When KFC launched the Nacho Box last year, the entire world recoiled in disgusted horror. There were multiple reports of the Nacho cheese containing mould and the company's Facebook page amassed more than 7000 comments about the new menu item, most of which were scathingly negative. Undeterred, the Colonel has returned with another Mexican-themed snack box which will be available for one month only. Read on for our taste verdict.
Last year, KFC tested the viability of the Double Shell Zinger Taco in a handful of outlets. Apparently, customer feedback was strong, because today the company is launching the same product nationwide. For four weeks only, you will be able to snap up the KFC Double Shell Zinger Taco for $3.95. It will then disappear from the menu — either periodically or forever, depending on its popularity. In other words, it could be the next Double burger — but it might only be the next Nacho Box.
As its name implies, the KFC Double Shell Zinger Taco chiefly consists of a Zinger chicken patty nestled inside two taco shells. In a decision that is sure to delight that wee Mexican sprog from the Old El Paso ads, one of the taco shells is soft and the other is hard. It also comes with lettuce, tomato, onion, cheese and a squirt of Super Charged sauce.
A standalone snack box packs in 1322kJ of energy — naturally, adding hot chips and a soft drink will up the kilojoule count considerably. Indeed, the combo meal, which comes with two tacos, a piece of original recipe chicken, chips, potato and gravy and a soft drink, comes in at a hefty 4972kJ. Blimey.
In terms of taste, the KFC Double Shell Zinger Taco is an interesting proposition. The inclusion of a hard and soft taco isn't just a gimmick: the hard shell provides some crunch while the soft shell turns the snack into a meal and also helps to hold the fillings together. It's an excellent solution for one-handed eating. I'm actually surprised no Mexican fast food outlets have thought of it before.
On the downside, the hard taco has a semi-crunchy texture which makes it taste vaguely stale. With that said, I find this vastly preferable to a super crunchy taco that explodes into pieces on your first bite. If you happen to be adverse to spicy food, be aware that this thing has quite a kick. Personally, I can't get enough spice but milder palates may want to request BBQ sauce in place of the Super Charged variety.
All in all, I quite liked the KFC Double Shell Zinger Taco: the combination of shells is truly innovative and makes a potentially messy meal much easier to scoff. We're still not entirely convinced that KFC chicken and Mexican are a good mix, but this is certainly one of the company's best efforts to date. If you've got a hankering for something fast 'n' spicy, it's definitely worth giving a go.