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April 6, 2010

A nation prepares for KFC Double Down

KFC Double DownI'd call it murder on a bun, except there is no bun.

Two pieces of fried chicken stand in for the staff of life in the KFC Double Down, a new sandwich that puts bacon, cheese and "the Colonel's Sauce" between two golden boneless fillets.

"It's here -- and with this much chicken, there's no room for the bun!" KFC proclaims.

The Colonel has gotten a little ahead of himself. The bun-free phenom doesn't land at KFC restaurants until April 12. The price hasn't even been announced yet.

That gives an already obese nation six whole days to save up for this nutritional splurge of a sandwich, which has 540 calories, 32 grams of fat and 1380 milligrams of sodium.

Go for the Double Down combo meal, which throws in a side like Potato Wedges and a medium soda, and you're up to 1,000 calories, 45 grams of fat and 2120 milligrams of sodium. That's about half the calories and more than half the fat that most people need all day. The sodium figure is 620 milligrams more than the daily recommended max.

Just so you know the Colonel's heart is in the right place, he is using the launch of this nutritional abomination as an opportunity to do good.

"When introducing a bunless sandwich, the obvious question is: what happens to all the buns?" KFC says in a press release. "To celebrate the launch of the Double Down, KFC will do some good by donating the 'unneeded' sandwich buns to feed the hungry. The brand will donate both buns and funds to food banks across the country, starting with the Dare to Care Food Bank in KFC's hometown of Louisville, Ky."

Touching, really. Let them eat buns! And I'd feared this culinary innovation would cause a spike in bun homelessness.

But what about that even more obvious question: Why didn't they call it the KFC Double Over?

The Colonel ponders his latest gift to a great -- and getting greater all the time -- nation. KFC photo

Posted by Laura Vozzella at 4:19 PM | | Comments (36)


Apparently you can choose between fried or grilled chicken for the new sandwich. Speaking of which, I never did manage to get a "free" grilled chicken from KFC.

Voila, they just invented the Homeless Sandwich: A bun filled with low-cal air. Wait, doesn't Subway already have something similar?

this is like the sadnwich equivalent to Snakes On Plane: Ridiculousness for ridiculousness sake

that bun donation program also reminds me of the seinfeld episode where elaine opens up a muffin top bakery and tries to donate the muffin stumps to the food bank:

Rebecca: Excuse me, I'm Rebecca Demore from the homeless shelter.

Elaine: Oh, hi.

Rebecca: Are you the ones leaveing the muffing pieces behind our shelter?

Elaine: You been enjoying them?

Rebecca: They're just stumps.

Elaine: Well they're perfectly edible.

Rebecca: Oh, so you just assume that the homeless will eat them, they'll eat anything?

Mr. Lippman: No no, we just thought...

Rebecca: I know what you thought. They don't have homes, they don't have jobs, what do they need the top of a muffin for? They're lucky to get the stumps.

Elaine: If the homeless don't like them the homeless don't have to eat them.

Rebecca: The homeless don't like them.

Elaine: Fine.

Rebecca: We've never gotten so many complaints. Every two minutes, "Where is the top of this muffin? Who ate the rest of this?"

Elaine: We were just trying to help.

Rebecca: Why don't you just drop off some chicken skins and lobster shells.

Elaine: I think I might.

As if the "Failure Bowl" wasn't enough.

Thank you, Patton.

Why not just eat a piece of fried chicken if you don't want the bread?

And Stagger Lee, that bit always makes me laugh till I cry. Because I personally prefer my food NOT pre-chewed.

This sandwich should be celebrated as an icon. It is an icon of us, as a society, hitting a simultaneous culinary and dietetic rock bottom. There is no where to go but up from here. I'll be there on the 12th, just to be a part of this historical event. I think that I'll ask them to go easy on the sauce though.

This is actaully great news for those of us living the low-carb lifestyle. And if I can get it with grilled chicken, even better.

Nice to see the Colonel come back from the grave for this. I guess he finally worked his way out, what with all the spinning.

KFC... here's a new idea. Get to work on it pronto. It's the chicken equivalent of Pop Rocks, uh, Pop Flocks. It's a chicken nugget stuffed with special sauce, bacon and cheese that explodes in your mouth.

Or you could use the abandoned goose feeding tube systems from foie gras farms to get the new KFC Gullet Buster available at drive-thrus.

