15 Bizarre Fast Food Pizzas from Around the World

Pizza Hut
Pizza Hut

All pizza toppings are not created equal. In order to keep up with changing tastes, and sometimes just for novelty’s sake, pizza chains around the world are pushing the limits of what goes on top—and inside—of their pies.

1. Brown Sugar Pearl Milk Tea Pizza

For a limited time, 155 Dominos Pizzas in Taiwan will offer a dessert-style pie that capitalizes on the pearl milk tea craze. According to Taiwan News, the Brown Sugar Pearl Milk Tea Pizza “uses soft New York pizza dough and is topped with a generous helping of shredded mozzarella cheese. Mochi balls and brown sugar tapioca pearls are added as the main topping before honey is slathered on top.” The pizza, which costs $6.50 US, “won high praise from focus groups for [its] ‘Q’ (chewy) texture.” The pizzas are only available until November 24, 2019, so pearl milk tea enthusiasts will have to get them before then.

2. Stuffed Cheez-It Pizza

In September 2019, for a limited time, Pizza Hut debuted its Stuffed Cheez-It Pizza, which The Takeout's Aimee Levitt noted looks more like a toasted ravioli than a pizza. Levitt reported that each order included four of the pizzas, each of which was about the size of the palm of her hand. The exterior, she wrote, did taste like Cheez-Its, and the interior like a Pizza Hut pepperoni pizza. "The only true flaw was the crust," she wrote. "The other thing that makes Cheez-Its so compulsively snackable, besides the cheez, is their crunchiness. The contrast between the crust and the cheese is also one of the things that make pizza—and also true toasted ravioli—so great. There was no crunch here. The Stuffed Cheez-It Pizza is too soggy to attain true snack greatness, or to ever rival a well-made toasted ravioli." According to a press release, the mash-up between the two food brands was borne out of the fact that Pizza Hut's biggest customer base—college students—also love Cheez-Its.

3. Bacon Wrapped Deep Dish Pizza

In 2015, Little Caesars introduced the Bacon Wrapped Deep Dish Pizza. The square pie contains more than 3.5 feet of thick-cut crispy bacon wrapped around its crust and is topped with pepperoni and bacon bits.

4. Cheeseburger Crust Pizza

In 2013, Pizza Hut UK introduced the Cheeseburger Crust Pizza, which was topped with lettuce, tomatoes, and special sauce. The pie drew some criticism for being nearly 3000 calories, or about 288 calories per slice.

5. Cone Crust Pizza

In 2012, Pizza Hut Middle East began offering a special cone crust with any of its pizzas. The ends of the pizza could be folded into coned-shape bites, then stuffed with cream cheese or honey mustard chicken.

6. BBQ Chicken and Cream Cheese Pizza

Pizza Hut Philippines introduced the stuffed pan pizza with BBQ chicken and cream cheese baked inside. It was basically a pizza with empanadas as its crust.

7. Doritos Crunchy Crust Pizza

In 2014, Pizza Hut partnered with Doritos to deliver the Doritos Crunchy Crust Pizza for a limited time in Australia. The crust was stuffed with mozzarella cheese, topped with broken Doritos chips, and sprinkled with cheddar cheese.  

8. Cranberry and Apple Stuffed Crust Pizza

For a limited time in 2014, Pizza Hut South Korea rolled out the Star Edge Pizza, a star-shaped crust pie stuffed with an odd combination of cranberry or apple and gooey mozzarella cheese. The pizza also came topped with bacon, beef, sausage, calamari, shrimp, broccoli, and more cheese.

9. The Frito Chili Cheese Pizza

Similar to the Doritos Pizza, Papa John’s partnered with Frito-Lay for the Frito Chili Cheese Pizza, which was topped with beef, chili, cheddar and mozzarella cheeses, and Frito corn chips. It was available for a limited time in 2014.

