Tofutti Pizza

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After yesterday’s post about working to avoid processed foods, I have a post on the other end of the spectrum: a post about the unhealthy, way overprocessed dinner we had last night. But I have a good excuse! I tried it so I could report back to you on how good (or bad) it was. I do it all for you, people!

I’ve heard a lot about Tofutti‘s Pizza Pizzaz and when I saw it in our local Giant, I was anxious to try it out. It’s made with Tofutti’s own Better Than Mozzarella Cheese, which is a good thing and a bad thing. Good because Tofutti makes one of the less-funky tasting vegan cheese on the market but bad because of the partially hydrogenated oils. It ain’t health food is what I’m trying to say.

Tastewise, again, it was good and bad. Good because it’s what I was expecting. Bad because most people don’t have fond memories of the pizza they used to serve in elementary school. This may sound like a harsh criticism, but there are times when you’re in the mood for elementary school pizza, right? OK, maybe not. Just chalk it up to a junk food craving, if you wish.

This is another one of those good “transitional foods” that will help those just becoming vegetarian. Or, like Cookie Monster says now about cookies, it’s a good “sometimes” food. But you probably don’t want to make it a daily staple.

22 Responses to “Tofutti Pizza”

  1. Karen

    I must try this! It sounds like a good ‘sometimes’ treat. I admire the Tofutti folks, too. They have tasteful, decent-to-fantastic vegan products and they have “the right idea,” if you know what I mean.

  2. John

    Please tell me you served it with canned corn and tater-tots!

  3. Dreena Burton

    Why can’t Tofutti make more of their products without hydrogenated oils??! I didn’t buy their sour cream or cream cheese until they came out with the newer product that had “no hydrogenated oils” clearly marked on the label. Yet, I notice that the hydrogenated sour cream and cream cheese are still on the market. Why? Do people prefer the taste and buy it, or do they not know?

    I get so annoyed when I see vegan products with hydrogenated oils, and I just can’t buy them. Even though I know a little won’t hurt our health much, especially when our diets are whole-foods based… but it irks me that companies put seemingly ‘healthy’ vegan products out there and then pump hydrogenated fats into them to prolong shelf-life, or whatever the reason.

    I’ve never seen this pizza, but we don’t get the same range of products in Canada that you have in the US… another thing that bothers me… but I’ll stop here! :)

  4. Michael G. Richard

    Sounds like something I might want to try. Not sure where it is sold around here, though.

  5. Mike

    Usually when I make pizza, I use crumbled tofu mixed with a little olive oil, salt, and basil as the “cheese substitute”. It’s very good. I’ve tried using Vegan Gourmet’s mozarella, too, and it makes a great pizza, but one which is significantly heavier and less guilt-free.

    I prefer to buy from Vegan Gourmet, because they’re clearly targetting the vegan market, whereas Tofutti produces fake cream cheese with real salmon in it (as far as I can tell). Vegans don’t seem to be their focus. Plus they use a lot of hydrogenated fat, as others have pointed out.

  6. Danielle

    I hate that so many Tofutti products have high fructose corn syrup, which I’ve been trying to avoid for a year-and-a-half or so now. I no longer drink conventional soda (last time I tried, it was just vile). But it means no more Tofutti Cuties ’cause they have HFCS. :(

  7. Michael G. Richard

    Mike, I’ll have to try your crumble tofu + olive oil + salt + basil as a cheese substitute on pizza. I’m vegetarian right now, but anything that brings me closer to vegan is good.

  8. Lisa Bell

    I think the Tofutti company is targeting people who are allergic to milk and not vegans. Their product is very good and I agree with the question why are they putting out 2 products, one with hydrogenated oils and one with out. Get rid of the bad oils that contradict the product. Milk allergy sufferers will buy the more healthy version if that is the only choice while vegans and other true health conscience consumers will not buy products with hydrogenated oils. I have found that the healthier version is harder to find and recently was told that the company is out of stock. Let’s get together and ask the company to step up to the demand. Let’s ask the regular supermarkets to carry it. I have made the tradiational spinach dip with it and vegan mayo and the non vegans eat it up too!

  9. Chad

    Yeah, Tofutti bugs me. They totally don’t cater to vegans, their stuff just “happens to be.” They use bone-char refined sugar (except in the non-hydrogenated stuffs), and they make that real salmon cream cheese.

  10. Kim

    WOW! I’ve been VEGAN for many years now, and I’ve just learned something new about Tofutti just buy reading comments on here.

    Thanks everyone!

    p.s. It’s true, you learn something new everyday.

  11. Fabiola

    I was wondering if anyone knew about some good quality canadian products available, because my supermarket has almost nothing!

    Also, since I am new at this, can anyone give me some tips?

  12. Jenn

    The pizza reminds me of the little frozen Mr. P’s pizzas or the Mama Celeste ones that you can buy in most grocery stores. It really bothers me that that continue to put out items with hydrogenated fats and I was happy when they came out with cream cheese that doesn’t have them. I have been vegan for a year and four months. Part of that process for me was cutting down on processed foods and meat analogs, but this is a good, fast snack once in a while. I hesitate to call it lunch or even dinner. The first time I tried it I got a little weirded out by how real it tasted.

