Ewsweek: Of Course We Ate the Pizza Hut Hot Dog Bites Pizza

Ewsweek round two: We tried the Pizza Hut hot dog bites pizza. Shefali Kulkarni/Newsweek, JASON KATZENSTEIN/NEWSWEEK

We gathered before it, slightly stunned and overly excited. The newsroom chatter grew louder as everyone grabbed a napkin and debated how, exactly, they were going to pick up a slice. Two Pizza Hut Hot Dog Bites pizzas, the company's latest concoction, had been delivered to the office.

Though it's called a Hot Dog Bites pizza, it is better described as a pigs-in-a-blanket pizza. Around the edge of each slice were between three and four piggies, which came with their own mustard dipping sauce. Because of the pigs, the pizza slice could not be folded as New Yorkers are wont to do, nor held in the hand easily, as most pizza eaters like to do (some monsters eat pizza incorrectly, with a fork).

The Newsweek staff was able to taste test this contraption, and we actually—well, we kind of liked it.

We received two pizzas: pretzel crust and regular. The pretzel was tried first, but some people had a slice of each to compare. These are our reviews for the entire Hot Dog pizza to-do, pretzel crust and otherwise.

Cady: The pizza part is great, because it's pizza. Then I got this bite of really intense salt as I was handling it and it was much chewier than it has any right to be. The hot dog is really smoky.

Max: It's like three different meals when I only want one. You don't really taste the pepperoni, but I don't like pepperoni so that's all right. The hot dog kind of tasted like microwaveable hot dogs, not like real hot dogs. They were really soft. The pretzels were very salty, but maybe that's not so unusual. The slice without the pretzel had a lot less taste. It was hard to hold, so I had to switch back and forth between what I ate. If you wanted to dip it, you have to hold the pizza side. It wasn't bad but it was just three different meals.

Taylor: I never would pay money for this. When I go in for a bite of the pizza, I get a whiff of hot dog and my smell receptors get confused. My brain doesn't know how to process the signals properly.

Shaminder: I think the pizza part is great, but then the hot dog part shows up and it makes you wonder why you made these choices. This is great college food though, when you're going in on the beer and just need some solid food.

Tara: First, I think hot dog pizza is a misnomer. This is clearly a pigs-in-a-blanket pizza. It is a perfectly fine pig-in-a-blanket, just not a good hot dog.

Two Pizza Hut hot dog bites pizzas Polly Mosendz/Newsweek

Joanna: I just think the whole thing tastes like a hot dog.

Lucy: Going from pizza to sausage is horrible, but the pizza is great. I love Pizza Hut pizza. It reminds me of being a kid and having it all the time as a special treat. But they don't really complement each other, and it kind of makes me not want a hot dog. Even the dough around a sausage is odd. But the pizza really is great. I would eat it again.

Elijah: Well the idea is you're supposed to take the bites off. I mean, really it is just like eating a hot dog and a pizza. This makes me simultaneously very proud and very ashamed to be an American. If there were a special on this and it were the same price as a regular slice, I would probably take this.

Aleks: It is certainly edible.

Billy: I quite like it. I wouldn't pay more than an average slice of pizza for it. But if I had the option for the same price, I would get it. It's really good. I want another piece.

Bob: The pizza is pizza. Even as a mediocre pizza, it's credible. But it makes the pigs-in-a-blanket so lame. It's pigs-in-a-stupor.

Polly: I think college me would have ordered this every week, but adult me is really concerned about my acid reflux.

After we finished stuffing our faces, our resident health reporter Jess came over to address our pizza-hot-dog-hangover (please note that, as an expert of health matters, she did not partake). "Well, at least you got all the important food groups in there," she shrugged, reminding us that yes, we had just eaten lactose, nitrates, gluten, trans fats and, of course, tons of sugar.

Though a few of us got heartburn as a result of this experiment, most of the staff said they would try it again. We would also demand more dipping sauces, as mustard alone did not suffice.

Grade: Solid B.