Pizza Pops are a Canadian calzone-type snack produced by Pillsbury brand of General Mills. Pizza Pops are sold pre-cooked and frozen. Typically, they are reheated in a microwave oven. However, they may also be cooked in a conventional oven. They were invented by Paul Faraci (September 13, 1928 – February 6, 2018) of Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada in 1964; they were conceived as a modification of traditional cheese-filled Italian turnovers such as calzone or panzerotti, and created a snack staple in Canada that delivers a hand-held calzone, and supplies a quick pizza "fix." The rights to the pizza pop were later sold to Pillsbury. Pizza Pops are currently manufactured by General Mills at a factory in Winnipeg.They come in several varieties such as "Hawaiian", "Three Meat", "Pepperoni", "Pepperoni & Bacon", "Deluxe", "Cheese Burger", "Canadian", "Poutine" and "Three Cheese". All varieties of Pops, except for the poutine, contain pizza sauce, pizza topping, and meat. However, the Three Cheese variety contains no meat. They may also contain vegetables, such as green peppers or mushrooms, and artificial colours and flavours, such as Yellow 5.
Pizza Pops are available only in Canada. Chili Pops and Veggie Pops were introduced at the same time in the 1980s, but were discontinued within a few years. Chili Pops were reintroduced along with the introduction of Fajita Pops in the 1990s, but both were also discontinued within a few years.
Pizza Pops contain 0.3 grams of trans-fat per serving.