on the odd mouth full but it's not consistent and sometimes the finger is even blander than usual.

          They cost about £1.20 for 10 pizza fingers but they're that small that you'll probably put the whole box in for a snack for 2 kids so you might as well spend an extra 30p and get a half decent pizza from Tesco!

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            23.08.2009 16:22
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            I had always seen these in the frozen section of the Supermarket, This is next to the full sized Pizza products, and the other snack food items. I had never tired them, as Cheese and Tomato Pizza isn't that exciting in my view

            The box looks quite fun and eye catching. It is a bright red colour and it has a nice picture of some yummy looking Pizza fingers on the front, and the writing is in yellow/orange as well. It has the McCain logo on as well, but this is quite small and black compared to the other colours on the box.

            There is 10 Pizza Fingers in the box, and since the box is 300g, then we can work out that they must be 30g each. Handy being little slices of Pizza to put out for a Buffet, as you don't even have to bother chopping anything up - just cook and go!

            Each Finger of Pizza has 76 calories, which means you could perhaps eat as part of a calorie controlled diet, but I don't think a couple of bits of this will fill you up completely.

            I cooked them in a 200oc oven for approx 12-14 minutes. I don't like my Pizza too dark, and this was cooked quite lightly.

            The Fingers are rectangular and about the lenght of my index finger. They are about the same thickness as the width of a ruler, so not too bad a size.

            Although these are a brand named product, I didn't find the flavouring that good and they tasted a bit like a cheap Cheese and Tomato Pizza. The base was quite thick, soft and slightly doughy, the Tomato base was quite thick and had a slight Herb-y taste to it, but the Cheese seemed a little sparce for what I was expecting. There was enough to cover the Finger and it melted well enough, but I was expecting more and for it to be a heavier Cheddary taste.

            At £1.40 for a box of these, they aren't that cheap. If you are looking for 10 little bits of Pizza you may be better buying 2 budget Pizza's. They may work out at the same price, but you will probably get double the grams, for the same money and probably much the same taste. Then again there is the fact you will have to cut the other Pizza up, but I would be wiling to spend a minute doing this to get more for my money.

            They were alright, but nothing special and I wouldn't go out my way to have them again.

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            15.07.2009 18:11
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            McCain's are an amazing brand who do some amazing food products. One of their fantastic items is the McCain's cheese and tomato pizza fingers.

            These can be found in all supermarkets including Asda, Tesco, Ocado and so on. They can often be found also in smaller shops, newsagents, and petrol stations, but not very often. As they are frozen chips, they are obviously found in the freezer section of the supermarkets and this is where they should be stored once you take them home, even once they have been half opened.

            They come in one size only and this is a box containing ten of the mini pizzas. Each pizza weighs 30g which is very light for a pizza but remember these are only mini fingers. The pack costs £1.35 and this then works out at 13.5p per pizza. I think this is about right considering it is a well known brand however I'm not sure I'd be willing to pay almost 15p for a tiny piece of pizza! At the moment there is no special offers on nor do you get money off at all however it is worth looking out for them as there often are.

            The box Is made out of cardboard. I find the box appeals more to kids than to adults but this is probably what they are aiming for! The main colour of the is a bright red. It is the same colour as the smiley faces have and so it is obviously aiming for the same consumers. The design gives the idea of fun and games and portrays the idea that they are a fun product. On the back of the packet was all nutritional information and the stuff you expect to find like ingredients. However on the front was the brand name, a brief product description and then my favourite bit; a glorious looking picture of the pizza fingers. They are made to seem large and a decent size here and are served up with chips and veg!

            The box was easy enough to open and you simply had to rip the end of it. Once I had finished with what I wanted, I shut the box and popped back in to the freezer ready for the next time. The two pizza fingers were in a little tray. They were easy to pluck out though. The pizzas weren't overly attractive looking but this is only cause they were frozen. I cooked them in the oven and they took around 10 minutes to cook. By this time a delicious pizza smell had filled the air. It was very tomato-y in aroma.

            The pizza are really hot once cooked so be careful when serving them up and biting in to them at first. They are nice in size and perfect for little kids however for adults I think they are quite small. They would be perfect served up to little children and for example at a childrens buffet! The main thing I taste with these pizzas is the tangy tomato taste, as it is definitely the strongest of the components. The crust is quite doughy and soft and doesn't have much crisp to it at all. Personally I don't feel there is enough cheese on these. There is a thin layer but I could barely taste it at all! Not very good. Over all the pizza fingers were pretty nice but I wouldn't choose them over a normal pizza.

            Each pizza finger contains 76 calories which is quite a lot I feel for the size!

