Takeaway Truth: KFC’s Grilled Salsa Twister

Takeaway Truth is an occasional Lifehacker feature where we compare marketing images against what you actually get served. Today: KFC’s Grilled Salsa Twister.

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.

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When KFC last came under the Takeaway Truth spotlight it was easily one of the worst offenders of the whole series. The Grilled Taster Box was a truly pitiful sight — it made us feel like we were staring into the mournfully large eyes of an orphan whose pet mouse had just died (actually, it kind of looked like the dead mouse too).

This is not something you typically want from a fast food meal and the Taster Box was scored accordingly.

The Grilled Salsa Twister can therefore be viewed as KFC’s shot at redemption (watch the official promo clip here).

Billed as a “meal picnic” the Grilled Salsa Twister comes with two “100% grilled” breast fillet strips, salsa, corn chips, lettuce, cheese and “supercharged sauce” wrapped up in a warm tortilla. But is it the scrumptious mouth-fiesta promised on the poster or the fast food equivalent of Spanish flu?
Below is the Grilled Salsa Twister as it appears on KFC’s Facebook page:

And here’s how it looks in the cold light of reality:

Just to ram it all home, here’s the obligatory side-by-side comparison:

Oh dear. The first wrap looks like it was painstakingly prepared by the head chef at a Michelin rated restaurant. The second one looks like it was knocked together by a hammer-stunned rooster.

Where do we begin? The meat is visibly burnt, there’s only one chicken strip visible and the piñata of salad has been reduced to a few soggy strands of lettuce (the salsa was present inside the wrap, but the quantity you get definitely fails to match the poster).

Once again, we feel compelled to point out that we did not remove any fillings or manipulate the food in any way — that’s exactly what we were served by the bored looking KFC checkout chick. We think it’s marginally better than the KFC Grilled Taster Box but that really isn’t saying much.

    Truth Rating: 4/10

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