Since I’ve been dieting, I have been purchasing a lot of different frozen dinners and meals. I love it when the calories and fat grams are already counted out for me, this is so helpful, since I am counting my calories and exercising every day to lose weight, and it is working!
I purchased the Hot Pockets Calzone because I love the smaller Hot Pockets meals, and the picture on the front looked so delicious! It shows a calzone cut in half, with cheese pepperoni, and sausage oozing out of it. The crust has Italian-Style Herbed Cheese baked into the crust – the picture sure makes this meal look too good to pass up!
Preparation is easy, especially if you have a microwave. The calzone pops into a crisping sleeve (just like the smaller Hot Pockets), and you bake it on high for 3 1/2 minutes on a paper plate. After it comes out of the oven, you are directed to let it cool for 2 minutes, because it will be hot. I advise you to heed this warning, because I didn’t and I burned the roof of my mouth on the cheese! If you don’t have a microwave, all is not lost. You can bake this in a regular oven or a toaster oven, but it will take much longer – 34 minutes, and you don’t use the crisping sleeve.
The back of the box reads “Indulge in the authentic Italian taste of a restaurant classic, right at home! For an authentic calzone, don’t go out, choose Hot Pockets brand”. Now, I love Italian food, and there is a great Italian restaurant in our neighborhood where we love to dine, and there calzone is out of this world. I really take issue with the claims that the manufacturer, Nestle, make about this food product. It does not taste like a restaurant quality product, and in fact I was quite disappointed in the taste. When I purchased this, I read the calories on the back, but I didn’t notice until I got home that the calories listes are for HALF of the calzone, which isn’t enough for one person’s lunch or dinner. I don’t believe that this would serve two people as it states, at least not in my house.
Each half piece contains 290 calories, 12 grams of fat, 25 mg of cholesterol, 850 mg of sodium, 33 carbohydrates, 2 grams of fiber, 8 grams of sugar, and 11 grams of protein. That’s not exactly my view of a healthy meal. When I thought that the entire calzone contained 290 calories, it fit into my diet plan, but not the 580 that this entire sandwich contains!
To conclude, my personal experience wasn’t the best with this Hot Pockets Calzone. I was disappointed in the flavor, and it was too dry, not enough sauce mixed into the sandwich. The herb cheese crust was nothing special, and I certainly didn’t feel that this compared in any way to a restaurant calzone. I won’t be buying it again. I still like the smaller Hot Pockets and Lean Pockets, but this Hot Pockets Calzone was a disappointment.