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            12.02.2009 23:58
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            Delicious, quick snacks

            I have been a big fan of pizza for as long as I can remember. Pizza Hut is one of my favourite fast food places to eat. I like numerous toppings, ranging from the good old cheese and tomato, to ham and pineapple, pepperoni, and the very yummy burger pizza with mayonnaise! Mmmmmm. Even nicer with a side of potato wedges, or garlic bread (or cheesy garlic bread). Sometimes you don't feel like a pizza all to yourself, and there isn't always someone to share one with. These pizza fingers are ideal for buffets, children's meals, or, and perhaps the best of all, late night snacks :-)

            As with most, if not all McCain products, these pizza fingers are quick to cook and ready in a matter of minutes. What makes them even better is that they are made on a base of pizza dough, not just bread as some frozen pizzas seem to be these days. Everyone knows you can't beat proper pizza dough! At only 261 calories for 100g of these delicious morsels, these aren't too bad. The only thing I would say is be aware when cooking them that they go from done to burnt very quickly, and no-one likes burnt pizza! Keep an eye on the timings and everyone is happy :)

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            26.08.2008 17:33
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            Great pizza.

            I first tried Pizza Fingers as a young girl - my mother made them for us! I could always remember my mother slowely bringing out the warm, steamy square-shaped pizza, then slicing them into delicous bite-size little fingers. She used various toppings, like four cheeses, pepperoni, ham and pineapple, and my favourite.. smoked sausage!

            That was what I had exactly on my mind as I stolled up and down the frosty frozen foods isle, searching for a quick dinner for the troublesome nephews. I could have got down to work on making a four course roast and mash potato dinner, but who goes to their auntys house to eat "granny" food? I thought of several soulutions, like pasta, burgers, fish fingers, crispy pancakes. Until, I asked myself the external question.. "What do children actually like eating, nowaways?!"

            And then BANG! it hit me.. What did I love as a child? My mothers home made pizza fingers. Of course, I have no idea how to cook pizza from scratch, so I decided to cheet and look for frozen pizza. And there, shining brightly before my eyes "McCains pizza fingers". I thought it would be a bit tacky using pizza fingers in a box, but Im sure it was the same idea. the only seemed to have one flavour, cheese! But those kids would just pick off any unique toppings anyway! There was 10 pizza fingers.. at £1.50 each. Since there was three kida, I thought they could had 3 each, spaghetti and chips. Not bad, eh?!

            There was only two instructed ways to cook them, in the oven, or in the grill. I decided to choose the oven since I think the grill burns them a little. I placed them both in, for 8 minutes, whilts I fried one some chips and cooked some spaghetti shapes. I hates cooked cheese products in the oven, usually. The cheese starts to melt and sticks EVERYWHERE! Grr, what a pain and a half.
            But to my surprise, I didnt encounter that pain in a half whilst cooking McCain pizza fingers. The cheese of course melted, but remained neat and tidy. One less job for me!

            8 minutes, and chips were served, speghetti was out and fingers were ready. I set three out on each of the little grubbers plates, and they seemed perfectly contect with their Pizza Fingers.
            Of course there was 10 in a pack, and three children with 3 pizzas each, so I was left with the last one. I thought, why not? The diets been going not bad so far, I should treat myself.

            As I bit a finger the cheese started to melt in my mouth, the soft sponge bouced around, and the creamy tomato sause swriled round and round. I was so shocked at how AMAZING these things tasted! They were better than my mothers! In all honesty I was hoping one of the boys would leave a finger so I could have another taste, but who would leave a pizza finger tasting like that on a plate!

            So, everytime the newphews come to the house, you can guess what they pick up when parading down the frozen foods isle, and naughtily, I buy some for myself sometimes.

            I bought mines from Morrisons, although I should think they do them elsewhere too! They are about £1.50-£2.00 a box with 10 in a box.

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            McCain pizza fingers have now become my #1 at parties.
            At parties, sometimes the pressure can be on highest mark for time and orginiseation. I find putting McCains pizza fingers in the micro for a few minutes, gives just a good effect as grilling or oven cooking.

            If you want to serve at an adult's party, simply chop each finger into 4 peices, serve on a coctail stick with a sqaure of cheese or smoked sausage. they are a huge hit and I get a contant "do you have anymore of those pizzas on a stick?"

            They work wonders at childrens parties too, cooked the same way, from the micro, and set 20 on a plate, at last years haloween party, they were more popular than the cholocate multeesers, and most of the sweetie bowls were left almost untouched! But they kids wernt scared to ask for seconds on the Pizza Fingers.

            Also I love using pizza fingers on the side of pasta, on a chicken dish, wth soup, with beef, they are like a bread side dish! and you just gotta love em.

            Sorry mother, but nothing can comare to McCains Pizza Fingers

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            For fast, fun food our Cheese and Tomato Pizza Fingers are unbeatable. They're the best slices of pizza, so they're all taste and no waste - perfect for lunchtimes and a great party snack.