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Video: Earth Eats Crew Eats KFC’s New Double Down “Sandwich”

KFC released their new Double Down "sandwich" to stores across the country today. Earth Eats took the sandwich for a taste test so you wouldn't have to.

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    Photo: Adam Schweigert/WFIU

    Earth Eats obtained (with our own money) 2 Double Down sandwiches from the local KFC.

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    Photo: Adam Schweigert/WFIU

    We wanted to make sure to get a second opinion, so we had two taste testers instead of just one.

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    Photo: Adam Schweigert/WFIU

    Earth Eats' news correspondent Megan Meyer (L) and web developer Eoban Binder (R) volunteered to be our testers.

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    Photo: Adam Schweigert/WFIU

    The "unboxing" of the KFC Double Down sandwich, before Eoban gave it a taste.

After speculation that the KFC’s new Double Down “sandwich” surely had to be an April Fool’s joke, KFC proved us all wrong by unleashing the new menu item to its stores across the country today.

It features what appear to be two kinds of cheese, two strips of bacon and KFC’s signature Colonel’s sauce sandwiched in between two fried chicken patties, serving as substitutes for bread. Because, according to KFC, there’s “so much chicken, there’s no room for a bun!”

For the health conscious (of just the morbidly stat-curious), the original “Double Down” comes in at 540 calories, 32 g of fat and an impressive 1380mg of sodium. There is also the slightly healthier grilled version of the Double Down, and bloggers at Vegansaurus have even come up with a tongue-in-cheek vegan version of the sandwich.

But, being purists, we opted for the original Double Down. In the name of science, brave Earth Eats web developer Eoban Binder and  news correspondent Megan Myer took the sandwich for a taste test (so you wouldn’t have to).

Watch: Earth Eats Eats The New KFC Double Down “Sandwich”

Eoban’s Impressions

To me, food works when it has the right balance of ingredients; no matter what way you look at it, a mound of fried chicken, bacon and cheese just doesn’t hit anywhere close.

  • Eoban holding the double down sandwich

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    Photo: Adam Schweigert/WFIU

    "The first thing I noticed about this 'sandwich' is exactly where 540 calories originate. If the Double Down had a bun of some kind, it would probably act as a sponge for at least some of the bacon and chicken grease, but since it doesn't, the grease sort of sits there glistening on the sandwich instead."

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    Photo: Adam Schweigert/WFIU

    "Honestly, it's not quite as bad as I expected it to be, but the 'cheese' needs some rethinking, and the Colonel's sweet-tangy sauce is more something to tolerate than enjoy."

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    Photo: Adam Schweigert/WFIU

    "Other than for pure novelty reasons, I can't imagine why anyone would really prefer this menu item over others from KFC."

Megan’s Impressions

I respect the Double-Down’s unabashed fast-foodiness — it is what it is and has nothing to hide. That said, eating one was just shy of a traumatic experience for me.

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    Photo: Adam Schweigert/WFIU

    "I respect the Double-Down's unabashed fast-foodiness -- it is what it is and has nothing to hide. That said, eating one was just shy of a traumatic experience for me."

  • Megan frowning looking at the sandwich

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    Photo: Adam Schweigert/WFIU

    "Its bark was worse than its bite, so the odor raised my threshold of disgust. I expected the Double-Down to be exceptionally salty and greasy, and it delivered."

  • Megan holding the double down sandwich still frowning

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    Photo: Adam Schweigert/WFIU

    "What I did not expect, however, was the floppy bacon and the non-biodegradable texture of the cheese-like mass inside."

Update (4/15): Video added, happy to report that both Megan and Eoban have survived their ordeal (so far…)

Earth Eats Staff

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  • http://www.glutenfreeforgood.com/blog/ glutenfreeforgood

    Hi “Earth Eats” friends — I loved this post of yours! Wonderful stuff and very entertaining. I don't drop links into the comment section of other people's blogs, but I just had to share with you the fact that I also did a KFC post (in 2008). I absolutely loved Megan's facial expressions while attempting to eat (taste) the Double Down sandwich. And the fact that she needed a towel to wipe her hands says it all! That towel took on the role of security blanket. I laughed out loud more than once. I did a post comparing the KFC Potato Bowl with a potato dish of my own. Here's my version of the KFC “rant.” Absolutely disgusting stuff on so many levels!
    http://www.glutenfreeforgood.com/blog/?p=497
    Thanks! Great video.
    Melissa

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