10. Salmon Fish Roe and Cream Cheese Pizza

Pizza Hut in Hong Kong offered a stuffed crust pizza with salmon fish roe (fish eggs) and cream cheese baked inside. The pizza was also topped with scallops, crayfish, shrimp, and clams. It was available for a limited time in 2014.

11. and 12. Marmite-Stuffed Crust Pizza and Vegemite-Stuffed Crust Pizza

In 2014, Pizza Hut New Zealand introduced the Chee-Zee Marmite Stuffed Crust Pizza, which featured cheese baked inside of the crust with marmite, a salty food spread made from yeast extract. Similarly, Pizza Hut Australia introduced the Mitey Stuffed Crust Pizza the following year, which was basically the same thing only with Vegemite (Australia's version of marmite) inside.

13. Chicken Fillet Crown Crust

In 2012, Pizza Hut Middle East introduced the Chicken Fillet Crown Crust Pizza. It featured chicken fillets nestled on top of a crown crust and topped with chicken tenders and drizzled with BBQ sauce.

14. Hot Dog Stuffed Crust Pizza

Pizza Hut offered two versions of the Hot Dog Stuffed Crust Pizza: The first was available in Thailand and the UK in 2012 and featured a continuous hot dog loop baked inside of the pizza’s crust and drizzled with mustard. The Hot Dog Bites Pizza was the second go-around, which was made available to American customers in 2015. It featured hot dog bites wrapped in a regular pizza crust or pretzel and came with a mustard dipping sauce.

15. KFC Chizza

In 2015, KFC India topped a chicken breast with marinara sauce, pepperoni, cheese, peppers, and pineapple and called it the KFC Chizza, which was also introduced at KFC Philippines locations. Who needs a doughy crust when you have chicken as a base?

Bonus: QC Pizza’s Kinda Big Dill

Mahtomedi, Minnesota’s QZ Pizza isn’t a fast food chain, but we couldn't resist including their “Kinda Big Dill” pie on this list. Homemade garlic dill sauce goes on the crust, followed by Canadian bacon, then a layer of pickles. On top of that goes mozzarella cheese, followed by another layer of pickles and a dusting of dill. They also have a Reuben Pizza and a taco pizza, but Big Dill tops them all for originality.

10 Delicious Facts About McDonald's Shamrock Shake

McDonald's
McDonald's

Many people overdo it with the drinking on St. Patrick's Day, but it's not always Guinness or Jameson that gets them into trouble. Sometimes it's the Shamrock Shake, McDonald's uniquely green and often elusive seasonal treat. Here’s the skinny on the 660-calorie indulgence.

1. The Shamrock Shake wasn't originally known as The Shamrock Shake.

The original name of the cult classic milkshake was slightly less alliterative. It was called the St. Patrick’s Day Green Milkshake. Catchy, no?

2. The Shamrock Shake is a charitable endeavor.

What does the Shamrock Shake have to do with the Ronald McDonald House and the Philadelphia Eagles? Everything, according to the fast food giant. When Eagles tight end Fred Hill’s daughter was being treated for leukemia in 1974, Fred and his wife spent a lot of time in waiting rooms and noticed many other emotionally depleted families doing the same. He thought it would be healthier for families if they had a place to call home while their children were being treated, so he used his football connections to get in touch with a local advertising agency that did work for Mickey D’s. They agreed to give profits from the Shamrock Shake toward a home near the Children’s Hospital in Philadelphia, which ended up becoming the first-ever Ronald McDonald House.

3. Uncle O'Grimacey used to be the Shamrock Shake's ambassador.

Back in the early ‘80s, a fairly offensive character named Uncle O’Grimacey was used to promote the seasonal shake.

4. No McDonald's restaurant is required to offer the Shamrock Shake.

In 2012, it was announced that, for the first time, the Shamrock Shake would be available in all McDonald's nationwide—but not all restaurants have to carry them. Regional managers decide whether their stores will carry the shakes each year.

