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You guys are all wrong ... the KFC Double Down is downright delicious!

Given that it's a limited time menu item and all the hubbub and angst over the Double Down, I just had to try it for myself.

Got the normal breaded fried version and while it looked like nothing on the commercials (it was rather a grotesque looking thing in fact, but more on that later), it tasted mighty fine. In fact, it was downright delicious.

But after finishing my first Double Down I felt like the experience was lacking something. While the Double Down was good in its own right, there was a part of me that felt like the sandwich was not complete. Sort of like finishing an ice cream sundae without chocolate fudge.

Then the epiphany struck. It needed ... bread! So I ordered another one and this time also got a biscuit on the side.

Took both back to our table, split open the biscuit, took the Double Down from its paper diaper (yeah, it's a diaper, because the thing looks like it was extruded from some god awful orifice on the backside of a large constipated animal), and placed the Double Down in between the biscuit and ... voila! A true Double Down sandwich.

Perfection.

Good on its own ... but better with biscuit.

Cheers.

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  1. I can't help but wonder, though. What would founder Harlan Sanders have thought of this new product?

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    1. re: Tripeler

      I remember reading an interview with the Colonel, obviously many years ago, where he had some negative things to say about Extra Crispy chicken.

      So I doubt he'd be a fan.

    2. ipse, i don't think anyone was saying it wouldn't be delicious...of course thanks to the gluten & MSG, i couldn't try it even if i wanted to (and i think we all know where i stand on that anyway), so i'll just take your word for it :)

      gotta love the irony of your experience, though.

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      1. re: goodhealthgourmet

        Dunno. I think alot of people wrote off the DD thinking reflexively that it would be unappetizing.

        By the way, for some reason they won't give you extra sauce on the side. Too bad.

      2. It's a killer. 540 calories, 290 from fat: 145 mg of cholesterol and 1380 mg of sodium, 185 and 1430 if grilled. Of course the thing tastes good, with all the fat and salt; KFC will have test marketed it extensively to make sure of that. But so what?

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        1. re: armagnac

          It's got less fat, calories, calories from fat and sodium than a slice of Costco pizza. People don't think twice about eating one of those.

          Or complain if others do.

          DT

          1. re: Davwud

            Bingo!

            Or a Big Mac, for that matter, which actually has less sodium and less calories from fat ... and I routinely inhale 2 or 3 of those things!

            1. re: ipsedixit

              And to further the comparison, people think nothing of ordering a meal at an elegant sit-down restaurant that often has more calories and fat and sodium and cholesterol than a lot of fast food. Perhaps it is less processed and often more diverse and interesting (tho not always!), which is good, but eating out in general can be pretty unhealthy if not done in moderation and with care.

              I am not a fan of fast food, but I do think that many of the arguments against it can be made equally against a lot of restaurant food.

              1. re: Cachetes

                Indeed. I wonder what the calorie count, sodium content, fat grams are in a 10 course Per Se tasting menu ...

                Care to chime in Thomas?

            2. re: Davwud

              I can't believe that thing only has 540 calories. Either KFC is fudging something or there's more than one serving per sandwhich.

              1. re: reiflame

                And you know this because why??

                DT

                1. re: Davwud

                  Did I say I 'know' it? All I said is that it is highly suspicious that something with that much fat (fried chicken, cheese and a mayo based sauce) in relatively low in calories.

                  Also, if you don't think that the fast food chains fudge their calorie numbers you're delusional.

                  1. re: reiflame

                    Not necessariy saying you are wrong about the calorie count, but have you actually seen a Double Down in person?

                    It's ... just ... not ... that ... big.

                    1. re: ipsedixit

                      Agreed.

                      I think part of the problem is that people think the chicken component is 2 standard KFC breasts, which would be (for OR) 720 calories just by themselves (each breast is app. 360 cals per 161 gms). However, KFC calls them "fillets" and gives a TOTAL gram/calorie count for both closer to 192/336.

                      So - the two fillets combined equal roughly the cal count of 1 OR breast., which makes the total count for the DD sound much more reasonable. Also, as far as I can gather, the cheese slices are each about 1/2 oz., for a total of 1 oz. of cheese.

                      Still not my particular passion (and I prefer Popeye's anyway, for my rare but occasional chain fried chicken fix), but not the gut-buster people may think it is.

                    2. re: reiflame

                      You said "Either KFC is fudging something or there's more than one serving per sandwhich." It's absolute. It's an accusation that they're misleading.

                      It's pretty easy to throw around accusations. What proof do you have??

                      DT

              2. re: armagnac

                contrary to belief, there's nothing special about dietary fat that leads to obesity. it happens t obe more calorically dense than carbs & protein, but that is already accounted for by you saying it has 540 Kcal

                1. re: jgg13

                  Yup, excess calories leads to obesity.

                  1. re: ipsedixit

                    If by excess you mean taking in more calories than you burn off.

                    DT

                    1. re: Davwud

                      Well, that *is* the law of thermodynamics at work. As I said before, as long as you're caloric intake is at or below your BMR, you will not gain mass, even if you're eating a 100% fat diet.

              3. Ok, it is delicious.
                But is it worth $6?

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                1. re: Fibber McGee

                  Well, that's really an individual, personal decision.

                  I have no problem paying for what I enjoy, esp. when it comes to food. So, yeah, the Double Down is well worth the $6+biscuit.

                  1. re: Fibber McGee

                    Delicious or perfection? Hardly. If you like "chicken" that doesn't smell, look, or have the texture of chicken-some kind of spongey greyish blob, this could be the sandwich for you. As for $6, that is a joke.

                    1. re: BubblyOne

                      So you actually tried it and hated it?
                      It's grey?

                        1. re: BubblyOne

                          Got it. That's fair.

                          I think I will skip it. It really doesn't seem that appealing to me. I'm not a fan of secret sauces, for one thing.

                  2. Okay, so after reading all the hoopla on this post and the other one I had to try one for myself. Found myself a KFC (there don't seem to be as many around anymore...) and ordered the Double Down WITHOUT the sauce as someone had recommended. I have to say that overall it wasn't bad. It was messy to eat, even without the sauce, but still tasted enough of those "secret herbs and spices" that it was okay. So, not a glowing review but I don't think an occasional indulgence is all that bad. But then, I've always been a fan of good ol' original Kentucky Fried Chicken. Anyway, it was interesting and okay but I probably wouldn't bother with it again. The whole combination seems so unnecessary (I can't think of a better word). The chicken by itself is tasty. The cheese and bacon by themselves would be tasty too but all of it mixed together is just "unnecessary". And, as noted by others, it was incredibly salty (and I like salt). I don't have any complaints about the concept - to each his own - but I just wouldn't bother with the whole thing. There's just too much going on in one place. :o) I realized that I'd be just as happy with a piece or two of their original fried chicken.