Hit or Miss: Does Pineapple really belong on pizza?

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It’s become a bit of an internet joke – a memetic bit of nonsense that gets shared about on the internet. And that’s exactly how I treated it, joking suggesting that for this week’s Hit or Miss we talk about whether or not pineapple actually belongs on pizza. Expecting a chuckle, and for the team to move on to something a little more serious, it ended up being a heated discussion about pizza toppings that lasted for way longer than any discussion about the stuff that goes on top of a disc of bread covered with cheese rightly should.

Sure, it diverged a little, and moved on to whether or not Debonairs can even rightfully be considered pizza – but it all started with that sweet and sour tropical fruit.

While it’s a little more accepted here in South Africa than in much the rest of the world thanks to the Hawaiian being a firm favourite for decades, there are many people who can’t even fathom the thought of pineapple being a worthwhile topping on pizza. They’re convinced that just by having the fruit in proximity of a pizza is enough to ruin the thing, making it inedible even if the offending fruit is picked off.

The Hawaiian is immeasurably popular not just here in South Africa, but also in Australia where it accounts for 15% of all pizza sales. Funnily enough, it was invented in Canada – so you can blame the folks with the maple leaf on the flag if you hate it.

Tell us though, what do you think of pineapple on pizza? If you hate us, tell us what your favoured toppings are.

Last Updated: January 20, 2017

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  • Matthew Figueira

    Inb4 pineapple on pizza haters appear 😛

    • And recently I found some (regulars) hate avo and olives on pizza…

      That’s Barbaric!

      • Admiral Chief

        Love avo on pizza, olives, don’t mind but won’t order for myself

      • PurplePariah

        I know someone who hates avos. He also hates eggs but loves bacon.

        I don’t understand. What does he do for breakfast or pizza?

        • Admiral Chief

          Probably tofu

          • PurplePariah

            OH hell no. No no no. If he eats whatever the hell that is I will proper never talk to him again. Ever.

          • Admiral Chief

            I think tofu is used as a bulkhead sealant on starships

          • PurplePariah

            I thought it was used as that thing stunt-people use to break their fall?

          • Admiral Chief

            Indeed, they also use it in F1 in the barriers

      • Matthew Figueira

        Omg those heathens!

    • Alien Emperor Trevor

      Being first doesn’t make you right!

      • Matthew Figueira

        BUT DOES IT MAKE ME WRONG?

        • Alien Emperor Trevor

          I know broken watches that have been right more times than you have!

    • Admiral Chief

      At least you got in somewhere at last…

  • Yes, it is delicious!

    • Hammersteyn

      yes!

  • Food talk before 12pm…this is gonna be a tough one

    • Hammersteyn

      Fine, I’ll eat it there

      • Ir0nseraph

        XD

  • Nick de Bruyne

    YES IT DOES.

    Qualifications: I worked in a pizzeria for someone who made some of the best pizzas of all time, so I am better at this opinion than you.

    • Nikola

      NO IT DOES NOT! hahaha

      • YES IT DOES!! HA I’M WINNING THIS ARGUMENT!!

        • That’s not a bloody argument!

          • OF COURSE IT IS. I USED CAPITAL LETTERS AND EXCLAMATION MARKS AND EVERYTHING!

          • ACTUALLY IT IS NOT BECAUSE YOU USED PUNTUATION YOU CAN ONLY WIN AN ARGUMENT IF YOU SPEL WRONG AND NOT USE PROPER GRAMMER AND PUNCTUATION

          • Admiral Chief

            WHAT IS GOING ON HERE?

          • For me to know and you to decipher. 😛

          • HairyEwok

            I nearly suffocated reading this comment XD

          • MonsterCheddar

            XD. Awesome

          • PurplePariah

            Man I miss this show.

            Back in my day we had to get up to change the channel to watch it.

          • I had to turn my speakers down, just to read this comment

          • Nikola

            You stay out of this you meme making bastard;) hahah

        • Nikola

          SHIT, you got me I don’t think there is a way of me winning this now:(

    • Your opinion is also wrong

    • You got fired… Didn’t you?

      • HairyEwok

        He got fired saying pineapple is a good topping.

        • Pretty sure that is 100% fact

        • Ir0nseraph

          XD XD

    • I worked in a betterer Pizzeria and they also sold pizza’s with pineapple on.. but they only did it for the money..

    • miaau

      Toni’s in Pretoria. Ate there last night.

      Man, that is some seriously good Pizza. A bit rich, but Gorganzala on a pizza will do that.

