Consumer Reports rates best frozen pizzas

by Keith Nunes
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YONKERS, N.Y. — Amy’s Cornmeal Crust 3 Cheese, Home Run Inn Classic and DiGiorno Rising Crust Four Cheese frozen pizzas were rated “CR Best Buy” by Consumer Reports. The article, which appears in the January 2011 issue of Consumer Reports, praised the Amy’s pie, priced at $7.99, for its combination of fresh-tasting vegetables, herbs and goat cheese over a cornmeal crust. The Chicago-style Home Run Inn Classic Cheese, priced at $7.42, featured a layer of cheese and sauce over a pastry-style crust. The Italian-style DiGiorno Rising Crust Four Cheese, at $6.47, had lots of cheese and sauce over a thick crust, according to the report.

In the taste test, cheese pizzas were the focus, because they are one of the most popular types of frozen pizza. Seven sensory panelists tasted each brand three times in an order designed to eliminate bias. They didn’t know which pizza they tasted and all samples were coded with three-digit numbers. Testers graded crust, cheese, and sauce separately then also gave an overall impression of each pizza.

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