Charles enjoys reviewing and photographing food and restaurants for online publications.
Surfer Boy Frozen Pizza
As a single man and a proponent of quick and easy meals, I always have at least a couple of frozen pizzas in my freezer. I've tried a considerable number of the frozen pizza offerings that are generally available at my local Walmart, and I was pleased to see the Stranger Things Surfer Boy supreme pizza filling the freezer bin!
I already watched the new season of Stranger Things on Netflix, but I haven't heard anything in regards to this new frozen pizza offering. After searching for information online, it seems no one else has heard much about it, either.
I just had to see what all the hype was about. I loaded up the supreme version into my shopping cart and quickly headed home to throw it in the oven for a taste. I couldn't wait.
Without any media coverage and only my previous review for reference "Stranger Things" Surfer Boy Frozen Pizza Review, I felt like I was improving this review by trying the supreme version. From what I could gather, it appears that the Stranger Things pizza comes in four styles: multi-meat, pepperoni, pineapple & jalapeño, and supreme. I purchased the supreme frozen pizza to try.
The packaging is sleek with a red and white checkerboard pattern around the top perimeter and also contains the traditional reds, yellows, and oranges that provide a retro 80s pizza joint feeling vibe throughout. The back panel has a pair of bogus 3D glasses that you can punch out and wear on your face—these are definitely marketed to a younger crowd than me. According to the box, this pizza is manufactured by Palermo Villa Co. in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, with permission from Netflix.
I was in the mood for something different from my frozen pizza selection so I opted for the supreme version for this review. I am normally a pizza purist and generally stick to plain or just three cheese. I wanted to see if the toppings would help improve the flavor and consistency of the crust. We shall see.
Serving Size: 1/5 of a supreme frozen pizza
- Calories: 350
- Fat: 18g
- Saturated Fat: 7g
- Trans Fat: 0g
- Cholesterol: 35mg
- Sodium: 740mg
- Total Carbohydrates: 35g
- Dietary Fiber: 2g
- Sugars: 3g (includes 1g added sugars)
- Protein: 13g
Source: Palermo Villa Inc.
- Traditional residential gas oven
- Preheated 425°F oven
- Cooked pizza directly on oven grate for 10 minutes then on a pizza pan for another 10 minutes
- Cooked for 20 minutes in total
- Transferred from the oven onto a cooling rack
- Cooled 2-3 minutes before serving
My Unbiased Opinion
After a quick visual inspection, the cheese, sauce, red onions, sausage, pepperoni green peppers, mushrooms, and black olives looked to be of good quality. The mushrooms were your typical canned variety but the other ingredients looked to be either fresh or par-cooked.
My first impression of the cooked pizza when it came out of the oven was that it looked and smelled great. The crust of the pizza was browned and crispy. The cooking time seemed appropriate as the pizza was completely cooked through with a crispy bottom and slightly browned cheese on top. The center of the pizza remained a little moist due to a large number of toppings but I was ok with that.
My first bite wasn't terrible. In my humble opinion, this pizza had a good amount of flavor from the toppings and I could taste each one individually. The crust definitely had a crispy texture, almost too crispy. Crispy to the point of being dry. The cheese had the taste of decent mozzarella and was perfectly melted. The majority of the flavor came from the pepperoni and Italian sausage which was a good thing. The red onion and green peppers were a nice touch. More on the crust, the crust had the typical frozen pizza taste with an extra side of dry, blandness thrown in for good measure. The part of the crust towards the middle was much better as it didn't dry out like the outer crust and this helped save this pizza from a truly bad score.
Overall, the Stranger Things Surfer Boy supreme frozen pizza was middle-of-the-road good. This particular pizza is definitely ranked in the middle on the frozen pizza scale when it comes to flavor and value. The great product packaging, as well as being backed by Walmart may help increase this pizza's popularity allowing it to hang out on the shelves for a bit. The supreme version was decent but once folks get a taste of the jalapeño & pepperoni version, I don't think they will sell too many of those. Perhaps the other varieties will be even better. Only time will tell! Stay tuned for more reviews of the Stranger Things Surfer Boy frozen pizza lineup!
- Appearance: 9
- Taste: 5
- Quality: 6
- Packaging and Marketing: 9
- Overall Rating: 7.25/10
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