Review: Cheetos Sandwich from KFC
Fast food and snack company partnerships are fun. We’ve seen some interesting mash-ups over the years including the Doritos Locos Tacos from Taco Bell and Burger King’s Flamin’ Hot Mac n’ Cheetos. Obviously, Frito-Lay is a snack company that doesn’t shy away from these types of creations and we should thank them for that. The latest mashup is the new Cheetos Sandwich from KFC.Here’s how KFC describes their new Cheetos Sandwich:
KFC’s new Cheetos® Sandwich is our popular Crispy Colonel Sandwich smothered in Cheetos sauce and a layer of Crunchy Cheetos. Seriously. Only the finger lickin’ cheesiness of Cheetos could rival our finger lickin’ good chicken, so KFC and Cheetos joined flavor forces to make this deliciously crispy, crunchy, cheesy sandwich. But it’s only available for a limited time, so get to a KFC and enjoy those orange fingers while you can!
While I wasn’t necessarily looking forward to KFC’s Cheetos Sandwich from a “I’m hungry” standpoint, the gimmick of it had me excited to try it on day one. Let’s review:Thankfully, the Cheetos Sandwich doesn’t go overboard with the Cheetos part to outshine the fact that you’re still eating a chicken sandwich. The cheesiness was just enough to be noticeable and not overwhelming. There were spots on the chicken breading that didn’t have Cheetos sauce slathered on. I was worried I might be getting something that looked like it was dunked into a vat of Cheetos sauce and be dripping everywhere. It was a relatively clean eating experience. The smattering of Crunchy Cheetos at the bottom gave the sandwich a hearty crunch. The highlight of the product is still the thick piece of juicy breaded chicken.The bread seemed incredibly flat and that’s not a bad thing. A shaved-down bun like this really highlights the big breaded chicken fillet and other ingredients. It serves its purpose well enough and doesn’t take away from what we’re all paying attention to (not to mention saving some calories/carbs). The sandwich was tasty and the Cheetos flavoring was balanced just right so it wasn’t as odd of an experience as I had been expecting. I swear I planned on sampling a third of the sandwich and envisioned myself throwing the rest away. I ate the whole thing. I get my dessert.At a price of $4.79, KFC’s Cheetos Sandwich is only an 80-cent increase from the Crispy Colonel Sandwich which remains at $3.99 as it did on launch day last year. An extra 80 cents for a really well executed gimmick, with an excellent box design is a great value if you’re nerdy for this stuff like me. Since the sandwich wasn’t over-the-top crazy taste-wise (it’s very edible), this gets a thumbs up staying under the $5 mark. In closing, KFC’s Cheetos Sandwich is one of the best examples why GrubGrade exists. This stuff keeps me interested in a culture that, at times, tries too hard to be above the novelty of junk food. This sandwich is for fast food fans and the Cheetos Sandwich is worth getting. The trends in the quick serve industry are interesting, but well-executed “fun” like the Cheetos Sandwich remains to be the sweet spot for me.
Pros: It's the Crispy Colonel with a Cheetos twist that doesn't go too overboard with Cheetos. Excellent box design.
Cons: A loose Cheeto or two. A small bag of Cheetos as a side item would've been a great touch.
Grubbing on-the-go: 5.75/10
Overall GrubGrade: 8.00/10
More Info: kfc.com
Not available on KFC.com when I wrote this review, but for your reference, the Crispy Colonel Sandwich comes in at 460 calories, 25 grams of fat, 1170 milligrams of sodium, and 24 grams of sugar