04/11/2014 12:36 pm ET Updated Jun 11, 2014

The Best Frozen Pizzas Money Can Buy

There is an art form to making great pizza. The crust must be perfect, the sauce perfectly flavored, and the cheese evenly distributed. All of these elements must be distinguishable from one another but blend perfectly. Everyone has a reliable pizzeria they go to in their neighborhood to satisfy those requirements. Some are even willing to travel miles to experience it somewhere else. Gourmet pizza is a precious culinary gift, but sometimes it isn't always easily attained.

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Whether you are hard up for cash, trying to feed the kids a quick lunch, or need to feed a crowd fast, frozen pizza is always there to save the day. But which frozen pizza, if you are going to serve it, is worth the buy? We already told you which pizza is the healthiest and while that is important, when it comes to a once in a while indulgence, taste reigns supreme. So in order to find out which frozen pizza brand satisfied that craving the best, we sought out to taste some of the top brands in your freezer aisle.

  • 1 #5) America’s Choice Original Pizza
    It appears that this frozen pizza almost lives up to its name. Despite having a “chemical aftertaste” according to one taster, most people appreciated the sauce and the crispiness of the dough. Serving Size: 1 Pizza Total Servings: 1 360 calories per serving 720 calories per package 14 grams total fat Photo Credit: Jane BruceClick Here to see More of the 11 Best Frozen Pizzas
  • 2 #4) DiGiorno Original Rising Crust Pizza
    In our top five is the commercial favorite DiGiorno, with its “complex” herbs, delicious crust, and acceptable cheese to sauce ratio. Although it received a lot of positive feedback, it was definitely noted that the sauce was “very sugary” and that it isn’t exactly what they would call a classic pizza pie. Serving Size: 1/6 Pizza Total Servings: 6 320 calories per serving 1,020 calories per package 10 grams total fat Photo Credit: Jane Bruce
  • 3 #3) Amy’s 4 Cheese Pizza
    Everyone loves a good cheesy pizza and our tasters were no different. They all noted that it tasted “close to the real thing” and felt it had a great variety of complex herbs. One taster even said it had a “good look and feel” and pleasantly reminded another of garlic bread. Serving Size: 1/3 Pizza Total Servings: 3 260 calories per serving 780 calories per package 14 grams total fat Photo Credit: Jane BruceClick Here to see More of the 11 Best Frozen Pizzas
  • 4 #2) Whole Foods 12-inch Cheese Pizza
    With rave reviews on its texture and overall visual appeal, this handmade pizza delighted our tasters. Though it was thought that the sauce had a good flavor, most appreciated that it wasn’t sugary. Serving Size: 2 Slices Total Servings: 6 280 calories per serving 1,680 calories per package 7 grams total fat Photo Credit: Jane Bruce
  • 5 #1) Trader Giotto’s Handmade 4 Formaggi
    The pizza that won the hearts of our taste testers was none other than Trader Joe’s four-cheese pizza. The sauce was flavorful, the cheese was perfect and the crust was perfectly crispy. Overall, tasters thought that it tasted the most like pizzeria pizza and was the best to serve a crowd. Serving Size: 1/3 Pizza Total Servings: 3 310 calories per serving Click Here to see More of the Best Frozen PizzasPhoto Credit: Jane Bruce

In our double kitchen ovens, we calculated the happy medium temperature and time each of the pizzas needed to cook. We lined the trays with foil, and secretly marked which brand belonged to each pizza. Then, after each pizza was cooked to perfection, we unloaded the trays, piping hot and ready for tasting. Classics like Ellio's frozen pizza were pitted against more "gourmet" pizza brands like Whole Foods and Trader Joe's to see if nostalgia or genuine flavor appreciation would win out. Our blind tasters took the crust, sauce and cheese into consideration and gave each pizza a score, which was later tallied and averaged to discover the top frozen pizza pie. To find out who our pizza champ is, click through our slideshow!

-Lauren Gordon, The Daily Meal

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