Toaster Pizza: A Retrospective
Earlier this week there was a new product release from the British department store Marks & Spencer: Toaster Pizza! When I first saw the announcement, it seemed worthy of a mention; finally a product that would solve pizza's lack of toaster compatibility. The heat resistant sleeve protects the pizza and the heating elements. Just how many lubricated minds have attempted to revitalize cold pizza in a toaster without this? The sideways toaster method seems like a reasonable solution.
In looking for photographic proof of all the toasters that must have fallen victim to this reheat scheme, I turned up a number of food stuffs over the decades that have attempted to marry the two. Having been raised in the era of the microwave, I missed out on these toaster treats. It seems that almost every major food manufacturer had a version. Here's Nabisco's...
Amy's. But having missed out on the versions from the 60s and 70s, I can't say if the are a huge improvement.
This one seems particularly ambitious. Not only are they going for the toaster angle, but Buitoni really pushed the envelope with the pizza burger angle. It doesn't work now and I'm sure it didn't work then, but clearly a multi-decade American dream.
For those whose reheating supplies don't include a stove and a cast-iron skillet (for the best re-heat method ever), or a toaster oven (I just can't believe anyone is without both) then maybe the Marks & Spencer method holds some appeal. In which case you can just slip your favorite leftover slice into a reusable Toastabag. Just don't be like this dude: