ByChase Shustack/Dec. 8, 2021 11:06 am EDT
It's a Friday night and you and your friends are ready to hit the town, but first, you want to grab a bite to eat. Something quick and easy, like a hot, oven-fresh pizza would really hit the spot, but no one wants to sit down in a restaurant and wait nearly half an hour to be served.
Little Caesars, carrying on the boldness of their Roman emperor namesake, offers a seemingly perfect solution. Per the website, in 1997 Little Caesars introduced the Hot-N-Ready menu, which could, essentially, satisfy your desire for a fresh, hot pie in mere minutes. But, being the savvy consumer you are, you probably have some questions on how that Hot-N-Ready pizza works. Once you're done reading this, you can decide if you're better off sitting down at your local pizza joint, or seeing for yourself why Little Caesars was named Best Value in America for nine years in a row (via PR Newswire).
What is a Little Caesars Hot-N-Ready?
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Hot-N-Ready is a pie or other menu item you can order and have within minutes. According to Brand Eating, Little Caesars Hot-N-Ready Pizza sits in a warmer oven after it's baked fresh, this way it's always ready to go. The website states that all the pizzas are baked at 475 degrees and never handled after baking for ultimate safety, and the Hot-N-Ready pizzas are kept warm until sold. The Hot-N-Readymenu boasts breadsticks and chicken wings as well.
Exactly how the company manages to prepare the right amount of pizza to be sold for the Hot-N-Ready deal is still up for debate, with Little Caesars employees, both past and present, suggesting the use of projection charts and experience of the "rushes" to ensure that the correct amount of pizzas are made (via Quora).
While this fast and cheap food might seem too good to be true, for some items, there actually is a small catch. Certain foods on the Hot-N-Ready menu, such as the newest cheesy creation — the Crazy Calzony — are only available from 4-8 pm (via PR Newswire). If you're in the mood to satisfy a cheezy craving, it's best you wait until dinner to head to your local Little Caesars, this way you'll have more options.
How much does Little Caesars Hot-N-Ready cost?
You might assume that the Hot-N-Ready pizza sacrifices cost for convenience. Fortunately for you (and your wallet), you needn't worry about paying a high price for your Hot-N-Ready food. According to thewebsite,Little Caesars sells Hot-N-Ready Slices-N-Stix for $6 between 4 and 8 pm. This includes four pepperoni pizza slices, eight Italian cheese sticks, and crazy sauce.
Real Menu Prices reports that the Hot-N-Ready cheese, sausage, and pepperoni pizzas are now $6, theDEEP!DEEP! Dish pizza is $8, and theBacon Wrapped Crust DEEP!DEEP! Dish goes for $12.
Now you may be thinking, "I remember those commercials where they said the Hot-N-Ready pizza was only $5. What happened?" While the Hot-N-Ready deal was $5 for over 20 years, the company has raised the price (perpopculture.). Combining the small price increase with state taxes, you find yourself drifting away from that favored $5 mark. While it's unclear if this is due to the supply chain crisis or another reason, Little Caesars addressed this issue with their patrons via a sign on the door of certain locations. The sign states that, while they know this may come as a surprise, they hope guests will agree that the Hot-N-Ready is still a great value. The sign also says that they "appreciate every customer" and hope for their continued support (via Twitter).
How tasty are the Hot-N-Ready options?
While a pizza that's both hot and ready for under $10 is a pretty fair deal, what really matters is how it tastes. You could have found a delicious pizza for a steal, or just paid for some greasy, lukewarm cardboard. So, just how good is the Little Caesars Hot-N-Ready food?
Brand Eatingnoted in its reviewthat the Hot-N-Ready pizza's main selling point was its value and, while it is admittedly bland, it's still a pretty decent pizza. TheReportOfTheWeek'sJohn Jurasek described the Hot-N-Ready Pepperoni Pizza as not too thick or thin, and stated it resembled a "standard, hand-tossed pizza." He went on to share that he was impressed by thetaste of the pizza despite its low cost, andgave the Hot-N-Ready an "8.7 out of 10" rating.
