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Anyone dared try KFC's Famous Bowl?

amandine Nov 12, 2006 05:17 AM

I am intrigued by this product. I get sick to my stomach just seeing the commercial for KFC's Famous Bowls. Any Chowhound dared try it and lived to tell the tale? And what did you think?

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    Meann Nov 8, 2010 12:29 PM

    Clearly, none of you has ever been to Hotdog Tommie's, in Cape May, New Jersey. You all need a Tornado: mashed potatoes served from a soft serve machine (no, I don't know how they keep them hot, but it LOOKS like a soft serve machine) topped with your choice of cheddar cheese, salsa, house chili, banana peppers, raw onions, sour cream ... I think I'm forgetting something,but you get the idea. They'll probably stick a hot dog in it if you ask.

    My husband thought he'd died and gone to heaven. They are very fine.

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      Star930 Oct 25, 2010 06:43 PM

      ANYONE who dares eat a KFC Famous Bowl is NOT thinking about their health. It doesn't even matter if it might be good or bad for you. It LOOKS HORRIBLY bad for you. And, on that same vein, it also looks insanely TASTY (at least to ME anyway...). I was one of those fussy kids that had to make sure that every item on my plate wasn't touching any other item (To the point where if the corn got mushed into the mashed potatoes, I would eat it. Start over, mom, and lets be a little more careful next time, shall we...?), but I realized in my somewhat old age, that even though I'm a great cook, all of my specialties have the consistency and presentation of a can of dog food, so I can say nothing. Now, while I have YET to actually have the opportunity to buy a Famous Bowl, I look forward to it with Glee. Y'see, for the most part, my weakness isn't junk food or sugar like most gluttonous Americans, my weakness is salts and fats. And thats pretty much what you got there. If you separate the contents, you have a basically good meal in that it covers most of the four food groups. Then you add in all the salts, fats, oils, grease and nitrates (I'm not sure where the nitrates are from, but I betcha they're in there...) and you got yourself one hell of a heart atta.... I mean, tasty meal. To be honest, all of you are saying that it looks repulsive and can't POSSIBLY taste at all good, but, like I said, if you separate the items, what you have is a typical meal many of you grew up with. And a lot of people LIKE mixing their portions together, so wheres the harm...? Other than that of your cardio-vascular system. Everybody knows what they're getting into when they eat one of these things and if they say they don't, you either have a liar and someone that was home schooled for most of their life and were allowed one hour a week to "explore" the mysterious land outside of their yard (I know people like that...). 'Point is, enjoy the weird and possibly potentially deadly treats we as intelligent life forms have concocted and invented to make life on this boring mudball just THAT bit more tolerable. Indulge, experience, take a chance and gouge the Hell out of life while you have the chance..... And please pass the salt...

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        leslieinGA Nov 2, 2010 06:41 PM

        Amen, Star. Well said.

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          mucho gordo Nov 3, 2010 02:29 PM

          Personally, I would go easy with the salt and heavy with the pepper but, you've got the right idea, Star. It IS tasty.

        2. mucho gordo Oct 20, 2010 11:37 AM

          Obviously I'm in the minority here but I get that whenever we get KFC, Aside from their sandwich or the boneless drumettes, it's the only thing I'll eat, It's really quite good. What could be bad; it's boneless white meat nuggets, with corn, mashed, gravy and melted cheese.

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            Fibber McGee Oct 20, 2010 11:02 AM

            I'll admit I was intrigued by the famous bowl but haven't tried it, I pretty much avoid fast food and always try to go to a new place (or locally owned and operated, at least) each time I dine out. Not too long ago I was in a local restaurant for lunch and they had something called "The Stacker" which I guess is pretty close. It's essentially chili cheese fries on top and around a hamburger patty. So I ordered it out of curiosity.

            My curioisty is sated. I no longer am intrigued by the famous bowl. I am really hoping the restaurant that offers "The Stacker" does not have to rely on the novelty of "the Stacker."

            1. monkeyrotica Sep 14, 2010 11:05 AM

              KFC is running scared. They've oversaturated the market, profits are down, their menu is all over the map, and they've lost their core business. It's gotten to the point where more than half of their key demographic (18 to 25 year olds) can't identify Colonel Sanders in the KFC logo. A third have NO idea who he is and half think he's a made-up character.

              http://www.usatoday.com/money/industr...

              The problem with this Vomit Bowl is that it doesn't go far enough. They need to re-release this in bucket form. Just fill a chicken bucket with this slop and serve the gravy in a 28 oz cup. Super Size it to a "Trough" for an extra 99 cents and get a side order of salt for dipping. I predict KFC's Famous Bukkit will rocket them back into profitability.

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                Shayna Madel Aug 16, 2007 12:41 AM

                The idea scares me. KFC scares me. And it scared my late father. Years ago, he was on the verge of leasing a piece of real estate to them. He decided to try the product, out of curiosity. Well, Dad, who was by no stretch of the imagination a chowhound, went out to KFC one night with Mom. I asked him about it the next day and he said that he would rather toss the leftovers in the street than bring them home. Never again.

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                  rochfood May 29, 2007 01:00 PM

                  I'll take KFC any day over Boston Market. I've actually been to Boston Market more recently (only because they have tons of coupons). KFC's chicken is as good as or better than anywhere else's IMO and better than I can make (or want to make). Wheras, you can get better rotiesserie chicken in your grocery store for cheaper and can bake a pretty good one at home. I also like KFC sides better than Boston Market's sides.
                  As far as the bowl goes, meh..I've had it one the road. By the way, try making your version of the bowl when traveling, I'd like to see that. People act like they never have need/use for fast food..you must never travel ." I can make it better" is a useless comment when traveling. The bowl was ok, not great, the meat I couldn't tell if it was white or dark, and cheese and chicken is not a combo I really like/need. But I am not horrified by the concept (the new one with the biscuit seems a bit over the top even for me).Taco salads are basically the same things as are regular salads ( ie alot of things in one bowl) and those taco salads are not very healthy either. So, the "not healthy".."I'm horrified at the concept" hold no weight with me considering what other people eat at fast food restaraunts.

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                  1. re: rochfood
                    katkoupai Jun 5, 2007 09:42 PM

                    Good point. When on the road 3+ hours a day, a drive-thru is useful.

                  2. widehomehi May 27, 2007 01:52 PM

                    I'm still trying to figure out how these bowls are famous it's just slop in a bowl mabye if you put the word famous on slop in a bowl then sales will increase.GENIUS!!!!!!!!!!i'm single and find my cooking more inviting,and i'm not a great cook.There chicken is overpriced and not all that great if you ask me I'd rather go to the deli at Fred Meyers or Albertsons.

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                      fara May 27, 2007 07:37 PM

                      KFC is gross. please visit this web site for a good laugh about KFC.
                      http://www.thewvsr.com/fastfood.htm

                    2. chef chicklet May 25, 2007 11:50 AM

                      Actually I think the creation of the KFC Famous Bowl came about out for the sake of saving dollars. Less waste.
                      I am wondering, at the end of the day, are they throwing the left overs away or recycling? Can they? Hmmm. Left over corn on the cob, check, Left over taters, check. Left over chicken, check. Left over gravy, check. okay now for some creativity, cheese, check. Maybe they had an employee contest for the best ideas to cut costs and utilize the goods.
                      It's all about the bottom line.
                      Personally my first thought was that it look like garbage in a bowl, not that I'm too good to at least try it. But IMHO the marketing department got a little silly naming it their Famous Bowl. Is there another bowl we don't know about? A secret bowl?
                      The combinations are tired, and the appearance shows it. So I say rename it, and call it what it is.
                      Any takers?

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                      1. re: chef chicklet
                        katkoupai May 25, 2007 02:24 PM

                        I was thinking the same thing. Take all the leftovers and dump it in a bowl. That said, as gross as it may sound, I kinda like leftovers. I don't know if KFC leftovers in a bowl would be good though. I still need to try this thing. :)

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                          chef chicklet May 26, 2007 08:18 AM

                          Yes me too, may it just needs some garnish!

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                          widehomehi May 27, 2007 02:01 PM

                          When I worked for KFC which was years ago they'd give the employees the left overs that was like 20 years ago though

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                          slacker May 25, 2007 11:00 AM

                          When I first saw the commercial, I wanted to try it. I like fake mashed potatoes and fake gravy (childhood thing), I like the flavor of the secrect KFC spices, and the corn is ok, I like cheese too. And then they stuck that biscuit in it. Wow.
                          However, I hardly ever eat fast food and I know this bowl would make my stomach turn, and I know there's so much salt in it, I'll feel brined.
                          But if someone else wants to get a bowl, I'll have a taste.

                          1. inuksuk May 23, 2007 09:07 PM

                            When I first saw the ads for the "Famous Bowl" it instantly reminded me of Bachelor Chow from the show "Futurama."

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                            1. re: inuksuk
                              Bob W May 25, 2007 11:17 AM

                              Now With Flavor!

                              But can the same be said for this bowl?

                            2. katebauer May 23, 2007 08:59 PM

                              I'm confused by people's comments about how unhealthy it is, and that's a reason not to try it. Couldn't that be said for any meal eaten at KFC, or really any meal (meat + carb + soda) at most fad food joints. It just seems like the unhealthiness of it shouldn't be the main reason one criticizes a specific fast food choice. My god, Chipotle burritos average about 1,000 calories.

                              That said, I'm intrigued by the bowl but don't think I would ever order it unless someone else was willing to finish it or I felt no guilt about tossing 90% of it.

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                                mgb May 25, 2007 10:51 AM

                                I too am a bit confused about all of the hoopla. Imagine an empty plate if you will. Place some boneless chicken on it. Now a side of sharp white cheddar mashed potatoes with gravy. Finally, some kernal corn. All separate on the plate. How many times has a similar meal been eaten in history? All this bowl thing does is take the above ingredients and combine them in a bowl. Just because they are combined...that makes this more unhealthy or disturbing? The taste is obviously impacted by the combination, but from a health standpoint, don't they all go to the same place?

                                I am not defending KFC nor promoting this product. I just find the uproar over food is typically eaten separately being eaten together very amusing. Admittedly, I have had this product twice. The first one was actually very tasty. The second was not. Apparently the correct proportion of all said ingredients is important for an enjoyable experience.

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                                  katkoupai May 25, 2007 02:21 PM

                                  Very good point. I never thought about that-- we do eat all these things separately on a place. I went to KFC recently and got the chicken strip meal. It was pretty good.

                                  I still would like to try the bowl. Maybe next time.

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                                  Ted in Central NJ May 26, 2007 02:17 PM

                                  The incidence of Type 2 Diabetes is growing at an alarming rate in this country (and in some others) and many people do not even know that they have this condition. The number of overweight and morbidly obese people is also accelerating rapidly, with a likely connection to the epidemic of Type 2 Diabetes. Even young people tend to be very heavy nowadays, compared to only about a decade ago. While inactivity is to blame for much of this, the diet of the typical American is largely the cause--e.g.--portion sizes as well as the composition of the diet.

                                  The "Famous Bowl" is an incredible overload of carbohydrates that is almost off the scale in terms of the glycemic index. The meat is heavily breaded, which adds carbs to something that would not otherwise have any carbs. Potatoes, corn, gravy, and a biscuit thrown into the mix (and it does appear that everything is, literally, thrown together) do make this an unhealthy meal.

                                  By contrast, someone who goes to Boston Market (to use one example), and who eats roasted chicken with some of the healthier side dishes that are available there, would get a more nutritious meal with far fewer carbs.

                                  While KFC deserves kudos for removing the transfats from their food, the incredible carbohydrate overload of fast-food junk like the strangely named "Famous Bowl" is something that they should not be proud of. And, I speak as a holder of a significant number of shares in Yum, the parent company that operates KFC.

