The Pizza Hut menu is heating up. The fast-food chain just announced that it will be adding two more items to its menu, which are heavily slathered with sweet and spicy condiments.
For a limited time, fans can taste the new Hot Honey Pizza and Hot Honey Wings at Pizza Hut locations in Dallas and Cleveland.
Hot Honey Pizza comes with pepperoni “cups” with sweet and spicy sauce, starting at $11.99. Hot Honey Wings, coated in hot honey and dipped twice in the Sweet Heat flavor combo, for six wings he starts at $5.99 and is available in bone-in and boneless formats.
Hot Honey, synonymous with Brooklyn-based brand Mike’s Hot Honey, has partnered with Utz Potato Chips. However, Pizza Hut describes the sauce in a new menu item as “a signature chili-infused hot honey,” meaning it doesn’t use boutique-brand sauces.
“Pizza Hut’s Hot Honey Pizza’s secret lies in the perfect balance between the sweet heat of honey and the saltiness and flavor of pepperoni,” the company said in a press release.
But other big brands are already experimenting with the hot honey trend. Buffalo Wild Wings, Wingstop and Slim Chicken have each launched their own version of Hot Honey Chicken Wings.
That’s not the only recent change to Pizza Hut’s menu. The company will debut a popular single-serving to-go sandwich called “Mertz” in October 2022. Also inspired by TikTok, the brand recently launched a limited-time pickle pizza in New York City.
Pizza Hut’s menus always reflect popular culinary trends. In the 1970s, the chain introduced “stuffed crust pizza,” and in the 1980s added pasta dishes and desserts such as cinnamon sticks.
As globalization has become an integral aspect of fast food, international flavors have influenced menus, with Thai and Mediterranean options offered at Pizza Hut. The restaurant also tested “Beyond Meat Pizza,” which has since been discontinued.
in a recent interview National restaurant newsChris Turner, CFO of Pizza Hut parent company Yum Brands, said same-store sales were up 8% last quarter, citing innovation and integration as critical to growing brand sales. pointed out.
“The menu innovation machine is still alive and well at Merz, which was introduced in the fourth quarter and continued through the first quarter,” Turner said. “A lot of our strategies work at Pizza Hut.”
The sweet and spicy menu will end as soon as it is gone. It’s also unclear if Hot Honey Pizza and Hot Honey Wings will debut at most Pizza Hut locations. (Via Scrapehero, as of July 2023, he has over 6,500 restaurants in the US.)
For more information on current menu offerings, please visit the Pizza Hut website.
Julia Dzurillay is a New York City-based University of New Jersey graduate and unapologetic ice cream lover.Read more about Julia