We compared some of the most popular items from Pizza Hut, Domino's, and Papa John's — and we can see why Domino's dethroned Pizza Hut as the top pizza maker in the world (2024)

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Pizza Hut, Domino's, and Papa John's are three of the biggest pizza chains in the US in terms of retail sales. All three chains are go-to choices for pizza lovers across the US, and the world for that matter. But which chain offers the tastiest dishes? We set out to decide for ourselves. We ordered similar items from each store: a medium pepperoni pizza ... ... a garlic bread side order ... ... an 8-piece order of wings ... ... and a chocolate dessert. The prices for each menu item we tried were similar between the three chains, except for the pizzas. Each pizza was divided into the standard eight slices ... ... and a medium pizza at both Papa John's and Pizza Hut cost about $17, whereas Domino's charged $14.49. The dipping sauces were priced similarly — Domino's and Papa John's charged 65¢ for each, and each cost 50¢ at Pizza Hut. We were able to have our orders delivered from Pizza Hut and Papa John's, but not Domino's, which we felt was strange since all three chains were in close proximity to each other. Domino's apparently had a shorter delivery range. So we ordered carryout at Domino's and went to pick it up from the store. Because of that, the bill at Domino's was just $42.46 versus $71.93 at Pizza Hut and $56.75 at Papa John's, since there weren't any delivery costs. But if we had chosen carryout instead of delivery at Pizza Hut or Papa John's, the costs would have been closer to $56 and $47, respectively, so Domino's still would have cost less. We could still use Domino's handy tracker though — our order was ready in no time. There was also a nifty tracker in the Papa John's app that helped us keep tabs on how far out our order was. Pizza Hut didn't have a tracker, but it did offer to send tracking updates via text message, which we opted for. Pizza Hut was quick too — we placed our order at 5:58 p.m., received a notification that it was out for delivery at 6:12 p.m., and then met our delivery driver at 6:22 p.m. Finally, all of our orders were laid out in front of us — and it was time to feast. First up were the garlic-y side dishes. We ordered Garlic Knots from Papa John's, Pizza Hut's Stuffed Garlic Knots, and Garlic Bread Twists from Domino's. The Garlic Knots from Papa John's are made with freshly baked dough and seasoned with garlic and parmesan, according to the website. A container of "pizza sauce" was included for dipping. In a word, they were good. The texture of the bread struck a solid balance of doughy and crunchy, but the pizza dipping sauce wasn't anything too spectacular. At the other end of the table, the garlic and marinara dipping sauces from Domino's (the Garlic Bread Twists come with one sauce free of charge, but we added another for extra) were winning our hearts over. The marinara specifically was perfectly thick with a hint of rosemary. In fact, the Domino's marinara sauce was the best sauce out of the three chains' garlic bread sides. As for the Domino's garlic twists, they were yummy. But nothing, and we mean nothing, can come close to the perfection that was Pizza Hut's Stuffed Garlic Knots. The dish comes with 10 garlic knots filled with melted cheese and encrusted with garlic and parmesan. They were doughy and warm and melted in your mouth. We were fighting over these until the very last one was gone. It's not that the garlic bread dishes from Domino's or Papa John's weren't good, because they were. But the fact that Pizza Hut's were stuffed with melted cheesy goodness gave it a significant edge. Though, in defense of Domino's, the chain does have a Stuffed Cheesy Bread option that we bet would put up more of a fight against Pizza Hut's supreme Stuffed Garlic Knots. But we chose not to test the Stuffed Cheesy Bread dish since we felt it wouldn't cut it for garlic-bread enthusiasts. Garlic isn't even in the dish's name, and the bread only comes with "a touch of garlic," according to the website. And so Pizza Hut wins the battle of the garlic bread. On to the main course! We kept it simple with only pepperoni on all of our pizzas, since you can't go wrong with the topping. And as it turns out, many Americans feel that way — more than a third of pizzas sold in the US come adorned with pepperoni. We took a whirl with Papa John's first. At first glance, the crust looked fluffy, the pepperoni placement was on point, and the cheese seemed generous ... ... but we soon realized that maybe it was a little too much cheese. Biting into a Papa John's slice resulted in an overwhelming mouthful of it. The balance of cheese to dough to pepperoni felt off. Apart from the cheese overload, the pizza was doughy and, for the most part, yummy. The pizza also came with two dipping sauces: buffalo and