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Pizza-Flavored Foods Almost as Good as the Real Thing

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Wouldn’t it be amazing if you could pull a fresh slice of pizza out of your pocket whenever you’re hungry? Or instead of breakfast in bed, have pizza in bed at, say, 4 a.m.? A pizza craving can strike at any time, whether you’re shopping for shoes or on a jungle safari. How can you manage an intense desire for gooey cheese, zesty red sauce and warm, crispy dough when there is no pizza joint in sight?

Fortunately, many companies have created snacks to help quench sudden cravings and please those who wish everything tasted like pizza. Some businesses have succeeded at creating authentic pizza-flavored snacks, while others missed the mark. From ice cream to gas station goodies, we’ll show you the snacks that taste like pizza. So, next time you’re miles away from your favorite pizza shop, you can satiate your hunger until you get the real deal.

  1. 1. Pizza-Flavored Ice Cream

Have you ever wanted to throw your ice cream cone across the room because it didn’t taste like pizza? If so, it’s time to head to Los Angeles or Philadelphia.

Coolhaus, a creamery in Los Angeles, served pizza-flavored ice cream to ecstatic customers in 2015, alongside other quirky flavors like fried chicken and waffles. According to co-founder Natasha Case, customers were eager to try their new flavor and were shocked by how much it tasted like real pizza.

The ice cream consisted of a mascarpone base, sun-dried tomato, olive oil, basil and a dash of salt for a scoop evocative of a slightly sweet, creamy, cheesy and earthy slice of pie. Although the flavor is not currently listed on their website, it might be worth stopping in one of their locations to see what’s available if it’s a hot day and you’re itching for frosty cold pizza.

In Philadelphia, customers craving pizza and something sweet can head to Little Baby’s Ice Cream. Little Baby’s is known for original ice cream flavors like charcoal toothpaste, cucumber dill and, of course, pizza. Their pizza ice cream is creamy, refreshing and delicious, with tomato, basil, oregano, garlic and salt.

Pizza lovers everywhere — it might be time to write to your local ice cream parlor and make a special request.

  1. 2. Flavor God Pizza Seasoning

Are you having a boring old bologna sandwich for lunch again? It might be time to invest in a handy bottle of Flavor God Pizza Seasoning.

Flavor God Pizza Seasoning magically turns anything into pizza. It does not require an oven, pan, dough, cheese or time, and this little portable container fits nicely into your purse or pocket so you can conjure up pizza anywhere. Have a bag of plain popcorn? Each piece can be a pizza explosion for your taste buds. Are you watching your figure with a plate of steamed vegetables? Turn it into pizza guilt-free.

The magic in this seasoning is simple. Ingredients include tomato powder, garlic, paprika, salt, pepper, basil, oregano and parsley flakes. There are no dehydrated pizza slices in this seasoning, yet it evokes the spicy, rich flavors of your favorite slice when you add it to anything you wish.

  1. 3. Lance Bolds Pizza Cracker Sandwiches

You might recall Lance cracker sandwiches from childhood family road trips or packed school lunches. Remember those moments in the car when hunger hit, but all you had were peanut butter or cheese-filled Lance crackers to hold you over? Your stomach growled, visions of pizza danced in your head and pretty soon you were asking, “Are we there yet?”

Lance understands. They’ve developed pizza-flavored cracker sandwiches for times when pizza is a distant dream or refrigeration is unavailable. Their pizza sandwich crackers are as the name implies — bold. Tangy tomato, onion and garlic powder work together for a burst of pizza flavor when you need it most. It’s not as good as the real thing, but it works.

  1. 4. Pizzeria Combos

Since the 1970s, Combos have been pleasing gas station patrons and attendants with their soft pasty centers and salty, crunchy shells. Although a pack of Combos can’t hit the spot like a hot slice of pie, they do a pretty good job satisfying cravings in the meantime. Also, Combos feature an undeniably fun-to-eat texture, and they won’t get your hands greasy when you’re behind the wheel.

