Today was a day that will go down in history. Today was the debut of the Double Down at KFC. Just take a second and look at this bad boy.

The description that KFC gives it is as follows:

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!

The moment I heard about this I had to try it. What’s not to love here? Chicken. Bacon. Cheese. Some sort of mystery sauce. This has everything I’d want in a sandwich without that pesky bread to get in my way. I shared this with my boss, Rob who is an avid KFC supporter. We made plans to check it out today. I also found some coupons from Pepsi for a free soda. Good deal.

The first thing I noticed about the Double Down is the package. First off, it doesn’t come in that little wrapper thing that the ad shows. That would have been beneficial. Instead it came in a box like you’d get a sandwich. It had this little cardboard home. This seemed OK but it proved to be a bother because of the trouble I had to go through to eat the thing. I quickly realized that sandwiches have bread for a reason. First of all, chicken that comes right off of the grill or right out of the fryer is f-ing hot. This makes it rather difficult to lift to your face to chow down. Another reason is that it’s just less messy to have bread. Don’t get this if you mind having greasy fingers. I ended up dumping out my fries and using the cardboard container they came in to construct a crude holder for my Double Down. This worked to an extent.

Death by Chicken

As you can see from the picture above, the sandwich doesn’t look exactly like the advertisement. I had expected this because all chicken isn’t the same. Although in an era when they can make chicken nuggets into the shapes of dinosaurs, I would think that KFC would be able to make some uniformly shaped chicken for this sandwich.

Aside from the packaging and the look, the Double Down is actually quite tasty. I have no idea what is in the Colonel’s Sauce but it’s good and I’m always a fan of Monterey Jack cheese. My only qualm with the taste was the bacon. Hold on a sec. Yes, I did say that. Let me rephrase though. There wasn’t enough bacon. There’s only two pieces of bacon and they’re easily swallowed up and missed when you’ve got these two big pieces of chicken on there. I could have gone for more bacon.

Overall, this was an OK sandwich but there’s definite room for improvement. I wouldn’t recommend this to everyone though. This is only for serious fast food eaters. The Double Down practically knocked me out for the rest of the day. I’m typing this 8 hours after the fact and I’m still full, plus my stomach is still a bit uneasy. I was ready to take a nap about 20 minutes after eating the sandwich. I seem to be willing to go great lengths to try out new fast food, but I sort of regret trying out the Double Down. I’m going to take it easy over the next week or so and stick to the basics like peanut butter & jelly. You know, stuff I know won’t kill me.