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KFC's Double Down Sandwich: The Newest Player in American Food Tourism

April 13, 2010 at 9:05 AM | by | ()

What you travel to Japan, you want really great sushi; when you travel to Germany, you drool over sausage with a helping of sauerkraut; and in italy, perhaps you yearn for the best pasta bolognese money can buy. Alas, every country has that one big food item they're known for, and although it's somewhat stereotypical, you can't resist. So what dish defines America? You could say pizza or apple pie, or even sweet potato casserole, but the real answer is fast food.

American fast food chains have spread around the world like welcome weeds, bringing Big Macs to the Israeli desert, Gorditas to Bangalore and BMT subs to Bruges, and now they have a new king: KFC's Double Down sandwich.

KFC first tested the sandwich—a 540-calorie handful of two pieces of bacon, two melted slices of Monterey Jack and pepper jack cheese and "Colonel's Sauce" between two slabs of chicken filets instead of buns—in two average American cities (Providence, Rhode Island and Omaha, Nebraska). Yesterday they finally rolled it out nationwide, to the delight of thousands of fried chicken enthusiasts, food bloggers and one NY Times food critic. Judging from our own taste test last night, we think it has the potential to go international.

The Double Down comes to signify America, after the jump

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