Today Colonel Sander’s gang sank the notorious Double Down back into the broiler.
The fried chicken-as-bun with bacon and cheese sandwich, which contains enough sodium and fat to fell a Clydesdale horse, has now been taken off the menu at KFC stores in Canada after only a month.
Same thing happened in the U.S. in the spring before public clamour led to its reincarnation as regular menu fixture. Expect the same up here.
Despite pressure from various levels of government, the Double Down has been a huge success for KFC. Canadians have double-downed roughly a million of these heart attacks.
An amusing outcome of the Double Down’s introduction is all the spin-off coronary sandwiches created by amateur competitors, including this 5,000 calorie monster from “Angry French Canadians” (see if you can stomach the gross-out YouTube video here), which stuffs bacon, cheese, poutine and hot dogs, including the buns, on a baguette and drenches the whole mess in maple syrup.
There are no reports of deaths from the Double Down, but you have to wonder about a food company that is so eager to hang its apron on such an unhealthy slug of a product.
It may be a marketing success story, but it leaves a nasty taste in my mouth.