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Papa Johns' new line of items with cup-and-crisp pepperoni

Papa Johns introduces items with cup-and-crisp pepperoni

The pizza chain is offering the ingredient on pizza, a Papadia and a Papa Bite

Papa Johns has introduced trendy cup-and-crisp pepperoni to three of its menu items as a limited-time offer, the pizza chain said Monday.

Its new Crispy Cuppy ’Roni is a thicker version of the popular pizza topping with crispy curled edges.

The new topping is available on the NY Style Crispy Cuppy ’Roni Pizza for $13.99, in the Crispy Cuppy ’Roni Papadia folded sandwich for $6.99, and in the miniature Crispy Cuppy ’Roni Papa Bites for $4.99. They’re being offered now to Papa Rewards loyalty program members and to everyone else starting April 1.

“We’re always looking for fresh ways to show up for pizza lovers and what better way to honor their pizza devotion than a lineup of cupping pepperoni menu items like no other,” Papa Johns’ senior vice president of menu strategy and product, Kimberly Bean, said in a press release announcing the new item. “The Crispy Cuppy ‘Roni platform is dedicated to all pepperoni fans — as we know they crave pepperoni in new and unexpected ways. We saw it in our limited-time-offerings with the Epic Pepperoni Stuffed Crust Pizza with pepperoni in the crust, and the Shaq-A-Roni with the increased quantity of pepperoni on the pizza. So now we’re fueling their pepperoni obsession with three new cupping pepperoni menu innovations.”

The Shaq-A-Roni, named for Papa Johns board member and basketball legend Shaquille O’Neal, was first offered in 2020 with some of the proceeds going to the Papa Johns Foundation for Building Community, and The Epic Pepperoni Stuffed Crust Pizza was introduced as an LTO in 2022.

The NY Style Pizza is served with extra-large New York-style slices, the Papadia is a flatbread sandwich introduced in early 2020. Both are made with creamy  tomato sauce and mozzarella cheese as well as the new pepperoni, and Papa Bites are bite-sized dough balls similar to garlic knots that were launched in 2022. The new version has cupping pepperoni as well as classic pepperoni, mozzarella cheese, and a garlic Parmesan cheese drizzle.

The new pepperoni follows recent introductions of a Garlic Epic Stuffed Crust Pizza, Doritos Cool Ranch Papadia, and Oreo Cookie Papa Bites.

Papa Johns is co-headquartered in Atlanta, Ga. and Louisville, Ky., and operates or franchises more than 5,900 restaurants in approximately 50 countries and territories.

Contact Bret Thorn at [email protected] 

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