It was about 6 months ago that I warned you that KFC was test marketing a more efficient way to deliver fat, grease and salt to the ravenous masses. A week from today they roll this monstrosity out nationwide.
The “Double Down” is a bacon and cheese sandwich, if you can call something with no bread or bun a sandwich. In this concoction the meat and cheese is enveloped in a pair of fried chicken breasts. You can also get it with grilled chicken instead of fried if you’re looking for a “healthier” bacon and cheese sandwich.
Here’s the nutritional data: the Original Recipe sandwich will set you back about 540 calories, 32g of fat and 1380mg of sodium. The not-as-bad-for-you Grilled Double Down totals 460 calories, 23g of fat and 1430mg of sodium. The calories aren’t as bad as I imagined, but it definitely packs a wallop in the sodium department.
UPDATE 4/09: Here’s SF Gate columnist Mark Morford\’s take on the sandwich. If you’re not familiar with his writing, be forewarned that he is militantly liberal, highly opinionated, a bit profane, and loves to craft sentences that seem to run-on forever. His job description for a fast-food executive is “someone who sits around all day trying to discover new ways to manipulate, coerce, poison, and otherwise flagrantly kill millions of humans worldwide by convincing them to eat mass-produced, industrial feedlot, chemical-blasted garbage you should not feed to your dog unless you totally hate him and want him to get heart disease and die.”
Stephen Colbert recently did a funny segment on fast food, and includes his take on the Double Down, calling it “the warped creation of a syphilitic brain”. Here’s a link for you to watch it.
In another shocking development the actual Double Down sandwich, when prepared by disinterested fast-food employees, served in a styro clamshell, and photographed in poor light with a cell phone, appears to look nothing like the sandwich portrayed in KFC’s advertising photo shown at the top of this page: