This morning, while at a local supermarket, I decided to check to see if it carried the Pillsbury Classic pizza dough. It did. I was especially curious to see if the formulation and Nutritional Facts were the same as reported in this thread. The answer is that the ingredients have changed somewhat but the nutrient values are the same. This is the list of ingredients that I sat today:
Enriched Flour Bleached (wheat flour, niacin, ferrous sulfate, thiamine mononitrate, riboflavin, folic acid), Water, Sugar, Dextrose. Contains 2% or less of: Vital Wheat Gluten, Leavening (glucono delta-lactone, baking soda), Soybean Oil, Salt, Potassium Chloride, Mono and Diglycerides, Hydrogenated Vegetable Oil (soybean, palm, and/or cottonseed), Natural Flavor, Xanthan Gum.
For comparison purposes, this is the earlier ingredients list:
Enriched Flour Bleached (wheat flour, niacin, ferrous sulfate, thiamin mononitrate, riboflavin, folic acid), Water, Dextrose, Sugar, Partially Hydrogenated Soybean And/or Cottonseed Oil. Contains 2% or less of: Vital Wheat Gluten, Leavening (glucono delta-lactone, baking soda), Salt, Mono and Diglycerides, Xanthan Gum.
When I returned home, I went online to see if I could find the most recent Pillsbury ingredients list. I could not, even at the Pillsbury website, where the original list still appears, or at several online retail websites.
The changes in the two ingredients lists include: 1) using more sugar than dextrose (the positions of the two sugars were swapped), 2) adding Soybean Oil, 3) adding Potassium Chloride, 4) using palm oil as part of its hydrogenated fat, 5) adding a Natural Flavor (whatever that is), and 6) adjusting the amounts of ingredients such that the Nutrition Facts remain the same. Potassium chloride is a well known substitute for sodium (salt) but by itself it is a fairly bitter ingredient, so it is often combined with salt. The use of palm oil is a move that just about everyone who has made margarine or shortening in the past is making to get the Trans Fats out of their products as much as possible. As I see it, there are ingredients in both products that are present in shortening, but the more recent Pillsbury product uses fats that are more like the most recent shortening products with the palm oil, palm kernal or similar ingredients.