                                  1. re: Ted in Central NJ
                                    ccbweb May 26, 2007 02:44 PM

                                    I agree about the first two paragraphs (with the exception of the side swip about "thrown together"...that doesn't seem to matter at all). But, one of the problems with the foods people choose to eat is the perception of what is "healthy" and what is "healthier." Boston Market seems, on the face of it to be far healthier an option than KFC. But looking a bit more closely at the nutrition information shows the following:
                                    A Boston Market 1/4 white chicken with a side of broccoli and a side of mashed potatoes with gravy (i went for a half portion of gravy, 2 ounces) totals 600 calories, 26 grams of fat and 39 grams carbs...this doesn't include the cornbread that comes with it because there was no nutrition information on the cornbread on the Boston Market site that I could find. So, the calories, fat and carb levels would all be somewhat higher.

                                    The KFC bowl has 690 calories, 31 grams of fat and 26 grams carbs.

                                    Now, I think the overall weight of food and amount of food in the Boston Market meal is likely a bit higher...but perhaps not and perhaps not by much if it is. Point being, both of these are sold as a meal in and of themselves, so they're comparable. Neither option has trans fats.

                                    My point is, overall, one thing that appears to be "healthier" on the fact of it is in fact about the same in terms of nutrition.

                                    1. re: ccbweb
                                      katkoupai May 26, 2007 05:28 PM

                                      However much fat content is there, I like KFC. I eat there once in a while. :)

                                      This is actually a response to Ted. :)

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                                        Ted in Central NJ May 27, 2007 04:58 AM

                                        While I am sure that your numbers are accurate, I did specify "with some of the healthier side dishes that are available there". Mashed potatoes WITH GRAVY is definitely not one of the healthier choices. Without the gravy it would be preferable to the same dish with gravy added, but mashed potatoes have a high glycemic index to begin with. And, in case I didn't mention it, avoiding the corn bread is a good idea if one wants to limit the glycemic load.

                                        1. re: Ted in Central NJ
                                          ccbweb May 27, 2007 01:08 PM

                                          I get your point; I tried to think about what someone would actually get. The gravy only added 20 calories actually (and no carbs) and the potatoes 210 calories. The potatoes would add quite a bit of the carbs, obviously in both the KFC bowl and the Boston Market meal. It would be difficult, looking at the menu to get a lot better than the meal I proffered without going for a plain side salad (no dressing). The corn is remarkably high in both carbs and fat, which also means calories. I think KFC must actually put less on its corn than Boston Market does.

                                          Point being, that like most faster food options, finding plain unadorned vegetables is difficult and once you're out of that category, the fat and calories pile up _fast_.

                                          Even the "healthier" looking options in the category aren't good options for any kind of regular eating.

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                                            Ted in Central NJ May 27, 2007 01:21 PM

                                            If someone gets the rotisserie chicken with cole slaw and green beans, it would actually be a pretty healthy meal--in terms of both fat content and carbohydrate content. Even the creamed spinach, which is high in fat content due to the cheese and cream added to it, is relatively low in carbohydrates. (The creamed spinach is sort of an Atkins "delight"--high fat content, relatively low carbs.)

                                            It really is possible to eat in a healthy manner, if one makes careful choices. Unfortunately, if you observe the majority of people walking around the mall nowadays, it looks like very few make good choices regarding their diet.

                                            1. re: Ted in Central NJ
                                              katkoupai May 27, 2007 01:27 PM

                                              Ted, your last line here cracks me up. :-)

                                              1. re: Ted in Central NJ
                                                ccbweb May 27, 2007 01:35 PM

                                                I couldn't agree more with the entirety of your last paragraph. Its really just about making reasonable choices.

                                                I think we'll have to agree that Boston Market isn't "healthy" but its possibly to construct a meal that wouldn't be as bad as it could be. The thing that suprises me is that is about as possible at KFC as it is as Boston Market if, again, one is careful with their choices.

