'Pizza Snacks' on Serious Eats
You never know exactly when or where you'll run into them, but you know that they will appear in your life. At times, you may go for months without seeing one. At other times, they'll appear with shocking regularity and in the least expected places. I'm talking, of course, about UPLO's. Unidentified Pizza-Like Objects.
Miaow Miaow delivers a strangely addicting pizza chip that's lighter and airier than most American salty snacks—serious snackers should definitely take notice.
Slice contributor Andrew Janjigian sent this impressive meta-pizza post over yesterday! I see the pizza hummus as the real inspiration for this piece. It's unclear what the crust is from the post, but my money is on flour tortilla. So many layers of salty, crunchy, pizza snackdom... and a pizza combos crust?! Brilliant.
"There was a cake when I got back to the office. But it was even better than a cake because it was a TRICK CAKE with PIZZA inside...." —Amit "Superamit" Gupta, on Instagram
Over on Serious Eats, Chris Crowley reports on the new Hearty Snacks at Dunkin Donuts
Monkey bread. Because kids go ape over it. You know what else they go ape for? Pizza. Let them help you make pizza monkey bread and they'll go positively King Kong in the kitchen. Making this stuff is way easier than making pizza, too, since you don't have to worry about stretching the dough or precise cook times. All you'll need are these recipes for dough and pizza sauce as well as and some Parmesan, mozzarella, and fresh basil.
Reaching in to the Slice mailbag, we've got ... I found an interesting pizza-themed snack at a Korean grocery store called Kukje Market here in Daly City, California. I was strolling down the snack aisle, past seaweed snacks, Korean Cheetos, and chili-dusted popcorn, when the orange bag of Shany Mini-Baguette: Pizza Flavor caught my eye.It's not particularly pizza-flavored; in fact my wife described it as a "sweet cookie with a garlic aftertaste (turns out sugar is the second ingredient after flour, and "pizza seasoning" doesn't turn up until the eighth ingredient. I've seen some of your Asian pizza coverage, so...
New York Pizza–Flavored Pirate's Booty is the standard puffed rice and corn snack, dusted with a mix of tomato powder, assorted dehydrated cheeses, and typical pizza spices. These curlicues look a bit like Cheetos but end up tasting like a sour tomato, with a hint of oregano-pizza-sauce flavor that doesn't last nearly as long as the textural journey of the puff. What starts out with a light crunch ends as a thin paste mortaring your molars, and while this may work with the original flavor, we had trouble eating these.
[Photograph: Adam Kuban] What is a pizza puff? No, seriously. That's not a rhetorical question. I'm asking you, Chicagoans. OK. Actually, from what I've read and seen firsthand after a visit to a very well-stocked supermarket frozen pizza aisle, it's simply pizzaesque ingredients with a flour tortilla folded around them in an almost envelope-like manner. From everything I've googled on them, I know they're a Chicago thing. So, more specifically, how is a true pizza puff prepared? And what is its natural habitat?...
I took this at a Woodman's* last night. I had to do a double read. Um, 120 pizza rolls for $9.69? First, that's a dirt-cheap 8¢ each. Second — what the hell are you going to do with 120 pizza rolls?!? I don't know, but I kinda want to find out.
In theory, we love bagel bites. They're so cute! They're like tiny pizzas! You can eat them anytime! But in reality, mini pizza bagels have flaws. Can we find a bagel bite to love? We tried three different brands to find out.
The image on this Pizza-Flavored Pringles can cracks me up. See these chips? Scooped up straight from a pizza! Using a spatula!
[Photographs: Robyn Lee] I have a bad habit of not reading labels carefully enough. The word "Munchees" on this box called out my name so loudly I missed the small(er) print: these suckers are filled with classic Italian flavors and soy cheese....
[Photographs: Adam Kuban] Stick the word pizza on your snack-food item, and Slice is sure to buy it. The latest pizza-but-not-pizza thing I saw at the supermarket was Doritos Collisions Pizza Cravers/Ranch flavor. The Collisions line features two flavors in one bag. The four combinations are Hot Wings/Blue Cheese, Zesty Taco/Chipotle Ranch, Habañero/Guacamole, and Cheesy Enchilada/Sour Cream....
SE'r MissBrownEyes emails with a link to a novel way of making "pizza." These pizza rolls from the blog For the Love of Food are basically a pizza roulade you can make with your favorite dough recipe.
SuperPretzel Pretzelfils are, according to the product website, "SuperPretzel on the outside. Absolute deliciousness on the inside. Which makes for some seriously good snacking all around." Except they don't.
The only thing wrong with pizza rolls is that you feel like such a damn kid eating them. Also, they are mouth-scaldingly hot just after they come out of the oven but cool off to lukewarm mehishness seemingly within the time it takes to eat two of them. They're like the bananas of the pizza-snack world: There's a sliver-thin window of time when they're perfectly ripe temperature-wise.