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Food Review: Papa John's Whole-Wheat Pizza Crust

Food Review: Papa John's Whole-Wheat Pizza Crust

Trying to reconcile my love of pepperoni pizza with my love of whole grains just became a little easier. Papa John's is now making pies with a whole-wheat crust ($11.99/large). I am not sure if most pizza eaters care if they are eating whole grains, but it definitely makes me happy to have the option. I think this might just be the first delivery pizza to come with the 100-percent Whole-Grain Stamp. I tried a couple of these new pizzas with some of the gals here at Sugar Inc. and our opinions varied.

The whole-grain crust is a little thicker than Papa John's regular crust, which I didn't mind but others found disappointing because it wasn't crispy. The crust is sweet, too, making it a nice contrast to the spicy pepperoni for me. My buddy Buzz, on the other hand, found the sweet crust distracting. Nutritionally though, there is no way around the fact that the whole-wheat crust is healthier for you. One slice of a large whole-wheat pizza pie offers you five grams of dietary fiber, to the regular crust's two grams of fiber. Papa John's pizza made with whole-wheat crust is slightly lower in calories, sodium, and sugar, too. You can't beat that. I wish I had a photo to show what the pizzas looked like, but it was gone in a flash.

Next time you have pizza on the brain, but don't feel like completely throwing your healthy-eating habits out the door, try the Papa John's whole-wheat crust (here's the store locator). If you already have, tell me what you think about it in the comments section below.

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gbloommkn gbloommkn 4 years
I just called the local papa john's and they said they had never heard of whole wheeat pizza. Id love to find a pizza delivery place that has whole wheat crust. I live in the Philadelphia,Pa area.
meganbg meganbg 7 years
It's weird that you say it's thicker, because I just ordered this pizza for the first time last night and I actually noticed it was thinner than regular crust. It was definitely crunchier. I guess it depends on the location. Or maybe it was a fluke, since it's the only time I've ordered so far. I'm hoping it becomes popular enough they start offering it in other sizes than large.Also... you can make the pizza healthy by choosing the right toppings (maybe eventually, they'll add a low fat cheese option). I get chicken and green peppers (originally because those are my favorites, then I read in a magazine - probably Self - that those are the best toppings you can get on a pizza). I also started asking for less cheese.
meganbg meganbg 7 years
It's weird that you say it's thicker, because I just ordered this pizza for the first time last night and I actually noticed it was thinner than regular crust. It was definitely crunchier. I guess it depends on the location. Or maybe it was a fluke, since it's the only time I've ordered so far. I'm hoping it becomes popular enough they start offering it in other sizes than large. Also... you can make the pizza healthy by choosing the right toppings (maybe eventually, they'll add a low fat cheese option). I get chicken and green peppers (originally because those are my favorites, then I read in a magazine - probably Self - that those are the best toppings you can get on a pizza). I also started asking for less cheese.
TheZone TheZone 7 years
uhm. every time I get the pizza it seems like they dont know how to cook it well enough? the dough always comes out raw/uncooked, or too soft, even when i tell them to overcook it. maybe a slow cooking low temp method would work? maybe the dough is too thick to reall bake?
Catalitical Catalitical 7 years
Fit, you're absolutely right - Papa John's is the first delivery pizza to earn the 100% Stamp. Add to this that their pizza provides a whopping 40g of whole grains per serving and it's even more exciting! Someone's finally paying attention to all of us clamoring for whole grains any and every way we can get them. The best part is, even if you order a regular pizza from Papa John's, all of their pizza boxes are currently promoting the whole wheat crust. Who knows how many people will order whole wheat pizza for the first time now!
Catalitical Catalitical 7 years
Fit, you're absolutely right - Papa John's is the first delivery pizza to earn the 100% Stamp. Add to this that their pizza provides a whopping 40g of whole grains per serving and it's even more exciting! Someone's finally paying attention to all of us clamoring for whole grains any and every way we can get them. The best part is, even if you order a regular pizza from Papa John's, all of their pizza boxes are currently promoting the whole wheat crust. Who knows how many people will order whole wheat pizza for the first time now!
kia kia 7 years
Five grams of fiber isn't bad if the slices are not huge.
PamiP PamiP 7 years
mellow mushroom is delicious, and their salads are great! I only know of ones in Baton Rouge, LA and Destin?, FL. Too far away!
Jive-Turkey Jive-Turkey 7 years
When we order pizza, we go for the whole-wheat crust and tell them no cheese. When the pizza comes we take out our shredded no fat mott cheese and put it on and shut the box. 5 min later we are ready to eat a pizza with no grease! Its the best ever!!
Kate-Marie Kate-Marie 7 years
That's great! I love Papa John's pizza. I saw a commercial for this on TV today and I can't wait to try it.
aimeeb aimeeb 7 years
This is awesome!
aimeeb aimeeb 7 years
This is awesome!
AnnaLove AnnaLove 7 years
When I have pizzas, it's the CPK microwaveable ones :)
nikodarling nikodarling 7 years
Whole Wheat crust aside I'm sure its still pretty unhealthy. Better to take the time and make something yourself.
uptown_girl uptown_girl 7 years
Mellow Mushroom, (not sure where they are located, but I know they have one in Lexington, KY & at least 1 in Nashville, TN), uses whole wheat crust on all their pizzas, and it's SUUUUUPER yummy.Is Papa John's whole wheat crust an option or standard? When I was a kid, we used to LOOOOVE to get Papa John's. It was a real treat for us, because, the nearest ones were an hour away. Then one opened up 20 minutes away, so everyone once in a while my dad would pick one up on his way home. YUM.
uptown_girl uptown_girl 7 years
Mellow Mushroom, (not sure where they are located, but I know they have one in Lexington, KY & at least 1 in Nashville, TN), uses whole wheat crust on all their pizzas, and it's SUUUUUPER yummy. Is Papa John's whole wheat crust an option or standard? When I was a kid, we used to LOOOOVE to get Papa John's. It was a real treat for us, because, the nearest ones were an hour away. Then one opened up 20 minutes away, so everyone once in a while my dad would pick one up on his way home. YUM.
ValentineGirl6 ValentineGirl6 7 years
I tried this whole wheat crust and it was delicious! And short1, I heard that Papa John's is the only national chain to offer it. Pizza Hut and Domino's really need to get on the ball.
short1 short1 7 years
I love whole wheat pizza! Does anyone know of any other chain that does whole wheat? My brother loves chains (especially Round Table) but I'm always looking for specialty places because they do whole wheat!
imLissy imLissy 7 years
our cafeteria here at work makes delicious whole wheat pizzas
skigurl skigurl 7 years
i can't handle sweet-tasting crusts on pizza, so i don't think i'd love this
Courtney82 Courtney82 7 years
yes i love whole wheat crust. CPK and Waldos has it and i love it. Happy PJs is making it, just wish i was a fan of the pizza sauce they use.
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