During a recent appearance on The Late Show With Stephen Colbert, Michelle Obama got candid about her pizza preferences. On Tuesday, the former first lady appeared on the show to promote her new Netflix series “Waffles + Mochi,” but things got interesting when host Stephen Colbert initiated a debate over deep dish pizza vs. thin crust.
In a “Chews or Lose” segment, Colbert asked the former first lady which she prefers, and it’s safe to say her answer was surprising to fellow Chicago natives.
“This is a very important Chicago question: deep dish or thin crust?” Colbert asks.
“Thin crust,” the Becoming author replies. “I grew up on the Southside.”
“There’s no deep dish on the Southside?” Colbert asks.
“There is a kinda thin crust. This pizzeria in my neighborhood, Italian Fiesta. Thin, squared pizza,” said Obama. “That’s an interesting, unique feature of Chicago pizza.”
“I do like certain deep dish,” Obama adds. “There’s a Gino’s East. It’s not the stuffed pizza, but it’s got like sort of a cracker crust to it, with a thick sausage layer.”
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The debate also landed on desert preferences, with Colbert asking Obama whether she prefers chocolate or vanilla ice cream.
“Chocolate all the way,” she said. “I don’t even understand vanilla. Vanilla is just sort of a disappointing chocolate.”
We’re not going to lie, we wholeheartedly agree with Obama’s answer.
In addition, when asked whether she prefers fruit salad or actual dessert, Obama answered in the most honest way possible.
“Actual dessert! ... You pretend like, ‘Oh I’m so glad we’re having berries’ when you’re really thinking, ‘Where’s the pie?’”
Michelle has always been an advocate for nutrition, so it only makes sense her Netflix series centers around healthy eating.
“It’s my favorite project,” Obama told Jenna Bush Hager during a March taping of TODAY. “You have followed us and supported a lot of the work that we’ve done, and I love it all, but this project, it brings it all full circle because it brings me back to kids and nutrition.”
The series also stems from Barack and Michelle Obama’s Higher Ground Productions, and is co-created by Jeremy Konner (“Drunk History,”) and Erika Thormahlen. In addition, Mrs. Obama teamed up with Partnership for a Healthier America for a new campaign,“Pass the Love with Waffles and Mochi.”
The objective of the campaign will be to provide at-home recipes and activities, while planning to raise funds to distribute 1 million meals to families in need across the country.