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Taste test: the Pizza Hut Christmas Sharing Box is fun for the whole family

It really hits the spot when it’s cold out.

Alicia Ang
Alicia Ang

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Published: 12 November 2021, 1:52 PM

Pizza Hut just released its festive menu, advertised to be perfect for family and friends to share. Well, I tried it with my family- and they’re right.

The Christmas Sharing Box, which is supposed to feed two to three people, came with the new Chicken Pop Cheesy Bites with crunchy Chachos chips, 10 Mini Waffle Hashbrowns, and nine BBQ Chicken Nuggets. 

We also got their Four Cheese Baked Penne on the side.

The first thing we noticed was that the cheese on the Cheesy Bites had congealed as they cooled, so there wasn’t much of a satisfying cheese pull when twisting the bites off of the pizza. We had much better results when we heated it back up, and there was a lot of light-hearted arguing about whether you pull the bite off, or if you eat it in slices like a normal pizza. We ended up doing a mix of both methods.

 

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The Chicken Pop Cheesy Bites have popcorn chicken, cherry tomatoes, bacon and pineapple. PHOTO CREDIT: YOUTHOPIA/ALICIA ANG

 

The Chicken Pop Cheesy Bites are one of four Cheesy Bites pizzas from Pizza Hut, which was advertised as the spicy option. It comes with popcorn chicken, cherry tomatoes, bacon slices and pineapple chunks. While the spice isn’t too overpowering, it will definitely have a kick for those who haven’t built up their spice tolerance.

For the full experience, we covered the pizza in Chachos chips pieces and dipped the bites in melted cheese, both of which came in the box. It definitely elevated the experience, with the Chacos chips adding a welcome crunch to each bite. 

The melted cheese added to the saltiness of the dish, but the pineapple chunks helped to undercut that with sweetness. Even if you’re part of the camp that vehemently dislikes pineapple on pizza, the balance that its fruity flavour adds here might still be a good idea.

 

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We got the Mini Waffle Hashbrowns, BBQ Chicken Nuggets and Four Cheese Baked Penne as sides. PHOTO CREDIT: YOUTHOPIA/ALICIA ANG

 

The Mini Waffle Hashbrowns were crispy once we reheated them. The Four Cheese Baked Penne was underwhelming at first, but once we put it in our air fryer, it got better. We did wish that there was more cheese though, as some bites barely had any cheese sticking to the noodles.

The BBQ Chicken Nuggets were the only dish that didn’t need reheating, as they maintained their taste and texture even when lukewarm. The barbecue powder adds tang to the salty nuggets, and makes the dish surprisingly way better than Pizza Hut’s regular nuggets.

Overall, Pizza Hut’s festive menu is a fun experience to share with your family, as advertised. 

The meal is delicious, but the conversation around how best to eat the Cheesy Bites might be the real fun at the dinner table.


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