Ira Scott, owner of Road Kill Pizza Co. -- a small frozen pizza business specializing in pies with offbeat toppings -- has just whipped up a brand-new concoction in honor of Super Bowl XLV and the two teams facing off in the NFL showdown on Sunday.
Scott told AOL News that he's created a limited-edition Super Bowl XLV frozen pizza boasting toppings that, in his mind, represent both the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Green Bay Packers.
The toppings? One side is doused in Heinz ketchup while the other is covered in sliced dill pickles.
To Scott, the bizarre choices of toppings make perfect sense.
"The Pittsburgh Steelers' side has Heinz ketchup on it because Heinz is a major sponsor of the team. It represents Heinz Field [the Steelers' home stadium]. The pickles represent Green Bay's old nickname, the 'Green Bay Pickle Packers.' Of course, that side will also be covered in loads of Wisconsin cheese to cater to Cheeseheads," Scott said.
The pizza-maker said the frozen pies will be available for purchase this week at convenience stores all over Indiana for $3.33 a pop.
He figures the low price will allow consumers to buy several of the pizzas at once and store them in their freezers until game day.
When it's time to bake and serve to guests, Scott said the half-and-half pie -- which is divided by a makeshift scrimmage line -- will please fans of both teams, although he thinks the Steelers side may have the upper hand.
"Everyone loves ketchup. I think that side will taste better than the Green Bay pickles side."
Scott's business partner, Richard Davis, agreed and told AOL News that the Heinz Ketchup side will likely seem more appetizing to fans.
"Ketchup is a lot like pizza sauce," he reasoned. "Plus, we're covering the entire pizza in cheese, so it should taste pretty good."
If nothing else, Davis said the ketchup/pickle creation should be a hit with pregnant women experiencing odd cravings for weird food combinations.
Still, Scott is pretty confident in the power of the pie among football fans. After all, this isn't his first foray into weird Super Bowl-themed pizzas.
Last year, when the New Orleans Saints took on the Indianapolis Colts in Super Bowl XLIV, Scott made a pizza topped with half Cajun seafood jambalaya for the Saints and half horse meat jerky for the Colts.
In 2009, he created a pie that was half rattlesnake meat and half groundhog meat for Super Bowl XLIII. Scott said the rattlesnake side represented the Arizona Cardinals because rattlesnake is the state's unofficial roadkill, while the groundhog meat represented the Steelers because Groundhog Day originated in Pennsylvania.
He also made a pizza for the New England Patriots vs. New York Giants Super Bowl in 2008. Scott said the Patriots side was slathered in New England clam chowder, while the Giants side boasted Jolly Green Giant peas. Get it?
Scott said he usually begins brainstorming his latest football-themed pizza as soon as the teams for the Super Bowl are announced each year and tries to pick off-the-wall ingredients.
He admitted the pressure is on every time because he thinks his pizzas may affect the outcome of the game.
Last year, he said, the jambalaya side tasted better than the horse meat side and the Saints won the Super Bowl. This year he thinks the ketchup side is more delicious than the pickles side, so by his logic, the Steelers are probably on their way to that coveted Vince Lombardi Trophy.
"The pizza is NEVER wrong," Scott deadpanned.
Well, if a weird pizza is all it takes for the Steelers to win the Super Bowl, Pittsburgh fans may not have to rely on those Terrible Towels for luck this year. They've got ketchup on their side.
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