Pizza innovation is popping on restaurant menus.
Pizza Hut is pushing outside the box with its new comfort food combination: Grilled Cheese Stuffed Crust Pizza. The pie features cheddar and mozzarella cheese stuffed into and baked onto the crust, which is topped with toasted breadcrumbs and melted butter.
“The Grilled Cheese Stuffed Crust Pizza is the perfect combination of a classic grilled cheese and a traditional pizza,” said David Timm, chief marketing officer for Pizza Hut. “The result is a delicious, flavorful and indulgent pizza that packs the punch of a gooey, cheesy, crunchy grilled cheese.”
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Papa John’s is pumping up its pizza portfolio with new Papa John’s Pan Pizza. The crust, made from never-frozen pan dough with no artificial preservatives, features only seven ingredients: flour, extra virgin olive oil, cold-filtered water, sugar, salt, yeast and oil. The crust is topped with tomato sauce made from California fresh-packed tomatoes, and the entire pie is baked in pan to produce a crispy-on-the-outside, fluffy-on-the-inside texture.
“We’ve been working for a year and a half on this Pan Pizza to get it absolutely perfect for our pizza fans,” said Steve Ritchie, president and chief operating officer of Papa John’s. “We wanted this pie to follow our quality ingredient promise but with a unique edge. This brought us to create a new, fresh pan dough and sauce to give our customers more of what they want and love.”
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Brussels sprouts are the stars of PizzaRev’s new seasonal pizza, the Maple-Roasted Brussels Sprouts & Bacon Pizza. The pie features locally sourced Brussels sprouts that are roasted and tossed in pure maple syrup. The pizza is also topped with olive oil, mozzarella with buffalo milk, bacon and a maple syrup drizzle.
“Brussels sprouts have had a bad rap in the past, but they’ve made a big comeback on menus across the country,” said Nicholas Eckerman, co-founder and co-chief executive officer of PizzaRev. “The leafy green vegetable is in peak harvest right now, making it the perfect centerpiece of our new seasonal pizza.”
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Little Caesars is stepping up its side game with the introduction of Loaded Crazy Bread Bites. Featuring bite-size pieces of Little Caesars Crazy Bread, the item is topped with warm cheddar cheese sauce, shredded Muenster and mozzarella and grated Parmesan cheese, and bits of applewood smoked bacon.
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Auntie Anne’s is packing the flavor of pizza into tiny pretzel bites in its new Pepperoni Pretzel Nuggets. The poppable pretzels feature a three-cheese blend and full slices of pepperoni.
“We think Pepperoni Pretzel Nuggets are going to be extremely well received, because they are not only a delicious take on classic comfort food, but they also fulfill the evolving needs of our guests,” said Carol Pasquariello, vice-president of marketing for Auntie Anne’s. “The new Pepperoni Pretzel Nuggets are portable, shareable and filling, ideal for today's on-the-go consumers who crave convenient, high-quality snacking options.”
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Burger King is beefing up its menu with the new Bacon King burger. The hefty handheld features six slices of bacon, two quarter-pound flame-grilled 100% beef patties, four slices of American cheese, ketchup and mayonnaise on a sesame seed bun.
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Subway is celebrating the season with three new fall menu items.
The Autumn Carved Turkey Sandwich features all-white meat carved turkey without artificial preservatives, 9-grain wheat bread, cheddar cheese, new sweet cranberry mustard sauce, spinach, tomato and red onion.
The Apple Pie Cookie is made with Granny Smith and Fuji apples grown in the Pacific Northwest. The apple chunks are coated in cinnamon and baked into dough that features nutmeg, cloves and natural apple flavor.
The Pumpkin Spice Cookie is made with pumpkin-flavored dough, natural vanilla, molasses, nutmeg, white confectionery chips and cinnamon.
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Denny’s is debuting four new pancake breakfasts featuring the chain’s new buttermilk pancakes.
The Salted Caramel & Banana Cream Pancake Breakfast features two buttermilk pancakes with shortbread pieces cooked inside layered with vanilla cream and topped with bananas, warm salted caramel sauce and more shortbread pieces.
The Pumpkin Cream Pancake Breakfast features two pumpkin pancakes layered and topped with pumpkin cream.
The Sticky Bun Pancake Breakfast features two buttermilk pancakes with glazed pecans cooked inside drizzled with sweet cinnamon sauce and cream cheese icing.
The Rudolph Pancake Breakfast features a buttermilk pancake with turkey bacon antlers, vanilla cream and chocolate eyes and a chocolate nose.
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Dunkin’ Donuts has paired a classic cold-weather drink with a beloved cookie in its new Oreo Flavored Hot Chocolate. The beverage features the flavors of cookies and cream.
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Cinnabon is rolling out a new mini menu item: BonBites. The bite-size cinnamon rolls are portable treats containing approximately 100 calories each.
“BonBites deliver a fun way for our guests to enjoy the irresistible ‘Cinnabon experience’ and flavor they crave from our world-famous Classic Roll in just one — or two — perfect bites,” said Joe Guith, president of Cinnabon. “Our dedication to innovation and menu variety means providing our guests with options that enable them to treat themselves more often with sharable, portable size options that are just right for any occasion.”
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