      • Admiral Chief

        Toni’s closed down in my area. Shit expensive and mediocre pizza’s were their downfall

        • miaau

          One near Chamberlain? We are are Menlo park last night. I think there were only ever two.

          I think there pizza is great, but very different. And not cheap

  • Matthew Figueira

    “it was invented in Canada – so you can blame the folks with the maple leaf on the flag if you hate it”

    Me: DAMN YOU CANADA!
    Canada: Sorry.

    • 40 Insane Frogs

      BLAME CANADA!!!

  • Pinapple on pizza is a perfectly acceptable topping.

  • Nikola

    No No and No there should not be fruit on pizza it’s wrong in every way. As soon as you put pineapple on a pizza it stops being one!!

  • Alien Emperor Trevor

    No.

    And to the people who think Debonairs isn’t pizza… you will after tasting Pizza Hut or Dominos.

    • Nikola

      Dominos is THE WORST haha.

    • Matthew Figueira

      xD

    • not a fan of Pizza Hut or Dominos but they are leagues better than Debonairs which is not only pizza it’s barely even food

      • Nikola

        All of them are shit even Roman’s none if it’s proper pizza let’s be honest here..

      • Debonairs is the canned meatballs of pizza

      • I prefer 1+1 pizza. Debonairs is the worst

      • Ir0nseraph

        Debonairs no thanks, I believe in pizza that’s prepared in a real pizza woodfire ovens.

        • Hammersteyn

          We have such a place, it’s a mexican place so there’s nachos and burritos to

          • Ir0nseraph

            That is the right place to get pizza then.

      • Alien Emperor Trevor

        Dominos & Pizza Hut are for people who want to eat a loaf of bread with a single piece of topping in the middle & some tomato scent sprayed on it to trick you into believing it has flavour.

        • Viper_ZA

          I usually enjoy Pizza Perfect, not sure how they rank BUT way better than Debonairs at least xD

          • Styrofoam packaging is better than Debonairs.

          • ^^

          • PurplePariah

            I think we’ve established that pretty much anything edible is better than Debonairs. However, Pizza Perfect isn’t bad, but it’s not that good for wood-fired pizza.

      • miaau

        Yes. Totally.

    • Romans is king of fast food pizza!

      • PurplePariah

        Butlers. Romans doesn’t even compare.

        • 100%. Will always prefer woodfired pizza, but if I have to go with convection pizzas then Butlers rules all.

      • Hammersteyn

        Pannos still makes decent pizza as well

        • I have no idea what a Pannos is 😛

          • Hammersteyn

            Panarottis

          • See. Now that one I know xD

          • Ir0nseraph

            O good it isn’t just me.

        • Andre116

          I hope you don’t mean Panarotties….they just serve bread with some topping on.

        • miaau

          Pannarottis do indeed make, shall we say, more gourmet Pizza than Romans, for example.

          They also make Pizza custom for my wife, none of things she is allergic to, custom sauce, custom base. And she loves it.

      • Alien Emperor Trevor

        Romans is so bad, I tried it once and nearly got a caeser.

        • miaau

          Funny, really funny

          Little Romans funny

        • Romans is not a place for salad 😛

    • Andre116

      We only ever order Romans. They are descent. If we feel like treating ourselves we’ll go buy from Tipples. Doodles also make a descent pizza but it is too far for us to travel.

      Oh…and pineapple taste great on pizza. Don’t yoouuu judge me!

      • MonsterCheddar

        By Descent, you mean they going down….

      • I’m double judging you… pineapple is evil.. descent means going down.. you meant decent…

        JUDGED

        • Admiral Chief

          You forgot the [POINTS FINGER] statement

        • PurplePariah

          Ellipses always consist of three periods. No more, no less.

          You have been judged in return.

        • Andre116

          I’m a dutchman…that’s my excuse.

      • Admiral Chief

        My daughter loves Romans, so does my wife, so when we have pizza, Romans it is

        • miaau

          funny how that one goes, hey?

      • miaau

        I find their pizza;s oily but still quite nice.

      • 40 Insane Frogs

        I like Romans, they provide a decent pizza on a budget, and they’re perfect for when you just want something to eat after a long hard day at the office.

    • Alessandro Barbosa

      Dominos is still ok pizza at best, but it’s miles ahead of Debonairs (Pizza Hut is trash though)

      • Pizza Hut is way better than debonairs. If I want proccessed cheese on top of cardboard I would just go get McDonalds instead.

        • 40 Insane Frogs

          Agreed. I’ll rank them as follows:

          My Wife’s pizza > the local pizzeria down the road > Col’Cacchio > Dominos > Ristorante la famiglia > Pizza Perfect > Romans > Pizza Hut > a platter from a dumpster > cat vomit > Debonairs

    • Hammersteyn

      Thank you!

