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Double Down Sandwich (KFC)

A gnarly breadless sandwich from KFC.

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  • Apr 21, 2010
 America is fat.  

America is getting fatter. 
It seems if KFC gets its way, America will get there in record time. 

Ladies and gentleman let me present to you the champion of all artery clogging, fat building and gluttonous indulging foods in a fast food market ripe with contenders.  Your neighborhood KFC is now stocked with the Double Down “Sandwich”.

I quoted the word sandwich because it is not “by definition” a sandwich.  From dictionary.com

"two or more slices of bread or the like with a layer of meat, fish, cheese, etc., between each pair"  -http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/sandwich

Now to introduce you to what I have seen defined as a “meatwich” in other blogs.  OK, here goes:

  • Two fried chicken breasts in place of the bread.
  • Two pieces of bacon
  • Two pieces of cheese
  • A mayo-based sauce

Maybe I’m not doing it justice.  Let’s roll the video and let KFC show you what I’m talking about with their own commercial:

I’m not gonna lie.  I have not eating this thing, nor do I intend to.  I am writing this “review” based on the idea of this assault on the health of America.  I know people are going to want to know how this thing tastes and I don’t want your curiosity to tempt you into  consuming something with these kind of stats:

"The nutrition facts aren’t the best, as you can imagine. The Double Down weighs in at 540 calories, 32 grams of fat and -- hold on -- 1,380 milligrams of sodium. KFC offers a grilled version that mysteriously is just as bad and has more sodium: 460 calories, 23 grams of fat and 1,430 milligrams of sodium."  -http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/comments_blo...will-you-be-buying.html

(I’d like people to pay particularly close attention to the grilled version.  I have heard more than one reasonable person proclaim that the grilled version can’t be that bad.)

So back to the taste.  I would imagine that something so horrific would have to be universally loved on the palette before it wreaks havoc on your digestive and cardio vascular systems.   Here are some reviews for you to...uh...chew on:

That should give you enough information to avoid having to order this thing. 

OK, have I handled the meatwich enough?   Now I have to take issue with KFC marketing.  Please note that I am not one usually overly sensitive to these issues, but the commercial above struck me as exploiting a chicken lovin stereotype of African-Americans.  I did a quick and informal survey on Facebook IM and it was aboutt 60-40 in my favor.  Watch it again AFTER you view this clip from Dave Chappelle. 

WARNING…there is bit of foul language in this clip:

Now watch the KFC commercial again and let me know in the comments section if you see what I saw.  Check out the bald black guy and how excited he is about chicken.  He jumps up-and-down in protect, then greets with a hearty "Hellooooo chicken" and then in his finale he raises the eyebrow, lowers his voice and tells us the main ingredient "...and two pieces of chicken" with the biggest smile you've even seen.  Couldn't that character get one of the lines referring to bacon or cheese or the sandwich as whole? 

Also, let me know if you’ve eating the Double Down.  If so, please share your thoughts and opinions about it. If not, do you plan to eat it.  We “double down” dare ya!

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September 18, 2011
Now, let’s be fair.

The three sites and reviewers you have carefully selected are well known for being opposed to heart attacks. Fairness dictates reviews from average people. I’d like to know what that 280 pound long haul truck driver thinks after 15 hours on the road and coming down from his amphetamine-induced passion for driving when he sees a KFC outlet coming up. Or the 16-year-old skinny male math wizard, unsuccessful in getting Sue Ellen to go to the prom with him, who decides to rid himself of this lonely world by scientifically measuring input of Big Macs versus the Double Downers until he collapses on Sue Ellen’s front yard. Or a Somali mother who is given a choice between a bowl of cold gruel and a nice hot, juicy Double Downer (hold the mayo). Or the Dalai Lama in retirement, who orders three Double Downers with fries as part of a KFC television commercial. Do you think he's going to throw those oozing babies away?

Moderation in everything is key. I eat half a Double Downer, no more. I always wait half an hour before eating the other half.

I don’t want to bring politics into this, but the Constitution specifically gives KFC the authority to make Double Downers. It doesn’t say KFC can’t, and that should be good enough. I believe Judge Bork provided the rationale. He cited the Declaration of Independence, which states that the pursuit of Double Downers (happiness in other words) is an inalienable right. ‘Nuf said.
March 01, 2011
This type of food will crash the health care system in America unless there is a meaningful excess consumption tax to control consumption.
April 24, 2010
This "sandwich" makes me want to run to the bathroom just seeing/talking about it--honestly, I think this should be illegal--and I'm not kidding. Drugs are illegal because they're harmful to the body, but yet we're allowed to consume "food-like substances" (thanks, Michael Pollan) that are literally killing our country causing diseases like obesity, heart disease, and diabetes. Oh what a twisted world we live in. Great review, BTW :)
April 23, 2010
Am I in the majority when I say that I actually want to try it, or at least take a bite?  Well, I did just create a bacon list, so I may be biased :P  I dig your take on it though, JD, and I can see what you mean about that commercial, though I'd have to see the whole series of Double Down commercials to decide who they were really targeting.  Thanks for sharing!
April 23, 2010
Personally, I think KFC has been fattening America from the start and honestly, their food isn't that great, so I totally agree with you. I don't know who though sandwiching meat and cheese between more meat was a good thing, but clearly that person has made a deal with the doctors that perform stomach staple surgeries and the companies that put out those diet pills that don't work. When will America learn that in order to be fit and healthy, you can't eat this kind of crap?!
April 22, 2010
great review Jeff!! Couldn't agree more.  If you want a home for this review... it would fit nicely in my "That's Beat" community... because that sandwich is truly beat.
April 22, 2010
It's been communitized! :) Thanks!
April 22, 2010
Nice!!! I think it's even more helpful now that it's in here... i'm rating it some more!!!
April 22, 2010
really don't know what KFC is thinking with this 'sandwich'? The sodium is enough to scare me away...I like their grilled chicken and would even have the occasional finger-lickin' goodness but this product is just weird. Great review!
April 22, 2010
I know...it seems a bit overkill (pun intended).
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review by . May 05, 2010
posted in Awesomeness
Fills me up....with sodium
But what delicous sodium.      I am NOT a healthy eater and my contributions here on lunch (mmmm lunch!) in the food realm is junkfood and fastfood.      This sandwich is getting plenty of headlines for the audacity of it all, first of all there is NO bread bun.  Your bun is two slabs of white chicken breast meat housing: bacon (mmmm bacon) slices of montery jack and pepper jack cheese and special sauce.  No veggies alowed, just like the …
Quick Tip by . July 23, 2010
I can feel my heart palpitating just looking at the picture... although I have eaten a 4x4 and fries in one sitting which is probably as bad or worse.
Quick Tip by . May 07, 2010
Don't see what the brouhaha is about. I've seen people eat the sum of this sandwich deconstructed AND in a sandwich!
Quick Tip by . May 05, 2010
A heart attack with no bun. Full of taste and filling. Defibrillator not included.
Quick Tip by . April 15, 2010
posted in That's Beat
I'm intrigued by this bizarre creation.
Quick Tip by . April 14, 2010
would love to know who the target audience is for this sandwich. Although it does have bacon.
Quick Tip by . April 12, 2010
posted in That's Beat
Are you freaking joking me? This is the most beat sandwich I've ever seen!
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The new KFC Double Down sandwich is real and it's coming April 12th! This one-of-a-kind sandwich features two thick and juicy boneless white meat chicken filets (Original Recipe® or Grilled), two pieces of bacon, two melted slices of Monterey Jack and pepper jack cheese and Colonel's Sauce. This product is so meaty, there’s no room for a bun!
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