Takeaway Truth is a new occasional Lifehacker feature where we compare marketing images against what you actually get served. Today: Red Rooster's Stacked Power Pack.
Fast food restaurants have been known to gild the lily when it comes to accurate depictions of their menu items. Far too often, the mouth-watering feast on the poster turns out to be a limp and oily morsel. In a bid to keep the fry-jockey overlords honest, we've decided to document the reality of fast food -- it was either that, or go postal like Michael Douglas in Falling Down.
As their name implies, the Red Rooster Stacked Pack range crams a generous allotment of food into one oversized box. In addition to providing a more substantial feast, this also saves the customer up to 30 per cent on the standard price of each item, according to Red Rooster's marketing.
The Stacked 'Power' Pack comes with a quarter roast chicken, one crispy strip, one regular mash & gravy, a regular hot chips and a 390ml soft drink for $9.95. Other packs in the range include the Tropicana Pack (quarter roast chicken, two pineapple fritters, 390ml drink and hot chips), All-In Pack (Classic Crispy Burger, one crispy strip, three cheesy nuggets, 390ml drink and hot chips.) and Legends Pack (Classic Crispy Burger, two crispy strips, 390ml drink and hot chips).
This is how the Stacked Power Pack looks on the Red Rooster website:
And here's what we got served:
Apart from the completely different box design, we think this is a reasonably accurate representation of what you get served. Sure, the food isn't overflowing out of the box and the chips aren't as numerous or golden, but overall this is one of the more honest marketing images that we've seen in the series thus far -- it certainly beats the likes of Subway's Three Pepper Chicken, anyway.
Truth Rating: 8/10
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