Monday, January 26, 2015

Dear KFC: Doubling down on what?

An early heart attack? Bad taste? Jamming foods together that were never meant to be in the same room, let alone on the same plate?

According to the site,, "Fast-food chain KFC is offering a Double Down Dog at select locations in the Philippines. The Double Down Dog is a hot dog covered in cheese and wrapped up with a chicken breast instead of bread. It's only available today and tomorrow, with each KFC location only serving 50 per day to customers, according to a Facebook post by KFC Philippines."

Above: KFC's prettied-up advertising version of the "dog of death."

...and here's one of several -- similar -- photos from social media sources. (Photo: @kixnakamura)

Good news (at least for diet-conscious folks and their favorite cardiologists), "USA Today reports that KFC has no plans to bring the Double Down Dog to American locations. The new hot dog meal is similar to the Double Down sandwich, which was introduced in 2010 and offered in the United States. The original Double Down was bacon and two pieces of cheese hugged by chicken fillets."

What's the surprise?

Looks like we'll have to tune in to find out...

It's not one of Jack in the Box's more memorable spots, but it has piqued our interest.

Speaking of memorable spots featuring Jack, here's some of our faves: A compilation of classic Jack in the Box commercials from the late '90s and early 2000s.

Of course, it's hard to beat this classic:

Closing note: Can Jack (please) bring Rodney back?

The unkindest cuts?

The question of the moment: "Which Cut of Meat Is Least Likely to Make You Sick?"

Hint: "When it comes to foodborne illness risk, steaks, cold cuts, and chicken nuggets are not created equal."

Something to think about the next time you're placing your order!

The clown is losing

"In the battle for consumer food and beverage dollars, upscale is winning out over cheap. Starbucks' sales, store traffic, and stock price are all booming, while McDonald's continues to flounder."

Tell us something we don't know, right?

So why is the clown in failing health and other? This article in Money lays out some of the reasons.

(Full disclosure: The author of this blog is related to an employee of the coffee shop chain mentioned above.)