Giada De Laurentiis Debuts Margherita Pizza Popcorn: ‘[It’s] a Natural Extension’

Giada De Laurentiis Debuts Margherita Pizza Popcorn
Giada De Laurentiis debuts Margherita Pizza Popcorn. Robin Marchant/Getty Images

Giada De Laurentiis is giving popcorn an Italian-themed upgrade! The celebrity chef, 48, has teamed up with Simply 7 Snacks to launch a margherita pizza-flavored version of the popular food, which will deliver those familiar, savory notes using simple and healthy ingredients.

The new food item is billed as something that will “take your taste buds on a trip to an Italian pizzeria,” according to a press release.

“This new flavor is bursting with the traditional taste of an Italian margherita pizza made with only the freshest and highest quality ingredients such as zesty tomatoes, creamy mozzarella cheese and a sprinkling of herbs. Fans of margherita pizza will be rejoicing!” the release states.

De Laurentiis, who was born in Rome, is known for her tasty Italian recipes and has written several cookbooks, such as Everyday Pasta, that focus on recipes from Italy. Her show, Giada at Home, ran until 2015, and she’s currently the host of a dessert-centric program called Winner Cake All on the Food Network.

Giada De Laurentiis Debuts Margherita Pizza Popcorn
Giada De Laurentiis debuts Margherita Pizza Popcorn.

According to NBC News, pizza is one of the top 10 most craved flavors, but it’s a bit of a whitespace when it comes to popcorn – until now.

“We wanted to give consumers what they are looking for: a savory flavor while also staying true to who we are by using simple, real ingredients and nothing artificial,” explains Simply 7 President and CEO, Rashim Oberoi. “We always prioritize taste and this flavor truly compliments the lightness of our popcorn. We also continue to be inspired by Giada’s Italian heritage, so the margherita pizza flavor was a natural extension.”

Need another reason to enjoy popcorn that tastes like pizza? This new flavor also contributes to the Fund Her Farm initiative De Laurentiis and Simply 7 created to bring awareness and support to female farmers in the United States.

The snack is made with non-GMO blue and/or red popcorn, not the commonly used white and yellow varieties, and it is gluten free, kosher, free from major allergens and has 20 percent less fat than the leading “skinny” popcorn. The pizza-flavored version joins a roster of interesting flavors that already includes Sicilian sea salt & olive oil, Parmesan cheese and butter.

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