Nothing goes with pizza quite like soda (and vice versa). The pairing of a hot, fresh pizza and a cool, carbonated bev is timeless and good for pretty much any occasion, from staying in on a Friday night and playing video games until 3 a.m. to feeding guests on a board game night to wisely spending the $40 your parents left you while you’re home alone. There’s a seemingly endless array of both frozen pizzas and sodas at the grocery store, and while you could obviously just pick your favorite of each, we’d like to encourage you to get creative. These are the best pizza and soda pairings if you want to have a little fun (you know, in addition to the video games).
If I made a list of the best pizza and soda pairings and didn’t include the classic of all classics, I would expect a riot, so let’s cover the ultimate pairing: cheese pizza and Coke. And not just any cheese pizza. We’re going with an aggressive cheese pizza. DiGiorno’s Five Cheese Stuffed Crust is positively piled with cheese, and the crust is stuffed with even more of it (2.5 feet of cheese, if the box is to be believed). That’s a lot of cheese to get down the ol’ gullet, but there’s literally nothing better to wash it all down with than a cold Coca-Cola. It’s crisp, it’s refreshing, and it’s the best cola going if you’re looking for the absolute best pizza and soda pairings.
I’m a big fan of a hometown classic, but, unfortunately, Minnesota doesn’t have a signature pizza. So, I’ll have to go a few states over for this pizza and soda pairing. Detroit-style pizza is known for its fluffy center, crispy edges, and heaps of cheese. Motor City Pizza Co. Supreme Detroit-Style Deep Dish Pizza has all that going on, plus pepperoni, sausage, bell peppers, and red onions to add even more height to this towering slice. Pair it with Faygo Vanilla Creme Soda, another Motor City classic, for a beautifully balanced pizza and soda experience straight from the Wolverine State (yeah…I had to Google that one). We can’t speak for Juggalos, but we think they’ll approve.
Pairing pizza and soda doesn’t mean you have to feel guilty about it. Whether you’re grabbing a cauliflower crust pizza because you’re gluten intolerant or you’re just looking to cut a few carbs out of your diet, this pizza and soda combo is here to save the day. Caulipower’s Three Cheese pie earned major props in Sporked senior writer Jordan Myrick’s ranking of the best cauliflower crust pizzas because it tastes the most like a classic, thin-crust frozen pizza. If you are cutting carbs, that doesn’t mean you have to cut comfort. Pick up Sporked’s best diet soda (which Jordan liked better than original Sunkist) to go with, and you can feel good about your dinner decisions.
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Plants give us so much: a boost of serotonin in winter months, itchy eyes in spring months, and, of course, an immaculate pizza and soda pairing. This meatless-meat-covered pizza from TJ’s is totally plant based, crust, cheese, and all. The Sporked crew particularly loved the addition of vegan chorizo, which gives it a little bit of spice. Keep the spice train rolling and crack open a can of Canada Dry Bold Ginger Ale. This pizza and soda pairing is like being bitten by Mother Earth, but in a good way.
America runs on Dunkin’ and I run on nostalgia! French bread pizza is a midcentury frozen-food classic and root beer is downright old timey. Put them together and what do you have? A pizza and soda combo that’s a trip back in time. Stouffer’s may be seen as the progenitor of the French bread pizza, but, as Sporked managing editor Gwynedd Stuart learned during her French bread pizza taste test, Red Baron does it better. Likewise, Dr. Brown’s was the team’s favorite root beer. We all know things were better before the internet, but this duo is proof.