Pizza Hut has brought the world many novelty pizza crusts over the years, but its most recent promotion in New Zealand has hungry carb-lovers everywhere drooling: The chain dropped tater tots into its new crust and called it a "hash bites crust," which, at least from an American stoner standpoint, makes perfect sense. (It's also New Zealanders' term for tater tots.)
Meanwhile in the U.S., Pizza Hut released a garlic knot pizza crust today. The new limited-time offering is called Stuffed Garlic Knots Pizza and its crust is adorned with 16 "hand-rolled" cheese-stuffed garlic knots. It costs $12.99 and includes one topping and two sides of marinara sauce for dipping.
Pizza Hut invented stuffed crust pizza in 1995 and the world has never been the same — but these recent promotions are pretty tame compared to some of the Hut's previous creations. Here are a few of the most outrageous stuffed novelty crust pizzas invented by the company for the U.S. market and beyond:
2012: The crown crust, which oh-so-regally cupped meatballs or just extra cheese, was available only in the Middle East.
2012: The strange-looking cone crust, also a Middle East exclusive.
2013: Crazy cheesy crust (doesn't look so crazy now, does it?).
2014: A cream cheese-stuffed crust with flying fish roe folded in (Hong Kong only).
2014: Bacon bites crust.
2014: Marmite-stuffed crust in New Zealand. It's pretty obvious why that one never made it stateside.
2014: Doritos-stuffed crust in Australia and Mexico.
2015: The fearsome hot dog stuffed crust — served with a side of mustard, natch — hits America (it was previously unveiled back in 2012 for the UK and Thailand).
2015: Cheeseburger crust (U.S., UK, and New Zealand).
2015: Twisted crust pizza (US and UK) has the breadsticks built into the crust, and inspired a thousand Pinterest copycats.