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KFC Double Down? For Real?

The ad said this is coming April 12th. Appears to be two breaded chicken breasts with bacon, cheese and mustard (?) sandwiched inside. In other words, a week's worth of cholesterol in one sitting.

My son thinks it's an April Fools Day prank. Anyone else heard of this yet?

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  1. i saw a commercial for it yesterday, and nearly had a seizure. sadly, it's not an April Fool's prank...
    http://www.kfc.com/doubledown/

    if this thing shows up as an entry in any of my clients' food journals, i'm firing them ;)

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    1. re: goodhealthgourmet

      I want one. Too bad the sodium content would make my heart valves explode.

      1. re: goodhealthgourmet

        What if you sat down to a dinner plate with two grilled chicken cutlets, each with a strip of bacon and some melted cheese, and a serving of cole slaw or green beans? How is this any different from the Double Down? So why the reaction?

        (Full disclosure: I haven't eaten one of these and I don't intend to, solely because I don't like KFC. I still see no reason to have a cow over something that would cause no outrage if it were served on a plate rather than in a paper wrapper. If the diner down the road served this it would be "authentic" and "homey." Since a chain is selling it, it must be evil. Doesn't compute for me.)

        1. re: rockycat

          I find it really interesting that Chowhounders in general are much less opposed to the Double Down (in theory) than the general tone of media and blogs right now.

          1. re: rockycat

            well said!!

            it's like people's knee jerk reaction to Domino's pasta in a bread bowl. everyone said it was a horrifying fest of carbs. how is different than being given a bread basket at an Italian restaurant?

            1. re: Jelly71

              For me at least, things like this and the Domino's thing just look disgusting. I have no problem with chains. I have young children, so I can't. 8<D

              Other examples: That hideous bowl o crap KFC tried a couple years ago, the McGriddle, and that oversized BK breakfast sandwich monstrosity.

              1. re: Bob W

                The McGriddle is actually not bad, a nice combination of sweet and savory. The others, well, I'm sure other people like them somewhere.

                1. re: Fibber McGee

                  I don't like the McGriddle. I do however like their Cinnamelts.

                  DT

                  1. re: Fibber McGee

                    As logn as we're talking the sausage one, I like the mcgriddle. I never cared for the other ones though

                    1. re: Fibber McGee

                      I like the McGriddle too, although it's pretty specifically a road trip treat.

                      The bowl o'crap at KFC looked completely like a dog's breakfast.

                    2. re: Bob W

                      The mcgriddle isn't that bad, really, at least the sausage one. Not the best, my favorite breakfast thing there is still the bacon/egg/cheese biscuit, but it's still pretty good. As far as the KFC "bowl o crap", think about it, it's basically fried chicken, with mashed potatoes and corn. And a little cheese to tie it together. As they're saying about the double down, is it really worth having a cow over, just cause it's all in one bowl? I think they're decent, if somewhat over-salty.

                      My dad, though, took the double down one step further...he gave it a bun again...with a Krispy Kreme doughnut...that's just too evil.

                    3. re: Jelly71

                      "how is different than being given a bread basket at an Italian restaurant?"
                      ~~~~~
                      the bread basket at a restaurant is a side item/add-on intended to be shared by the table. the bread bowl is part of a single diner's entree, and comprised of more servings of bread than a couple of rolls from the basket.

                    4. re: rockycat

                      rockycat, apologies for the delay - i just saw your question. to clarify, my initial reaction was to the *fried* Double Down, which was the one featured in the first commercial i saw. however, for the sake of comparison if we're talking about the *grilled* Double Down versus the meal you proposed, to be perfectly honest i'd have a similar reaction to both...because no matter whether it's served on a plate or in a fast-food wrapper, it's still an excessive amount of food for *most* people to consume in one sitting.

                      KFC isn't a special case - my visceral reaction is the same regarding ALL these super/mega/double/triple/extreme creations - people have a completely skewed concept of what constitutes appropriate portion size and this only makes it worse. in light of the obesity epidemic in this country, i take issue with ANY company that chooses to perpetuate the problem just to make a buck.

                      1. re: goodhealthgourmet

                        ghg,

                        Have you actually seen a double down? It's really not that big. Over the top in terms of ingredients, maybe. But not over the top in terms of size or quantity.

                        1. re: ipsedixit

                          according to the nutrition info on KFC's website, it weighs in at over 1/2 lb. to me, that's excessive.

                          1. re: goodhealthgourmet

                            But it's only 540 calories (or 460 for the grilled version) ... at least according to KFC.

                            Certainly not excessive.

