Hey, HuffPost, Pizza Hut's Cock-A-Doodle Bacon Pie Isn't So Bad

"Cock-A-Doodle Pie"
"Cock-A-Doodle Pie"
Photo by Joanna O'Leary

Contrary to what was recently posted on the Huffington Post, Pizza Hut's Cock-A-Doodle Bacon Pie isn't so bad.

And neither, for that matter, is the similarly dubiously named "Sweet Siracha Dynamite" pie.

The Huffington Post, however, feels differently. In its recently published list of "The Most Horrifying Fast Food Menu Items of 2014," the news outlet ranked Pizza Hut's Cockadoodle Bacon Pie #6 (ahead of, notably, Burger King Japan's "Mush 'n' Cheese" sandwich).

Now, in some ways all fast food is bad, so proclaiming any sort of hierarchy is worthless. But connoisseurs of such cuisine will protest there is a spectrum: seriously, some of that food is worse than others.

And while the HuffPost's list generally comprises truly offensively constructed fast food items, their choice for the sixth spot seemed based solely based on nomenclature and not at all on actual taste:

WTF? Just the name of this menu item is heinous enough to make me want give up pizza forever. Is it a pun about waking up or about roosters? Is one supposed to eat this pizza for breakfast?

The pie is made of garlic, Parmesan sauce, grilled chicken, hardwood smoked bacon and diced tomatoes with a Parmesan crust. That all sounds innocuous enough, but the way this pizza's been branded puts it in the "horrifying" category.

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"Sweet Siracha Pie"
"Sweet Siracha Pie"
Photo by Joanna O'Leary

Um, no. A crappy name is an insufficient reason to land on a "most horrifying" list, unless accompanying that poor choice of title is equally poor (or worse) flavor.

Granted, however, the words "cock" and "doodle" in a food description do not bode well.

In the spirit of fair evaluation, I tried the "Cock-A-Doodle" as well as the "Sweet Siracha Dynamite" pie, another suspect member of Pizza Hut's "New Recipes" pizza menu. As the Huffington Post noted, the toppings (grilled chicken strips, parmesan sauce, bacon, roma tomatoes) sound "innocuous." Well, yes, that's right. But they also taste really good in combination atop a medium-thick lightly browned crust encrusted with shredded parmesan. What's specifically "new" about this pizza recipe isn't clear; what is certain is that the changes work.

Less satisfying but by no means shameful was the Sweet Siracha Dynamite Pizza, which would probably would have been better if Pizza Hut used real siracha rather than this overly sweet burning glaze that unfortunately obscured the more pleasant flavors of chicken, peruvian peppers, pineapples, and jalapenos. Those who like significant heat in their pie should try it sans siracha-honey "drizzle,"---another word, by the way, that probably should not be associated with pizza.

There's plenty to hate on about Pizza Hut, but in this rare instance, the Huffington Post needs to back off. And also taste the damn thing as part of their "research."


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