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CiCi's Famous Chocolate Pizza Easy Recipe - Kids Cook Monday

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Pieces of chocolate pizza

Pieces of chocolate pizza

Is this CiCi's Chocolate Dessert Pizza Recipe?

CiCi's Pizza restaurant discontinued their chocolate dessert pizza again! Last time they brought it back after a while. Not this time. It has been years since I had that stuff.

So when I first came across this chocolate dessert pizza recipe, I'll admit that I was looking for a recipe for CiCi's chocolate pizza. Having enjoyed CiCi's specialty pizza off and on (off only during the two times they discontinued it) for about 15--yes 15--years, I would love to have my own recipe in order to enjoy it at home.

CiCi's chocolate pizza had been a favorite for my nieces and me every time we have visited our special restaurant together since the girls were very small. What a grave disappointment when CiCi's, for the second time since we've been eating there, again discontinued their chocolate pizza. Why do they do this to us?!

Why, oh, why? No more Chocolate Pizza?

I don't know why CiCi's discontinued what I think must be their most popular dessert pizza. Every time it would re-appear on the line, kids and adults alike would snatch it up. Nobody could ever convince me that this delightful dish wasn't popular enough.

Oh, well. It's gone, now, and I am left with my endeavors to recreate it. In searching for a copycat recipe, I came across the following recipe in several different places, but I'm not sure of its origin. After making it, I don't think it captures the real CiCi's pizza, but it is still a delicious, chocolatey dessert in its own right. It's easy and fun to make, too. And the kids can help, too, which makes the job fun for everyone.

Ingredients for Chocolate Dessert Pizza Recipe

  • 1 package pizza dough mix, (or premade uncooked crust)
  • 1 3.4 oz package chocolate pudding mix, cooked type, not instant
  • CRUMB TOPPING, MIX
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 3 Tbs. sugar
  • 1 Tbs. brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup (1/2 stick) butter, softened
  • 1/8 tsp. salt
Can't see the smooth, creamy chocolate pudding for the steam!

Can't see the smooth, creamy chocolate pudding for the steam!

Spread out pizza dough by hand.

Spread out pizza dough by hand.

Spread chocolate pudding on top of crust after it has baked a few minutes.

Spread chocolate pudding on top of crust after it has baked a few minutes.

Instructions

  1. Prepare pizza dough as directed. Spread with hands onto greased pizza pan. This is a job that small or large hands can do.
  2. Pierce dough with fork about ten times. Great job for a kid!
  3. Place in preheated oven at 425 degrees for about three minutes before adding any ingredients on top of crust.
  4. In the meantime, prepare pudding as per package. Use a whisk to continually stir pudding while cooking. Again, a child can help with this with proper supervision for the younger ones.
  5. Someone can be preparing the crumb topping mix, as well. I really think that the CiCi's Pizza place in my area simply used powdered sugar, but this crumb topping is very tasty. Just mix together ingredients. I softened 1/2 stick butter in microwave for about 25 seconds, and then mixed with dry ingredients until smooth.
  6. Remove pizza crust from oven after three minutes. Spread about a cup of the chocolate pudding on crust.
  7. Take some of crumb topping in hand and sprinkle onto chocolate. Do this until you've used all the topping. (Recipe didn't say to use it all, but I didn't see why not!)
  8. Bake in oven for about 15 minutes. This is less than recipe recommended. Allow for differences in ovens, so check from time to time. Pizza is done when crust is slightly browned.

Cook Time

Prep timeCook timeReady inYields

20 min

18 min

38 min

4-8 chocoholics depending on severity of addiction

Sprinkle crumb topping and put into oven!

Sprinkle crumb topping and put into oven!

What do you think of this recipe?

Enjoy Chocolate Dessert Pizza with Family and Friends!

While this chocolate pizza doesn't taste like CiCi's chocolate pizza to me, it is still a very good dessert pizza. Your kids will love it, and so will you, if chocolate is your thing. Making this pizza is quick and easy, with several tasks that kids can do. Mixing ingredients, kneading dough, spreading chocolate, and sprinkling on topping are all fun assignments for kids.