The Rochester NY Pizza Blogwasn't as impressed as Jurasek or Brand Eating. The outlet described the bottom of the pizza as having a dry, "pancake-like appearance" and shared that it didn't seem to rise much while baking. They noted the sauce tasted like canned spaghetti sauce, but that the cheese was stretchy and not an oily mess. In the end, the pizza blog's review states that a Hot-N-Ready pizza is fine if you're hungry and broke, but to seek better pizza if you have the means.
Nutritional information about Little Caesars Hot-N-Ready pizza
A hot pepperoni pizza, with all of that oil and grease from the cheese, sauce, and meat, usually isn't the first meal that comes to mind when someone mentions getting healthy food. That doesn't mean you should skip a slice if you're craving one, but if you're keeping a watchful eye on your health, is Little Caesars the healthiest choice compared to the other big-name pizza chains?
According to Fast Food Nutrition, one slice of Little Caesars 14-inch Hot-N-Ready Pepperoni Pizza is 276 calories with 11 grams of fat, 583 milligrams of sodium, and 26 milligrams of cholesterol. A slice of the same pizza from a Pizza Hut pie is 299 calories with 13 grams of fat, 726 milligrams of sodium, and 27 milligrams of cholesterol (pernutritionix). A Domino's pepperoni slice is 280 calories with 11 grams of fat, 500 milligrams of sodium, and 30 milligrams of cholesterol (via CalorieKing).
Little Caesars and Domino's are close in fat and cholesterol, but Pizza Hut dominates in those levels, along with sodium. If you're ready to enjoy a slice of pizza, and want it fast, maybe it's best to give Little Caesars Hot-N-Ready a shot.
How Hot-N-Ready led to the closing of Little Caesars in Kansas
How could a cheap deal for Little Caesars pizza lead to a court battle? According to theMissouri Business Alert, in 2018, 21 Little Caesars locations in the Kansas City area were forced to close following franchisee Alan Knox's shady attempts at remedying the failing locations. The decline in profits, Knox asserted, was due to the $5 Hot-N-Ready deal being too low for the Kansas City area. Without approval from Little Caesars, Knox raised the price of the deal to $5.99 but pressure from the company forced him to change it back to the original $5 price. Unable to cover his payments to the company, or sustain his overhead, Knox tried to sue Little Caesarswhere he eventually lost his case — and his franchises.
According toPMQ Pizza Magazine, Knox wasn't the only one to have trouble with the $5 deal, as other franchise owners struggled to make ends meet with, whatTodd Messer, executive director of the Independent Organization of Little Caesars Franchisees called, an "unprofitable business model."
The good news for Kansas City pizza lovers is that, since 2019, Little Caesars has been making a slow return under new ownership, perKansas City NPR. Even better news for Kansas City — theHot-N-Ready deal is back, too.
A hot and light pizza from Little Caesars is about 12 inches in diameter and has eight slices.How do you reheat Little Caesars Pizza in the box? ›
You can reheat your Little Caesars pizza in a few ways so it is just as good as when you first got it. The best way to reheat the pizza is in the oven, but you can also use the microwave. If you want to keep your pizza crisp, put it back in the box and heat it for about 10 seconds.How many pieces are in a Little Caesars Hot and Ready? ›
Ten pieces of our freshly baked ITALIAN CHEESE BREAD paired with 4 slices of our DEEP! DEEP! DISH pizza served with Crazy Sauce, all in one box for just $8 (+ tax @ participating locations)! Grab a box now at your local Little Caesars!What size is Little Caesars Hot-N-Ready? ›
However, if you have ever been to a Little Caesars, you've probably realized that they only sell one size – a 14-inch pizza – that is premade before you order it.How many inches is a hot-n-ready? ›
Where do the calories in Little Caesars 14" Round Hot-N-Ready Pepperoni Pizza come from?How many slices should you order per person? ›
Three slices per adult and two slices per child offer a good base to start from when you're estimating how many pizzas to order. If you know in advance that you have guests with major pizza appetites, allow for one or two more slices per person, just to be safe.How many slices is a party size? ›
Small (8-10"): 6 slices. Medium (12"): 8 slices. Large (14"): 10 slices. Extra large (16" or more): 12 slices.How many pizzas should I order for 50 people? ›
30 People = 12 Pizzas. 50 People = 19 Pizzas.How do you reheat a hot and ready pizza? ›
- Preheat the oven to 350 F.