garlic, which were both tasty. And the chain's signature pepperoncini accompaniment was a nice touch. But overall, we concluded that we weren't jumping at the opportunity to order another Papa John's pizza in the future. We thought that with Papa John's, we'd already found the loser for this round out of the three chains ... ... but we were very, very wrong. The crust on our Pizza Hut pizza was lacking in texture, and the flavors in each slice called to mind what one would find at a roadside gas station. On the flip side of our Papa John's experience, which had way too much cheese, the cheese on our Pizza Hut pizza was extremely slim, which was strange given that Pizza Hut is one of the largest cheese buyers in the world, using over 300 million pounds of cheese annually. And so we ask: why couldn't more of all that cheese make its way into our pizza? Finally, we sunk our teeth into Domino's, which was the culinary equivalent of a breath of fresh air. No overpowering cheesy goo, no emaciated crust — nothing about Domino's pizza reminded us of gas station cuisine. And the crust was exquisite: fluffy yet crunchy and flawlessly toasted. Domino's took home the trophy for this round. Cheers to that! We somehow still had enough room to taste test the next category: the wings. We ordered Pizza Hut's plain boneless wings, unsauced roasted bone-in wings from Papa John's, and plain wings from Domino's, which also came bone-in. And with each dish, we ordered a side sauce: we chose ranch, BBQ, and sweet mango habanero at Domino's, ranch at Papa John's, and buffalo sauce at Pizza Hut. Some came with our wings orders and some cost extra. Papa John's immediately stuck out for its presentation — the wings were nestled snuggly in its foil wrapping within its cardboard box. They also tasted superb. They looked like they were a bit fatty, but their roasted flavor made up for it. The wings category was the closest race out of all four courses. Domino's and Papa John's wings were neck-and-neck ... ... but the reason Domino's wings were better was because of its distinct smoky flavor. We would absolutely order wings from both Papa John's and Domino's again because both were mouthwateringly tender and delicious, but the wings from Domino's were just slightly more memorable. What we can say for certainty is just how unappealing Pizza Hut's wings were. They were the only wings out of the three chains that came without bones, which made them easier to eat, but they were more reminiscent of a frozen aisle bag of chicken nuggets than an order of wings from one of the country's largest pizza makers. Tried as we might, we couldn't finish all of them. And last but certainly not least, we turned to our chocolate desserts: the Papa John's Chocolate Chip Cookie, Pizza Hut's Ultimate Hershey's Chocolate Chip Cookie, and the Domino's Marbled Cookie Brownie. Domino's Marbled Cookie Brownie was the closest thing to a cookie cake that the chain offers. And it was good, but nothing that stood out against, say, a bag of brownie mix that you could find at the grocery store and make yourself. The same goes for the Papa John's cookie dish. It was good, but it wasn't anything noteworthy. What stuck out the most was Pizza Hut's dessert, made with Hershey's chocolate. Maybe it was the chocolate chip placement, which ensured there were chips both within and on top of the cookie cake, but the cookie was gooey and delicious in every bite. It was a good way to wrap up our taste test. In each category, there was a clear winner. Pizza Hut's Garlic Knots were out-of-this-world delicious. The Pizza from Domino's blew its competitors out of the water. The Domino's wings, though closely matched by Papa John's, reigned supreme. And Pizza Hut's Ultimate Hershey's Chocolate Chip Cookie took the cake, if you will. Final count — Domino's: 2, Pizza Hut: 2, and Papa John's: 0. It's easy to declare the outright loser. The Papa John's wings were good, but everything else was either mediocre or deemed not worth ordering. The pizza, especially, was a huge letdown. So, sorry Papa John's — third place for you. But which is the winner of our taste test? That title belongs to Domino's, and here's why. Yes, technically Domino's tied with Pizza Hut in the number of wins among the four menu items. But the difference between the two chains is that everything we tried from Domino's was good. Nothing, even the chain's garlic twists and dessert, which lost out to its competitors, was lacking in quality or proved to be a poor fast food offering. Pizza Hut, on the other hand, shone brightly in two categories — garlic knots and dessert — but the chain's wings and pizza, which is arguably the most important part, were wildly unsatisfactory. On top of that, Domino's cost the least out of all three chains, without sacrificing quality. It's easy to see why Pizza Hut was dethroned by Domino's as the largest pizza seller in the world. FAQs

