Discontinued Pizza Hut Items We Want Them To Bring Back ASAP
Listen — I know I’ve talked about this way more than the standard person, but there was an era of Pizza Hut promotions that summed up my childhood. It was The Land Before Time era. The movie, which came out when I was just four years old, was a pretty emotional selection for my age range. But back in the ’80s, if it was a cartoon, it was for kids. (That’s not really the case today.)
Pizza Hut had a memorable commercial called “The Birthday Party,” which aired right before The Land Before Time — had you been lucky enough to own it on VHS. (The movie was the first we owned for our new cassette-playing device, and one of few. VHS tapes were ridiculously expensive back then.) The commercial featured Jerome, trying hard to f0llow all of his mom’s rules before attending a Pizza Hut birthday party. These days, the concept of having a birthday party at Pizza Hut is kind of ridiculous, especially since they’re closing so many of their dine-in restaurants.
But, that wasn’t it. Pizza Hut also offered up rubber puppets of The Land Before Time.
And yes, I’ve mentioned them here before. Probably more than twice. But if I’m going to write about Pizza Hut nostalgia, it’s literally impossible for me to filter out details about these weird-yet-important hand puppets. I feel like everyone in my neighborhood owned at least one, and they showed up at every garage sale, often in questionable shape, up to a decade later.
Obviously, Pizza Hut is more than puppets and movie promotions.
Pizza Hut is about food. And throughout the years, there have been many beloved menu items that have become harder to find than a rubber Littlefoot. Sometimes, if the ingredients are simple and the staff is kind, they’ll consider making something they used to sell back in the day. But for the most part, all we have left is the sweet memory.
Here are 16 of the absolute best Pizza Hut discontinued items that deserve a second chance.
1. Sicilian Lasagna Pizza
If you couldn’t decide between lasagna or pizza for dinner, this was the product for you.
Pizza Hut unleashed this hybrid to the world back in 2006, but it didn’t last long. “Despite its name, the Sicilian Lasagna Pizza is not merely a big dish of lasagna dumped on a crust,” wrote the Houston Chronicle. “There are no wide noodles — a key ingredient in lasagna — on this pizza.” It also had ricotta cheese on it, which made it… interesting.
2. Panormous Pizza
The name had a pretty good ring to it.
It seems to still be available in certain markets, especially overseas. But in America, it’s a little tougher to find. In short, the Panormous Pizza was square in shape and was the biggest Pan Pizza that the company had released. You still need to give props to Pizza Hut for creating a brand new word that should really make a comeback to our daily vocabulary.
3. The Big Italy
Speaking of giant pizzas, let’s talk about The Big Italy.
According to the commercial, it was nearly two feet of pizza. Just think about that. When was the last time you had to measure your pizza consumption by foot? The hand-stretched crust had a ton of room for toppings, making it a really good selection for a basketball team. Or a hungry family. Whichever applies to your situation.
4. Chocolate Dunkers
Pizza Hut doesn’t just have pizza. Sometimes, they also offer fun desserts.
These chocolate dunkers were obviously inspired by breadsticks. But instead of dipping them into marinara sauce, you could dip them into actual chocolate. Unfortunately, all good things must come to an end — chocolate dunkers were discontinued, with fans everywhere outraged by the news. Maybe it’s time for a comeback.
What’s a quepapa? That’s a good question.
They’re almost like a jalapeno tater tot, with a little bit of cheese inside. Some locations still have them, but they’re mostly off the menu. Orders typically came with a Ranch dipping sauce to make them even more enjoyable. They were the perfect side to share with the family, which makes their disappearance even more of a bummer.
6. Taco Pizza
Back in 1979, Pizza Hut had a taco pizza that actually still looks really good.
It was a pizza-looking, taco-tasting pizza, and it seems like they really tried hard to emulate both popular foods. Some chains still make a taco pizza, meaning that fast food fans are likely still craving this dish decades later. Now, will Taco Bell ever make a pizza taco, stuffed with cheese and pepperoni? That’s the real question here.
7. The Bag Bag
This isn’t a food item, but it’s still one of the weirdest pieces of merchandise that Pizza Hut ever offered.