                                                And, if as would be idea, one were only pondering one of these meals say, one a month, it wouldn't much matter what one chose as long as one stuck to the portion sizes we've been batting about.

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                                            fara May 27, 2007 07:34 PM

                                            except that boston market uses real broccoli and mashed potatoes. ( i think, i've never been there.)

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                                              ccbweb May 27, 2007 07:58 PM

                                              "real." Which means, what, exactly? This is my point. We form opinions (in this case, an opinion formed without having actually been to the place about which it is formed) based on perceptions of what we think we know. We don't know, specifically, that what Boston Market uses or does is any more "real" or "healthy" than what KFC uses or does. For whatever reason many people think that Boston Market is "better" or "healthier" than KFC, but not with any actual facts to back that up.

                                              Thanks for the report, though.

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                                                fara May 27, 2007 08:40 PM

                                                it was a joke. real broccoli? i was responding to your first post.

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                                                  slacker May 29, 2007 12:13 PM

                                                  I agree with you regarding perception of "healthy" vs. reality. And let's not forgot the enormous sodium content in the foods at both KFC and Boston Market, and any other fast food.

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                                          SuzyInChains May 16, 2007 06:04 PM

                                          Now that includes a biscuit, I'm finally going tobreak down and give it a try - and I in general don't even like chicken.

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                                            fara May 16, 2007 07:34 PM

                                            POPEYE'S!

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                                              sivyaleah May 23, 2007 11:26 AM

                                              Ditto!

                                          2. adhow May 7, 2007 02:02 PM

                                            I've tried it, and they are not too bad considering the source. Kind of takes me back to my childhood when I liked to mix my mash potatoes and corn together. I did pick the chicken off and eat it first...it seemed to weird to eat it mixed in with everything else.

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                                              textex May 9, 2007 05:09 AM

                                              just the commercial make's me ill

                                            2. ArikaDawn May 5, 2007 04:35 AM

                                              I think this picture is enough to turn anyone off to the Famous Bowl.
                                              http://www.thewvsr.com/adsvsreality.htm

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                                              1. re: ArikaDawn
                                                katkoupai May 6, 2007 10:13 PM

                                                This is the most hilarious thing I have seen all year. This had me laughing. I can't believe those pictures! Who is behind this?

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                                                  ccbweb May 6, 2007 10:21 PM

                                                  My problem is that some of the items, the real ones, still look pretty good. The egg mcmuffin, the big mac...the filet o fish.....argh. I hate cravings.

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                                                    LizATL May 6, 2007 10:37 PM

                                                    I agree. That " real" sausage McMuffin looks better than the stock photo!

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                                                      katkoupai May 6, 2007 10:46 PM

                                                      Funny. :) I think part of the reason I laughed is because I actually order and eat some of that stuff. The pictures side by side are just hilarious.

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                                                        wontonton May 8, 2007 03:28 PM

                                                        So where does the photographer get all those perfect buns and symetrical sandwiches? Hell, that's funny.

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                                                          summeranne May 31, 2007 01:33 AM

                                                          Plastic is my theory.

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                                                            fara Jun 1, 2007 07:56 AM

                                                            i think i once saw something on tv about it. they spray the real food - which may or not be the actual product but something similar -with plastic, and then add paint, etc, as needed.
                                                            for example, when photographing the perfect turkey, they start with a barely cooked turkey then paint it with deck stain.

                                                    2. re: ArikaDawn
                                                      chef chicklet May 25, 2007 11:35 AM

                                                      That is just the best thing I've seen in awhile! I especially love the thumb indentation on the Burger King Whopper! mmmmmmmm!

                                                    3. ElsieDee May 5, 2007 03:53 AM

                                                      I drove by a KFC/Taco Bell joint today (one of those housing both restaurants under the same roof) and there was a big sign in the window advertising (I'm paraphrasing here) a new Mexican Bowl - no photos with the signage, though, and I wasn't intrigued enough to make a u-turn and investigate.

