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Death by Chicken: The KFC Double Down

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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.

I’ve Been Waffled

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My junk food quest continued this past weekend. I had the opportunity to try out the Waffle Sandwich from Dunkin’ Donuts. I was looking forward to this. It’s a sandwich with waffles for bread! This cannot go wrong. I had my doubts though. The McGriddle holds a special place in my heart, right next to the clogged arteries from eating said McGriddles. It is a damn near perfect breakfast sandwich so how can this newcomer fare against it?

The short answer is it didn’t. While the pictures in the commercials look great, the fact of the matter is that the Waffle Sandwich misses the boat. It’s got the basics of a breakfast sandwich in the eggs, cheese, and sausage (although I would have preferred bacon) and those are OK. I think that all fast food breakfast eggs and sausage are essentially the same. The “bread” part of the sandwich was what I was looking forward to. I love me some waffles. Unfortunately, the sandwich just felt like mush. Picture tossing an Eggo waffle into a toaster and taking it out before it’s finished. The result is a mushy waffle. That’s what happened here. I got some mushy waffles for bread. I was a little disappointed.

If they had toasted the waffles a bit longer, I would have enjoyed the sandwich a lot more. As it stands though, I don’t think I’ll get this sandwich again. The McGriddle remains king of the fast food breakfast sandwiches in my opinion, although I will accept any challenges.

The next item on my fast food agenda is the Double Down from KFC. I’ll be picking that up on Monday.

The Quest for the Elusive Shamrock Shake

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If you know anything about me, you’ll know that I’m a rather fussy eater. I don’t eat fruit or vegetables or fish. I know what I like and that’s what I go for. Very rarely am I adventurous enough to try new things when it comes to regular food. Fast food and junk food are another matter entirely though. I am a connoisseur of fast food. When the McGriddle came out, I HAD to try it. It was a sandwich made with pancakes! How could that go wrong? When Pepsi came out with Retro Pepsi, made with real sugar instead of high fructose corn syrup, I spent days searching for a bottle before finally finding some at the Hess gas station down the road.

This brings me to my latest quest. I’ve heard talk about this Shamrock Shake from McDonalds that’s only offered during the month of March to coincide with St. Patrick’s Day. I got it in my head that I had to give this a whirl. Last week I had a meeting in the city so on the way to the train station I stopped by the McDonald’s but they didn’t have it. While I was in the city I swung by another location to come up shamrock-less. I was puzzled. How could they not carry it? Is it not close enough to the Irish holiday? Is it something that’s only carried by certain locations? If so, where are those locations?

A few days later I turned to Google and found this website dedicated to the Shamrock Shake. It appears that the shake has a cult following of sorts with many people looking forward to it each year. The site has a section dedicated to Shake Sightings. I narrowed my search by state and found that the shake had been spotted in Nanuet. So in the pouring rain I made my venture out there after work and found my prize.

Shamrock Shake Success!

Was it worth the trouble? For my initial taste of the Shamrock Shake, I’d have to say yes. I didn’t drive miles and miles to get it, nor did I climb mountains or swim across oceans. I drove about 5 minutes partially out of my way on my way home. I’ve had mint milkshakes before, but they tasted like toothpaste. This one does not. Nor is it just a vanilla milkshake with green food coloring. It’s definitely minty. I don’t know if that’s Irish or if that’s how shamrocks taste though. I think I want to pick up one more before they go back into hibernation for another year. That should settle my craving.

Up next? The Waffle Sandwich at Dunkin’ Donuts.

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