When I was a teenager and college student, I loved eating Totino’s products, whether they were those small crisp-crust pizzas that were easy to devour singlehandedly, or crisp pizza rolls oozing with salty seasoned meat and gooey cheese. I still enjoy these foods now, and so do my kids, but I don’t buy them often because they’re loaded with sodium and fat and have a long list of processed ingredients.
When I do buy those little pizza rolls now, though, I have other options besides name-brand Totino’s. The discount grocer Aldi sells its own take on Totino’s Pizza Rolls, and they’re a pretty good imitation.
Mama Cozzi’s Pizza Snacks cost $5.49 for a 45-oz. bag containing 90 pizza rolls at the time of publication, which comes out to about 12 cents per ounce or about 6 cents per pizza snack. For comparison, a 44.5-ounce bag of 90 name-brand Totino’s Pepperoni Pizza Rolls at Walmart cost $7.48 at the time of writing, which is about 17 cents per ounce or about 8 cents per pizza roll. Even if you purchase a larger box of 140 Totino’s Pizza Rolls from Walmart for $9.74, that still comes out to about 7 cents per pizza roll, which means the Aldi pizza snacks are still the better deal even in a smaller package.
The Mama Cozzi’s Pizza Snacks come in two varieties: Combination (with sausage and peperoni) or Pepperoni.
These are a Regular Buy, which means Aldi sells them all year.
If you’re watching out for allergens, these contain milk, wheat, and soy.
These can be heated in a conventional oven, toaster oven, or microwave.
To bake in a conventional oven, preheat the oven to 450 degrees Fahrenheit. Arrange up to 20 pizza bites one inch apart in a single layer on a baking sheet. Bake in the center of the oven for 9-10 minutes or until sizzling. Let stand for 2 minutes before consuming.
To heat in a toaster oven, preheat the toaster oven to 425 degrees. Arrange up to 15 pizza bites one inch apart in a single layer on a toaster oven tray. Bake in the center of the oven for 11-12 minutes or until sizzling. Let stand 2 minutes before consuming.
To microwave, arrange 6 pizza bites in a circle on a microwave-safe plate. Place the plate and pizza bites off center on the carousel. Heat on high for 50 seconds. If not fully cooked, heat in additional 10-second increments. Let stand 2 minutes before consuming.
My favorite way to make these is in a conventional oven, but when we’re in a hurry we often make them in the microwave. I’ve never tried making them in our air fryer, but that would probably be a good option as well as long as you don’t overcook them, which might cause the filling to ooze out.
Mama Cozzi’s Combination Pizza Snacks
One 6-piece (85-gram) serving of these has 190 calories, 7 grams of total fat (11% DV), 2.5 grams of saturated fat (13% DV), 5 mg of cholesterol (2% DV), 370 mg of sodium (15% DV), 28 grams of total carbohydrates (9% DV), 1 gram of dietary fiber (4% DV), 2 grams of sugars, and 6 grams of protein.
Mama Cozzi’s Pepperoni Pizza Snacks
One 6-piece (85-gram) serving of these has 200 calories, 8 grams of total fat (12% DV), 2.5 grams of saturated fat (13% DV), 10 mg of cholesterol (3% DV), 430 mg of sodium (18% DV), 28 grams of total carbohydrates (9% DV), 1 gram of dietary fiber (4% DV), 2 grams of sugars, and 6 grams of protein.
Mama Cozzi’s Pizza Snacks come in combination (sausage and pepperoni) or plain pepperoni varieties, and they’re the Aldi version of name-brand Totino’s Pizza Rolls. The Aldi imitation is virtually indistinguishable from Totino’s in our family’s opinion. We recommend enjoying these in moderation because, just like their name-brand counterpart, they’re loaded with salt, fat, and a lengthy list of processed ingredients.