- Place the pizza on a piece of foil and put it directly on the rack for even heating on the top and bottom. Alternatively, preheat a sheet pan as the oven heats up for a crisp crust. ...
- Bake for about 10 minutes or until warmed through and the cheese is melted.
Place microwaveable pizza tray on microwave-safe plate in the center of microwave. Cook for 2:30 to 3:30 minutes or until cheese is melted. Cook only one pizza at a time. Lower wattage microwave ovens may require more cook time.
If your pizza has been sitting in the fridge...
Lucky you. According to the USDA, if your pizza has been refrigerated at a temperature lower than 40 degrees Fahrenheit, it's safe to eat up to four days.
For 20 adults you should order 8 large pizzas. This may seem like an arbitrary number, but there's actually a pizza ordering formula that can help you figure out the proper amount to order for any size group. When serving adults at a regular mealtime, go by what is known as the 3/8 pizza rule.How many pizzas do I need for 40 people? ›
If you're ordering for a large group, you can do the math quickly by multiplying the total number of guests by 3/8. That's because each slice of pizza takes up 1/8 of the pie, and adults tend to eat 3 slices per meal.What's a serving size of Little Caesars? ›
There are 246 calories in a 1 slice (90.000g) serving size of LITTLE CAESARS 14” Original Round Pepperoni Pizza, Regular Crust. The calorie breakdown is 35% fat, 45% carbs, and 20% protein.
(CNN) – The third-largest pizza chain in the U.S. is raising the price of one of its most popular deals. Little Caesars says its signature $5 Hot-N-Ready pepperoni pizza will now cost $5.55, an increase of 11%. But the restaurant chain said the Hot-N-Ready will be better than ever.Are Hot-N-Ready still $5? ›
Not even Little Caesars is immune from price increases: The chain's signature $5 Hot-N-Ready pizza now costs 11% more.Did Little Caesars get rid of hot and ready? ›
The famous menu item undergoes a permanent price hike. If you're craving one of Little Caesars' Hot-N-Ready pizzas, you might have to shell out a few more cents. The hallmark pizza now costs $5.55, an 11% increase from its old price of $5.Are hot and ready pizzas medium or large? ›
A medium pizza, right out of the oven! No need to call ahead! No need to wait!
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Bake only one pizza at a time. Bake pizza for 7-9 minutes or until cheese is melted and crust is a golden brown. Ovens may vary. Baking time or temperature may need to be adjusted.
