There was a time when pizza crusts were the ugly duckling of fast food. Unloved by everyone, always left alone at the bottom of a box and only edible with a reservoir of garlic and herb dip, crusts could never compete with their glamorous siblings pepperoni, mozzarella and tomato sauce.
However, thanks to one pioneering pizza brand, the duckling could be about to emerge as a delicious cheesy swan.
In a move that will convert crust cynics everywhere, famous fast-food chain Pizza Hut has turned the traditional formula for pizza edges on its head. Combining a classic all-American finger food with everyone’s favourite Italian invention, the business has unveiled a brand new mini Mozzarella stick-crust pizza.
Dubbed, the “Mozzarella Poppers Pizza”, the new pie features a ring of 19 miniature mozzarella sticks surrounding the central sauce and toppings, pushing the boat out for pizza design and promising something seriously delicious. The cheese-stuffed squares are themselves topped with a mix of garlic, onion, parmesan, Italian seasonings, parsley, basil, and oregano, giving the whole dish a herby hit with every bite.
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As David Graves, Chief Brand Officer at Pizza Hut, explained in a press release:
"Mozzarella Poppers Pizza will be the first of many new craveable pizzas you can only get at Pizza Hut. From the original Stuffed Crust to our classic Ultimate Cheesy Crust, Pizza Hut has always led the category in innovation. Mozzarella Poppers Pizza is no exception. By putting one of America's favorite appetizers, the mozzarella stick, on the pizza, the team has created another craveable crust you can only get at Pizza Hut."
The new Poppers pizza will be available at select locations across the US for a limited time only, so you’ll have to get your skates on if you want to give it a try. If ever there was an excuse to go out of your way for a pizza, one studded with mozzarella sticks is surely it.