Wednesday, October 20, 2010

KFC doubles down on a winner

Fast food giant KFC is making a big impression with the introduction of its Double Down sandwich. This entrée is a delicious-looking KFC Double-Downsandwich combination of fried chicken—as only KFC does it—bacon, cheese and KFC’s secret sauce.

KFC Canada hopes to reproduce the enormous popularity the DD enjoyed in the United States where it reportedly became the most successful sandwich in the KFC’s history, with more than 10 million sold in less than a month.

To the companies delight, I’m sure, the launch of this latest entry in the fast food sweepstakes has caused a sensation and was a top-of-the-news topic for all the content-starved news media outlets, and received swift condemnations from all quarters. So what’s all the fuss about?

This sandwich is a hearty 540 calories, with 30 grams of fat and 1,740 milligrams of sodium. Not for those with heart conditions or those on salt reduced diets, perhaps, but neither is it particularly outrageous.

The DD stacks up well, in healthy eating terms, against Wendy’s Baconator, which contains 610 calories, 35 grams of fat and 1,130mg of sodium. Or against Burger King’s Triple Whopper with Cheese, which has a whopping (sorry, couldn’t resist that) 1,250 calories, 84 grams of fat and 1,600mg of sodium. Or something like Arby’s grilled Chicken Cordon Bleu Sandwich: 488 calories, 19g of fat, 1561mg of sodium.

Or what about the popular canned Habitant Pea Soup. One cup alone contains 650mg of sodium, and most of us have this by the bowl, not by the cup—you do the math. And watch out for poutine. A serving of Harvey’s version of the popular cheese curd topping contains 2,360mg of sodium, 640 calories and 33 grams of fat!

A serving of Kraft Canada’s recipe for Easy Chicken Cordon Bleu, despite calling for only four ounces of “boneless skinless chicken breasts” and using “Lower Sodium Stuffing Mix” and “reduced-sodium condensed cream of chicken soup,” still packs 930mg of sodium, 450 calories and 18 grams of fat.

So what’s all the fuss about? Just a lot of hot air to fill out the news cycle, I guess. Or can we expect a campaign to ban Habitant Pea Soup? Over to you Dalton McGuinty.

For those who love crispy deep-fried chicken and cheese, I say give it a try—just watch your salt and fat intake for the rest of the day.


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  1. I highly doubt the claim of only 540 calories. A ham & egg sandwich I make myself is right up to 400 calories, I doubt two deep-fried chicken-mysteries with two strips of bacon, two slices of cheese (type product) and a bun will only be 540.

  2. Erwin - look at the picture. No bun. So you're low carbs as well.

  3. As they say "No publicity is bad publicity" so I guess KFC are thanking the Dolt and his scumbags for all the publicity.