Strange as it sounds, that's precisely what Yum! Brands (YUM) Pizza Hut, which first introduced the stuffed crust pizza in 1995, is hoping will excite consumers in its latest bid to ignite sales.
Beginning on June 18, one of Pizza Hut's large one-topping pizzas will feature 28 hot dog bites baked into the crust that can be pulled off and shared. Served with a side of French's mustard for $11.99, the new "Hot Dog Bites Pizza" (pictured below) essentially gives a customer two meals in one.
"We create a lot of pizza all around the world, and sometimes they cross the pond and get attention here -- no pizza has been requested more by fans here in the U.S. than the hot dog pizza," said Pizza Hut spokesman Doug Terfehr in a phone interview. Terfehr added, "Outside the U.S., people love this idea of American foods, and they are willing to mash those up and try those things together."
Pizza Hut is not alone in trying some unusual combinations. In May, Carl's Jr. unveiled its "Most American Thickburger," a burger loaded with cheese and potato chips, and topped with a hot dog sliced in half.
The Hot Dog Bites Pizza's odd-look plays to the millennial crowd, who are apt to snap pics to brag about their experience with the pie on Twitter and Instagram. Tempting millennials is part of Pizza Hut's strategy to boost its lagging sales, after a menu revamp earlier in the year that included healthier artisanal pizzas was met with little enthusiasm.