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In the past, I made reference to things that we wish and long for just due to the fact it is at a somewhat arms reach but it is too troublesome to go and get it/them. Wait, what’s that again? OK, let me put a really simple example: When the original iPhone came, it wasn’t launched in Canada but people went to extreme to find unlocked versions in the US. In the case of food, Krispy Kreme was almost a commodity… Until a store was opened here. The list goes and goes. When KFC released their Double Down sandwich, aside from the hype it generated as being one of the most unhealthy sandwiches (there are worst), it was done as a US only item. But, thanks to some ingenuity, some people made their own version, including a Canadian version. In my case, living in Vancouver, with border crossing at a relatively short drive, it was a matter of if I *really* wanted to do it. For the most part the answer was no; until, that is, I was in the US for business trip and, well, why not, get not one but two of such sandwiches! You can check my post here.
Fast forward to the present: In a case of demand (or hype or success, which ever you think is true), KFC in Canada was to release this “sandwich” on October 18th and available until mid November. While I already had the “original” version down in the US, well, why not try the local version as well!
Working in Downtown, I was a bit surprised there is only one KFC in the West End. Of course, given KFC rap, this could swing both ways. Knowing there will be some hype behind it, I decided to leave around 11:30 a.m., hoping to arrive at that KFC in Davie Street before any line formed. To my surprise that small location was packed when I arrived! Now, not everybody ordered that sandwich; some of them went for the regular KFC fare. However, as soon as I made my order, people behind me were ordering three or four of such sandwiches. (Including a shameless news reporter who was asking for other customers for a chance to take pictures. C’mon, take a picture of *your* own sandwich!). What was even more surprising is that by noon, it was sold out and there was a wait until 2:00 p.m. Call it initial success?
As for the sandwich itself, I already had a good idea of what to expect. I mean, it is not that I haven’t tried it before. As for this one… Well, despite the way it is constructed seems “better”, my initial thoughts a couple of months earlier haven’t changed. It is a darn messy “sandwich”. Here is the reason I thought this was “better” compared to the US version: the chicken had more juices in it, compared to the US version; however, I can think of a reason why this is the case: given the rush of orders, these would be recently cooked; whereas in the US, since the hype was long gone when I had it, it could have been sitting there for a while.
As for the rest of the “sandwich”, well, it is what was promised, cheese, some dressing and bacon. The bacon wasn’t crispy and the cheese was… Actually, it wasn’t bad but, then again, it was a lot of fat. The overall combined package… Well, the same issue I ran into in the US version was encountered here too: This monstrosity had an extremely salty feeling in it and had to wash it down with a glass of pop – Did I mention I didn’t finish it? Even then, I was still feeling that salt in my mouth for hours to come. You thought MSG was bad?
Now, without the bread, it brings another question: how filling it is? If you are a light eater, this might be good enough; however, for somebody who might be a heavier eater, you can easily eat two of these. In my case… No…
Given this is my second time having it, at least I think I can make a judgement… And, (un)fortunately is the same one that I had when I first had it: It is over-rated in all possible aspects. And while it ain’t the worst meal healthwise, it will certainly be a runner up. It was fatty (the wrap was starting to be oily already), it was salty (as mentioned above, had to drink a lot of liquid after a couple of bites). For the price ($7, sandwich alone; $9 in a combo), I would rather get a rotisserie chicken. If you really want fried chicken, you might as well get some individual pieces and assemble it yourself. Heck, don’t even “assemble” it as a sandwich, eat the meat “as is”. But, if you want to say “I had it”, by all means, be my guest. Just make sure you have a contingency plan in regards to your health!