    • 40 Insane Frogs

      Dominos makes a decent pizza, but Debonairs… I don’t know what they’re trying to make these days? It always looks like a melted trash can bag… Ugh!

      We go to a local pizzeria, and the guy makes the most delicious quattro formaggi pizza I’ve ever tasted.

  • Admiral Chief

    Well, I had leftover pizza this morning that had pineapple on, used to hate it, now I tolerate it.

    But I won’t order one for myself

  • MonsterCheddar
  • No.

  • Never

  • Sies

    • Admiral Chief

      That is what we thought while listening in…

  • What type of savage are you?

    • Hammersteyn

      A tropical one?

  • Matthew Figueira

    Confession: I don’t mind Debonairs.

    Defence: I have a branch across the road so it’s convenient and I’ve eaten from there for years.

    Redemption: I don’t eat there regularly anymore.

    COME AT ME HATERS!

  • MonsterCheddar
    • PurplePariah

      While I don’t agree, the picture is cute af, so have an upvote.

  • and now I’m bloody hungry. Thanks

    • Admiral Chief

      For slap chips?

    • PurplePariah

      To be fair, Tasty Tuesdays are missed.

      • yep indeed

      • Hammersteyn

        It is

      • HairyEwok

        Still waiting on work avoidance Wednesdays again.

    • Viper_ZA

      Domino’s for lunch!!! OFFICE is paying xD

      • Unavengedavo

        Your company must really not like their employees O_o

        • Viper_ZA

          Nah usually staff get to choose a lunch for their birthday. Just so happens this time around it’s Domino’s. I ain’t complaining as it has been quite a looooooong time since I last got paid hahahaha

  • Admiral Chief
    • MonsterCheddar

      XD

    • Please don’t put retarded people in the same category as filthy pineapple pizza lovers

      • Admiral Chief

        A dog is a people?

        • Hammersteyn

          In some countries yes. In other countries it’s goes on pizza

          • PurplePariah

            Oh rats, the cat is out of the bag.

          • Hammersteyn

            Catch it quick, it’s meant for table 12

          • PurplePariah

            😀 😀 😀

          • HairyEwok

            Out of the bag and on the griller?

  • PurplePariah

    I like banana & ham. Pineapple, not so much. Not because it doesn’t belong on pizza, but because I simply don’t like the actual thing.

    However, if you do like the taste, why not have it on pizza? Seems like a good mix for a nice sweet & sour flavour. Add some bacon and balsamic onions, and you have a winner (I do this with banana instead). Oddly, I don’t like banana on its own.

  • Aaaand pizza ordered for delivery!

    • Admiral Chief

      I still have two OTHER slices left over (that do NOT have pineapple on)

    • Alien Emperor Trevor

      Please be specific so we can judge you harshly no matter what you’ve ordered.

      • PurplePariah

        It’ll have marshmallows and unicorn tears.

      • Admiral Chief

        ^^^^^^^^

      • It has garlic, ham, salami , olives and onion on.

        • Hammersteyn

          Not bad

      • ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

      • MonsterCheddar

        ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

  • Admiral Chief
  • Admiral Chief

    Blame Canada for pineapple pizza

  • PurplePariah

    I have a pizza. I have pineapple. UUUUUUH. Pineapple Pizza.

    What?

  • Hammersteyn

    Yes!

  • Alessandro Barbosa

    Pineapple and Olives. Still a winning combo. Fight me

    • …over the last slice?

    • +1 for olives. – life for pineapple

    • I prefer Bacon and Banana.

      • Alessandro Barbosa

        I’ve seen many love banana on pizza, but I hate the fruit in entirety so nope 😛

        • 40 Insane Frogs

          YOU WHAT???

      • 40 Insane Frogs

        Bacon and Banana… wow!

    • Alien Emperor Trevor

      Don’t have to fight you. Just have to wait for you to eat that & die from shame.

    • Ir0nseraph

      NO need to fight you, you seem to be punishing yourself already.

      • Admiral Chief

        ^THIS^

      • Alessandro Barbosa

        Touche XD

      • Hammersteyn

        HAH!

        • Admiral Chief

          😀

      • HAH!!!!!

    • Admiral Chief

      When are you changing your profile pic and writer’s bio? Or has the pineapple and olives poisoned you?

    • Hammersteyn

      I’d rather eat that pizza

  • Hammersteyn

    Who here love anchovies on pizza like i do?