                                                      1. rworange May 4, 2007 07:38 PM

                                                        No ... don't do it.

                                                        This from someone with a high tolerance ... sometimes passion ... for fast, trash and junk food.

                                                        This for someone who likes KFC ... even the mashed potatoes.

                                                        Sadly, I've been craving this since this topic was posted almost half a year ago.

                                                        So ... coupon for a $2.99 bowl ... dinner.

                                                        The thing is that the sum parts don't make a better whole. Just order a 2 piece dinner with mashed potatoes and corn ... better deal.

                                                        As quite a few mentioned ...it is overly salty. With more mashed potatoes than that little side ... it highlights how awful those potatoes taste. The bowl may have turned me off KFC mashed potatoes forever.

                                                        Otherwise it is just standard gravy, frozen corn and little fried nuggets of chicken ... which weren't horrible, but again... get the two piece meal with identifiable chicken parts.

                                                        If I paid the regular price ... $4.99 ... I would have been really annoyed. Otherwise ... meh ... excuse me while I go drink a few gallons of water to tame the salt.

                                                        1. hotoynoodle Nov 19, 2006 10:05 PM

                                                          except for the corn, it seems like everything in the bowl is some sort of processed food "product". the corn is likely gmo anyway, lol. the commercials look so nauseating, i can't imagine. i'm surprised they haven't managed to stuff any "biscuits" in that bowl of slop.

                                                          i'll cop to mixing my corn with my mashed at home though. :)

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                                                            mudster Nov 18, 2006 06:13 AM

                                                            I don't think it's the concept itself that's so bad -- probably the execution. My family -- all Hoosiers -- have always put corn on top of their mashed potatoes, and gravy on top of that. It's just what they do. The chicken isn't such a stretch (except that it's weirdo, deep-fried factory farmed "nuggets"). But yeah, the cheese is odd.

                                                            I guess what I'm saying is that I see who this appeals to -- my family.

                                                            Well, okay, maybe the concept IS bad. (It certainly doesn't appeal to *me*.) But still, there are a lot of folks in the heartland who eat like this at their own dinner table, so it's not a huge leap.

                                                            (**Edited to add, I'm a healthy-eating California transplant, so don't jump on me for my extended family's eating habits.)

                                                            1. monkuboy Nov 17, 2006 10:20 PM

                                                              Someone I know was referring to it as a "heart attack in a bowl" to her friends, and when they went to KFC that's what they asked for. The people working there didn't know what her friends were talking about, lol.

                                                              1. free sample addict aka Tracy L Nov 17, 2006 04:45 AM

                                                                My coworker was eating one today. I can't quite understand why they made it into a bowl, IMHO the concoction screams "wrap".

                                                                1. Vexorg Nov 16, 2006 04:28 AM

                                                                  Here's something I actually wrote back when I tried one of the KFC Dubious Bowls a few months back and posted on some other boards (before I found Chowhound:)

                                                                  May 31, 2006

                                                                  To Whom it may concern,

                                                                  While in the course of my daily errands, I happened upon my local KFC. Among the other advertisements found in the store windows, I saw one for a product referred to as "KFC Famous Bowls". The characterization of what appears to be a newly introduced product as "Famous" seems just a bit odd to me, especially since the term "Famous" would to indicate that the product has attained at least some degree of renown and/or notoriety. While it is possible that this particular product has earned plaudits and and recognition in some capacity which I am not familiar with, it occurs to me that as a typical American consumer, if a product has been labelled as being "Famous" there would be at least some likelihood that I would have heard of it at some point in time. In this case, the only time I have ever before heard of the product is in recent advertising which seems to coincide with the product's introduction and apparent "Available for a limited time" status.