  13. Jenn

    UUUUGGGGHHHHH!!!!! EEEEWWWWWWW!!!! I just read on your site that Tofutti is using “man milk” in their cheese!!!! Worse yet, a lot of vegan organizations are endorsing it!!! Either I’m gullible and you’re playing a sick joke on us or it’s true! Sorry boys and girls, it isn’t vegan in my book. If I don’t drink milk from a cow, why the hell would I ingest it from a human? A lot of leaders in the movement say that striving for perfection and purity in veganism is futile but you know, I’m a micromanager at heart. I intend to boycott all Tofutti products because of this. This is almost as bad as lab grown meat—-which, by the way, ISN’T VEGAN EITHER!!!!!!

  14. ryan

    Please tell me you’re kidding, Jenn…

    Man milk? C’mon now.

  15. Cat

    Since yours is the first result on google for “tofutti vegan pizza”, I feel compelled to comment:

    Tofutti Pizza Pizzaz is NOT vegan.

    Stop buying it.

    See: http://www.tofutti.com/dyk-faq.shtml
    It’s question #9 “Are all tofutti products vegan?”
    The answer specifically lists this product as non-vegan. Presumably, they’re using caisen or something in the cheese (the ingredients in which are not listed on the package). I was really dismayed to find this out… especially since I have one of the damn things in the oven right now /cry

  16. ryan

    Wow… how weird. I doubt it’s casein because they’re using their own “Better than mozzarella cheese” which is itself vegan (check the cheese slices ingredients). I wonder if it’s something in the “natural flavors”…

    I’ll try and get to the bottom of this.

  17. Huyen

    The answer is a very poorly phrased sentence but I read and re-read Tofutti’s question #9 and I think that it is saying that the Pizza Pizzaz *IS* vegan but not made with egg whites.

    Here’s the exact quote from their website:

    “No, not all of our products are totally vegan. Although all of our frozen dessert and cheese (except smoked salmon Better Than Cream Cheese) products are completely vegan, all of our frozen food entrees (except our Pizza Pizzaz) and all four of our cookies do contain egg whites. Of course, every product that uses egg whites will have it clearly listed in the ingredients. We never use whole eggs, as we are always cholesterol free.”

    Also in terms of dairy here’s the answer on their website:

    “All of our products are certified Kosher Parve, which means that none of our products ever contain any dairy whatsoever. This means no milk byproducts either, such as casein, whey, or skim milk powder. In order to make certain that there is no dairy in a product, always look for a Kosher Parve symbol. That symbol certifies that the product is completely dairy/casein free.”

    and Cosmos Vegan Shoppe carries it and has a list of ingredients:

    Ingredients: Unbleached wheat flour, water, vegan mozzarella (Water, may contain one or more of the following oils: soy, corn, or palm. Tofu, soy protein, carrageenan, maltodextrin, vinegar, corn starch, calcium phosphate, potato flakes, salt, potassium phosphate, non-dairy lactic acid, adipic acid, soy, natural colors and potassium sorbate), partially hydrogenated soybean oil, tofu, soy protein, crushed tomatoes, potato flakes, maltodextrin, corn starch, vinegar, adipic acid, sodium phosphate, soy lecithin, natural vegan flavors, sugar (now non-bone char!), salt, yeast, spices, garlic powder.Allergen Alert- contains soy and wheat

  18. ryan

    After reading it for the fourth time, Huyen is definitely right — it’s saying that all the frozen items except for the pizza have eggs. So the pizza’s safe and vegan.

  19. Jen B

    I have to admit… sometimes I crave these god-awful cheap microwave pizzas from my childhood, laden with pepperoni… sounds like this will fit the bill! :)icticla

  20. Shyla

    I found this pizza a little too sweet and felt it lacked something in terms of flavor. Kind of like not-as-good-as-Elio’s tasting.
    I have tried two varieties of Amy’s vegan pizza and prefer them both to this. The roasted vegetable simply skips cheese altogether, but is still delicious. The rice crust spinach pizza has cheese and is great if you have wheat allergies/gluten intolerance. Personally, I don’t, so I will keep looking for the version with vegan cheese and a regular crust, because I thought the rice one was a little too crunchy/just not right.

    Also, I’m not sure this would work on pizza, but I’ve made a great lasagna using this for ricotta: 1lb extra firm tofu, drained WELL; 1 heaping tablespoon Italian seasoning; 1 tablespoon garlic powder (I love garlic so you may have to use less); salt & pepper to taste, and enough olive oil to moisten, about 1-2 tablespoons. I mashed it with a fork but a blender would probably be easier. Once it looks like the texture of ricotta, refrigerate for at least an hour for the herbs to hydrate and the flavors to blend. Makes great lasagna with Tofurkey Italian sausage. (As you can tell I’m not one of those trying to eat healthier, just without animal products.)
    Anyways, hope someone finds this helpful.

  21. karitza

    I bought 2 of these the other day and now they come without hydrogenated oils. Its pretty. good…alot better thatn their cheese slices which i hate in taste are awful for me…these are as u said a sometimes food…like when u crave pizza or something and its not bad having one if you mostly eat healthy all the time..

  22. carrie mahoney

    I could not believe how good this was. Have tried several others which I thought were disgusting!!!! I am newly vegan and was really missing pizza so I was happy to find this but I wish they did not use palm oil or any hydrogenated oils!!!!

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