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Apr 9, 2013

Review: Pizza Hut's Crazy Cheesy Crust Pizza

Pizza Hut's new Crazy Cheesy Crust Pizza is their latest limited-time gimmick and is basically Pizza Hut's hand-tossed pizza with the crust stretched out to form 16 open-faced dough pockets filled with a blend of five cheeses.

I picked up one with pepperoni for $12.99.

The center of the pizza is the same as Pizza Hut's regular hand-tossed pizza, which is to say it tastes like warm, slightly-sweet, fresh-baked, soft, dense bread, topped with a sweet and tangy pizza sauce, crisp pepperoni, and cheese. I prefer it over their overly-greasy pan pizza.

The Crazy Cheesy Crust pockets are not very easy to tear off from the main body; you can't just pinch them off like in the promo pictures. I had to use a two-hand approach to tear them from the pizza. It's basically the same effort as it takes to tear a normal slice in half. The Cheesy Bites Pizza was superior in this respect; you just grabbed and twisted and the Cheesy Bite was yours.

Beyond the difficulties in tearing them out for snacking, the pockets were fairly doughy and developed a nicely crispy crust. There's no sauce in the pockets, just a thick melted blend of five cheeses: asiago, fontina, mozzarella, provolone, and white cheddar.

Perhaps, due to the lack of sauce, I could actually taste the various cheeses in the blend, although I couldn't pick out any one specifically.

While cold pizza is a breakfast staple for some, the Crazy Cheesy Crust isn't so great cold as the crust hardens a little and the cheese congeals into a thick coin and doesn't taste so great. Heating it up in a toaster oven works wonder though: the cheese in the crust becomes stretchy and the crust itself delivers a satisfying crunch.

In the end, the Crazy Cheesy Crust Pizza isn't really crazy so much as it is a little weird, but not in a bad way. It sits just slightly lower than the Cheesy Bites Pizza for me. They're similar concepts and while the Crazy Cheesy Crust offers more cheese, the Cheesy Bites is better executed. Still, there's not much reason for the pizza portion to each, and I'd like to see either of these concepts offered as a side dish.

Nutritional Info - Pizza Hut Pepperoni Crazy Cheesy Crust Pizza
Serving Size - 1 slice (1/8 pizza)
Calories - 390 (from Fat - 180)
Fat - 20g (Saturated Fat - 10g)
Sodium - 910mg
Carbs - 34g (Sugar - 2g)
Protein - 19g


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8 comments :

  1. Mmm...I don't think I'm going to buy it for that price. By the way, using the code "700", you can get a large specialty pizza (or 3 toppings) for $9+tax. Order must be online. Now that's a good deal :)

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  2. They should have just kept the cheese bites pizza on the menu as their gimmick pizza

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  3. This is the best pizza hut pizza that I've ever had. Yummmm... Kids loved it too, they said their slice had bunny ears. Very cute and they ate every bite. My 10 year old had 4 slices...WOW..

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  4. DELICIOUS AND FUN TO EAT. THE ENDS OF THE CRUST ARE SOFT AND CHEWY. NOTHING LEFT OVER WHEN MY FAMILY WAS DONE WITH IT.

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  5. DO NOT GET THIS PIZZA MO MOM GOT IT AND IT WAS SO BAD AND HARD IT WASENT EVEN WORTH CALLIN IT IN

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  6. Whoever made this pizza did not do it right. You can see the cheese just spead out, and it is suppose to be contained. I am just the server, but the even the ones I have made looked like the pictures. It a really nice looking pizza when made correctly.

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  7. My family lovesssssssss this pizza.....two teens, one preteen, my daughter is in her late 30's and I am gramma.....we are so sad to see this not on the menu all the time....it is Delicious!!

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  8. The Cheesy Bites pizza was indeed a better offering. Love the salty, cheesy "bites" in the crust.

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