As an alternative, if you want to omit the crumb topping, try plain ole confectioner's sugar (aka powdered sugar) instead. I do think that's what my local Cici's pizza would put on their chocolate pizza. Whatever you decide, I'm sure you will enjoy this warm, gooey dessert pizza.

Hot and fresh chocolate pizza out of the oven!

Hot and fresh chocolate pizza out of the oven!

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Comments

Victoria Lynn (author) from Arkansas, USA on April 29, 2015:

Peachpurple--I love chocolate, so chocolate pizza is perfect!

peachy from Home Sweet Home on April 23, 2015:

i love this idea, very unique from the usual cheese and peperoni pizza.

Victoria Lynn (author) from Arkansas, USA on January 21, 2014:

Rebecca--Chocolate pizza on your bucket list is perfect! :-)

Victoria Lynn (author) from Arkansas, USA on January 20, 2014:

lesliebyars - I always eat too much at CiCi's, but I always had room for the chocolate pizza and still hope they will bring it back! I hope you enjoy the recipe!

Victoria Lynn (author) from Arkansas, USA on January 19, 2014:

Cyndi! I hear ya, girl. Gosh, caramel poured on top sounds great. I'll take whipped topping, too! Yummy! I need to make it again, too!

Rebecca Mealey from Northeastern Georgia, USA on January 19, 2014:

How decadent. I will put the recipe on my bucket list. It looks so good!

lesliebyars on January 19, 2014:

This sounds great!! By the time I eat at CiCi's I never have room for dessert. It will be nice to be able to make this in the comfort of my own home and be able to enjoy it after not eating so much...lol. Thank you for sharing this recipe. I voted up and awesome and I will share on pinterest as well.

Cynthia Calhoun from Western NC on January 19, 2014:

OMG. CHOCOLATE! I like pizza. I like chocolate. CHOCOLATE PIZZA?

Serve me up a serving for 8, because that's how severe my addiction would be. And if you added caramel? Marshmallows? Oh lord, just lay me in a bed of milk chocolate. LOVE this. Can't wait to try to make it. :)

Victoria Lynn (author) from Arkansas, USA on May 29, 2012:

teaches--Dangerous for me, too, to keep too much of anything chocolate around the house. Maybe you could eat some and give the rest away to the neighbors!

Dianna Mendez on May 26, 2012:

Love this chocolate treat! It would be so dangerous for me to have it around the house; I would eat it all by myself. thanks for the recipe idea.

Victoria Lynn (author) from Arkansas, USA on May 23, 2012:

Ruchira--Pizza and chocolate go well with adults, too! Thanks for reading and sharing. Hope you make and enjoy the recipe!

Ruchira from United States on May 23, 2012:

wow..this is amazing.

what better fun to do with my kid esp since; it's gonna be home made.

i love this idea 'cause pizza and chocolate both go well with kids.

i am voting it up and away and awesome! and sharing it across! thank you vicki :)

Victoria Lynn (author) from Arkansas, USA on May 23, 2012:

Hyphenbird--Good idea. This would be easy for your boy to make. Hope you enjoy it!

Brenda Barnes from America-Broken But Still Beautiful on May 23, 2012:

It really looks yummy. My little boy loves to cook and this could be done easily. I will have him make this for his Grandma A the next rime she comes to visit. Thanks for the recipe.

Victoria Lynn (author) from Arkansas, USA on May 22, 2012:

Patti Ann--HOpe you like it. It's not just like CiCis, but it's good!

Patti Ann from Florida on May 22, 2012:

I love CiCi's dessert pizza - thanks for the recipe - I am adding the ingredients to my shopping list right now.

Victoria Lynn (author) from Arkansas, USA on May 22, 2012:

Effer--good idea with the fruit pie toppings, too. Yummy, yummy! I may have to experiment some more with these dessert pizzas!

Victoria Lynn (author) from Arkansas, USA on May 22, 2012:

moonlake--HOpe the grandkids like it! About the blank spot, thanks for the heads up, but I just checked, and it isn't there right now. I hate it when that happens. Maybe it's okay now. Who knows? thanks for the read and the vote!

Victoria Lynn (author) from Arkansas, USA on May 22, 2012:

Thanks, ishwaryaa! If you are a chocoholic and pizza lover, you will like the recipe! Good luck and thanks for the votes!