                            1. re: ipsedixit

                              the nutrient breakdown is still ugly. 1400 mg of sodium (sure, someone like you who works out so much can afford it because you need to replenish what you lose through sweat, but most Americans aren't nearly that active), more than 50% of calories from fat for the fried one, and still almost 50% calories from fat for the grilled version. in my world that in no way represents a balanced, appropriate meal. but that's just MHO.

                              1. re: goodhealthgourmet

                                Well, no one (at least not me) was saying that the double down was healthy.

                                Only that it was not one of those traditional "mega" fast food items in terms of size and quantity of food.

                                1. re: ipsedixit

                                  "Only that it was not one of those traditional "mega" fast food items in terms of size and quantity of food."

                                  Everything is relative. When you compare it against those mega ff items this thing actually comes in on the "healthy" side of the ledger. Really pretty sly on the part of KFC. Get everyone talking and then point out they are trying to help the fight against the obesity of the American diner. ;-D>

                                  1. re: Servorg

                                    If it were slapped between a bun there'd be no controversy.

                                    Look at the nutritional information on The Carl's Jr. Grilled Cheese Bacon Burger
                                    http://www.carlsjr.com/menu/charbroil...

                                    1. re: monku

                                      It's good too. I've had it at the Hardee's incarnation.

                                      DT

                                      1. re: Davwud

                                        I was afraid you'd say that.
                                        I'll have to check it out.

                                        1. re: monku

                                          The "death defying" monku goes mano a mano with the Carl's Jr. Grilled Cheese Bacon Burger! Film at 11:00... ;-D>

                                          1. re: Servorg

                                            They did a good job with The Big Carl.

                                            1. re: monku

                                              I had one (Big Carl) for the first (and probably only) time last week and thought it was okay for a "promotional" effort, but not something I would seek out to eat...Carl's has better burgers than that. I am still partial to their double chili cheese burger (even more than their $6 chili cheese burger) for instance.

                                      2. re: monku

                                        "If it were slapped between a bun there'd be no controversy."
                                        ~~~~~~
                                        oh, i bitch about all of them equally - this one just happened to have a thread dedicated to it ;)

                                        if anyone's interested, Chow posted a story the other day that contained this link - it compares the calorie-for-calorie nutritional impact of various fast food items...
                                        http://www.fivethirtyeight.com/2010/0...

                          2. re: goodhealthgourmet

                            goodhealth, I agree with you in general, but all companies are in it to make a buck and dont really care about you or me only just enough to keep us alive to make another buck.

                      2. Didn't they have them before??

                        DT

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                        1. re: Davwud

                          I thought they were discussed them here a llittle while ago.

                          Mustard? That is just odd. Considering how rarely fast food places offer mustard on sandwiches, it's an odd choice. Guess that's the silver lining for the health conscious.

                          1. re: Fibber McGee

                            I stand corrected. Following the link given above, the description reads:

                            This one-of-a-kind sandwich features two thick and juicy boneless white meat chicken filets (Original RecipeĀ® or Grilled), two pieces of bacon, two melted slices of Monterey Jack and pepper jack cheese and Colonel's Sauce.

                            32 grams of fat. No kidding!

                          2. re: Davwud

                            @Davwud, i think it may have been a test product in specific markets last year and they're now rolling it out nationally.

                            1. re: goodhealthgourmet

                              Is it gonna be part of the menu or just a limited time special??

                              DT

                              1. re: Davwud

                                OMG ITS FINALLY A MENU ITEM? YES!!!!!!!!!!!!!

                          3. Depending on which version you get it's not much worse than a Big Mac, which by the way is not Big!

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                            1. re: malibumike

                              Yeah, I just don't understand why blogs and newspapers are hyperventilating about this. I was shocked at how low the calorie and fat count turned out to be. Panera just introduced a Cuban Grilled Chicken Panini, which sounds pretty mundane compared to this. It has 860 calories and 37 grams of fat. But the Double Down is the poster child for obesity while people don't even think about the other foods they eat.

                              1. re: malibumike

                                Looking at the KFC website, it looks like two of their little Snacker sandwiches would have almost as many calories.

                              2. Just another ridiculus offering developed by a bunch of "suits" brainstorming with a dry erase board in some meeting room who consider food "product". Isn't the colonel's sauce that jive they put on the snacker sandwiches? Yeeeech!

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                                1. re: mrbigshotno.1

                                  I like me some fried, greasy fast food as much as the next person, but seriously, this thing doesn't even look appetizing. To paraphrase Clara of the old Wendy's commercial, WHERE'S THE BREAD???

                                2. sounds similar to outback's alice spring chicken except between bread and it uses honey mustard instead of regular mustard. but yikes...definitely not something im going to let me heart try.