REVIEW: Little Caesars Hot-N-Ready Slices-N-Stix

Little Caesars Hot N Ready Slices N Stix Whole Thing

Little Caesars seems to always have a new scheme up its sleeve. One of the true masters of limited edition offerings – and that’s why you love this website, right?

From bacon-wrapped deep dish to cheese-stuffed crazy bread to my favorite, the undeniable pretzel crust pizza, it always finds ways to entice me back into its budget-friendly establishments. Its latest creation fuses an entree and an appetizer into one with the Hot-N-Ready Slices-N-Stix. Four pepperoni slices, eight Italian Cheese Stix, and a side of Crazy Sauce.

Grabbing my Hot-N-Ready pizza out of Little Caesars’ very cool and innovative Pizza Portal by scanning a QR code on my phone, I was surprised to see it personalized just for me. What I thought said “SES” on the outside, my initials, was actually S&S for Slices-N-Stix. A seemingly nice gesture from Caesar was just some insider employee scribble to make sure the pizza didn’t go into the wrong portal slot. I would have taken a picture of the sweet machine, but it was the most crowded Little Caesars I have ever been in, packed with customers and a line ten deep out the door. Friday night pizza night lives on!

Nine out of ten times when I order a customized pie, I get half and half, because who doesn’t love mixing up their bites? That desire to have slices of different identities made this latest creation alluring. I had to have it right away.

The only letdown was finding I didn’t get any Crazy Sauce in my box. I should have checked, but the location was such a madhouse that I didn’t dare open my glistening pizza in front of the 20 yet-to-be-satisfied people around me. Fortunately, my home is stocked with pasta sauce, so the evening went on swimmingly.

Little Caesars Hot N Ready Slices N Stix Pasta

Little Caesars Hot N Ready Slices N Stix Pizza Closeup

The pepperoni pizza half is exactly what you would expect. I’ve found LC’s quality in the last couple of years to be much better than what I remember from the early 2000s. The sauce is zesty and flavorful, the cheese is gooey and plentiful, and the pepperoni shiny and salty. With the foundation of a crust that has just enough heft to feel satisfying without being too bready.

Little Caesars Hot N Ready Slices N Stix Stix Closeup

This was my first time having the Italian Cheese Stix, and I really enjoyed them. Despite being on the same crust, the lack of sauce changes the dough’s flavor in a way that really highlights the fatty cheese. I loved the alternate cut style from the regular pizza half, which left me with a couple pieces that had no crust, just simple cheesy, bready bliss. When dunked in marinara, I get that classic parlor cheese bread flavor with just the right acidity amount. Yet, it still tastes different from the normal pizza slices with its altered ratios of toppings.

Slices-N-Stix is a really simple concept that’s executed perfectly. As usual with Little Caesars, it’s hard to nitpick the quality with its generous prices, and this limited offering delivers what it promises. Food doesn’t have to be crazy to be crazy good, and despite the missing Crazy Sauce, I can’t wait to have this one again before it inevitably disappears.

Purchased Price: $6.00
Size: One Pizza
Purchased at: Little Casears
Rating: 9 out of 10
Nutrition Facts: (1 pizza) 2950 calories, 141 grams of fat, 69 grams of saturated fat, 4.5 grams of trans fat, 355 milligrams of cholesterol, 6710 milligrams of sodium, 264 grams of carbohydrates, 15 grams of fiber, 14 grams of total sugars, and 161 grams of protein.

18 thoughts to “REVIEW: Little Caesars Hot-N-Ready Slices-N-Stix”

  1. So, it’s a $5 Hot-N-Ready, and for an extra buck they put half the sauce on the side and stiff you on half the pepperoni? This wouldn’t have anything to do with the reported pepperoni shortage, would it?

  2. Who would want to sacrifice Pizza for Cheezy Bread?…if cheezy bread is already on the table than I might have some but I would not want to trade in any of my pizza for it.

  3. Solid review! Especially beneficial for those wanting the best of both worlds but dont want to be stuck with lots of leftovers.

  4. Hot and Ready pies are $6.75 here, so for us it’s a deal.

    Besides that, there’s a lot of flavoring on the sticks side. The same garlic sauce they use on their Italian Cheese Bread.

  5. Next time check the Pizza in the car for the sauce. But you prob didn’t want to expose yourself again going back in for the sauce. This review changed my mind and I might try this. But I do think the better move is the Stuffed Crazy Bread (or normal Crazy Sticks in general), $6 Extra pizza. This meal would prob get 2 meals out of me, where that gets 3.

  6. Thanks for this review! I was unaware of this product’s existence until I read this post. I was out and decided I needed a quick cheap dinner last night to augment a Caesar salad planned at home and this pizza n stix came to mind…so it was really a “Caesar’s night” a-hyuck. I felt like your commetary was spot on, especially since the cheesy bread did have a distinctive flava from the pizza. I only started browsing this site a month or two ago and I’m really enjoying it. ? Thanks again for all you do on this site!

  7. i saw an ad for this glorious combo on youtube a week or two ago. i remembered it when my dad bought pizza hut (bleh). so i went on the search and found that it’s probably still only in north/south carolina and oklahoma. nowhere near utah, sadly. guess i’ll just have to wait. this looks like a gluttons dream.

  8. Calories don’t seem right. If you only paid 6 dollars, that means you got a 12″ going by little ceasers pricing, which means it should be around 1600 calories.

  9. @LENORD:
    It’s part of the Hot-N-Ready lineup, so it’s probably a Large, which should be 16”. The biggest expense in the pizza business has always been paying people to stand around while you wait for someone to show up and agree to pay $20 for a meal that’s mostly bread. Little Caesar’s has broken out of that by having a line of standardized menu items, which they’ve convinced people to adhere to by offering steep discounts for if you stick to that menu. Special orders come at a hefty premium.

    Another chain that broke that system, at least locally, is Cici’s. They run an all-you-can-eat buffet, but for pizza. Customers pay $5, and employees just serve up a steady run of pizzas. Most people only eat a couple slices, and if Little Caesar’s can sell an entire pizza for $5, they can afford to offer much more variety (including desert pizzas) without going into the red.

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