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We compared some of the most popular items from Pizza Hut, Domino's, and Papa John's — and we can see why Domino's dethroned Pizza Hut as the top pizza maker in the world (1)

  • When an urge for pizza hits, the pizza delivery choices can be a tad overwhelming.
  • But three go-to choices for pizza lovers everywhere are Pizza Hut, Domino's, and Papa John's.
  • Historically, Pizza Hut has enjoyed the No. 1 spot as the largest pizza chain in the world. But in 2017, Domino's overthrew the pizza chain and became the top pizza seller in the world in terms of global retail sales. In 2018, Domino's had global retail sales of more than $13.5 billion.
  • As for Papa John's, the company is still reeling from controversies in 2018 surrounding reports that its founder and former CEO John Schnatter used a racial slur during a company call, which resulted in plummeting sales.
  • Nevertheless, all three chains are still prominent players in the fast-food pizza scene. But how do they compare?
  • We ordered similar popular items from each store and soon discovered why Domino's has risen in the ranks to become the world's biggest pizza chain.
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Pizza Hut, Domino's, and Papa John's are three of the biggest pizza chains in the US in terms of retail sales.

We compared some of the most popular items from Pizza Hut, Domino's, and Papa John's — and we can see why Domino's dethroned Pizza Hut as the top pizza maker in the world (2)

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Source: Mental Floss

All three chains are go-to choices for pizza lovers across the US, and the world for that matter.

We compared some of the most popular items from Pizza Hut, Domino's, and Papa John's — and we can see why Domino's dethroned Pizza Hut as the top pizza maker in the world (3)

Katie Canales/Business Insider

Source: Mental Floss

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But which chain offers the tastiest dishes? We set out to decide for ourselves.

We compared some of the most popular items from Pizza Hut, Domino's, and Papa John's — and we can see why Domino's dethroned Pizza Hut as the top pizza maker in the world (4)

Katie Canales/Business Insider

We ordered similar items from each store: a medium pepperoni pizza ...

We compared some of the most popular items from Pizza Hut, Domino's, and Papa John's — and we can see why Domino's dethroned Pizza Hut as the top pizza maker in the world (5)

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... a garlic bread side order ...

We compared some of the most popular items from Pizza Hut, Domino's, and Papa John's — and we can see why Domino's dethroned Pizza Hut as the top pizza maker in the world (6)

... an 8-piece order of wings ...

We compared some of the most popular items from Pizza Hut, Domino's, and Papa John's — and we can see why Domino's dethroned Pizza Hut as the top pizza maker in the world (7)

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... and a chocolate dessert.

We compared some of the most popular items from Pizza Hut, Domino's, and Papa John's — and we can see why Domino's dethroned Pizza Hut as the top pizza maker in the world (8)

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The prices for each menu item we tried were similar between the three chains, except for the pizzas. Each pizza was divided into the standard eight slices ...

We compared some of the most popular items from Pizza Hut, Domino's, and Papa John's — and we can see why Domino's dethroned Pizza Hut as the top pizza maker in the world (9)

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... and a medium pizza at both Papa John's and Pizza Hut cost about $17, whereas Domino's charged $14.49.

We compared some of the most popular items from Pizza Hut, Domino's, and Papa John's — and we can see why Domino's dethroned Pizza Hut as the top pizza maker in the world (10)

The dipping sauces were priced similarly — Domino's and Papa John's charged 65¢ for each, and each cost 50¢ at Pizza Hut.

We compared some of the most popular items from Pizza Hut, Domino's, and Papa John's — and we can see why Domino's dethroned Pizza Hut as the top pizza maker in the world (11)

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We were able to have our orders delivered from Pizza Hut and Papa John's, but not Domino's, which we felt was strange since all three chains were in close proximity to each other. Domino's apparently had a shorter delivery range.

We compared some of the most popular items from Pizza Hut, Domino's, and Papa John's — and we can see why Domino's dethroned Pizza Hut as the top pizza maker in the world (12)

So we ordered carryout at Domino's and went to pick it up from the store.

We compared some of the most popular items from Pizza Hut, Domino's, and Papa John's — and we can see why Domino's dethroned Pizza Hut as the top pizza maker in the world (13)

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Because of that, the bill at Domino's was just $42.46 versus $71.93 at Pizza Hut and $56.75 at Papa John's, since there weren't any delivery costs.

