Unleashed onto the national stage April 12th, the KFC Double Down is the kind of sandwich that many would think was released 11 days too late. An April Fool’s joke might be one thing, but could this meaty concoction be real. Not only is it the real deal, but I think it’s safe to say it has become a symbol for two distinct groups; group one, who believe the sandwich is an example of everything that’s wrong with fast food, and a second group who are screaming, MORE MEAT, from the top of the lungs. Of course, this should probably also be a symbol for the Atkins crowd, but who knows how many carbs are in the breaded version.
If you don’t know the finer points of this crazy concoction, I’ll let KFC explain it;
The new KFC Double Down sandwich is real! This one-of-a-kind sandwich features two thick and juicy boneless white meat chicken filets (Original Recipe® or Grilled), two pieces of bacon, two melted slices of Monterey Jack and pepper jack cheese and Colonel’s Sauce. This product is so meaty, there’s no room for a bun!
Sound good? Maybe no..maybe yes. Fortunately, or once again, unfortunately, this crazy bun-less sandwich isn’t actually available in Canada. Deciding to launch this limited time offer at KFC’s south of the border, means only a small percentage of Canadians will actually have a chance to sample it.
These restrictions, no matter the restaurant, should however, never deter you from actually trying to order one yourself. Which is exactly what I did this weekend. After a quick consultation with a very dear friend, who is also a KFC insider, I was able to put a plan together that would hopefully be comparable.The boneless chicken filets and bacon would be easy, as they are items KFC already sells here in Canada. The tough part would be the Monterey Jack and pepper jack cheese along with the special Double Down sauce. As it happens, you can get a slice of standard cheese here, so that was taken care of and the sauce (spicy crunch) would come care of another sandwich.
Putting things together took a bit more work than I thought. First, the KFC staff, had no idea what the Double Down was, and two, the language barrier between myself and the staff drew the conversation out by a good 15 minutes. Eventually though, I was on my way out the door. Cause really, I wasn’t about to dissect this puppy in a booth 😉 Arriving home, I carefully unveiled this meat sandwich only to find one major boo boo. Instead of putting both slices of bacon and cheese between the filets, the staff had had placed one slice of cheese and bacon on top. So, I was now looking at a sticky, cheese mess. The bacon peeled away from the sandwich wrap with ease, but I couldn’t say the same for the slice of cheese.
So how did it taste; a bit of good and a bit of bad. The chicken breasts were fresh, and maybe the juiciest pieces of meat I’ve ever had from the Colonel; although the breading was getting a bit loose. The bacon worked well, how would it not, and the sauce added the right amount of bite. However, the cheese was terrible. The standard processed cheese slice was just so over powering that I’m glad I only had to deal with one slice. There is definitely a good reason they went with the jack style cheeses.
All in all, I sort of see why it’s popular; deep fried chicken with bacon and cheese. I don’t care who you are, you’d be pretty hard pressed to find someone who can’t eat two pieces of KFC chicken. So the size propaganda is actually a non-issue. Even the calorie count (460/540), isn’t atrocious when compared to other restaurant foods (like the 1900 calorie pasta bowl from Joey’s) that people don’t think twice about. Of course, don’t blame me when you get so intoxicated with meat that you start sweating 13 herbs and spices.
*Set to leave stores after just 6 weeks, the Double Down has been so popular, it will continue to be offered into the near future. KFC expects to sell their 10 millionth Double Down by the end of May.