    • Ir0nseraph

      I can’t even upvote that statement 🙁

  • Admiral Chief

    I’d rather not have it on my pizza, but I’d rather have two whole pineapples on my pizza than one slice of banana

    • Ir0nseraph

      Fried banana I can do, but on a pizza nope.

      • Sageville

        GTFOH!

    • Civ Scrub Bob

      Banana on pizza?! Madness, who does that?

      • Cat

        Have you ever tried a pizza with bacon & banana? Try it & let me know if you change your mind…

        • GooseZA

          So much of this. Bacon, Banana and pineapple. The best!

    • 40 Insane Frogs

      That’s rude… Don’t be rude!!! YOU’RE FAKE NEWS!!! 😛

  • Civ Scrub Bob

    Depends on the pineapple used. If it’s fresh it generally tastes good on pizza. If it’s that freeze dried, preserved to hell and back crap they usually use then NO!
    We don’t do takeout pizza’s anymore. Expensive and the toppings are very disappointing. We make our own – it tastes way better and you get to put whatever you want it.

  • Viking Of Science

    Basil Pesto, Roasted Cherry tomatoes, Feta and Garlic. perfect pizza.

    • Hammersteyn

      No bacon or salami?

      • Ir0nseraph

        Vegetarian ?

        • Admiral Chief

          Also known in the village lingo as “bad hunter”

          • MonsterCheddar

            XD

          • Hammersteyn

            Also, the single guy in the village

          • Ir0nseraph

            LoL

          • MonsterCheddar

            Because he likes other guys

          • Admiral Chief

            Hahahaha

      • Admiral Chief

        Yeah, savage

      • PurplePariah

        That’s what I was thinking, but shredded chicken would be better here.

        • Admiral Chief

          If anything should be shredded it should be pork belleh

          • PurplePariah

            Not sure it would work with basil pesto, but it would with sundried tomato pesto, or just a good mint sauce instead.

      • I agree a perfect Pizza with no Bacon does not exist.

      • Viking Of Science

        Meat is unnecessary in the flavour profile. but you can add if you want to… 🙂

    • Ir0nseraph

      I prefer parma ham and rocket pizza with garlic.

      • Hammersteyn

        I prefer two of every animal

        • PurplePariah

          So THAT’s why you wanted Malema’s kidneys. Ok.

          • Hammersteyn

            LOL!

        • Ir0nseraph

          Yes I believe that, wrapped in bacon most probably.

          • Hammersteyn

            People can’t claim I’m a pig, because I’m not a cannibal

          • Ir0nseraph

            XD

    • I’d eat this.

    • Olives?

      • Viking Of Science

        I do not like olives, that’s the Wife’s thing… (insert Olive theory comment here)

        • My wife likes Olives. I used to hate them. 2 years ago I suddenly started liking them…

        • Hammersteyn

          *Theory comment
          You’re not Popeye and your wife has the hots for Olive Oyl

    • 40 Insane Frogs

      That sounds delicious!!!

  • Admiral Chief

    Oh look, a ‘FFD’ with over 100 comments, gg Geoff

    • And it wasn’t about people trying to disprove the scientific fact that PC is way beter than console.

    • Civ Scrub Bob

      FFD’s don’t count. It’s too easy to get everyone to talk nonsense on a Friday.

      • PurplePariah

        THIS IS SERIOUS!

        😀

      • Viper_ZA

        Just waiting for 12:00, then I can really crank it up in the discussions thread! lol…

      • Only on Fridays?…LOL xD

  • Speaking of Pineapple

  • miaau

    Ok, how is this.

    I hate pineapple on Pizza. Finished. I like meat on pizza.

    My little girl, 3, is allergic to cows milk and does not like goats or sheep milk cheese. Yet.

    She loves a pizza with no cheese, bacon and Pineapple. She does not eat the pineapple, really, at all.. We noticed that her pizza is moister and the base is that little bit nicer with the pineapple on, even if she does not eat it.

    So, in summary, used to give its juices to the Pizza with no cheese, but no eaten.

    • Interesting. That may have to do with the bromelain (an enzyme in pineapple that works really well as a meat tenderiser) acting on the gluten in the base. Bromelain breaks down protein, and gluten happens to be protein.

      • VampyreSquirrel

        Geoffrey the science guy

      • miaau

        Well, yes. They say pineapple eats you as you eat it.

        Bought bloubul steak before, no marinade. Use pineapple to help some of the meat along before cooking.

        • Ir0nseraph

          That works pretty good.

          • miaau

            Yeah, but you still need to cook carefully. Bloubul steak can be very nice, but must be prepared carefully.