We compared some of the most popular items from Pizza Hut, Domino's, and Papa John's — and we can see why Domino's dethroned Pizza Hut as the top pizza maker in the world (14)

But if we had chosen carryout instead of delivery at Pizza Hut or Papa John's, the costs would have been closer to $56 and $47, respectively, so Domino's still would have cost less.

We compared some of the most popular items from Pizza Hut, Domino's, and Papa John's — and we can see why Domino's dethroned Pizza Hut as the top pizza maker in the world (15)

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We could still use Domino's handy tracker though — our order was ready in no time. There was also a nifty tracker in the Papa John's app that helped us keep tabs on how far out our order was.

We compared some of the most popular items from Pizza Hut, Domino's, and Papa John's — and we can see why Domino's dethroned Pizza Hut as the top pizza maker in the world (16)

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Pizza Hut didn't have a tracker, but it did offer to send tracking updates via text message, which we opted for. Pizza Hut was quick too — we placed our order at 5:58 p.m., received a notification that it was out for delivery at 6:12 p.m., and then met our delivery driver at 6:22 p.m.

We compared some of the most popular items from Pizza Hut, Domino's, and Papa John's — and we can see why Domino's dethroned Pizza Hut as the top pizza maker in the world (17)

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Finally, all of our orders were laid out in front of us — and it was time to feast.

We compared some of the most popular items from Pizza Hut, Domino's, and Papa John's — and we can see why Domino's dethroned Pizza Hut as the top pizza maker in the world (18)

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First up were the garlic-y side dishes. We ordered Garlic Knots from Papa John's, Pizza Hut's Stuffed Garlic Knots, and Garlic Bread Twists from Domino's.

We compared some of the most popular items from Pizza Hut, Domino's, and Papa John's — and we can see why Domino's dethroned Pizza Hut as the top pizza maker in the world (19)

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The Garlic Knots from Papa John's are made with freshly baked dough and seasoned with garlic and parmesan, according to the website. A container of "pizza sauce" was included for dipping.

We compared some of the most popular items from Pizza Hut, Domino's, and Papa John's — and we can see why Domino's dethroned Pizza Hut as the top pizza maker in the world (20)

Source: Papa John's

In a word, they were good. The texture of the bread struck a solid balance of doughy and crunchy, but the pizza dipping sauce wasn't anything too spectacular.

We compared some of the most popular items from Pizza Hut, Domino's, and Papa John's — and we can see why Domino's dethroned Pizza Hut as the top pizza maker in the world (21)

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At the other end of the table, the garlic and marinara dipping sauces from Domino's (the Garlic Bread Twists come with one sauce free of charge, but we added another for extra) were winning our hearts over. The marinara specifically was perfectly thick with a hint of rosemary.

We compared some of the most popular items from Pizza Hut, Domino's, and Papa John's — and we can see why Domino's dethroned Pizza Hut as the top pizza maker in the world (22)

In fact, the Domino's marinara sauce was the best sauce out of the three chains' garlic bread sides.

We compared some of the most popular items from Pizza Hut, Domino's, and Papa John's — and we can see why Domino's dethroned Pizza Hut as the top pizza maker in the world (23)

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As for the Domino's garlic twists, they were yummy.

We compared some of the most popular items from Pizza Hut, Domino's, and Papa John's — and we can see why Domino's dethroned Pizza Hut as the top pizza maker in the world (24)

But nothing, and we mean nothing, can come close to the perfection that was Pizza Hut's Stuffed Garlic Knots.

We compared some of the most popular items from Pizza Hut, Domino's, and Papa John's — and we can see why Domino's dethroned Pizza Hut as the top pizza maker in the world (25)

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The dish comes with 10 garlic knots filled with melted cheese and encrusted with garlic and parmesan.

We compared some of the most popular items from Pizza Hut, Domino's, and Papa John's — and we can see why Domino's dethroned Pizza Hut as the top pizza maker in the world (26)

They were doughy and warm and melted in your mouth. We were fighting over these until the very last one was gone.

We compared some of the most popular items from Pizza Hut, Domino's, and Papa John's — and we can see why Domino's dethroned Pizza Hut as the top pizza maker in the world (27)

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It's not that the garlic bread dishes from Domino's or Papa John's weren't good, because they were.

