Review: Hot Shot Bites from KFC
Human beings have evolved into very peculiar creatures; specifically when it comes to our eating habits. Some of us want our meat cooked to the consistency of shoe leather while others like myself want it struggling feebly for salvation atop the dinner plate. No onions on the burger, but go ahead and load up the salad with the suckers. Ketchup on your fries, but not on your hash browns, and vice versa. Some want a cool, refreshing salad when the thermometer boasts 92 degrees or conversely, they want a steaming bowl of chili when the climate drifts down into the single digits. Maybe I have yet to evolve such a refined palate, but I just like food. I rarely find myself hindered by temperature constraints. So with the top off my Jeep and a white-hot summer sun beating down on me, I made a detour on my way home to pick up some Hot Shot Bites from KFC.First off I was disappointed in the size of the box. I secretly hoped there was a door to Narnia hiding behind the branding. Maybe I sound like someone’s cheapskate grandfather but you used to get a whole lot more for three bucks. There were six Hot Shot Bites in my $2.99 order, but for a dollar more you can get the combo which adds a side and drink. Seriously, consider how many hours of your life you have to while away to earn the scratch for your next purchase and you may look at it a little differently.
That aside the bites had superb flavor. The breading had that unmistakable, patented KFC flavor of eleven herbs and spices or whatever. You know exactly what I mean. There was even a show on the Food Network that tried to duplicate their famously secret recipe. Ever so slightly greasy, these bites did have a fair amount of heat. It simmered on the tongue a bit and slowly built but never reached a painful or tear-inducing crescendo. Slightly less temperate than your average TABASCO sauce, for a comparison. Enough with the breading though. That crispy, golden-fried, signature breading with the perfect amount of spice.The bites were clearly made from quality, all white meat chicken breast of the tastiest variety KFC has to offer. Normally white meat is a touch dry to me. I have even come to expect a certain lack of moisture especially when dealing with fast food and these bites were no exception. They needed some ranch dressing in a bad way. Once properly doctored however, I was instantly able to dismiss the dry quality.I did enjoy the great taste and I appreciated the novelty. So my issue is really only with the portion size and price point. I would hesitate to rush out and grab an armload. I do prefer Popeyes spicy chicken to these and there just was not enough for me to order the bites a second time. Unless you are looking for a spicy alternative to McNuggets you might want to order something a little more substantial than a mouthful of spicy chicken. Maybe get the family size all to yourself or order a couple combos so you can double up on chicken AND sides.
Pros: Tender meat, quality ingredients, adequately spiced to tingle but not scorch.
Cons: Disappointing portion size, admittedly anticipated lack of moisture. No one slapped me in the face =(
Grubbing on-the-go: 7.75/10
Overall GrubGrade: 6.75/10
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