Pizza lovers with a sweet tooth are in luck: Dessert pizza is trending. Pizza no longer is restricted to lunch, dinner or as a cold option for midnight snacking. From morning until night, specialty pizzas give us the opportunity to truly enjoy the pie in all its glory, and that’s led to a pizza boom like we’ve never seen.
Market data company Technomic reports that 43% of Americans eat pizza at least once a week from more than 95,000 pizza outlets like grocery stores, c-stores and restaurants. Dewey Warner from Euromonitor International told Baking Business that trends impacting the pizza market are driving sales, which reached $46.3 billion in 2019. Dessert pizza is one such trend making its way north to America, likely influenced by pizza makers in Brazil. Facts.net says dessert pizzas are a “timeless trend” in Brazil, with chocolate, ice cream and coconut topping the ingredients list.
Any way you slice it, dessert pizzas are booming thanks largely in part to the amazing innovations and imaginations of pizza makers. From Nutella to chocolate chips to fruit, the traditionally savory fare has evolved to include sweet options. In fact, Technomic’s MenuMonitor Q2 2019 report showed a 9.1% increase in operators that are putting dessert pizzas on their menus. The top ingredients? Bananas and strawberries atop a Nutella base.
Max Brenner, Boston, Massachusetts: It’s a chocolate love story, as this Boston-based restaurant has an entire chocolate menu, complete with a pizza that features milk and white chocolate chunks, and toppings that include hazelnut bits, melted peanut butter and roasted marshmallows.
Papa John’s, Nationwide: the Cinnapie is made with fresh dough and topped with cinnamon filling and brown sugar streusel. White icing finishes off the top.
Brother Bruno’s, Wayne, New Jersey: Build your own dessert pizza with endless ideas at Brother Bruno’s. Choose from S’mores, Red Velvet, Cookie, Birthday Cake, Thin Mint and more, and each quarter of the pizza can be a different type! Truly a unique dessert pizza for everyone.
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