We compared some of the most popular items from Pizza Hut, Domino's, and Papa John's — and we can see why Domino's dethroned Pizza Hut as the top pizza maker in the world (28)

But the fact that Pizza Hut's were stuffed with melted cheesy goodness gave it a significant edge.

We compared some of the most popular items from Pizza Hut, Domino's, and Papa John's — and we can see why Domino's dethroned Pizza Hut as the top pizza maker in the world (29)

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Though, in defense of Domino's, the chain does have a Stuffed Cheesy Bread option that we bet would put up more of a fight against Pizza Hut's supreme Stuffed Garlic Knots.

We compared some of the most popular items from Pizza Hut, Domino's, and Papa John's — and we can see why Domino's dethroned Pizza Hut as the top pizza maker in the world (30)

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But we chose not to test the Stuffed Cheesy Bread dish since we felt it wouldn't cut it for garlic-bread enthusiasts. Garlic isn't even in the dish's name, and the bread only comes with "a touch of garlic," according to the website.

We compared some of the most popular items from Pizza Hut, Domino's, and Papa John's — and we can see why Domino's dethroned Pizza Hut as the top pizza maker in the world (31)

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And so Pizza Hut wins the battle of the garlic bread.

We compared some of the most popular items from Pizza Hut, Domino's, and Papa John's — and we can see why Domino's dethroned Pizza Hut as the top pizza maker in the world (32)

On to the main course!

We compared some of the most popular items from Pizza Hut, Domino's, and Papa John's — and we can see why Domino's dethroned Pizza Hut as the top pizza maker in the world (33)

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We kept it simple with only pepperoni on all of our pizzas, since you can't go wrong with the topping.

We compared some of the most popular items from Pizza Hut, Domino's, and Papa John's — and we can see why Domino's dethroned Pizza Hut as the top pizza maker in the world (34)

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And as it turns out, many Americans feel that way — more than a third of pizzas sold in the US come adorned with pepperoni.

We compared some of the most popular items from Pizza Hut, Domino's, and Papa John's — and we can see why Domino's dethroned Pizza Hut as the top pizza maker in the world (35)

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We took a whirl with Papa John's first.

We compared some of the most popular items from Pizza Hut, Domino's, and Papa John's — and we can see why Domino's dethroned Pizza Hut as the top pizza maker in the world (36)

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At first glance, the crust looked fluffy, the pepperoni placement was on point, and the cheese seemed generous ...

We compared some of the most popular items from Pizza Hut, Domino's, and Papa John's — and we can see why Domino's dethroned Pizza Hut as the top pizza maker in the world (37)

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... but we soon realized that maybe it was a little too much cheese.

We compared some of the most popular items from Pizza Hut, Domino's, and Papa John's — and we can see why Domino's dethroned Pizza Hut as the top pizza maker in the world (38)

Biting into a Papa John's slice resulted in an overwhelming mouthful of it. The balance of cheese to dough to pepperoni felt off.

We compared some of the most popular items from Pizza Hut, Domino's, and Papa John's — and we can see why Domino's dethroned Pizza Hut as the top pizza maker in the world (39)

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Apart from the cheese overload, the pizza was doughy and, for the most part, yummy.

We compared some of the most popular items from Pizza Hut, Domino's, and Papa John's — and we can see why Domino's dethroned Pizza Hut as the top pizza maker in the world (40)

The pizza also came with two dipping sauces: buffalo and garlic, which were both tasty.

We compared some of the most popular items from Pizza Hut, Domino's, and Papa John's — and we can see why Domino's dethroned Pizza Hut as the top pizza maker in the world (41)

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And the chain's signature pepperoncini accompaniment was a nice touch.

We compared some of the most popular items from Pizza Hut, Domino's, and Papa John's — and we can see why Domino's dethroned Pizza Hut as the top pizza maker in the world (42)

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But overall, we concluded that we weren't jumping at the opportunity to order another Papa John's pizza in the future.

We compared some of the most popular items from Pizza Hut, Domino's, and Papa John's — and we can see why Domino's dethroned Pizza Hut as the top pizza maker in the world (43)

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We thought that with Papa John's, we'd already found the loser for this round out of the three chains ...

We compared some of the most popular items from Pizza Hut, Domino's, and Papa John's — and we can see why Domino's dethroned Pizza Hut as the top pizza maker in the world (44)

... but we were very, very wrong.

