Better ingredients make better pizza. Just ask Papa John himself. But if you do, be prepared to hear a doozy of a story about how Papa John’s pizza chain may have changed its recipe after ousting Papa John himself. Yes, Papa claims to have eaten 40 of his namesake chain’s pies in the past 30 days, and knows something tastes different.
“I’ve had over 40 pizzas in the last 30 days, and it’s not the same pizza,” the pizza chain’s former CEO and all-around controversial guy John Schnatter said in an interview with Fox affiliate WDRB in Louisville, Kentucky. “It’s not the same product. It just doesn’t taste as good. The way they’re making the pizza is just not fundamental to what makes a Papa John’s pizza.”
As a reminder, Schnatter resigned in July 2018 after using a racial slur in a Papa John’s conference call. He has also been accused of sexual harassment, favoritism, and general behavior greasier than a slice of Papa John’s Bacon Cheeseburger.
If eating 40 pizzas in 30 days sounds like a ridiculous claim, that’s because it is. Rather than calling into question Papa John’s ingredients, Schnatter has instead called into question his own diet. If you thought you were a pizza aficionado, you’ve apparently got nothing on the OG Papa John.
Eating 40 pizzas in a month is a feat. But just how calorically cataclysmic is doing so? Thankfully, Papa John’s has a nutrition calculator to help clear up any questions.
Since Papa John’s is always inexplicably pushing their medium one-topping pizzas, let’s assume Papa went that route, giving in to the gimmick he created. One can imagine Schnatter as a dual layer pepperoni kind of guy—slightly boring and predictable, but also over-the-top and generally disgusting. He also probably went with original crust over thin crust or gluten-free crust to retain any respectability he has left.
A single slice of Papa John’s medium-size pepperoni pizza on original crust is 260 calories. With eight slices per pie, that is a whopping 2,080 calories per pizza.
Just FYI, some say an “active” man needs to eat about 2,800 calories in a day, meaning this single pizza is almost maxing out your intake. So our boy was probably eating just pizzas that month, if we are to believe him.
Eating 40 pizzas in one month would equal 83,200 total calories. The average man is expected to eat 84,000 calories per month.
Here’s hoping Schnatter squeezed in some fruit and vegetables with those remaining 800 calories.