The Double Down’s Dangerously Cheesy Sibling

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KFC is now selling a Cheetos-enriched fried chicken sandwich.

Besides a fried chicken patty, the sandwich comes with mayo, and a pile of whole Cheetos drenched in a special Cheetos cheese sauce, giving this Frankenfood delight a nuclear-orange glow even more pronounced than that of the Colonel’s mac and cheese.

Orange. Sandwich. Good.

KFC’s limited release of the Cheetos sandwich follows the success of tamer, but still out-there, KFC products, including the pickle-fried chicken and the chicken-and-waffles sandwiches.

“Both KFC and Cheetos have dedicated fan bases loyal to each new creation,” KFC said in the sandwich’s announcement. “It only made sense to merge these two iconic brands together to provide an irresistible and flavorful sandwich that gives the best of both worlds.”

Not the first Cheetos collab

This isn’t the first time Cheetos has teamed up with another brand to create a whacky product. The Regal Cinemas chain sells popcorn mixed with Cheetos. Burger King also briefly offered “Mac n’ Cheetos,” a macaroni and cheese side battered in Cheetos dust and deep fried.

KFC’s mad scientists, for their part, have a world-wide legacy of cooking up experimental fast food. Similar to the U.S.’s Double Down (which replaced bread buns with chicken patties), KFC Philippines had the “Double Down Dog” (which replaced hot dog buns with chicken patties).

Also in the Philippines, KFC has sold something called “the Chizza,” a fried chicken breast topped with ham, cheese, pizza sauce, and, perhaps most controversially, pineapple.

(Orange) Finger Lickin’ Good

Unfortunately, the Cheetos-KFC collaboration can only be found at certain KFC locations in Georgia, Virginia, and North Carolina — either until March 24 or so long as supplies last. If the orange chicken sandwich[1] proves popular, however, it’s possible that the Colonel could spread the Cheetos love throughout the country.


[1] Panda Express: Please take note.

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