Black burgers coloured with dye and/or charcoal are all the rage overseas. Now KFC is bringing the wacky concept Down Under. The Zinger Black Burger does what it says on the tin, featuring a jet-black bun sprinkled with chilli flakes and nigella seeds. It also comes with a Zinger fillet, cheese, bacon, lettuce, tomato and sweet mustard maple flavoured sauce. It's available in stores for a limited time from today.
The striking black bun is made with vegetable carbon (AKA "carbon black") which is derived from vegetable material for food use. It looks weird, but KFC assures us it's an approved substance under the Food Standards code.
The burger packs in 1973kJ of energy, 35.9g of protein, 19.2g of fat, 45.7g of carbs, 11.9g of sugars and 1566mg of sodium. This makes it slightly more indulgent than a regular Zinger burger which boasts 1779kJ of energy, 28.4g of protein, 18.4g of fat, 42.7g of cabrs, 8.5g of sugar and 1062mg of sodium.
We were given an advanced taste test of the Zinger Black and can confirm it's bloody moreish: the sweet mustard maple has a slightly smoky aftertaste that suits the charcoal theme perfectly. It strikes a perfect balance between sweet and spicy.
The Zinger is available from 22 March to 18 April nationwide (with the exception of Tasmania) for $7.45. We'll be back with an in-depth taste test later in the week.