Cup N’ Crisp pepperoni lets you get creative with the latest trend in meat toppings.

By Tim Nelson
March 16, 2020

With the current Coronavirus situation encouraging (or requiring) restaurants to shut their doors or transition to a takeout-only business model, there’s never been a better time to try your hand at making some pizza at home. And what better way to do that than with the trendy cupped take on pepperoni that seems to be popping up everywhere these days— literally.

Thankfully, pre-packaged pepperoni maker Hormel has come up with a new line of Pepperoni Cup N’ Crisp curls, meant to mike the “roni cup” or “cup and char” style of pepperoni popularized by regional pizza styles in Buffalo and parts of the midwest like Detroit.

If at first glance you’re worried that the pepperoni slices in each five-ounce package look alarmingly normal, don’t panic. The whole point is that these things start to curl up and crisp as your pizza bakes in the oven, on a pizza stone, or even on the grill. You just have to trust the process.

These cups o’ pep are available in both regular Cup N’ Crisp and Cup N’ Crisp Bold varieties. Not sure what exactly the Bold variety has to offer that the regular edition doesn’t, but sometimes you just have to ask yourself “what would Guy Fieri do?” and pick out the boldest available option just to be safe.

You can pick these packs of shape-shifting pepperoni from most nationwide retailers for as little as $3.49. It’s a deal we need in these trying times, and the perfect way to shake up pizza night. If you can’t go out and sit down for a slice of Buffalo-style cup and char pepperoni pizza, you might as well make it your damn self with this stuff.