There are currently two types of pizza-flavored Combos — pizzeria pretzel and pepperoni pizza cracker. Pizzeria pretzel Combos combine a zesty tomato flavor with pizza-reminiscent spices and garlic. If you prefer a less-salty cracker coating, you might choose pepperoni pizza cracker Combos instead.

Pepperoni pizza cracker Combos may be the best pizza-flavored snack on this list. Each piece is stuffed with a cheesy, spicy filling, and encircled by a golden cracker crust. These addictive nuggets of joy are a favorite of many snackers and provide an authentic pizza experience. Plus, they are so much fun to eat and help ease pizza separation anxiety.

  1. 5. Pringles Pizza Flavor

Have you ever heard of the saying necessity is the mother of invention? Well, here’s proof that this proverb rings true.

In the 1960s, a man named Alexander Liepa needed potato chips while working in remote U.S. Army bases. With real potatoes being unavailable and expensive to transport, Liepa created chips from potato flakes and flour instead. Eventually, these chips became what we know as Pringles. Now, many Americans recognize the mustached Pringles mascot instantaneously.

If you’re both a Pringles fan and a pizza lover, it’s time to build an emergency stash of pizza-flavored Pringles. These red-dusted chips combine the salty, starchy crunchiness of regular Pringles with pepperoni, oregano, cheddar cheese and tomato flavors. Although mozzarella is not part of the flavoring, pizza Pringles get the job done. Just for fun, why not try topping a slice of real pizza with pizza Pringles for a flavor overload?

  1. 6. Herr’s Deep Dish Pizza Cheese Curls

When your heart is longing desperately for a slice of deep dish, stuffed with stringy mozzarella and all your favorite toppings, but all you see ahead is a stretch of road and a convenience store, it’s time to pull over. Do not torture yourself any longer. Look for Herr’s pizza-flavored cheese curls.

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These tasty snacks provide the classic crackling crunch of regular cheese curls and are packed with intense deep-dish pizza flavor. They are super cheesy too, in a good way, combining cheddar cheese, Romano cheese and blue cheese. Garlic powder, spices and paprika balance the creamy cheesiness, and create a bold flavor. These satisfying cheese curls are best to eat at home or near a sink because they often lead to cheese-covered fingers. If you’re on the road, make sure to stock up on plenty of napkins or hand sanitizer beforehand.

  1. 7. Pizza Goldfish

Some pizza fans don’t want to associate their pizza with fish. Although that is understandable, allow pizza Goldfish to be an exception. Pizza Goldfish make a good snack when dinner is not too far away, but far away enough to make friends and family cranky. They can help kids soothe hunger pangs without spoiling their appetites and prepare them for the glory of real, cheesy pizza.

Pizza Goldfish are not as boldly flavored as other items on the list, but for some consumers, that makes them easier to devour by the handful. They taste like regular Goldfish with an added touch of tomato flavor. Not bad for a small fish-shaped cracker.

The Goldfish flavor-blasted variety of pizza crackers add extra cheese. Those who like their slices loaded with cheese and easy on the sauce might appreciate Goldfish as their pizza-themed snack.

Quick Snacks to Satisfy Your Craving at Home

Did you ever have a dream about a pizza buffet in your very own kitchen, and then wake up with a grumbling tummy in the middle of the night? Unless you live down the street from a 24/7 pizza restaurant, you might find yourself rummaging through the fridge for any ingredients that half-resemble pizza from time to time.

If you find yourself in a situation where you feel like you absolutely must have pizza, but have no way of obtaining it, consider some of the following ideas. You can make these tasty snacks at home with basic ingredients and leave the kneading, tossing and baking for the professionals.