            Also not that expensive to buy

          • Ir0nseraph

            Agreed and can be a tough one if it’s done incorrectly.

  • VampyreSquirrel

    Yes I eat pineapple on pizza.
    Yes I eat banana on pizza.
    No I do not eat olives (at all) on pizza.

  • Hammersteyn
    • MonsterCheddar

      XD. ROFL

    • Perfect

    • HairyEwok

      Someones going to get hurt in that relationship.

    • Matthew Figueira

      Perfect <3

  • PurplePariah

    I still maintain the best use of pineapple:

    https://i.makeagif.com/media/5-29-2015/5r-QZb.gif

    • Admiral Chief

      The one at the end of the movie!

  • HairyEwok

    Pineapple on Pizza is like placing olives on ice cream.

    • I should try this

    • PurplePariah

      Not what you expect, but delicious anyway?

  • Admiral Chief

    I wonder if @LlewellynCrossley:disqus cuts his pizza in 7 slices…

  • Admiral Chief
    • This pizza crossed the line…a few lines actually

      • Hammersteyn

        I’ve had one like it, luckily the eggs were hard boiled

    • PurplePariah

      Sis. Runny yolk is disgusting.

    • *throws up*

    • Hammersteyn

      Breakfast pizza!

    • Matthew Figueira

      I’ve had egg on pizza and can confirm it was delicious.

      I did spend an entire evening with my loo after that though, so yeah. Screw egg on pizza forever xD

  • Admiral Chief
  • HairyEwok

    This article will end friendships, guaranteed.

    • Already thinking it’s time to fire Matty.

      • PurplePariah

        Fire as in set his mop of hair alight, or as in change his status to previously employed?

      • Hammersteyn

        And then cancel his flight home from France?

  • Craig “Crios” Boonzaier

    I like pineapple, but i am not a fan of cooked sweet fruits. I will eat it, but if I had the option not to, then I wouldn’t.

  • Admiral Chief

    230!

    Nice!

  • DragonSpirit009

    I have no problem with pineapple on pizza. That sweet tangy taste goes nice with pizza salty goodness!

  • Sageville

    Nice origin story bro!

    Shit pizza, but nice story…

    • Hammersteyn

      lol

  • GooseZA

    I have ordered the same pizza every time for my entire life.

    Bacon, Banana, Pineapple and extra garlic.

    Every. Time.

    So yes, it belongs on a pizza.

    • Banana and pineapple? Dude, skip the pizza and just order fruit salad.

      • GooseZA

        Yeah man, but when you combine them with some nice salty bacon it’s delicious!

        • Hammersteyn

          Agreed, but maybe try some variation?

    • VampyreSquirrel

      Sounds good

  • Sageville

    Salami, olives, feta, Avocado.

    My Pizza, My Life.

    • Hammersteyn

      Yoh, that’s sounds good.

    • Ir0nseraph

      That can work but hold the olives.

    • 40 Insane Frogs

      You speak the truth, Sage…

  • Magoo

  • Hammersteyn

    One of my favourites. Mince, Salami, red peppers, jalapenos, chilli and garlic

  • HvR

    Thought it was invented in California, because they only farm fruit there and most crappy things are from there as well.

  • Unavengedavo
  • Dark

    Best Takeaway Pizza = http://hellotomato.co.za/menu/

  • Scienide

    Hawaiian FTW

  • 40 Insane Frogs

    Yes! Pineapple is awesome! All pizza should contain pineapple.

    Qualifications: I eat pizza!

  • 40 Insane Frogs

    Banana on the other hand, makes a terrible topping….

  • Lourens Corleone

    If eating pineapple on pizza is wrong, I don’t wanna be right.

  • 40 Insane Frogs

    I didn’t realise the Hawaiian pizza was that popular in South Africa.

  • Craig “CrAiGiSh” Dodd

    Would you stick a pineapple into a microwave?

    NO, exactly.

  • AchtungBaby_

    Pineapple on pizza makes it 110 times more tasty! Have you even eaten a Dominoes Hawaiian pizza hmm its so good.

  • DrKiller

    No, it’s not a fruit salad

  • For the Emperor!

    If you like it, it *belongs on your pizza. If you hate it, don’t buy it. Easy as that. You don’t see me **running around telling people how wrong they are for having banana or anchovies or avo on pizza – that is their misguided choice to live with!

    *Romans 4-in-1 with Pineapple AND Garlic is my favourite!
    **Probably because I don’t do much running!

  • Grimsupanoob

    Pineapple on a Pizza is like making out with your sister. It may sound like a good idea, but is wrong on all levels….

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