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Nov 10, 2014

Pizza Hut Rolls Outs New Crusts, New Toppings, New Sauces, and New Look

Calling it their "biggest brand evolution ever," Pizza Hut adds ten new crust flavors, five new toppings, four new drizzles, new Skinny Slice Pizzas, eleven new specialty recipes, and a new logo, box, and uniforms starting Wednesday, November 19th, nationwide. You might remember that I mentioned they might be coming out with new pizzas.

They're calling the new menu, "The Flavor of Now" and with the addition, Pizza Hut touts that there are over 2 billion different combinations to their overall menu.

Here's a breakdown of all the changes (with links to the new ingredients/crusts I've tried so far):

New Toppings

- Sliced Banana Peppers - pickled with a mild tang.
- Peruvian Cherry Peppers - sweet and spicy.
- Fresh Spinach - sprinkled on top of the pizza as it comes out of the oven.
- Premium Salami - cured and seasoned with red pepper, anise, and fennel.
- Classic Meatballs - made from seasoned pork and beef with onions, mushrooms, and breadcrumbs.

New Crust "Flavors" - they basically brush different seasoning onto the crust before baking. The last two, Ginger Boom Boom and Get Curried Away are available for a limited-time with plans to rotate in new flavors. There's no extra charge for crust flavors.

- Hut Favorite (the same as they currently brush on their Hand-Tossed Crust) - a garlic buttery blend plus grated Parmesan and Italian herbs (oregano, parsley, and basil).
- Toasted Asiago - a sprinkle of shredded Asiago.
- Honey Sriracha - a sweet and spicy glaze of honey and red chilies.
- Salted Pretzel - brushed the edge crust with a solution to make it like a pretzel sprinkled with salt.
- Toasted Parmesan - a sprinkle of grated Parmesan.
- Fiery Red Pepper - a blend of cayenne and crushed red pepper.
- Toasted Cheddar - a sprinkle of shredded cheddar.
- Garlic Buttery Blend - the Hut Favorite minus the cheese.
- Ginger Boom Boom - ginger and roasted garlic with a bit of heat from black pepper and paprika.
- Get Curried Away - A blend of traditional curry spices that includes coriander, cardamom and fenugreek.

Sauces - besides the classic pizza sauce that was their standard, there are five others to choose.

- Classic Marinara - their classic pizza sauce; seasoned with garlic, black pepper, and Italian herbs.
- Premium Crushed Tomato -  crushed, vine-ripened, California-grown tomatoes seasoned with garlic and onion.
- Garlic Parmesan - a creamy sauce featuring Parmesan and Romano cheeses, butter, and garlic. First introduced earlier this year.
- Buffalo - medium Buffalo sauce.
- Barbecue - a sweet and smoky barbecue sauce featuring honey and molasses.
- Honey Sriracha - the same blend of honey and red chilies as the crust flavoring option.

Cherry Pepper Bombshell Pizza

Drizzles - they swirl these on top of your pizza after the toppings. There's no added charge for the drizzles.

- Balsamic - "A slightly sweet reduction of Modena, Italy, balsamic vinegar, aged in oak and chestnut casks."
- Honey Sriracha - the same sweet and spicy sauce as the sauce and crust flavor option.
- Barbecue - same as the Barbeque sauce.
- Buffalo - same as the Buffalo sauce (I think it's also the same as their wing sauce; so is the Honey Sriracha and Barbecue for that matter).

Specialty Recipes - while your free to make your own, Pizza Hut also provides a number of suggested combinations (and yes, I will try and review them all at some point):

- BBQ Bacon Cheeseburger - "Barbeque sauce topped with classic meatballs, hardwood smoked bacon, fresh red onions and diced Roma tomatoes – flavored up with a toasted cheddar on the crust edge and a barbeque sauce drizzle."

- Old-Fashioned Meatbrawl - "Classic marinara sauce topped with classic meatballs, fresh red onions and diced Roma tomatoes – flavored up with our Hut Favorite on the crust edge."

- 7-Alarm Fire - "Premium crushed tomato sauce topped with pepperoni, sliced jalapeño peppers, Peruvian cherry peppers, sliced banana peppers and fresh green bell peppers, flavored up with fiery red pepper on the crust edge."

- Sweet Sriracha Dynamite - "Honey Sriracha sauce topped with grilled chicken, sliced jalapeño peppers, sweet pineapple and Peruvian cherry peppers – flavored up with honey Sriracha on the crust edge and a honey Sriracha sauce drizzle."

- Cock-A-Doodle Bacon - "Creamy garlic Parmesan sauce topped with grilled chicken, hardwood smoked bacon and diced Roma tomatoes – flavored up with toasted Parmesan on the crust edge."

- Giddy-Up BBQ Chicken - "Barbecue sauce topped with grilled chicken, hardwood smoked bacon and fresh red onions – flavored up with toasted cheddar on the crust edge and a barbecue sauce drizzle."

- Buffalo State of Mind - "Buffalo sauce topped with grilled chicken, sliced banana peppers and fresh red onions – flavored up with toasted cheddar on the crust edge and a Buffalo sauce drizzle."

- Garden Party - "Premium crushed tomato sauce topped with fresh green bell peppers, fresh red onions, fresh mushrooms, diced Roma tomatoes and fresh spinach – flavored up with our Hut Favorite on the crust edge and a balsamic sauce drizzle."

- Pretzel Piggy - "Creamy garlic Parmesan sauce topped with hardwood smoked bacon, fresh mushrooms and fresh spinach – flavored up with a salted pretzel crust edge and balsamic sauce drizzle."

- Cherry Pepper Bombshell - "Premium crushed tomato sauce topped with premium salami, Peruvian cherry peppers and fresh spinach – flavored up with toasted Asiago on the crust edge and a balsamic sauce drizzle."

- Hot and Twisted - "Premium crushed tomato sauce topped with premium salami, sliced jalapeño peppers and fresh red onions – flavored up with a salted pretzel crust edge."

Skinny Club Pizza

Skinny Slice Pizzas - Pizza Hut is also introducing a lighter, thinner version of their Hand-Tossed Crust that each clock in at 250 calories a slice or fewer. There are five versions in all:

- Skinny Beach - "Premium crushed tomato sauce with grilled chicken, fresh red onions, Peruvian cherry peppers and fresh spinach."

- Skinny with a Kick - "Premium crushed tomato sauce topped with pepperoni, sliced jalapeno peppers, Peruvian cherry peppers, fresh green bell peppers and fresh red onions – flavored up with fiery red pepper on the crust edge."

- Skinny Italy - "Classic marinara sauce topped with classic meatballs, diced Roma tomatoes, fresh mushrooms, fresh red onions and fresh spinach – flavored up with a balsamic drizzle."

- Skinny Luau - "Premium crushed tomato sauce topped with grilled chicken, slow-roasted ham, fresh green bell peppers and sweet pineapple."

- Skinny Club - "Creamy garlic Parmesan sauce topped with grilled chicken, slow-roasted ham, diced Roma tomatoes and fresh spinach – flavored up with toasted Asiago on the crust edge."

Here's what the new packaging looks like:



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