Nothing is immune from the Taylor Swift craze—not even the world of pizza. Truman’s KC Pizza Tavern in Des Moines, Iowa, recently launched The Chicken and Waffles Pizza (Traylor’s Version) in a nod to the pop star’s budding relationship with Kansas City Chiefs’ star tight end Travis Kelce.

Truman’s KC Pizza Tavern is apparently looking to cash in on the duo’s relationship with its new pie, the name of which is a nod both to the respective celebrities and the recent albums Swift has been re-releasing. In order to stick it to the record label that owns the rights to her earlier music, Swift has been methodically re-recording her earlier albums and indicating which is which with a “(Taylor’s Version)” added in. “Swifties,” as Swift fans are called, have been streaming those albums to their hearts’ content.

“We are the Chiefs hangout in town,” Truman’s owner Chris Mendenhall told the Des Moines Register. “We are completely full an hour and a half, two hours before each game, so why not embrace what is going on?”

The pizzeria’s Chicken and Waffles Pizza (Traylor’s Version) is said to be inspired by Kelce’s traditional pregame snack of French toast and strawberries mixed with Swift’s love of breaded chicken tenders. According to the Register, the pizza features a spiced cinnamon cream cheese base topped with breaded chicken tenders, chunks of buttermilk waffles, strawberries, pineapple, cinnamon, sugar and mozzarella cheese. The pie is topped with a strawberry and pineapple puree glaze.

An Instagram post from Truman's KC Pizza Tavern in Des Moines, Iowa, that pays tribute to their new pizza celebrating Taylor Swift and Travis Kelce's relationship.


“It’s a very filling pizza; I think it’s fantastic,” Mendenhall said. “I’m passionate about it because I worked together with my kitchen guys and came up with it. It may be a little too eccentric and too wild for some people.”

The 33-year-old Swift has been making waves for nearly two decades now, but her star has reached new heights lately thanks to “The Eras Tour,” or the much-hyped international tour she’s been on. Within the past few weeks, her relationship with Kelce has signaled the joining of two powerhouse forces: Swift and the NFL. Viewership of Chiefs’ games has skyrocketed as a whole new genre of fan tunes in to catch Swift celebrating with Kelce’s mother, Donna.

Mendenhall clarified to the Register that he is not a Swiftie. If the pizza sells well enough, he may change his mind.

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