We compared some of the most popular items from Pizza Hut, Domino's, and Papa John's — and we can see why Domino's dethroned Pizza Hut as the top pizza maker in the world (45)

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The crust on our Pizza Hut pizza was lacking in texture, and the flavors in each slice called to mind what one would find at a roadside gas station.

We compared some of the most popular items from Pizza Hut, Domino's, and Papa John's — and we can see why Domino's dethroned Pizza Hut as the top pizza maker in the world (46)

On the flip side of our Papa John's experience, which had way too much cheese, the cheese on our Pizza Hut pizza was extremely slim, which was strange given that Pizza Hut is one of the largest cheese buyers in the world, using over 300 million pounds of cheese annually.

We compared some of the most popular items from Pizza Hut, Domino's, and Papa John's — and we can see why Domino's dethroned Pizza Hut as the top pizza maker in the world (47)

Source: Mental Floss

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And so we ask: why couldn't more of all that cheese make its way into our pizza?

We compared some of the most popular items from Pizza Hut, Domino's, and Papa John's — and we can see why Domino's dethroned Pizza Hut as the top pizza maker in the world (48)

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Finally, we sunk our teeth into Domino's, which was the culinary equivalent of a breath of fresh air.

We compared some of the most popular items from Pizza Hut, Domino's, and Papa John's — and we can see why Domino's dethroned Pizza Hut as the top pizza maker in the world (49)

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No overpowering cheesy goo, no emaciated crust — nothing about Domino's pizza reminded us of gas station cuisine.

We compared some of the most popular items from Pizza Hut, Domino's, and Papa John's — and we can see why Domino's dethroned Pizza Hut as the top pizza maker in the world (50)

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And the crust was exquisite: fluffy yet crunchy and flawlessly toasted.

We compared some of the most popular items from Pizza Hut, Domino's, and Papa John's — and we can see why Domino's dethroned Pizza Hut as the top pizza maker in the world (51)

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Domino's took home the trophy for this round.

We compared some of the most popular items from Pizza Hut, Domino's, and Papa John's — and we can see why Domino's dethroned Pizza Hut as the top pizza maker in the world (52)

Cheers to that!

We compared some of the most popular items from Pizza Hut, Domino's, and Papa John's — and we can see why Domino's dethroned Pizza Hut as the top pizza maker in the world (53)

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We somehow still had enough room to taste test the next category: the wings.

We compared some of the most popular items from Pizza Hut, Domino's, and Papa John's — and we can see why Domino's dethroned Pizza Hut as the top pizza maker in the world (54)

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We ordered Pizza Hut's plain boneless wings, unsauced roasted bone-in wings from Papa John's, and plain wings from Domino's, which also came bone-in.

We compared some of the most popular items from Pizza Hut, Domino's, and Papa John's — and we can see why Domino's dethroned Pizza Hut as the top pizza maker in the world (55)

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And with each dish, we ordered a side sauce: we chose ranch, BBQ, and sweet mango habanero at Domino's, ranch at Papa John's, and buffalo sauce at Pizza Hut. Some came with our wings orders and some cost extra.

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Papa John's immediately stuck out for its presentation — the wings were nestled snuggly in its foil wrapping within its cardboard box.

We compared some of the most popular items from Pizza Hut, Domino's, and Papa John's — and we can see why Domino's dethroned Pizza Hut as the top pizza maker in the world (57)

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They also tasted superb. They looked like they were a bit fatty, but their roasted flavor made up for it.

We compared some of the most popular items from Pizza Hut, Domino's, and Papa John's — and we can see why Domino's dethroned Pizza Hut as the top pizza maker in the world (58)

The wings category was the closest race out of all four courses. Domino's and Papa John's wings were neck-and-neck ...

We compared some of the most popular items from Pizza Hut, Domino's, and Papa John's — and we can see why Domino's dethroned Pizza Hut as the top pizza maker in the world (59)

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... but the reason Domino's wings were better was because of its distinct smoky flavor.

We compared some of the most popular items from Pizza Hut, Domino's, and Papa John's — and we can see why Domino's dethroned Pizza Hut as the top pizza maker in the world (60)

We would absolutely order wings from both Papa John's and Domino's again because both were mouthwateringly tender and delicious, but the wings from Domino's were just slightly more memorable.