Victoria Lynn (author) from Arkansas, USA on May 22, 2012:

Susan--I've never had Pizza Hut's pizza. I need to try that. Although this recipe isn't just like CiCi's, it is a good dessert pizza. Anything with chocolate and pizza in the name has to be good, right? thanks for rating and sharing, too!

Victoria Lynn (author) from Arkansas, USA on May 22, 2012:

Go for it, Modern Lady. Enjoy! I'm probably going to have some chocolate pizza leftovers with some coffee in just a few minutes!

Victoria Lynn (author) from Arkansas, USA on May 22, 2012:

It's good, AE! You must try it!

Victoria Lynn (author) from Arkansas, USA on May 22, 2012:

Go for it, AliciaC! Chocolate pizza is fun! and tasty!

Suzie from Carson City on May 22, 2012:

MMMMMMMMMm Yummy! Chocolate pizza......chocolate ANYTHING!.....Dessert pizzas are such a good idea and so easy to make. I've made several with fruit pie filling....and then you drizzle a thin frosting all over. Great hub Victoria.....and now I have to go scrounge for a Hershey bar or something!! Power of suggestions!! UP++

moonlake from America on May 22, 2012:

This looks really good. Something the grandkids would like. Have you noticed on your hub that your Ads by Google disappear leaving a big blank spot. It's happened on my hubs also. The ad will come up at first then just pop off. Leaving a big blank spot. Voted.

Ishwaryaa Dhandapani from Chennai, India on May 22, 2012:

I am a chocoholic and a pizza-lover. I have heard of chocolate pizza but have not eaten or tried it. This recipe is quick to make and sounds yummy. The photos, especially the first and the last look very inviting! I would like to try it soon. Rated it 4.8 Well-done! Useful & Awesome. Thanks for SHARING.

Susan Zutautas from Ontario, Canada on May 22, 2012:

This looks great! I've never had CiCi's dessert pizza but I do like the dessert pizza's that Pizza Hut has. When I make your Chocolate Pizza I think I'll have to make two as I'm sure everyone will be wanting a second helping.

Rating and sharing!

Victoria Lynn (author) from Arkansas, USA on May 21, 2012:

Me too, Kelley! I love chocolate and any kind of pizza. If you try it, let me know how you and your boys like it!

Modern Lady from Chicago, IL on May 21, 2012:

This looks delicious! I have absolutely no self control with anything chocolatey and gooey. I need to get my hands on some pizza dough and pudding mix!

Victoria Lynn (author) from Arkansas, USA on May 21, 2012:

Yeah, RealH, have the kids make it! Oh, that's the best compliment ever that your kids are big fans! Have you made some of the recipes, then? How cool! Thank you. You made my night, girlfriend!

Julianna from SomeWhere Out There on May 21, 2012:

OMG! This looks so scrumptious and I love the recipe! :)

Victoria Lynn (author) from Arkansas, USA on May 21, 2012:

You're welcome, random! Hope you enjoy--if you make it!

Linda Crampton from British Columbia, Canada on May 21, 2012:

I've never made a dessert pizza before, but this recipe looks very tasty. Thanks for sharing the instructions. I love the idea of making a chocolate pizza!

kelleyward on May 21, 2012:

Wow you picked two great loves of mine chocolate and pizza. This looks fantastic! I'll try this with my boys soon. Take care, Kelley

Kelly Umphenour from St. Louis, MO on May 21, 2012:

This looks like another hit! I've never had CiCi's so I won't know if itmwas better than this or not:) lol. I am going to be my kids to make this for me!!

Up and everything - my children are getting to be big fans of yours too!

Victoria Lynn (author) from Arkansas, USA on May 21, 2012:

haha, rebecca! It IS a good recipe. I can vouch for that! Good luck!

Rose Clearfield from Milwaukee, Wisconsin on May 21, 2012:

This sounds delicious and so easy! Thanks for sharing. I love chocolate chip cookies.

Rebecca Mealey from Northeastern Georgia, USA on May 21, 2012:

Humph! Forget the kids. I want chocolate....chocolate pizza. Thanks for a very cool recipe. We will try it this weekend. I might hide to make it tho'!

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