Tidbits: DiGiorno, Pace Foods dips

  • Article by: AL SICHERMAN , Star Tribune
  • Updated: May 28, 2014 - 1:20 PM

Endless pizza

Mr. Tidbit is pretty sure we have not seen the end of new varieties of frozen pizza, given all the kinds of crust and toppings and possible combinations thereof, plus various other items that might be included in the box, but he never expected the latest offerings from DiGiorno.

Just as a reminder, here is how many variations of DiGiorno pizza there seemed to be already: nine kinds of Original Rising Crust, six Cheese Stuffed Crust, two Ultimate Toppings, four Classic Thin Crust, four Thin & Crispy (different somehow from Classic Thin Crust), three Italian Favorites (meatball marinara, etc.), six Pizzeria (crisp-but-soft crust), six Crispy Flatbread, two Pizza & Breadsticks, three Pizza & Wyngz (boneless chicken), two Garlic Bread Pizzas, three Pizza Dipping Strips (pizza cut into strips, with dipping sauce) and five Pizza plus dessert (cookies or cinnamon sticks). That’s 55.

Plus at least 15 in smaller sizes.

And now, because that’s clearly not enough choices to satisfy any American, much less two or more Americans who might want to share a pizza, DiGiorno introduces three Design a Pizza Kits, each consisting of a full-size cheese pizza plus excessively packaged portions of several toppings. Thus, for example, your part of the chicken and pepperoni pizza can include the green peppers that your co-consumer hates, but not the onions you prefer to avoid.

The kits are: pepperoni and sausage with peppers and onions; spinach, tomatoes, red onions and pepperoni; and chicken, green peppers, red onions and pepperoni.

All three are available only with what seems to be DiGiorno’s original rising crust. If you want the green pepper but not the onions, you’re out of luck — at least for now.

Pace your dipping

Pace Foods, which makes salsa and picante sauce, now makes dips, too. There are five, at least four of which are new. Those are Jalapeño & Pepper Jack, Onion & Chipotle, Southwest Ranch and Black Bean.

The fifth, Salsa con Queso, might be new, but Mr. Tidbit is unable, in tirelessly searching the Internet from his easy chair, to find a picture of it with a “New” flag on the label. (And he doesn’t really care.)

Al Sicherman

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