                                                                  My research into this subject has revealed that there are, in fact, a number of bowls in existence that may be considered famous; Most of these would seem to take place in large stadiums and pertain to football. The KFC Famous Bowl, by all apperances, takes place in a container of molded plastic and pertains primarily to mashed potatoes and corn. This would appear to be a product in a similar vein to a number of bowl products offered at various times by your sister company Taco Bell, as well as a number of their upmarket competitors (Qdoba, Baja Fresh, etc.) As far as I am aware, the vast majority of these products toil in the relative obscurity of their respective menus. It is not immediately apparent to me just how KFC's bowl product has been elevated to immediate fame, especially when it appears to be a product of the "Throw half the menu into a bowl and sell it" school of culinary design.

                                                                  Would it be too much trouble to ask for a clarification about how a product could be considered famous upon its introduction, especially when few people outside the KFC test kitchen would even be aware of its existence at the time?

                                                                  Signed,
                                                                  A moderately cynical consumer

                                                                  P.S. In spite of its many ingredients, the resulting product turns out to be surprisingly bland and flavorless.

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                                                                    Jeanne Nov 16, 2006 09:03 PM

                                                                    Love it - that is hilarious. Did you mail the letter to KFC?

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                                                                    monkfish_103 Nov 16, 2006 04:16 AM

                                                                    i think ill have to setle for making my own version it sounds like a good idea for sure but i am not a huge KFC fan. i have way more time on my hands than id like to lately and i have my own bar to drink at now i think ill see what kind of rendition i can come up with. guess thats more for the home cooking board but i have to say i appciate inspiration from anywhere even a chain!

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                                                                      ML8000 Nov 15, 2006 10:52 PM

                                                                      The KFC thing scares me...mostly because of the processed asspect and triple heart attack combo of cheese, gravy and fried chicken. Com'n, cheese and gravy on deep fried food? Why not add sour cream as well? (I'm sure they thought about it.)

                                                                      Interestingly it's sort of like a Hawaiian Loco Moco which in turn is sort of like Japanese donburi or Chinese eggs on rice w/ oyster sauce. These aren't exactly good for you but if the ingredients are fresh and not sodium soaked it's way better for you then the KFC thing.

                                                                      BTW, I'd eat one if I was really hungry and someone bought. I might like it but I don't think I'll finding out any time soon.

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                                                                        Heatherb Nov 15, 2006 08:00 PM

                                                                        I'm appalled and yet strangely compelled by the thing. I was struck by the fact that there isn't anything of any sort of nutritional value in the entire item. It's "only" 720 calories though. I was kind of betting on more...

                                                                        I have to admit I'd probably try it. But only if KFC was the only fast food place around and I was cold and miserable and in need of comfort food involving gravy and mashed potatoes.

                                                                        I do think the shredded cheese on top is overdoing it just a bit...

                                                                        1. mamamia Nov 15, 2006 07:54 PM

                                                                          I knew as soon as I saw the commercials for the bowl o' stuff a few months back that the low carb craze was officially dead.

                                                                          The gravy just sounds horrible.

                                                                          1. spinach Nov 14, 2006 03:20 AM

                                                                            against my own better instincts i tried one. score one for my instincts!!!!!!! it was horrendous. the chicken turns mushy because of the gravy, the potatos are blah, and the whole mess is way too salty...other than that it was delicious (gag).

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                                                                              Cheesy Oysters Nov 15, 2006 05:50 PM

                                                                              Well my son tried it when he was with a friend so I was game when we were out and about. I got mine without cheese and he got his without gravy and we were both pretty happy. Not sure why I like those fake mashed potatoes, but I do--I guess it reminds me of my youth.

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                                                                                Dommy May 10, 2007 01:49 PM

                                                                                You see... that was my concern... way too salty... Otherwise I'm a big on texture... I love mixing my Mashed potatoes with corn and adding little bits of crispies that fall off the fried chicken. I just enjoy it MUCH better doing it at home with my homemade stuff...

                                                                                BTW, in their latest version, they also stick a biscuit in it... LOL!

                                                                                --Dommy!