5. Jimmy Fallon once depleted a New York City restaurant's entire Shamrock Shake supply.

If you’re a New Yorker and you didn’t get a much-craved Shamrock Shake in 2011, it’s probably Jimmy Fallon’s fault. When he caught wind that a Union Square Mickey D's had the elusive dessert, he totally cleaned them out—purchasing more than 100 shakes for his audience. New Yorkers were not pleased with Fallon.

6. The Shamrock Shake got an ice cream offshoot (that didn't fare so well).

Despite the smashing success of the shake, the Shamrock Sundae was a dismal failure. Introduced in 1980, it was discontinued after just a year. Apparently people prefer their unnaturally green desserts in shake form as opposed to scoop form. Though this year, they're trying again: in honor of the Shamrock Shake's 50th anniversary, McDonald's is also introducing an Oreo Shamrock McFlurry.

7. There have been many super-sized versions of the Shamrock Shake.

For a few years, a giant shake was poured into the Chicago River to help contribute to the green hue it’s dyed every year. A donation was also made to the Ronald McDonald House.

8. The McDonald's app will help you track down a Shamrock Shake.

Are you one of those unfortunate souls who has to hunt the shake down every year? McDonald's official app can help. In 2020, for the first time in three years, the Shamrock Shake will be offered at all McDonald's locations. If you're not sure of the nearest one near you, the McDonald's app has a full directory to help.

9. You can make your own Shamrock Shake at home.

If you still can’t find a shake, you have one other option: make your own.

10. In 2017, McDonald's engineered a special Shamrock Shake straw.

In 2017, McDonald's unveiled an amazing innovation for Shamrock Shake lovers: the STRAW. Short for Suction Tube for Reverse Axial Withdrawal, the STRAW was designed by real engineers at the aerospace and robotics engineering firms JACE and NK Labs—specifically with the Shamrock Shake in mind. What sets the device apart from conventional straws is the sharp bend in its shape and the three, eye-shaped holes in addition to the opening at the bottom end. The extra holes are positioned in a way that allows drinkers to take a sip of a new layered version of the frosty treat that’s equal parts top mint layer and bottom chocolate layer.

Wales Is Home to the Baked Bean Museum of Excellence

Baked Bean Museum of Excellence
Baked Bean Museum of Excellence

If you don't think it's possible to get excited about beans, you've clearly never been to the Baked Bean Museum of Excellence in Port Talbot, Wales. The site is filled with memorabilia celebrating canned baked beans, but the legume-loving "superhero" in charge of it all may be the most intriguing attraction.

Before legally changing his name to "Captain Beany" in 1991, the owner of the Baked Bean Museum was a Welsh man named Barry Kirk, according to Atlas Obscura. He was born in 1954 and spent the early part of his adulthood working in the computer department of a British petroleum plant in South Wales.

But his life took a much different direction in 1986 when he broke the world record for longest time in a baked bean bath at 100 hours. He fully adopted his Captain Beany persona five years later and began painting his face and head orange. He also started dressing in a gold-and-orange superhero costume. Since then, he's raised nearly $130,000 for charity by performing various bean-related stunts like pushing a can of beans along the beach with his nose. His biggest claim to fame, though, is his Baked Bean Museum, which he opened in his two-bedroom council flat in 2009.

Baked Bean Museum of Excellence.
Baked Bean Museum of Excellence

Visit Captain Beany's home and you'll find more baked bean swag than most people see in a lifetime. His lavatory has been transformed into the "Branston Bathroom," with the British product's logo embellishing every surface, and the kitchen is all about Heinz. The museum also features vintage advertisements, collectible cans, and knick-knacks like a pair of baked bean cufflinks. And if you ever start to feel overwhelmed, Captain Beany will be there as your personal guide in one of his tomato-sauce-orange outfits.

Baked Bean Museum of Excellence.
Baked Bean Museum of Excellence

The Baked Bean Museum of Excellence is technically free to enter, but Captain Beany does accept donations that he gives to charity. You can visit the Port Talbot institution from Monday through Friday between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m.

[h/t Atlas Obscura]

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