KFC Double Down Review

KFC Double Down Review

What they say:

Double Down, 2 Original Recipe chicken fillets, bbq sauce, bacon and Monterey Jack Cheese, it’s finger lickin’ good.

Price: £4.99 for the burger only.

Calories: 885 kcal.

Quite possibly the most infamous fast food sandwich/burger in the world has landed at KFC UK – the Double Down.

Smart KFC fans like you, will have known about its impending launch after we first started tweeting about it coming on Thursday 28th September.

Since the official confirmation, the hype surrounding the release of the Double Down has been intense.

Back when I attended the KFC Menu Hack Event, I met with some of the development team from KFC and even then, they said it was more a case of when, not if it would make it to this country.

Now, from Monday 9th October, KFC fans can finally get their hands on the Double Down!

KFC Double Down Review

There are two meal versions available – with cheese (£5.79) or with cheese & bacon (£5.99) and I made the mistake of ordering just the Bacon and Cheese Double Down for a pound less.

The packaging is suitable for if you are eating it like a wrap so you don’t get your hands (too) greasy.

I needed to see the whole thing though and eventually got in without causing too much disruption inside the black and shiny wrapper.

KFC Double Down Review

The Double Down looks alright. The cheese is nowhere near melted but that actually helps it in the flavour department. You can definitely taste it and it is slightly creamy.

It does look a bit of a mess though with the cheese all over the place.

In the end, I had to tuck some back in as didn’t just fancy biting into just a cheese slice.

The Original Recipe Chicken Fillets are surprisingly dry to the touch on their exterior so you don’t get too messy.

And most fast food fans will agree they are always a decent standard at KFC and the Double Down is no different.

KFC Double Down Review

The bacon is lost by the double chicken overload – it’s neither thick cut or crispy and you get only the faintest hint of it on your palate if you are lucky.

The very first Double Down featured The Colonel’s secret sauce, so when I first saw the promotional pictures I was a little disappointed to find out the U.K. build had good old reliable BBQ instead.

That’s a shame… as although I have walked into a KFC adorned with DD advertising everywhere and walked up to the counter (eventually) and ordered a DD, I can’t help think I’m not getting the genuine thing. The real finger lickin’ deal… (echoes of Nashville Hot Chicken in my mind).

KFC Double Down Review

As you can see in our Double Down list below, there have been many variations around the world.

I wish we’d got the original first and then maybe in time, other versions.

I guess KFC UK believe that BBQ sauce will sell better and/or is more marketable than the Colonel’s secret sauce?

KFC Double Down Review

Back in 2013, when we hacked the menu to create our own version, I wrote that I doubted we would ever see the DD in the U.K. and today I was proved wrong.

You might walk away from this experience wondering just what the excitement was all about though. And I wouldn’t blame you.

It’s good for us to finally get the opportunity to try the Double Down, albeit not quite in its original format.

I certainly enjoyed mine and I’m glad to see it in the U.K. but it’s perhaps not as amazing as I anticipated or had built up in my mind.

Looking past all the media hype (inc. coming from this website!) I can honestly say it’s not (IMO) in the same league as the Dirty Louisiana.

Whatever you think about the Double Down, KFC have really created a social media buzz (possibly more fervent than the McRib) around it. Just don’t go into KFC expecting a life changing experience.

KFC Double Down Review

The Double Down is at participating KFC restaurants until Sunday 19th November subject to availability.

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Website: https://www.kfc.co.uk/our-food/for-one/burgers/double-down-bacon-burger

List of Double Down variations:

Double Down Maxx – France – BBQ Bacon or Black Pepper Mayo
Hawaiian Double Down – Singapore – BBQ Sauce & Pineapple
Zinger Double Down – Malaysia – Supercharger Sauce
Zinger Double Down Maxx – South Korea – Hash Brown
Zinger Double Down King – South Korea – Beef Patty
Double Down The Banger – New Zealand – Sliced Sausage
Double Down Bacon Berry – New Zealand – Berry Sauce
Double Down Ham Steak Hash – New Zealand – Ham & Hash Brown
Double Down Fresh – Hong Kong – Lettuce & Tomato
Double Down G – Philippines – Crispy Fried Spinach & Secret Green Sauce
Double Down Dog – Philippines – Hot Dog Wrapped in Double Down
Scorcher Double Down – Canada – Supercharger Sauce & Pepperjack Cheese

Double Down

£4.99
Double Down
6.5

Taste

7/10

Look

6/10

Price

7/10

Hot

  • It's the freaking Double Down!

Not

  • BBQ sauce not Colonel's secret sauce
  • MIA bacon
 
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7 thoughts on “KFC Double Down Review

  • 9th October 2017 at 8:27 pm
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    Yours looked so crisp in the picture! Mine was slightly softer, so the ‘crispy’ coating wasn’t as crisp. That’s my fault for ordering bang in the middle of lunchtime – will be going back to try another one at a different time of day for sure! My only other issue was that the bacon wasn’t crispy. Bacon should ALWAYS be crispy. But, as with the coating, mine was a bit on the limp side. Still tasty though. If only they were zinger fillets too! I’d love a spicy version, with spicy sauce (not mayo, obvs) and jalapeños! Overall verdict? I’d eat another one right now….

     
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  • 10th October 2017 at 11:12 pm
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    Glad I tried it on the first day but although it was nice it’s just a gimmick. Two fillets with unmelted cheese cohabiting with the odd bit of underwhelming reclusive bacon.
    BBQ sauce can’t fault it but nothing special. Better off with a Big daddy box meal for your hard earned cash.

     
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  • 11th October 2017 at 10:49 am
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    such a dank product all my homies tried it we doubled down i tell ya worth a try its nice featured an as me being bob marley i love hot food

     
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  • 12th October 2017 at 11:59 am
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    Finally managed to get round to sampling the delights of the Double Down last night. Overall, I enjoyed it. Did it live up to the intense hype? Probably not…. Would I have another one? Almost certainly yes.

    Some observations –
    1. Does it warrant the price? I’m still a bit undecided on this. £4.99 is quite a high price point for the burger alone.
    2. The DD I had was well built, with hot chicken and crispy coating to match. I’ve spoken to other people who’s experience wasn’t great, maybe this is just luck of the draw, and varies branch to branch? No crispy bacon on mine either….
    3. I definitely agree with Miss Milkshake, a Zinger version would be great, especially with Super Charger sauce instead of BBQ.

    I did like it, and ‘wolfed’ it down voraciously, but then I’ve always had a soft spot for KFC. Almost certain a return visit is in my immediate future…

     
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  • 19th October 2017 at 9:01 am
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    this is a rip off, please reduce the price to £1.50. thanks xx

     
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  • 28th October 2017 at 8:16 pm
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    this burger is delicious. you have to have it without bbq sauce though to get the taste of the bacon in.
    top marks kfc please keep it on the menu forever!!!

     
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  • 16th November 2017 at 3:22 am
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    You don’t have to have it with BBQ sauce. I’ve had it from 2 different restaurants and both allowed me to order it with Supercharger sauce rather than BBQ. It’s nice but I need Zinger coating to truly enjoy!

     
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