With the pandemic affecting quick-service and fast-food restaurants this past year, there have been many changes in how customers pick up their food at their local spots.
Pizza Hut, which boasted the first major pizza chain to offer delivery to your car, will now add yet another convenient feature for folks not looking to leave their vehicle. This time, customers won’t even have to park their vehicles.
The Hut Lane is essentially a drive-thru option that lets customers pick up the Pizza Hut app and PizzaHut.com orders upon arrival. All they’ll have to do is pull up to the dedicated window, pick up their order, and leave.
Currently, The Hut Lane is available at 1,500 Pizza Hut locations, with more in development. For customers who order their pizzas from locations without a Hut Lane, an employee will bring your pizza out to you once you park.
Pizza Hut Taiwan has a drool-worthy collection of holiday season pies they’re slinging right now, both of which are based on popular dishes not just in Taiwan, but around the world.
One of these popular pies is the Beef Wellington Pizza, based on the celebratory British dish. Beef Wellington is extremely popular around the holiday season, when people tend to splash out on fancy cuts like filet mignon that are required for the meaty feast.
A traditional Beef Wellington meal would consist of beef wrapped in puff pastry with mushrooms, plus sides of mashed potatoes, vegetables, and a sauce like a red wine reduction.
Pizza Hut’s version holds true to all of those components, albeit with slight twists. The beef they use is slow cooked in red wine and balsamic vinegar to emulate that reduction, and squares of puff pastry are baked into each slice. Balls of mashed potato and corn are embedded into the crust and on the pizza itself, which comes with spinach, mushrooms, and red peppers.
While it’s not an actual Beef Wellington topped like a pizza (which would be really cool), it is a hearty and tasty tribute to the British classic. Now to see what Gordon Ramsay thinks about it.
Hot pot fans also have an interesting pizza to tuck into, as Pizza Hut Taiwan has collaborated with hot pot chain Tripod King to debut the Fire Spicy Hot Pot Pizza.
This pizza is inspired by the “Mala” style of hot pot, which features a spicy, numbing broth made with tingly Sichuan peppercorn. The pizza itself is brushed in a Sichuan pepper oil, and is made with hot pot spices. On top of the pizza is cheese and an array of meats you’d find in a hot pot, including chicken meatballs, brisket, tendon, shank, and honeycomb tripe.
Curious to see how this slice would fare if dipped into an actual pot of spicy, numbing broth. I’m actually drooling just imagining that flavor combination.
Pizza Hut Taiwan’s Beef Wellington Pizza is available for sale through January 4th, while the Spicy Hot Pot Pizza is being sold in limited quantities until stocks run out. Those of you in Taiwan, I’m incredibly jealous.
Fast food mashups with beloved packaged food brands have dominated the space in 2019, with items like the Cheetos Sandwich and deep fried OREOs having taken the industry by storm. The latest chain/CPG collab, between Pizza Hut and Cheez-Its, is sure to only intensify the furor around these hybrids.
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Pizza Hut’s newest item is the Cheez-It Pizza, which can be best described as a cross between a giant Cheez-It cracker and a calzone. The actual dough around the outside is infused with Cheez-Its’ signature flavor, and was designed to have a crispier texture to better emulate a cracker. The Cheez-Its are stuffed with cheese and an optional helping of pepperoni, served with a side of marinara sauce for dipping.
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This fusion of cheesy crackers and pizza will be available starting September 17th at all locations nationwide. You can order a pack of 4 with marinara for $6.49. On September 24th, it will also be added to Pizza Hut’s $5 N’ Up menu at a 50-cent discount.
Pizza Hut has addressed rumors about adding vegan cheese to all of its locations nationwide in a statement given to Foodbeast.
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The story began with the Vegan Herald, who first reported on an apparent e-mail exchange they had with the pizza giant. They announced that Pizza Hut had stated that they plan to have vegan cheese available in all locations across the USA this summer, with a target date set for August. Following that report, plant-based news sites across the internet ran similar stories on their own pages.
It certainly would have been a monumental move for the plant-based fast food movement. While vegan cheese is already available at chains like Blaze Pizza and Pieology, Pizza Hut would have easily become the biggest ‘za chain in the country to add their own plant-based variety. Since they already have it as a permanent option in the UK, it also is in line with what the company has been doing.
However, Pizza Hut shut down those rumors in a statement, telling Foodbeast that “while we’re proud of our dedicated vegan menu in the UK, the report is inaccurate and we have no plans at this time to carry vegan cheese at our US locations.”
Of course, this doesn’t mean Pizza Hut wouldn’t consider utilizing a vegan cheese in the US sometime soon. Considering how well plant-based foods are doing for chains like Burger King and Carl’s Jr., it also makes sense for somebody like Pizza Hut to be the next to enter that space.
Either way, it’s eyes front on Pizza Hut to see if and when they will ever bring a plant-based cheese substitute to the United States.
During a recent trip to Suzhou, China, the Foodbeast crew had the unique pleasure of trying out some relatively uncommon pizza toppings at the local Pizza Hut. And by uncommon we mean stuff that’s truly unheard of: think durian and Peking duck serving as the tasty toppings on your pie.
The durian pizza alone already has enough wow factor by itself, being that the fruit is arguably the most polarizing out there with its notorious stench yet lauded flavor. What we experienced was a ‘za unlike any other with the durian providing a creamy, oniony essence and treating us to a particular and distinct flavor that we wholly enjoyed.
Peep the full experience in the video above to see just how singular this encounter really was inside this Chinese Pizza Hut. And for the curious, both items are regular staples on the Pizza Hut menu, so feel free to trek out and try them!
If you’ve been waiting for P’Zones to return to Pizza Hut menus in the USA, your patience has finally paid off.
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The cult-favorite take on the calzone is coming to menus nationwide starting today as a part of the chain’s March Madness Lineup. Three flavors of the cheesy dough-filled pockets will be available, including Pepperoni, Meaty, and Supremo. They’ll be served with marinara sauce for dipping.
For those wondering, P’Zones last came back to menus in 2011, when they stuck around for a bit before finally being discontinued. They’ve been on and off the menu since their debut in 2002.
For this release, you can expect the P’Zones to be available at least through the March Madness NCAA tournaments. Pizza Hut didn’t provide a more specific timeline than that, but also isn’t officially calling this a limited-time option. Thus, they could be around for the long haul afterward, so who knows?
P’Zones will be sold individually, but the Pepperoni version will also be part of Pizza Hut’s $5 Lineup as well as on the regular menu.