We compared some of the most popular items from Pizza Hut, Domino's, and Papa John's — and we can see why Domino's dethroned Pizza Hut as the top pizza maker in the world (61)

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What we can say for certainty is just how unappealing Pizza Hut's wings were.

We compared some of the most popular items from Pizza Hut, Domino's, and Papa John's — and we can see why Domino's dethroned Pizza Hut as the top pizza maker in the world (62)

They were the only wings out of the three chains that came without bones, which made them easier to eat, but they were more reminiscent of a frozen aisle bag of chicken nuggets than an order of wings from one of the country's largest pizza makers.

We compared some of the most popular items from Pizza Hut, Domino's, and Papa John's — and we can see why Domino's dethroned Pizza Hut as the top pizza maker in the world (63)

Source: Mental Floss

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Tried as we might, we couldn't finish all of them.

We compared some of the most popular items from Pizza Hut, Domino's, and Papa John's — and we can see why Domino's dethroned Pizza Hut as the top pizza maker in the world (64)

And last but certainly not least, we turned to our chocolate desserts: the Papa John's Chocolate Chip Cookie, Pizza Hut's Ultimate Hershey's Chocolate Chip Cookie, and the Domino's Marbled Cookie Brownie.

We compared some of the most popular items from Pizza Hut, Domino's, and Papa John's — and we can see why Domino's dethroned Pizza Hut as the top pizza maker in the world (65)

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Domino's Marbled Cookie Brownie was the closest thing to a cookie cake that the chain offers.

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And it was good, but nothing that stood out against, say, a bag of brownie mix that you could find at the grocery store and make yourself.

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The same goes for the Papa John's cookie dish. It was good, but it wasn't anything noteworthy.

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What stuck out the most was Pizza Hut's dessert, made with Hershey's chocolate.

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Maybe it was the chocolate chip placement, which ensured there were chips both within and on top of the cookie cake, but the cookie was gooey and delicious in every bite.

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It was a good way to wrap up our taste test.

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In each category, there was a clear winner.

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Pizza Hut's Garlic Knots were out-of-this-world delicious.

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The Pizza from Domino's blew its competitors out of the water.

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The Domino's wings, though closely matched by Papa John's, reigned supreme.

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And Pizza Hut's Ultimate Hershey's Chocolate Chip Cookie took the cake, if you will.

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Final count — Domino's: 2, Pizza Hut: 2, and Papa John's: 0.

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It's easy to declare the outright loser.

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The Papa John's wings were good, but everything else was either mediocre or deemed not worth ordering. The pizza, especially, was a huge letdown.

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So, sorry Papa John's — third place for you.

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But which is the winner of our taste test?

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That title belongs to Domino's, and here's why.

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Yes, technically Domino's tied with Pizza Hut in the number of wins among the four menu items. But the difference between the two chains is that everything we tried from Domino's was good.

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Nothing, even the chain's garlic twists and dessert, which lost out to its competitors, was lacking in quality or proved to be a poor fast food offering.

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Pizza Hut, on the other hand, shone brightly in two categories — garlic knots and dessert — but the chain's wings and pizza, which is arguably the most important part, were wildly unsatisfactory.

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On top of that, Domino's cost the least out of all three chains, without sacrificing quality.

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It's easy to see why Pizza Hut was dethroned by Domino's as the largest pizza seller in the world.

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We compared some of the most popular items from Pizza Hut, Domino's, and Papa John's — and we can see why Domino's dethroned Pizza Hut as the top pizza maker in the world? ›

The Verdict? Despite Papa John's having a superior crust and better cheese, Domino's still takes it. The flavor of the Papa John's sauce just destroys any chance it had of the title. While Papa John's might be a bit more substantial, Domino's simply tastes better.

Why Dominos is better than Papa Johns? ›

The Verdict? Despite Papa John's having a superior crust and better cheese, Domino's still takes it. The flavor of the Papa John's sauce just destroys any chance it had of the title. While Papa John's might be a bit more substantial, Domino's simply tastes better.

What is the difference between Domino's and Pizza Hut? ›

Apart from pizzas, both chains offer sides such as garlic bread, and chicken wings, and desserts such as brownies and cakes. However, Domino's has a more diverse menu and offers items such as pasta, sandwiches, salads, and chicken dishes. In contrast, Pizza Hut focuses mainly on pizzas and sides.

