While we’ve seen (and welcome) a push towards healthier menus from food franchises in recent years, it’s undeniable that food franchises have also courted that certain American eater who loves their food greasy and Supersized. Whether it’s KFC Double-Down’s or the Taco Bell Dorito taco shell, food franchises have invented plenty of new and innovative meals to attract eaters who don’t care at all about cholesterol or calories. But Pizza Hut’s latest meal may take the cake.
Traditional pizza lovers may be aghast at the thought, but over in Britain, Pizza Hut has released a pizza that features a cooked hot dog in the crust. I suppose pizza franchises struggle to get enough meat onto a pizza for true carnivores. Pizza Hut, you’ll remember has experimented with crust in the past and was one of the first pizza franchises to put cheese into the crust of a pizza. Hot dogs in crust - the new pig in a blanket - are a daring step though. It is the combination of two essentially American foods into one meal, and one assumes this pizza is being marketed on a trial run in the UK before being sold in the States.
Grist.org reveals that hot dog-stuffed pizza has been popular in Japan and Thailand for years. Time will tell if hot-dog stuffed pizza will catch on in America, but one has to marvel sometimes at franchising’s ability to take well-known food and completely reinvent it.