In this busy, work-a-day life, a lot of us don’t have time to cook. We’re busy, dang it. The easy solution is to just make a sandwich, or bowl of cereal, maybe pop something in the microwave. Luckily, Stouffer’s has come to the rescue with frozen meals that don’t take long to cook. You just set the oven, pop it in, and in a few minutes you’re eating a filling meal.
The crown jewel in Stouffers’ “menu” is their French bread pizza. Darn it all, this stuff is tasty. You’d think that pizza is pizza, but this really manages to stand out and have it’s own distinctive flavor.
I get impatient when I’m hungry. There have been times where I’d consider making pasta, or some other food item that requires time and decide against it just because I don’t really feel like waiting. With this, however, it’s well worth the wait. Admittedly, the wait isn’t that long, only half an hour (20 mins cooking and 10 mins to preheat) but I never regret putting in the time to cook up a couple of slices.
This is one of the few foods where you will actually find yourself going “om nom nom nom” as you eat because it’s so delicious.
There are some flaws however. The options are few. You can only get Stouffer’s with either plain cheese or pepperoni. Both are very good, but we usually go with pepperoni. Still, it wouldn’t be a bad idea to offer some other toppings.
It would be pretty inexpensive to offer a line that has say, veggie toppings and you would appeal to a wider market of customers. I’m more than happy with the pepperoni pizza. I wouldn’t write this under “Daily dose of awesome” if I didn’t, but I’m just trying to think big picture here.
Another flaw is the box size, even the big boxes only have 9 pizzas in there. That doesn’t last very long. We usually eat two at a time and three if we’re really hungry. I think doubling it to 18 would be more effective. There’s more, and as it’s a multiple of both 2 and 3 it’s easier to distribute. You could say that 12 meets that criteria as well, but 18 is more than 12, ergo it’s better. Going any higher would be a bit ridiculous so it’s a good middle figure number.
If an 18 pizza box isn’t feasible, than perhaps making the pizzas bigger is a viable alternative. As I said, it takes 2 pizzas to fill me, so increasing the size of the individual pizzas might negate the need to cook 2 in order to feel like I got a satisfyingly filling meal.
Ordering pizza can get pretty pricey. Stouffer’s has given us a product that allows us to enjoy a delicious variation on the classic dish at a low price. The only flaws come from the finite nature of the product ie. it seems to go too quickly. As far as flaws go, it’s not a bad one to have. This is especially true with food, as it means that people like eating it.