It’s called the “Bag Bag,” and it’s just a duffel bag that you could get for a dollar with your order. If you think it could hold pizzas, like an industry-standard insulated pizza bag, you’d be mistaken. This seems like just a gimmick for Pizza Hut to promote themselves while you’re on summer vacation, or at a sleepover with your friends. Then again, it may be genius — if you stare at the Pizza Hut logo enough, you’ll find yourself wanting to order in.
8. Tuscani Bacon Mac N Cheese
Remember when Pizza Hut introduced their line of pasta?
Their Chicken Alfredo and Meaty Marinara pasta are both still around, but their Tuscani Bacon Mac N Cheese — which was reportedly introduced in September of 2008 — didn’t live quite as long. You’d assume that anything with bacon in it would become a menu staple, but it seems like while options are nice, Pizza Hut knew that most people were still going there for the pizza.
9. The Priazzo
Sure, the Priazzo may go down as one of Pizza Hut’s biggest fails.
But honestly? It sounds delicious. The Daily Meal reports that the Priazzo entered the scene back in 1985, and it was supposed to resemble a deep dish pizza — which is something Pizza Hut doesn’t usually offer. The reason it supposedly failed was that it took way too long to make, which removed the “fast” out of “fast food.”
10. The Twisted Crust Pizza
Pizza Hut often brings back nostalgic crusts, so perhaps we haven’t seen the last of the Twisted Crust Pizza.
This pizza came with two dipping sauces and was a pretty good way of combining both pizza and breadsticks. This pizza had two crusts — one you could pull off, and then a thinner one that’d help you hold the pizza. Who knows why this one is no longer around? Maybe breadstick sales went down.
11. The Pizza Hut Refillable Pepsi Jug
The idea for this was great — and very environmentally friendly — but, also slightly inconvenient.
Refillable mugs are one thing. Refillable jugs are another. For some time, Pizza Hut was trying to save the planet and also promote Pepsi by offering a refillable jug that you could bring in when you picked up your pizza. This should make you a little nostalgic since you probably haven’t enjoyed Pepsi from a jug in quite some time.
12. The P’zolo
After introducing pasta, Pizza Hut tried to get clever with sandwiches.
Unfortunately, not too many people were interested in the P’zolo at the time. It was a stuffed sub introduced in 2012, possibly to try and scare Subway out of the sandwich game. But back then, they just didn’t land. Maybe they’ll make a comeback in the future, as the idea is still good.
13. The “Natural”
As healthier ingredients have become more popular, Pizza Hut didn’t want to be behind the game.
They tried to release a pizza called the “Natural,” which included a whole grain crust and no high fructose corn syrup. Unfortunately, it didn’t last. But the effort to make a healthier pie shouldn’t go unnoticed. Maybe they’d be better off introducing a new line of health-conscious items that won’t intersect with the world of delicious, greasy pizza.
14. Toasted Asiago Crust
What’s better than pizza? A pizza with more cheese on it.
Pizza Hut is known for offering different types of crust. but after introducing the Toasted Asiago Crust option in 2014, they quietly got rid of it. According to a Pizza Hut manager on Reddit, the reason it got taken off the menu was that “unlike cheddar and parm crusts, it is the only cheese crust finisher to not be a part of a specialty pizza.” Makes sense.
15. The Triple Deckeroni Pizza
Not just triple deck. Triple Deckeroni.
This pizza seems like another pie that requires a lot of work, especially with the amount of meats and cheeses. But it still looks really good — and since this came out in the mid-’90s, which is the era that’s in the midst of having a comeback, it’s always possible for Pizza Hut to temporarily bring it back if there’s enough demand.
16. The Big New Yorker
Sorry, Chicago — pizza from New York is the best.
That’s likely why Pizza Hut introduced the 16″ Big New Yorker back in the late ’90s. The pizza was floppy, foldable, and everything a regular Pizza Hut pie wasn’t. There’s still a big demand to bring this pizza back. It seems like something that wouldn’t be all that hard for the company to do, especially if they want to keep their customers happy.