KANSAS CITY — Mashups are making waves on menus as restaurants offer such culinary combinations as donuts and fried chicken, candy bars and donuts, ice cream and cookies, and pizza and mozzarella sticks.

Fried chicken and glazed donuts collide in KFC’s new Kentucky Fried Chicken & Donuts. The combination comes in a basket and as a sandwich.

“Chicken & Donuts is the newest fried chicken trend we’re bringing to all of America,” said Andrea Zahumensky, chief marketing officer for KFC U.S. “But not just any donut would do. Only a donut that’s glazed-to-order and served piping hot every single time can stand next to our hand-breaded fried chicken. It’s a finger lickin’ good dish filled with glaze and glory.”

Krispy Kreme collaborated with The Ferrero Group to develop two new candy bar-donut hybrids: the Butterfinger Original Filled Doughnut and the Butterfinger Fudge Cake Doughnut.

“We’ve done it,” said Dave Skena, chief marketing officer at Krispy Kreme. “We’ve achieved our goal of putting krispety, crunchety, glazey, chocolatey and peanut buttery all in a donut. Fans of both brands are going to love the chocolatey crunchiness of Butterfinger matched with the airy sweetness of Krispy Kreme.”

Ice cream and cookies converge in two new offerings from Cold Stone Creamery created in collaboration with Mondelez International, Inc. and The Ferrero Group: Golden Oreo Cookie Ice Cream and Circus Animal Cookies Ice Cream.

“We wanted to bring nostalgic childhood cookie favorites to guests but with a Cold Stone Creamery twist,” said Sara Schmillen, vice-president of marketing at Kahala Brands, parent company of Cold Stone Creamery. “These iconic cookies paired with our super-premium ice cream will delight customers of any age.”

Pizza pairs with mozzarella sticks in Pizza Hut’s new Mozzarella Poppers Pizza. The pie featured crust topped with 16 crispy mozzarella-stuffed squares.

“Mozzarella Poppers Pizza will be the first of many new craveable pizzas you can only get at Pizza Hut,” said David Graves, chief brand officer for Pizza Hut. “From the original Stuffed Crust to our classic Ultimate Cheesy Crust, Pizza Hut has always led the category in innovation. Mozzarella Poppers Pizza is no exception. By putting one of America’s favorite appetizers, the mozzarella stick, on the pizza, the team has created another craveable crust you can only get at Pizza Hut.”

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