Tofurky has recently come out with a new line of vegan pocket sandwiches – including Turk’y Broccoli Cheddar Pockets, BBQ Chick’N Pockets, and these Pepperoni Pizza Pockets.
Sometimes a picture is worth a thousand words. Look at the pizza pockets on the packaging – the gooey cheese, the thick, rich sauce oozing out of the crust. Definitely a two- or three-napkin pocket sandwich!
Now, observe the sandwich in real life.
What happened to all the ooey gooeyness? There wasn’t much in the pocket that resembled cheese. Worse, the pizza sauce was more like a thick paste, which made the sandwich a bit dry. Maybe more than a bit. Forget about two or three napkins – you’re in zero danger of dribbling the filling from these onto your shirt!
However, there were some good points. I liked the whole wheat crust, which was sprinkled with Italian spices. The pizza paste – sorry, I can’t bring myself to call it “sauce” – was flavorful. And the thick chunks of pepperoni tasted and chewed very much like pepperoni.
Out of curiosity, I decided to compare Tofurky Pepperoni Pizza Pockets with the non-vegan Hot Pockets Pepperoni Pizza.
- Size: 127 g versus 127 g
- Calories: 300 for Tofurky, 320 for Hot Pockets.
- Total Fat: 5 g for Tofurky, 15 g for Hot Pockets
- Cholesterol: 0 mg versus 30 mg
- Protein: 8 g vs. 11 g
- Sodium: 680 mg vs 760 mg
- Vitamin A: 6% vs. 6%
- Vitamin C: 20% vs. 0%
- Iron: 20% vs. 15%
Nutritionally, the vegan version wins, with less calories, fat, cholesterol, sodium and more Vitamin C and iron, and almost as much protein!
Verdict: If you’re a fan of Tofurky pepperoni slices or pocket sandwiches, give these a try. In Charlotte, NC you can find these at Earth Fare.