Are pineapples on pizza really that bad?

Pizza is a very popular food that many people can enjoy. Although, the enjoyment of this food has come with some strong opinions on what toppings do not belong on it. One of these toppings is pineapple.


Pineapple pizza is traditionally known and Hawaiian pizza. It often comes with ham and pineapple. Although, other vegetable toppings can be added like onions or jalapenos. 

Pineapples on pizza, also known as Hawaiian pizza, have succeeded in creating multiple opinions and controversies over itself. Some people, like myself, enjoy the sweet and salty combination, and some people are not up for it. So, do pineapples really belong on pizza?


Let’s start with the pineapple pizza haters. Each individual has their reasons for why they hate something, but the majority of people just don’t think it tastes good. Whether it be because they’re picky, it’s just not their thing, or some people just prefer to stick to the traditional pizza toppings like cheese and pepperoni. Even Chef Gordan Ramsay himself has voiced his strong opinion on pineapple pizza. He pledges that it does not belong on pizza and says it’s a “monstrosity”. Also, some people just don’t think fruit belongs on pizza, besides tomatoes, and whether a tomato is a fruit or not is a debate for another time. 


Gordon Ramsay taking to Twitter about pineapples on pizza. In other comments in person or online, he uses some colorful language when voicing his thoughts. “You don’t put pineapple on ******* pizza!” he says.


Now onto the pineapple on pizza lovers. As an advocate for this food combination, I can say that it’s really not all that terrible. The sweet and salty/savory combination is also a flavor combination that is a popular thing amongst common foods. Some of those foods include chocolate pretzels, PB&J, and maybe also a controversial one but fries and a frosty/milkshake. This flavor profile is usually bound to go well together, so why do people not like pineapples on pizza? The sweetness of the pineapple not only complements the cheese and sauce but also compliments the ham that traditionally comes along with the pineapple. 


Different flavor profiles can either compliment or contradict each other. Some can even make the flavors better when combined. Pizza, ham, and pineapple scientifically complement each other.


An example of a similar flavor profile is PB&J. This food may not come to mind when thinking goes comparing pineapples on pizza to other foods/flavor profiles. Although, it is very similar.  


Similar to Chef Gordan, multiple celebrities have not spoken out about their dislike for Hawaiian pizza, but have shown their liking for it. These celebrities include Tom Holland, T.J. Miller, Thomas Middlehitch, Paris Hilton, Justin Beiber, etc. 


At the end of the day, it’s food. People have their own opinions and specific tastes, it really just comes down to personal opinion. Some people aren’t super understanding when it comes to these opinions as a lover of pineapples on pizza if you don’t like it, then great. The majority of people aren’t big fans of pineapples on pizza but I guess we’ll never know which is right, and which is wrong.

10 Replies to “Put That Pineapple On Your Pizza! In Defense of Pineapple As A Pizza Topping”

  1. i think pineapple pizza is disgusting and should never be compared to peanut butter and jelly. peanut butter and jelly is a superior lunch food that should never be dragged down onto a level with pizza and fruit.

    1. Yeah, I can see what you’re saying. You seem to really enjoy PB&J very much and I do agree that it is a significantly better food option than Hawaiian pizza. I’ve never been a huge fan of PG&J really, but I can see why you think this. And I can see why people don’t like pineapples on pizza, it’s certainly a…different topping option.

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