There's not much food I'll say this about, and definitely not much that involves bacon, but wow that's disgusting. I feel nauseous and food-coma-ish just thinking about it. Pass.

Oh, sure you talk about the high fat, calories and sodium, but nary a mention about the low carb count. Once again, more biased reporting from the Sun.

I see I come with my own fan club. Well, yay. As the for reals Kentucky Colonel of the family, I wrote about this and the Atkins diet aspect of it.

I know lots about Col. Harland Sanders -- from the North like myself -- and I even know people in Kentucky who were friends of his.

I suggest people get this lovely cookbook. It has the real recipes that Col. Sanders used at his motor cafe. They include salad dressings, biscuits, soups... really good stuff. Sometimes, cheaper ones show up on Ebay and Amazon.

I'm thinkin' red-soled Christian Louboutin shoes...two of 'em ... with sauce.....

Whoo Hoo!

Does anyone still do the low-carb (high fat) thing?

I do. Like any diet, it works best with exercise. And, here's the actually end up eating mostly whole foods- meat, eggs, cheese and veggies. Also, at least personally, my raw veggie intake goes up. They are the only thing in my diet that's colorful, and you'd be surprised how some red cabbage can wake up a ham and cheese on a low-carb whole grain wrap.

They can have my bread when they pry it out of my cold, dead hands.

That having been said, I'm not entirely sure fast-food rolls actually count as bread.

Next up, Long John Silver's breadless fish-and-chips sandwich. Thick-cut French fries stuffed between two battered cod filets. The secret sauce, of 'coss, is malt vinegar.

Mental note: breadless grilled cheese, work on it, Catonsville grilled cheese place

Double Down? The odds don't favor the eater.

Mental note: breadless grilled cheese, work on it, Catonsville grilled cheese place

We found fried/grilled cheese [no bread, just cheese] from Rome to Santorini on a trip to the Mediterranean last year, so it's not impossible. It was, however, impossible to eat bare-handed.

VoodooPork, it's easy.. parchment paper in a frying pan, add cheese and whatever else you would like,slides right off the parchment and onto your adoring plate.
Personally, i did Atkins, modified to LOTS more veggies and salad, no fat for a while. I just skip the animal products now, and i think it's better for me. The main reason that Atkins works so well and quickly ( other then the ketosis) is the lack of refined flours and sugars in menu. Tons of breads have hidden HFCS, and f you look at a "serving" of bread, it's usually one slice, starting a sandwich is 200 ( or more) calories right from the start.

Meekrat, I would like to say that I have a total crush on you right now, but I doubt that my wife would approve. You rule. Shhhh......

I heard that. If you want him, you can have him. He's bad at cleaning up.


Oooh oooh oooh! Domestic drama!

Dahlink, better than watching Molly the owl attack a rabbitt?

Is it just me or is there a greater tenancy toward low-culture since Ms. Vozzella took over D@L? I'm noticing much more fast food posts.

...but much much less on Batter Blaster, so...

Less fast food, more ponies


Come back, Snickers!

Snickers is back!

I follow the ideas of the South Beach Diet, but I don't follow all of it. Mainly the good carbs/bad carbs thing like FLIRV mentioned.

Is it just me or is there a greater tenancy toward low-culture since Ms. Vozzella took over D@L?

and you don't see the word soupçon as much.

Trixie, I had to turn away. The poor bunny was looking right at the camera.

Yeah, I don't think I would have been able to watch that Dahlink. I can't watch anything like that. I even refused to watch Meerkat Manor, cause I would have been a mess!

People are making way too big a deal over this. 540 calories and 32 grams of fat. Panera just introduced a Cuban Grilled Chicken Panini. It has 860 calories and 37 grams of fat, but no one in the media is talking about the nutrition in that!

Here's how I see the Double down...maybe I've had too much kfc...

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Richard Gorelick was appointed The Baltimore Sun's restaurant critic in September 2010. Before joining the paper staff fulltime, he contributed freelance criticism and features articles about food to area and regional publications. Along the way, he dispatched for short-distance trucking companies, shilled for cultural non-profits, and assisted in cognitive neurology research – never the subject, always the control.

He takes restaurants seriously but not himself, and his favorite restaurant is the one you love, too.

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