…on your arteries.
With April 1st pranks like Starbucks’ Plenta just having come out last week, the thought of a Kentucky Fried Chicken sandwich named the “Double Down” that consists of breaded fried chicken as the bun of a sandwich whose interior contains bacon, cheese and a sort of mayonnaise sauce might sound made up.
But this is America, wherein batter-coated French Fries are considered a fresh vegetable by the USDA, and our obesity rates have been on the climb for 30 years. Not to mention that KFC is owned by the same company that brought us the double-decker taco, the bacon-ranch tortada and stuffed crust pizza. Which is to say that the KFC Double Down is real, it’s been test-marketed in Rhode Island and Nebraska, and it’s coming next week at a retail price of $6.99. In fact, it’s already on the KFC nutritional guide, which lists the sandwich as having 540 calories (290 from fat), 32 grams of fat and 1380 grams of sodium, which is over half the recommended daily intake of sodium. (Want fries with that?)
The Vancouver Sun, though, guessed that the calorie count of this sandwich is around 1200. By their estimates, the sandwich on its own contains “more than the daily recommended allowance in fat (124%), saturated fat (117%), cholesterol (105%), sodium (125%) and protein (194%), as well as 61% of your daily recommended calorie intake.”
KFC spokesperson Rick Maynard disagrees with the Sun’s nutritional assessment of the sandwich, noting that the Sun used the wrong nutritional information on the chicken patties themselves.
If we add up the calories of the individual ingredients, here’s what we get:
(KFC doesn’t specify how much a “dollop” of Colonel’s Sauce is – nor what’s in it – so we used 1 TBSP of mayonnaise as an example, even though the pix of the sandwich would indicate that a “dollop” is a lot more than 1 TBSP. If anyone has any guesses as to how much a dollop is or what makes a sauce orange and viscous like a mayonnaise, hey – holler.)
The point of confusion the Sun might be having is how two 3.5 oz breaded and friend KFC chicken breasts come out as only having 140 calories and 7g of fat each. The breasts have the skin (we called and asked), and any other nutritional information found available on this amount of fried chicken is around 220 calories per piece, with far more fat. Even a roasted chicken breast of the same size would seem to have more calories than KFC’s fried ones. Curious.
Of course, anyone ordering a sandwich made entirely of fried chicken, bacon, cheese and a mystery orange sauce probably isn’t too overly concerned about fat and calories in the first place. Although, breading aside, perhaps there will be some sort of appeal to folks on the low-carb craze, who might think about justifying this one as health food. (Sorry, Dr. Atkins.)
With Michelle Obama focused on tackling childhood obesity and Jamie Oliver likewise trying to revamp the school foodservice system to, you, know, make changes like not counting french fries as a vegetable, we’ll guess that neither the First Lady nor the cheerful British chef will be in line for a Double Down next week.
And so we award a Fantasy T-Wearer Award to both Michelle Obama and Jamie Oliver today, with a virtual “hang in there.” May they both enjoy the “I love me some veggies” apron, at right.