What is the difference between Papa John's and Pizza Hut? ›

Conclusion. In conclusion, both Papa John's and Pizza Hut offer excellent pizza experiences, each with its unique strengths. Papa John's larger sizes might suit bigger gatherings better, while Pizza Hut's size is a great fit for individual customers.

What's so special about Papa John's pizza? ›

We don't use cheap and more processed ingredients. Whether it's our signature sauce, toppings, our original fresh dough, or even the box itself, we invest in our ingredients to ensure that we always give you the finest quality pizza. For you, it's not just a better pizza.

Why is Domino's pizza so successful? ›

But it wasn't just delivery that made Domino's successful. The company was an early adopter of technology and innovation. Bruce mentions the 30-minute guarantee for pizza delivery that the company introduced in 1989. This guarantee allowed Domino's to compete with other pizza giants like Pizza Hut and Little Caesars.

Which is more profitable Dominos or Pizza Hut? ›

In the sizzling world of fast food, where every second counts and every slice matters, two titans stand out in the pizza industry: Pizza Hut and Domino's. Domino's, the powerhouse, generated a whopping $4.48 billion in revenue worldwide in 2023, while Pizza Hut, a formidable contender, brought in a solid $1 billion.

What makes Domino's special and different from the rest? ›

Domino's Pizza has it's own unique taste. It uses a bread based dough that has a high gluten content for their crust, most of their competitors use a traditional dough that is lower in gluten.

Is it better to work at Pizza Hut or Dominos? ›

Both tied in 6 areas: Overall Rating, Culture & Values, Work-life balance, Senior Management, Compensation & Benefits and Career Opportunities. Domino's employees rated their Recommend to a friend 4% higher than Pizza Hut employees rated theirs.

Which pizza is the best in the USA? ›

Below, find the top 100 best pizza joints in the US according to Yelp Elites:
  • Pequod's Pizzeria, Chicago, Illinois.
  • Bestia, Los Angeles, California.
  • Lombardi's Pizza, New York, New York.
  • Mama D's Italian Kitchen, Newport Beach, California.
  • Base Camp Pizza Co., South Lake Tahoe, California.
  • Secret Pizza, Las Vegas, Nevada.
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Who sells the most pizza in America? ›

Domino's

Why does Papa Johns taste so good? ›

The dough is fresh, never frozen, and made with six simple ingredients and hand-tossed. And, yes, it tasted the same as I remembered. Maybe that's why Papa John's pizza tastes the same as it always has — because no one has fiddled with the original recipe trying to cut corners.

What is Papa Johns best selling pizza? ›

What Is the Most Popular Papa John's Pizza?
  • Pepperoni Pizza. A classic and popular choice featuring a generous portion of pepperoni over mozzarella cheese and tomato sauce. ...
  • The Works. ...
  • The Meats. ...
  • Buffalo Chicken. ...
  • Spicy Italian. ...
  • Tuscan Six Cheese. ...
  • Hawaiian BBQ Chicken. ...
  • BBQ Chicken Bacon.

Which pizza is good in taste? ›

Paneer Tikka Pizza, Tandoori Chicken Pizza, and Masala Pizza are among the best and must-try pizza varieties in India. However, it all boils down to your tastes & preferences! There's so much more to explore beyond the classic cheese and pepperoni.

What are the advantages of Domino's pizza? ›

Domino's extensive store network, supply chain efficiencies and best-in-class ROIC provide it with strong advantages that will likely drive more market share gains as they did during COVID.

Is Dominos pizza good quality? ›

I felt Domino's pizza had a few flaws.

Domino's pizza had a very soft crust end to end. Although the soft crumb made the center portion of the pizza that was covered with toppings floppy, it gave the drier, outer portion of the crust a pleasant, gentle texture.

What is the best selling type of pizza in America? ›

However, according to a survey by YouGov America, pepperoni pizza is by far the most ordered pizza in the United States. Why? Pepperoni has a savory salty taste with just the right amount of spice, has a texture softer than salami, and melds perfectly with a variety of sauces, cheeses, and crust types.

What is the most successful pizza chain? ›

Largest Pizza Chains Research Summary

The largest Pizza chain in the U.S. is Domino's Pizza Inc. with a revenue of $4.53 billion in 2022. As of 2023, the U.S. pizza chain industry has a market size of $65 billion. There are 35,309 chain and 39,808 independent pizza restaurants in the U.S. as of 2021.

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