Choose a size that works well with the number of servings you require in your party. Small-sized pizzas are around eight inches and serve about two or three people. The medium-sized pizza measures around 14 inches and serves about five people.Is 2 pizzas enough for 5 people? ›
If you're trying to feed around five people, order three medium pizzas. If you're trying to feed less than that, say around three to four people, save money by ordering two large pizzas.Is two slices of pizza too much? ›
Consider this: The average slice of cheese pizza packs about 285 calories, according to the USDA. If you're trying to lose weight and your goal is to consume around 1,500 calories a day, eating two slices is over a third of your daily caloric intake.How many pizzas do I need for 25 kids? ›
The good news is that there's a magical equation for figuring out exactly how many pizzas you'll need: For kids ages five and below, you should order one slice per child. For kids ages 5 and up, you should order 2 extra slices for every 6 kids. If you plan on feeding the parents, you should order 1.8 times more pizza.How many pizzas do I need for 18 people? ›
Number of Guests multiplied by 3 ( avg. slices a person eats) then divide that by 8 (avg slices on a large pizza) = how many pizzas you should order. Example: 20 guests X 3 slices each = 60 slices of pizza. Divide 60 slices into 18 and you get 7.5, so you should order 8 pizzas.What is the perfect party size? ›
Research suggests the best group size is from five to nine. How many times have you had friends over for dinner but either the party was just too quiet or too hectic? Did you know that you can make your parties feel more alive by having the right number of guests?How many slices of pizza do you need for 100 people? ›
Thus, for 100 attendees you would order 38 pies (100 x 3/8 = 37.5). If you arrive at a number with a decimal, round up to be on the safe side. This math is based on the average person eating three pieces of pizza, with the typical pie being cut into eight slices.How often should you eat pizza? ›
But since pizza is still a source of saturated fat (about five grams) and chock-full of sodium, limit it to once a week and load up on those veggies.How many pizzas do I need for 11 adults? ›
|Number of Individuals||Medium size pizza of 8-10 inches with 8 slices:||Large size pizza of 14 inches with 10 slices:|
- Place slices of cold pizza on a rimmed baking sheet.
- Cover the sheet tightly with aluminum foil.
- Place the sheet on the lowest rack of a cold oven.
- Set the oven temperature to 275 degrees.
- Let the pizza warm until bottom is crisp and cheese has melted, 25 to 30 minutes.
Reheat cold pizza face down in a pan.
You can either use a cast-iron pan with a little oil or a nonstick pan. Cook until the cheese has melted and formed a slight crust, about five minutes. Flip your pizza and cook on the other side for a few more minutes for a delicious melted pie.
Can I put a pizza box in the oven? No, you cannot put the whole pizza box into the oven. This is because the highest temperature a pizza box can allow without setting itself on fire is 400°F. Anything higher than this set on the oven will require the immediate assistance of firefighters.Can you cook ready made pizza in microwave? ›
Summary. In short, cooking frozen pizza in a microwave is a quick and easy way to have pizza ready in minutes. While 6-10 minutes might seem like a long time to cook something in the microwave, it would take significantly longer to cook the pizza from frozen in the oven.Can you put ready made pizza in the microwave? ›
Microwaving frozen pizza takes around 5-11 mins according to its size and also the microwave power wattage. Small or mini pizzas take the least amount of time to reheat while large pizzas might take up to 12 mins to produce a properly cooked crust.Can you microwave ready made pizza? ›
Recommended microwave-cooking times for frozen pizza:
8-9 inch pizza – 4-6 minutes. French Bread Pizza, – 7-8 minutes. Mini Pizza Pack – 3-5 minutes. Pizza slice – 1-2 minutes.
The United States Department of Agriculture advises you not to let cooked food - like pizza or other kinds of takeout - sit at room temperature for more than two hours before throwing it away.How Long Can Little Caesars stay in fridge? ›
two days , any longer and the crust sticks to the box !What happens if I eat pizza left out overnight? ›
The USDA recommends throwing away any perishable food (including leftover pizza) that has stayed more than 2 hours under room temperature. Eating pizza that was left out overnight can cause foodborne diseases. The foodborne bacteria grow and thrive under temperatures between 40˚F and 140˚ F.What are the most popular toppings for pizza? ›
- Extra cheese.
- Black olives.
- Green pepper.
- Fresh garlic.
Costco pizzas are cut into either 6 regular(big) slices or 12 smaller slices. Let's say that each person is really hungry and wants to eat two big slices. One pizza would feed 3 people(if all three eat 2 slices each.) 10 pizzas would feed 30 people IF everyone ate two big slices.