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                                                                                  katkoupai May 10, 2007 05:37 PM

                                                                                  I noticed the biscuit addition to the bowl in a recent TV ad. I was laughing, too. Even funnier is after all this, I wanted to try it. :-)

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                                                                                LARaven Nov 13, 2006 09:48 PM

                                                                                I tried this and it wasn't as bad as I thought it would be.
                                                                                When I first heard of it I thought it would be totally disgusting but it was pretty good. The potatoes were too dry though.

                                                                                Of course most of the Chowhounds would still hate it.

                                                                                Then again the couple of times I ate this I was starving and that may have made me enjoy ir more than I would normally have.

                                                                                1. monkeyrotica Nov 13, 2006 06:08 PM

                                                                                  I predict these will be wildly successful. These are the sort of thing that tasting focus groups always come up with: recombine existing ingredients and increase product size equals big sales. Look at Taco Bell, they basically just recombine meat/beans/skins/rice/cheese and give it a stupid name.

                                                                                  That said, I'd rather eat my own left buttock than put this in my mouth.

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                                                                                    Katie Nell Nov 13, 2006 09:42 PM

                                                                                    lol regarding the left buttock!! I referred to it as the "puke bowl" on the lovin' Popeye's thread!

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                                                                                      dkrmwiz Jun 21, 2007 08:12 AM

                                                                                      no, no, no! i refer to it as a "doggie bag" bowl! it's what the takeout container looks like from kfc that we throw on an old cookie sheet on the porch for the dogs, opossums, and racoons to dine on!

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                                                                                    SarahEats Nov 13, 2006 03:54 PM

                                                                                    I'm probably in the minority, but I think the concept sounds tasty, although I would never actually order it since we don't eat at KFC.

                                                                                    When I eat mashed potatoes (particulary with peas or corn and breaded chicken) I like to mix the veggies with the potatoes, so a bowl full of mashed potatoes mixed with corn and crispy fried chicken bites, topped with gravy and cheese sounds good to me.

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                                                                                      little audrey Nov 13, 2006 08:44 PM

                                                                                      I've had the rice bowl - it's salty, but not bad. I don't want to try the mashed potato version since I don't like phony powdered potatoes.

                                                                                      No, it isn't health food. Funny how when meat, rice and cheese are mashed together in a burrito wrapper, it's considered upscale and people happily pay $5 for it. :)

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                                                                                        piccola May 10, 2007 06:10 PM

                                                                                        I do the same with mashed potatoes (except with beans instead of chicken) so I can understand the appeal.

                                                                                        But like you, I'll never order it at KFC. Partly because it can't possibly be healthy (and it could be if made right), partly because it's one of those things simple enough to make at home - like spaghetti and tomato sauce.

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                                                                                          libgirl2 Jun 13, 2007 04:36 PM

                                                                                          I do the same, but still will not eat it. I did have chili with beans mixed into mashed potatoes once (leftover night) and it was delicious!

                                                                                        2. The Engineer Nov 13, 2006 03:29 PM

                                                                                          I did a google search, not knowing what the KFC famous bowl was. First link was dead. Second link was to "healthy recipies" at WebMD.

                                                                                          It appears the internet is broken.

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                                                                                            amandine Nov 13, 2006 06:11 PM

                                                                                            http://www.kfc.com/menu/bowls.asp

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                                                                                              Panini Guy May 6, 2007 05:54 PM

                                                                                              just spit out my lemonade on that punchline...

                                                                                            2. deibu Nov 13, 2006 01:44 PM

                                                                                              Want to know the inspiration behind this? A bunch of seriously obliterated, munchie-craving stoners. Or at least it certainly sounds like it!

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                                                                                                carolle217 Nov 12, 2006 05:58 AM

                                                                                                The commercial makes me sick to my stomach. It looks like they swept up the floor after a busy day at KFC and dumped it in a bowl. It's a walking heart attack.....ick

                                                                                                1. Xanthippe Nov 12, 2006 05:55 AM

                                                                                                  With a gun to my head I'd probably try one; other than that, I have too much respect for myself (and my digestive system and palate) to even *think* about eating such an atrocity!

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