Fast Food Review: Double Down Sandwich from KFC
Once considered to be a hoax menu item, the Double Down from KFC is in fact real. Featuring chicken where bread usually resides, the Double Down is unique and unusual…but is it tasty? The Colonel’s original take on the chicken sandwich is a bit gimmicky yet contains ingredients that you should be used to by now. The day has arrived for the nationwide release of the infamous Double Down Sandwich from KFC.
The Double Down features two 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. So really, what’s so crazy about that? It’s just like any other sandwich minus the bread. My love of great sandwiches usually involves some quality bread. I know we’re talking KFC here and not a stellar sandwich shop. The Double Down does suffer from being a gimmick menu item, and you might agree if you go out and try one. It’s really nothing special in the taste department and if you are familiar with the grub at KFC, you’re in for the familiar taste and a funky new package.
11 herbs and spices make the Grilled chicken and Original Recipe both share that typical KFC flavor. A little too salty for my tastes and when combined with bacon just adds to the sodium-laden sandwich. I liked the departure from a boring/typical cheese choice with the inclusion of a combination of Monterey Jack and pepper jack cheese. While the cheese choice was decent, the greasy heaps of chicken just overwhelm the package. Cheese is overkill in this sandwich. Like the familiar KFC chicken taste, the Colonel’s Sauce provides for another punch of what you’re used to. When you think about how calorie-packed bread can be, it’s not too wild to think that the Double Down’s nutrition info is far off. I also think you might agree if you see this thing in person. I was kind of expecting something a little bigger. The chicken filets are a decent size but nothing absurd. The paper packaging doesn’t help keep your hands from being completely greased up. 540 calories for the Original Recipe and 460 calories for the Grilled seems about right. $4.99 for the sandwich alone is definitely not worth shelling out your cash for.
In my opinion, KFC is a little desperate for attention with the Double Down. I really think a better sandwich is up the sleeves of the KFC menu designers. The Double Down might just be the bait that gets people thinking of the Colonel’s House again. The introduction of grilled chicken last year was a good start, but this new sandwich is looking like it’s searching for an easy headline. As it stands now, the Double down will indeed get headlines but I’d really be shocked if it sticks around the menu for long. It would be nice to see KFC get to work on some higher quality chicken wraps and please stop putting the Colonel Sauce on everything. KFC’s tagline is “So much chicken, there wasn’t room for a bun”. I was desperately missing the bun.
Pros: Choice of Original Recipe or Grilled. Not as calorie packed as you might think.
Cons: Needs bread and veggies to make it a true complete package. Gimmicky. Typical KFC taste. Greasy/messy. Expensive.
Grubbing on-the-go: 4.75/10
Overall GrubGrade: 5.25 (Mediocre)
More Info: KFC.com
Original Recipe: 540 calories, 32 grams of fat, 1380 mg sodium
Grilled: 460 calories, 23 grams of fat, 1430 mg sodium