Earlier this week we heard that KFC and Pizza Hut were teaming up to create a joint pizza, featuring Pizza Hut's pizzeria skills combined with KFC's Popcorn Chicken and gravy. The bizarre combination then sold out on the first day of release, proving that people really love weird foodstuffs - even if just to try and tell their friends about. The frankenpizza is back in stock now, and we got our hands on one to see just how good it actually is. The result? Interesting, but the execution is still a bit iffy.
In case you forgot, the pizza itself is a regular pizza that skips the tomato base for a slathering of KFC gravy, and then adds both sweetcorn and Popcorn Chicken on top. The sweetcorn was a bit of a surprise, because it's not necessarily the kind of thing KFC is known for (even if it is one of the sides you can order with your Bargain Bucket). Really though, it's there that the pizza falls down. Sweetcorn is not the kind of topping you really want on a pizza, because it really messes with the texture (or mouthfeel, if you will) and makes the pizza far less enjoyable than it could be.
The gravy base is surprisingly good, though, assuming you eat the pizza quickly while it's still hot. Let it cool down and suddenly it's a lot less edible, because unlike a tomato base the gravy doesn't perform very well under those lower temperatures. In other words those of you with a fondness for a slice of cold pizza in the morning are going to be sorely disappointed with this. You can slap it in the microwave for a bit, though, and you'll get something more or less consistent with one that's fresh out of the oven.
As for the Popcorn Chicken, that was actually quite a nice extra. It's not as noticeable as you'd have thought, partly because the sweetcorn's texture is a bit overpowering, and also because Popcorn Chicken is basically a smaller, rounder, chicken nugget. Though it does feel more pizza-appropriate than a nugget, for reasons I can't really fathom.
Probably because they're not as uniform as a nugget, and more akin to a fried chicken meatball. And meatballs are a readily available pizza topping if you buy from the right place.
Now the only issue is that if you don't like sweetcorn, there's no definitive way to ask for the pizza without it. Which is a shame because it seems like it would be an awful lot more enjoyable without it. Or at least it would be for me. You could try and pick it off, I guess, but sweetcorn kernels are quite small, they're buried in the cheese (as is the pizza way) and there are a lot of them. So it's certainly not the thing for you if you have a real loathing for sweetcorn. I guess I could live with it, assuming the pizza didn't cool off too quickly.
At least you can order it without the garlic salt on the crust, because that's definitely not for everyone. It does get all over your hands after all, and as tasty as garlic is, it is rather annoying. It's also only available in large, though, and it doesn't seem to be available as part of any of the usual Pizza Hut deals as far as I can see. It's going to cost you £19.49, which is a bit pricey, though I guess that's the way it is with takeaway pizzas.
Personally? I wouldn't buy the Popcorn Chicken pizza with any regularity. As fun as it was to try a pizza with a gravy base, I still prefer the classic tomato. And a pizza that doesn't include sweetcorn, because it really doesn't go. If you like everything involved, though, it might be worth trying. But if you don't like even a single one of the component parts then this really isn't for you.
It's only available for a limited time, though, and it's likely to sell out quickly, so if you're interested I'd get your order in pronto.