  1. 1. Oven-Style Pizza Fries

Pizza-making takes skill. We’ll save you the time and effort with this oven-style pizza fries recipe that really tastes like pizza. If you have basic kitchen ingredients and potatoes, you should be good to go. Here’s what you’ll need:

  • 2 1/2 pounds of potatoes
  • 1/4 cup tomato paste
  • 3 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 tablespoon dried oregano
  • 2 teaspoons fennel seeds
  • 2 teaspoons mild paprika
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese

To make the fries, take the following steps:

  • Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
  • Line a large baking sheet with foil and lightly coat with oil.
  • Grind fennel, oregano and basil into a powder using a mortar and pestle or spice mill.
  • Wash the potatoes, then peel them and cut them into French fries.
  • Mix ground spices with tomato paste, garlic powder, salt, sugar and oil in a bowl.
  • Place potatoes and mixture into a large plastic bag.
  • Shake the bag around until the potatoes are evenly coated with the seasoning mixture.
  • Arrange the potatoes on a baking sheet in a single layer.
  • Bake for 25 minutes.
  • Turn fries over and sprinkle with grated Parmesan cheese.
  • Bake for another 10 to 20 minutes or until fries are golden and crispy.
  • Serve with pizza sauce or your choice of dipping sauce.
  1. 2. Pizza Grilled Cheese

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Sometimes, the best things in life are right in front of us and we don’t even notice. For example, did you realize you could emulate pizza if you have bread, cheese and leftover spaghetti sauce? It’s called a pizza grilled cheese. And it’s delicious. All you need is:

  • 2 slices of cheese
  • Leftover pasta sauce
  • Toppings of choice
  • 2 pieces of bread
  • Butter

To make the grilled cheese sandwich, follow these steps:

  • Butter one slice of bread on one side.
  • Put a piece of cheese on the piece of bread, butter-side-down.
  • Put as much sauce as you like on the piece of cheese.
  • Add toppings like sliced mushrooms, pepperoni and olives.
  • Add another piece of cheese on top of the toppings.
  • Butter the other piece of bread and put it on top, butter-side-up.
  • Cook until golden brown on each side.
  1. 3. Pizza Dip

This pizza dip recipe is super-easy and super-satisfying. It also provides the opportunity to dip any foods you have on hand to give them a touch of pizzazz. This recipe is especially helpful if you have sour cream and cream cheese in the fridge just waiting to get used. Put on your chef’s hat and have fun experimenting with different toppings too. Here’s all you’ll need to make pizza dip:

  • 8 ounces cream cheese
  • 8 ounces sour cream
  • 8 ounces pizza sauce
  • 8 ounces cheese

To make the dip, follow these steps:

  • Mix the sour cream and cream cheese and spread the mixture in a pie pan or casserole dish.
  • Cover the mixture with sauce and pizza toppings of your choice.
  • Top with cheese.
  • Bake at 350 degrees for 15 to 20 minutes, or until hot and bubbly.
  • Serve the dip with bread, corn chips or anything you wish.
  1. 4. Pizza Popcorn

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Are you curled up on the couch getting teary-eyed because you’re watching a romance flick, or because you don’t have pizza? If it’s the latter, let us help you out. Here’s how to make pizza popcorn so you can get back to movie night without the distraction of a severe pizza craving. To make pizza popcorn, you’ll need:

  • 2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon Italian herb mix
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 pinch of pepper
  • 3 quarts freshly popped popcorn

Here’s what to do:

  • Blend the cheese and seasonings in a blender or a small food processor until finely ground, for about three minutes.
  • Place the popped popcorn in a large bowl.
  • Sprinkle the popcorn with the mixture.
  • Toss to coat evenly.

Get Your Pizza Fix at Giordano’s

If you’ve made it to the end of this post, you’ve gone without pizza long enough. We understand pizza-flavored snacks can only go so far, because when it comes down to it, nothing beats the real thing.

And Giordano’s is all about keeping it real. With classic pizza ingredients you can’t mistake, like fresh mozzarella, and a generations-old recipe, Giordano’s is sure to satisfy your pizza craving on a level as deep as stuffed Chicago-style pie.

At Giordano’s, it’s our mission to keep bellies full and hearts content with the ultimate pizza satisfaction. So, if you’re making ketchup and saltine sandwiches out of desperation for the pizza flavor you love so much, don’t put yourself through any more anticipation. Place your order today or stop in one of our locations for the hot, fresh pizza you need.