We’ve seen Pizza Hut do some kooky things in the past to try to woo new fans—remember the Crazy Cheesy Crust Pizza (with 16 crust pockets of five totally different cheeses)? Or how about the “gourmet” menu the chain launched last year to try to win over the Millennial crowd—which flopped big time.
The pizza giant’s latest effort at growing its customer base is a little over-the-top, even by fast-food industry standards. Its newest offering is the Hot Dog Bites Pizza—a pretty outrageous creation that’s essentially a cheesy, pepperoni-topped pizza surrounded by pigs in a blanket (mini hot dogs wrapped in pizza dough) in place of the standard crust.
Insane food mashups have been all the rage in both high-end restaurants and casual fast-food joints recently, so we can’t say we’re surprised to see another monster of a menu item coming from a chain like Pizza Hut. A similar pie with a hot dog-stuffed crust has already made appearances on Canadian, Australian, and U.K. Pizza Hut menus. It looks like the only major difference between the international and U.S. versions is that here, the crust will consist of mini hot dogs placed all around the outside of the pie, rather than a more standard-looking crust filled with one long tube of sausage (gross).
Combining two fattening, calorie-dense, all-American foods into one meal, though, isn’t the smartest pick, health-wise. If you’re going to indulge in some Pizza Hut this weekend, we suggest you skip this new pie, avoid the thousands of calories it contains— 340 calories per slice (with pepperoni), or a whopping 2,720 calories in a typical, 8-slice pie, to be exact—and take a look at our Best & Worst Pizzas at Pizza Hut instead. It’ll help you make a smarter choice while still satisfying your pizza cravings.
The new pizza will be served with French’s mustard—for dipping all those hot dogs, of course. The new menu item will be available starting Thursday, June 18, and will cost $11.99.