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Wednesday
Sep182013

Truly Terrible: Dollar Store Dessert Pizza

Dollar store dessert pizza

Happy National Cheeseburger Day! On an unrelated note, let me tell you about the most awful thing I've eaten in dessert memory.

It was dessert pizza from the dollar store.

I know what you're thinking. You're thinking, "what were you thinking, CakeSpy?"

What can I say? It appealed to my thrifty nature. Plus, the novelty of finding dessert pizza at the dollar store was pretty wonderful. It seemd like a pretty nice haul for just a buck. 

I took it home and ripped that baby open.

Now, to its credit, the actual making-of was kind of fun. First, you take the crust, which is nestled on its own little cardboard circle and requires no pan! out of the package.

Next, you take out the enclosed icing (the "cheese"?) and pour it on top. It's sort of like the icing that comes with pop-n-bake cinnamon rolls.

Dessert pizza

Now, spread it for even coverage...

Dessert pizza from the dollar storeDSC00944

Now, you're ready to get baking. As advertised, it's ready in 7 minutes! Now, I know it had said it didn't require a pan, but I didn't want icing goo on the bottom of my oven, so I did put it in a pan.

I baked, and it began to do stuff. Bubble, bubble, toil and trouble.

Dessert pizza

 When I took it out of the oven, here's how it looked.

Now, I will tell you, there was a brief, shining moment when I had somewhat high hopes for this dessert. It smelled awesome: like cinnamon and sugar and a soupçon of something else. I wasn't quite sure what yet, but at that moment I wanted to find out.

Dessert pizza

My hopes began to fall. It started with a perfect consistency--soft on top, crispy on the bottom. Then, as it cooled, it began to firm up, then harden, then harden to a crispy, stiff-as-a-board type consistency. I needed a very large and very sharp knife to slice that baby. As you can see, I could only score it with a pizza cutter--it didn't even make a dent in that crust.

Dessert Pizza

Once I finally got it sliced, I took a bite. 

Now, let me tell you...I'm not a dessert snob. I can enjoy a Pop-Tart or Little Debbie Snack on occasion. I tell you this so that you will know that I am not the type of person who would just bash a sweet because it was cheap or "low class".

Dessert pizza

But the truth is, his dessert pizza was absolutely terrible. It may not be the worst dessert I have ever eaten, but no others come to mind just at this moment.

People occasionally will say how something tastes "like cardboard". I generally think this is a bit of an exaggeration. But in this case...it actually did taste like cardboard. I had discovered the alluded-to soupçon of "something else" in this dessert pizza's aroma. 

Dessert pizza

I tried another bite, but it was hard to navigate the beyond crispy crust without breaking a tooth or ten. 

The final verdict on dollar store dessert pizza? Please, let my curiosity be your cautionary tale. Don't do it. 

What's the worst dessert you've ever had?

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Reader Comments (4)

nuff said!
September 18 | Unregistered CommenterHoliday Baker Man
I can't think of a dessert that I've hated, but I recently had a vegan egg yolk experience that still makes me feel sick:

http://theactorsdiet.com/2013/08/14/vegg-ed-out/
That is a truly weird item. Plus, I've never heard of a baked good where you put that glaze on BEFORE you heat it. With cinnamon rolls and toaster strudels you put it on after. But sounds like that was the least of your problems.
September 19 | Unregistered CommenterJulie E
I once made vegan lychee cupcakes. The idea was sound, but somehow they where the most vile tasting and smelling thing I have ever made (including a rather hairbrained combination of sprite and V8 juice...). They weren't even good enough to pawn off on the neighbors.....
September 19 | Unregistered CommenterSarah

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