If everyone is planning to have two pieces, then a 12-inch pizza can easily feed four people. If everyone wants three pieces, you're down to three people per 12-inch pizza.Is 4 slices of pizza too much? ›
While there is no standard "slice" of pizza we can measure, having 4 typical slices in one day is not going to have any long term effect on your weight as long as the rest of your diet is reasonable and healthy. What you eat today doesn't matter.How many slices are in a Little Caesars Hot and Ready? ›
Little Caesars pizza is available in two sizes: small and large. A small pizza has eight slices and a large pizza has 10 slices.What are 5 priority guidelines at Little Caesars? ›
|Where was Little Caesar's founded?||In Garden City, Michigan|
|What are the 5 Priority Guidelines?||-Serve the Customer -Complete Station Responsibilities -Assist those serving Customers -Prep and Restock -Clean, Clean, Clean|
|What's CARDS?||Caesar's Advanced Rating and Development System|
Traditional Caesar salads can be high in saturated fat, thanks to the dressing and cheese. Salads that use “light” dressing are lower comparatively, but can still be high in sodium. Light Caesar dressings contribute fewer calories, so they can be good alternatives to full-fat versions.What is the hot and ready promise? ›
What is the HOT-N-READY Promise? Serve every customer with a smile and a perfect pizza in less than 30 seconds every time.Does Little Caesars app tell you when order is ready? ›
The app will notify customers when the order is ready. When customers arrive at the store, their order is ready for them to pick up.How much is a hot-n-ready pepperoni pizza? ›
Nearly 25 years after it first launched, Little Caesars is upping the price and adding more pepperoni to its classic $5 pepperoni and cheese Hot-N-Ready large pizza.Who said hot ready? ›
HOT-N-READY® CLASSIC, HOT-N-READY® DEEP! DEEP!Is my pizza free after 30 minutes? ›
Well, they no longer boast about “30 minutes, or it's free” in the United States at least. But in some countries, the promise remains: In India, there is still a 30-minute guarantee, but it comes with many disclaimers. For one, Domino's won't apply the guarantee when the store operating conditions are unsuitable.
What Is the Average Time to Cook a Pizza? A pizza may take between 8-15 minutes to bake to perfection. A larger, thicker pizza will take longer than a small, thin-crust one with few toppings. Frozen pizzas can take longer than fresh ones since they usually thaw as they are cooking, which will add extra time.What happens if you collect 200 proof of purchase Little Caesars? ›
Little Caesars® Pizza Party Proof program is a group loyalty program that gives back with free pizza for all. Provide proof of purchase of 200 pizzas and earn a pizza party for up to 30 people. (Rumor has it that Little Caesar himself sometimes makes an appearance.)How much is a hot and ready classic? ›
The classic pepperoni pie will now cost $5.55
Little Caesars is making changes to its signature $5 Hot-N-Ready pizza. The classic pepperoni pie will now cost $5.55, the pizza chain announced in a press release Monday, and customers will get 33 percent more pepperoni in the "new and improved" dish.
Starting in 1997, the chain introduced shaker boards to advertise their "Hot-N-Ready Pizza", a large pepperoni pizza sold for $5. The concept was successful enough to become a permanent fixture of the chain, and Little Caesars' business model has shifted to focus more on carryout.Did Little Caesars get rid of hot-n-ready? ›
The famous menu item undergoes a permanent price hike. If you're craving one of Little Caesars' Hot-N-Ready pizzas, you might have to shell out a few more cents. The hallmark pizza now costs $5.55, an 11% increase from its old price of $5.Does Little Caesars have a guarantee? ›
Proof of purchase, price comparison and satisfaction of all the guarantee terms must be submitted no later than fourteen (14) days after the date of purchase of the Little Caesars pizza. All decisions relating to guarantee and compliance with terms is within Little Caesars sole discretion.What family owns Little Caesars Pizza? ›
Marian Ilitch and her husband, Mike, who died in 2017, cofounded Little Caesars Pizza in 1959. Mrs. I, as she's known, now owns the pizza chain, which hauls in more than $4.5 billion in annual systemwide sales.