Pizza Hut Debuts Mozzarella Poppers Pizza to So-So Reviews

The limited-time pie features mozzarella-stuffed squares with a mix of garlic, onion, parmesan, Italian seasonings, parsley, basil and oregano.

Pizza Hut, America’s No. 2 pizza chain, knows crust is king, but it’s also willing to take chances with its pizza base. Behold, the new Mozzarella Poppers Pizza, which the company describes as its “cheesiest innovation to date.”

Based on the idea that 50 percent of Americans “appreciate a little somethin’ extra on their crust,” the Mozzarella Poppers Pizza features a grand total of 16 crispy mozzarella-stuffed squares with a mix of garlic, onion, parmesan, Italian seasonings, parsley, basil, oregano and of course, mozzarella cheese around the crust. It comes with two sides of marinara sauce for dipping.

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“I know what you’re thinking: They put mozzarella bites ON a pizza?” said George Felix, Pizza Hut’s chief marketing officer, in a statement. “It’s true, and that’s why you have to try this pizza + app for yourself before it’s gone. It’s your world…we’re just making pizza in it.”

So far the reviews are mixed, at least as far as media foodies are concerned. A reviewer for The Impulsive Buy tried the Mozzarella Poppers Pizza and pronounced it “a bit ho-hum,” noting that the detachable poppers themselves make for “a nice appetizer,” but the pizza’s crust tastes “super dull” unless dipped in marinara sauce.

The Daily Meal, meanwhile, approved of the concept—“Who would ever complain about mozzarella sticks and pizza conveniently packed into one dish?”—but added that “the execution was so-so.”

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The Mozzarella Poppers Pizza is a limited-time special, but Pizza Hut hinted at more experimentation to come in a press release. “Mozzarella Poppers Pizza will be the first of many new craveable pizzas you can only get at Pizza Hut,” said David Graves, the chain’s chief brand officer.

Meanwhile, Pizza Hut has brought back its Heart-Shaped Pizza for Valentine’s Day. Now through February 16, customers can order a large Heart-Shaped Pizza either on its own or bundled with a Hershey’s Triple Chocolate Brownie or Ultimate Hershey’s Chocolate Chip Cookie.