The Ultimate Hershey’s Chocolate Chip Cookie is an oversized choc-chip biscuit sliced and packaged to resemble a pizza. Despite less-than-stellar reviews from us in the past, a supremely cocky Pizza Hut delivered a warm, gooey batch for us to review yesterday afternoon. Read on for our taste verdicts!
The Ultimate Chocolate Chip Cookie is a new limited-edition dessert from Pizza Hut made from cookie dough and authentic Hershey’s chocolate chips. Each cookie is baked inside a pizza oven and measures eight inches with an asking price of $5.95.
A single cookie contains 6929kJ of energy which is a bit worrying. Even if you share with another person, that’s still nearly 3500 kilojoules on top of whatever your pizza packed in. On the other hand, it’s a dessert, innit?
Here’s what everyone in our office had to say after tasting a slice:
Chris Jager, Lifehacker Journalist: “I don’t normally go in for sweets, but choc-chip cookies are an exception. On cold, rainy days they make a perfect accompaniment to a steaming mug of tea. (Make mine Earl Grey; cheers.) Pizza and choc-chip cookies are a poorer pairing, however. By the time you’ve scoffed your pepperoni ‘n’ Pepsi dinner you’ll probably be too stuffed to enjoy this biscuit-based dessert — which is a damn shame, as they’re surprisingly delicious!
“After opening the box, expectations were initially quite low: while the cookie looked the business, it gave off an unappetising, slightly burnt aroma. After taking my first bite though, all trepidation vanished. It tastes similar to a Subway choc-chip cookie, except crumblier, thicker and far more decadent. For best results, you really need to eat them while the chocolate is still warm and gooey. If this isn’t possible, try nuking them in the microwave for 10 to 15 seconds: the extra wait will be worth it.”
Campbell Simpson, Gizmodo journalist: “It was great. It tasted just like a fresh cookie from Subway straight out of the oven — warm and slightly undercooked and melting. I don’t know that it’d be worth buying at that size, though, unless you have a good 8 or 10 people, because it’s so full of calories — all oil and sugar.”
Peter Terlato, Business Insider Journalist: “Delicious. It was soft but crispy enough where it needed to be in order for it to be considered a “cookie”. The filling wasn’t too rich but the overall flavour and texture was very moreish. I’m coming for more!”
Mia Steiber, Editorial Assistant: “I hate fast food. I hate everything that fast food stands for. I just hate it. But that cookie was so delicious that I now have to move so I am next to a Pizza Hut. I am going to go broke from buying the whole supply and eating them all.
“I want to marry that cookie and then move up-state and raise a family with it. That’s how much I love that cookie. So good. Whoever invented that cookie needs an award for services to the community. It tastes like rainbows and happiness.”
Benjamin Hutton, Sales Co-ordinator: “It reminds you of when your mum used to make cookies and instructed you had to wait until later to eat them. But as soon as she turned her back you would snatch one and run, stuffing your mouth full of melted choc chips, soft cookie goodness.”
Eric Swenson, Account Manager: “Awesome. It’s like cookie crack. Give me another piece.”
Rae Johnston, Commercial Editor: [Rae was unable to partake due to her 12-month centenarian diet challenge] “I smelt them and then went and had a bit of a cry. They looked like they should have been delivered by special fancy pizza cookie angels.”
Rob Hussey, Technology Manager: “I didn’t enjoy it. I don’t generally like Hershey chocolate, so maybe that was my issue – not worth the calories. Subway cookies ftw.”
Jessica Chandra, POPSUGAR Australia Managing Editor: “Please don’t tell anyone I had any. I literally only had a bite. But I will say the bite I had was delicious — yes, it’s just a giant cookie, but it was warm and gooey, and that’s all you really want from a cookie. I could definitely eat a whole one!”
David Boldeman, Sales Director: “That may be the best thing I’ve ever eaten.”
Mark Serrels, Kotaku Editor: “Pizza cookies smell, look and taste suspiciously like regular cookies. This is not a bad thing. It’s a good thing. Guys, it’s a goddamn cookie. Let’s call a spade a spade. Or a cookie-spade a cookie-spade. I’m not good at metaphors.”
Krystan Irvine, Sales Co-ordinator: “I always thought nothing could beat Nutella pizza – however, Warm freshly baked gooey cookie pizza comes pretty damn close – DELICIOUS! The best thing Pizza Hut has bought out in a long time! If I could eat this every day without being the size of an elephant I would.”
Bianca Camilleri, Senior Account Manager: “Orgasm in my mouth. Didn’t want it to ever end.”
Wow. This is easily the most positive reaction a Taste Test has ever received from our Allure Media colleagues. While it’s pretty difficult to get a chocolate chip cookie wrong, that doesn’t diminish the fact that Pizza Hut is onto a winner. Well played.