You won't believe what's in this pizza

Pizza Hut's Singapore branch tops one pie with another -- and adds a cherry on top -- as Yum Brands struggles with sales.

By Jason Notte Dec 24, 2012 9:48AM

Pizza Hut Singapore's Double Sensation Pizza (Pizza Hut Singapore via Facebook,
 When Yum Brands' (YUM) Pizza Hut research and development teams look around their test kitchen, wonder what item they haven't stuffed into a pizza yet and finally decide on "another pizza," those Mayan apocalypse predictions don't seem that far off.

Because a meeting of the Pizza Hut's international branches is apparently either a shouting match between the craziest voices in the room or a recreation of the Mel Gibson-Gary Busey brawl from "Lethal Weapon," the pizza chain's Singapore division topped Canada's Pizza Hut perfume by shoving a stuffed crust pie into yet another stuffed crust pie and calling it the "Double Sensation." 

As described by Brand Eating, the outer pizza's crust is packed with melted mozzarella, Parmesan and cheddar cheeses and then stabbed along its perimeter to allow the cheese melange to ooze out and form baked cheese balls. That pie is then given a base of salsa and topped with turkey ham, bell peppers and mushrooms.

A small inner pie sits in the center like a dip bowl in a party platter and is ringed with a crust stuffed with cheese-filled chicken sausage. That little pizza bowl is then filled with smoked chicken, zucchini and a pepper Alfredo sauce and the whole savory, stuffed-crust sundae is topped with a cherry in the center. Because, you know, how else would the cook know when to stop?

Don't blame Singapore for this. Its Pizza Hut division was basically backed into a corner when Eater revealed Pizza Hut Middle East's plans to stuff their crusts with hamburgers and chicken fingers earlier this year. Middle Eastern Pizza Huts also called dibs on pizzas ringed with Parmesan-crusted dough cones stuffed with cream cheese or honey mustard chicken and desserts featuring Kit Kat bars baked into balls of pizza dough.

Meanwhile, Pizza Hut in the United Kingdom beat its American counterparts to their own iconic fast food by stuffing hot dogs into its crust, as Japan and Thailand have for several years. It all makes Pizza Hut's cheese-ball-ringed Cheesy Bites Pizza offered in the U.S. seem puritanical by comparison, but parent company Yum Brands hasn't stopped feeding America's reputation for obesity entirely.

Two years ago, Yum captured U.S. imaginations and strained its capillaries with KFC's Double Down sandwich that was little more than bacon lodged in a "bun" made of two pieces of fried chicken. This year alone, Yum gave the states Taco Bell tacos housed in shells made from Doritos and KFC Mac and Cheese bites that were basically a bowl of macaroni and cheese molded into cubes and sold as a side dish.

It all seemed to work last quarter, as Yum Brands profits increased 19% behind increased sales in both the U.S. and abroad. Yum's competitors have been a bit more hesitant to play fast-food Frankenstein in recent years. McDonald's (MCD) has experimented with premium angus burgers, gourmet coffee and smoothies, but is revisiting its McRib roots this month after slumping October sales indicated customers wanted cheap and familiar options. Burger King (BKW), meanwhile, offered up a bacon sundae this summer before ending its pursuit of the 18- to 34-year-old male demographic and adding premium chicken sandwiches and smoothies for everyone else.

Outliers like Carl's Jr. (CKE), Friendly's and Denny's (DENN) will occasionally offer up footlong cheeseburgers, burgers with grilled-cheese sandwich buns or a grilled cheese stuffed with mozzarella sticks, as each chain did, respectively, in 2010. Health concerns and a competitive market of less gastronomically destructive options steer most fast-food chains away from such munchie-soothing monstrosities.

Even Yum's pigout may end after this quarter, as slumping sales in China already have the company preparing Wall Street for leaner times. If China's economic woes turn into fast-food's fiscal cliff, the Double Sensation and its predecessors could represent the last moments of the industry's calorie-laden gilded age. When the patties stop piling up and the crusts go unstuffed, it's the closest extreme fast-food gets to Armageddon.

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Dec 24, 2012 11:23PM

I bet me ****...I am a better cook than them>>Challage..Open Challange...They cannot Make a Better Coffee than me..They cannot make a better Mango Lassee than me..Open Challange...I can cook ecellent Spanish Omellete

Piinaaaaaa  Collata..The Best   Mouth Watering Salad* Al Sayee

Dec 24, 2012 11:01PM
the lead elf is shagging the pizza!!
Dec 24, 2012 8:53PM

It all boils down to the basics! Focus on making the best pizza in the business. Somewhere over the last ten to fifteen years the pizza  recipes have changed and it is just awful. The Pizza Hut I grew up with is nowhere in sight. Now they are trying to reinvent the wheel they no longer have.

Get back to making pizzas that made Pizza Hut great in the first place - then go from there.  

Dec 24, 2012 6:48PM
Dec 24, 2012 6:29PM
How about just making a Pizza that doesn't give me the runs when I get home. For some reason, I am not sure if its the toppings, the sauce or what, I always get home and get the runs after I eat at Pizza Hut.
Dec 24, 2012 6:21PM
So if another division comes up with a new pizza, why don't the other divisions just steal the idea and say it's theirs like their respective countries already do with other ideas???
Dec 24, 2012 5:53PM

hungry wowzers nice

This pizza look to good to be true.

yet very simple filling. vegetable. yummy. tummy.

pizzzzzzzzaaaa.with pizzzzass


Dec 24, 2012 5:47PM
Cheez! ....My eyesight must be going because I missed the two elves on top!
Dec 24, 2012 5:08PM

good, less Chinese- unless they move here & we have to pay for there healthcare


Dec 24, 2012 5:07PM

Im from Chicago the Pizza Epicenter of the Universe . We are the innovators . We have the best Thin Crust , Chicago Style PAN , and Stuffed Pizza's . This my friends is not Pizza . It is a bastard creation that went wrong . Chain Pizza does not do well in Chicago except among the himeless and that is because  the deals they give . BaROKE Obama and our Mayor Rahm Tiny Dancer Emanuel are doing everything they can to create a captive customer base for those Chain Pizza Restaurants . I guess to those Bozo's creating unemployed homeless is an economic stimulator . We all know that it is only a vote generator . This Pizza looks appalling . I wouldn't feed it to my Dog . Merry Christmas everyone

Dec 24, 2012 4:58PM
As if we aren't an obese enough nation!  I can feel my arteries clogging just looking at that pizza. 
I think we'll just keep thinking of more and more ways to kill ourselves with food until there won't be anyone left to come up with ways to kill ourselves. 

Dec 24, 2012 4:58PM
I love pizza hut and their 10 dollar any way you want it deal.
Dec 24, 2012 4:45PM
make that an ameican pizza pie with pepperoni n cheese on top  !!!!
Dec 24, 2012 4:22PM
only the crust looks good.  you can keep the rest.
Dec 24, 2012 4:20PM
looks like back alley garbage on bread
Dec 24, 2012 4:18PM
Yo dawg, i heard you like pizza....
Dec 24, 2012 4:01PM
Forget the rest Papa John is the BEST...........LOL
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