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The KFC Double Down? Double Disgusting... PDF Print E-mail
Written by Vincent Diamante   
Wednesday, 14 April 2010 19:46

KFC's Double Down Sandwich

The Double Down is a horrible sandwich.

I guess I could stop there, but let's keep it going.

The Double Down looks horrible.  Okay, looks aren't everything, but honestly: any traditional burger will be much more pleasing to the eyes.  The contrast of golden colored toasted bun and dark grilled beef?  The bright red tomato complemented by green leaf lettuce?  The Double Down has nothing of the sort.  Rather, its orange on yellow on white motif evokes memories of the worst of elementary school cafeteria food.  The lighter color of the grilled version is even worse, drawing visual comparisons to bathroom sponges.  Perhaps something could have been saved if the bacon wasn't so shy but, alas, the local KFC had both sandwiches sport bacon slices smaller than other fast food joints "junior" versions of bacon burgers.  About the only thing good about the Double Down's presentation is it tries to set up the lowest of low expectations for just how bad this sandwich will taste.

KFC's Double Down Sandwich

It almost succeeds there.

The Double Down tastes bad.  Okay, the original recipe chicken fillet ain't bad, if you're into that.  I can tolerate a few pieces of the stuff myself.  Unfortunately, they had to diminish it with slices of Monterey Jack and Pepper Jack "cheese" with no discernible flavor and and a plain as plain can be Colonel's Sauce.  Despite the almost scary artificial color of the condiments, the stuff between the chicken fillets had absolutely no kick.  The texture of the melted cheese and sauce also did an excellent job of detracting from the eating experience, complementing the decent juiciness of the fillets with a pastiness that made every bite pure torture.  The bacon could have went a long way toward saving the sandwich; however, the little bit of bacon in both of these sandwiches did nothing to enhance the flavor.  Perhaps any sort of meatiness or saltiness it could have provided was sucked away by the sheer disgustingness of the cheese and sauce that smothered it.

And that's not even the worst of it.

KFC's Double Down Sandwich

The Double Down is a bad value.  Each sandwich is five dollars.  Think about that!  Five dollars goes a long way in today's fast food market.  Subway has their five dollar foot long sandwiches that beat the Double Down in every way.  McDonald's and Wendy's are providing options including fries and beverage at the three dollar level.  Carl's Jr. has their large variety of Six Dollar Burgers which provide more flavor and more calories for the same price or even slightly cheaper.  Even at KFC, five dollars can get you chicken and sandwich meal options that include sides and drinks.

So there you have it.  Normally, this is the time where one might suggest that it's worth one try.  I'm not going to do that.  The Double Down is: Horrible.  Verging on inedible.  The worst fast food sandwich I've had in years.

Please don't eat one.

Comments (2)
1 Friday, 16 April 2010 18:16
Yeah, I had one. It's no wonder they don't actually advertise the price of it anywhere; for five dollars, it's terrible.

I decided to put it between two slices of bread and spicy hummus. Probably for the better. :D
2 Friday, 16 April 2010 18:18
My heart is immensely sad that this was not the second coming.

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