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Man Who Invented The Iconic Hawaiian Pizza Has Passed Away

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We’ve lost a true legend in the world of pizza.

Sam Panopoulos, a Canadian immigrant from Greece who has been widely credited with inventing the controversial, pineapple-topped Hawaiian pizza, passed away last week at the age of 83, according to the Washington Post. An obituary posted by his family confirms Panopoulos’s death at a hospital in London, Ontario, but does not reveal a cause.

Panopoulos is known for his tropical creation, which, contrary to what you would think from its name, was invented in 1962 at Satellite, the restaurant he opened in 1962. While looking for new topping ideas for his pizzas, Panopoulos reached for a can of pineapple and added some bits of ham to throw on his pizza, creating a combination that has revolutionized and bitterly divided the pizza world. It was later dubbed the “Hawaiian pizza” for the brand of canned pineapple used.

Today, the pizza has become a staple of most pizza chains’ menus, and while many consumers have grown to love the sweet-and-sour combination, massive groups of people exist that despise the pizza because they believe that pineapple doesn’t belong on top of a pizza. That conversation has even turned political recently, with the leaders of Iceland and Canada pitting themselves on either side of the debate after Iceland’s president suggested that he would ban the fruit topping. While that controversy has sorted itself out and pineapple pizzas are still legal in Iceland, the dispute rages on.

Despite how all of us may feel about the Hawaiian pizza, there’s one thing we can all agree on: if it weren’t for Panopoulos and his creativity, this pie and its unique yet legendary flavor would likely not exist today.

Thank you for gracing the world with a truly innovative gift, Mr. Panopoulos. You will be missed.

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Pizza Bedding Gets Its Next Innovation: ‘Hawaiian Pizza Bedding’

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Frolicking in bed with Hawaiian Pizza all over my body isn’t necessarily a new hobby of mine. Thankfully, I can now do so with less grease stains on my thighs when the Hawaiian Pizza is in the form of bedding and pillow cases.

Emotional Rainbow, the same manufacturing outfit that introduced Internet breaking products like the Hamburger Bedding and Pepperoni Pizza Bedding is continuing to double-down on pizza, offering a Hawaiian Pizza spread with quality imagery of ham, pineapple and melted cheese.

Go ahead, sleep with your pizza. It’s cool now.

H/T IncredibleThings

 

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Craving: Bacon Weaved Hawaiian Pizza Fattie

This fattie is more on the vegetarian side, besides its meaty exterior consisting of bacon and sausage, the insides contain all the ingredients to make a Hawaiian pizza. Pineapple bits, onions, jalapeño peppers, garlic and a mixture of Monterrey jack and mozzarella cheese! (Thx SMF)

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Craving: California Pizza Kitchen's Hawaiian Pizza

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This is California Pizza Kitchen’s spin on the classic Hawaiian Pizza. Fresh pineapple, Canadian bacon, Mozzarella cheese and tomato sauce all over CPK’s infamous crust. If your not crazy for Canadian bacon, you can always swap it for the some original pepperoni! Mamma Mia! (PicThx branflakez)