4/15/2013 10:00:00 AM

Fast Food Review: Pizza Hut Crazy Cheesy Crust Pizza

The description of new Pizza Hut Crazy Cheesy Crust Pizza - a pie surrounded by “16 pockets of Italian five-cheese blend” - is music to a cheese lover’s ears. Pizza plus cheese pockets? It’s like your birthday and Christmas rolled into one. (Except not really, because we all know it sucks to have a December 25 birthdate - you get shafted a whole set of presents.) In any case, we considered it celebration-worthy when our Crazy Cheesy Crust pie arrived looking appetizing and well-formed, not at all like some of the Frankensteinian shots that have popped up recently around the web.

First thing we tried was to pull off one of the cheese pockets, because that’s what they do in the ads, so, of course. Did we get something like 16 miniature versions of Big Pizza Sliders, ready to be passed out to friends, while we kept the inside of the pie to ourselves? Not so much. On closer inspection, the “pockets” were made by folding the edge of the crust back in on itself, meaning the whole thing was very much connected. (You could probably cut the pockets off with a knife, but it would have to be real cutlery - a plastic one would not do - and no one wants to ruin a pizza party with silverware.)

The standup edges are a bonus for any crust fan, since they provide extra real estate for browning and crisping. Biting into the pocket (which we did finally tear off using both hands, with a great deal of paper towels to wipe away the accompanying mess), the crust was satisfyingly buttery and tasty, in that Pizza Hut way. The cheese, however, was a different story.


Perhaps something during the formation of a “five-cheese blend” induces a pentagonal hex that turns the resulting mix into plastic? That might explain the substance we encountered in these reservoirs, which were tough, salty and tasted mostly like grease. The weird thing is, the rest of the cheese on the pie - the regular pizza cheese - was perfectly tasty, and it even oozed and stretched a bit when we separated the slices. Inserted into the crust pockets, though, was something entirely different. And it wasn’t good.

So in the end, we happily ate our sauce, pepperoni and mushroom-topped part of the slice - which ended up being small, since the pockets take up a lot of room at the edge - and also chomped off the outer ridges of the pockets. Left on the plate were piles of nearly impermeable whitish mass, aka five-cheese Italian blend, which you probably wouldn’t even want to feed to your dog. So unless you want to pretend you’re giving a pizza “flower” to someone (it is a pretty image), we say opt for a regular pie instead.

12 comments :

  1. Even though you ruined the epicness of the commercial for me I still got an urge to try it.

    Nice review but I gotta see for myself just how disappointing this pie is.

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  2. Well... how was it? What is your opinion of the five cheese Italian blend pockets? Edible or not?

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  3. I just had one for myself and I must say it was also disappointing for me as well. I don't know what happened to the cheese inside the pockets but it was nothing like the cheese on the pie part!

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  4. I tried it and it was good not amazing but still good the cheese was thick in the pockets witch I like and was nice and gooy

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  5. This pizza was not as good as I wanted it to be. The cheese pockets lacked flavor I was expecting. I personally think their cheese stuffed crust is much better both in taste and in its easiness-to-eat. This pizza was EXTREMELY greasy. I felt like I was feeding myself something toxic. I wouldn't order another one even with the $2.00 off I got for ordering it once.

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  6. kinda sucked to greasy to thin and looks nothin like pic

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  7. Thanks for the heads up guys

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  8. INTERESTING FEEDBACK FROM FELIX UNGER ET AL, OBVIOUSLY NEAT FREAK PIZZA LOVERS. OXYMORONS? I HAVE HAD TWO CRAZY CRUST PIZZAS SO FAR AND I LOVE THEM. IN PARTICULAR IN THAT I NOW CAN EAT THE ENTIRE PIZZA WITHOUT THOSE ANNOYING ENDS OF THE CRUST WHICH ARE AT BEST "ENDS OF THE CRUST. NO, I HAVE NEVER TRIED A STUFFED CRUST PIZZA, BUT THIS I COULDN'T RESIST. THE CHEESE POCKETS ARE JUST THAT, POCKETS OF GREAT TASTING CHEESE AND IF I AM NOT MISTAKEN ARE ACTUAL POCKETS THAT FUSE ONTO THE PIZZA DURING BAKING, NOT FOLDED OVER ENDS OF CRUST..
    IS IT SLOPPY? SURE! ISN'T THAT THE FUN OF PIZZA? I GENERALLY EAT PIZZA WITH A BEER, FRIENDS AND PLENTY OF NAPKINS

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    1. I consume, on average, one pizza per week, whether I want to or not, and I consider myself an aficionado. Por favor to explain what, precisely, it is about the ammonia-smelling cheese filling the pockets of this pizza that so appeals to you?

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  9. So glad we tried this even after the negative reviews above,The pizza to us was delicious...nice and thin in the middle,not to thick and doughy...and the pockets of cheese...were great!! After all, it is a CHEESE lovers pizza. If you don't eat it while it's HOT...yes the cheese hardens a little, kind of like a mozzarella stick once it cools...of course it doesn't remain like the rest of the pizza there is 5X the amount of cheese piled up in the pockets...and YES that Italian cheese is salty too...YUM!!! There were 2 pockets per piece of pie....easy to fold up and eat...crust was great! Overall GOOD stuff!!

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    1. But what did you think of the FLAVOR of the cheese in the pockets? You must admit it differs markedly from that on other of their pies? And you approve?

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  10. I ordered one of these as soon as I saw it advertised - I love me some fromage - and it sounds like the reviewer had the same experience as I. The cheese in the pockets is in fact...of a seemingly chemical-based variety and not at all pleasing to eat. I would not buy again. *Disappointed*

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