Dining With Denise Neil

Pizza Hut adding 10 new crusts, six new sauces and ‘drizzle’

This combination made with product images provided by Pizza Hut shows the restaurant chain's new specialty pizzas, from left, Sweet Sriracha Dynamite, Cherry Pepper Bombshell, and Pretzel Piggy. The atypical flavors and new ingredients are part of a menu overhaul set to be announced Monday, Nov. 10, 2014 and hit stores Nov. 19.
This combination made with product images provided by Pizza Hut shows the restaurant chain's new specialty pizzas, from left, Sweet Sriracha Dynamite, Cherry Pepper Bombshell, and Pretzel Piggy. The atypical flavors and new ingredients are part of a menu overhaul set to be announced Monday, Nov. 10, 2014 and hit stores Nov. 19. AP/Pizza Hut

Big changes are coming to Pizza Hut, and they’re coming soon.

According to reports, including one from the Associated Press, on Nov. 19, the pizza chain that got its start in Wichita will introduce 11 new specialty pizzas, a selection of lower-calorie “Skinny” pies, six new base sauces, 10 new crust flavors and several specialty toppings.

The new menu, which will keep classics like meat lovers and veggie lovers, is among several moves the chain is making to try to reverse eight straight quarters of sales declines. Pizza Hut also will introduce an updated logo and jeans-and-a-T-shirt uniforms for workers.

Customers now will be able to customize their pizzas by choosing from the new sauces, including marinara, Buffalo, garlic Parmesan and honey Sriracha, available on 10 new crusts, including salted pretzel and fiery red pepper. A limited-time curry flavored crust also will be on the menu.

New topping choices will include banana peppers, cherry peppers and spinach, and customers also can choose to add “drizzles” to the top of their pizzas after they’re baked in flavors including balsamic and buffalo.

Among the new specialty pizza choices: a 7-Alarm Fire topped with peppers and jalapenos and a barbecue chicken pizza topped with bacon.

I’ve always been impressed with Pizza Hut’s ability to revamp itself and come up with crazy new pizza inventions, from stuffed crust to meal boxes. They also aggravate me when they mess with the old stuff. I miss Taco Pizza, and my daughter misses the day when the crust was not garlic-flavored by default.

But this could be interesting. I like the idea of more choices, but it’s also concerning when an old favorite makes too many changes. It signals trouble and inspires confusion. Still, I’ll be more than happy to sample anything Buffalo flavored and Parmesan-topped.

What do you think about the changes?

Contributing: The Associated Press

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