Takeaway Truth is an occasional Lifehacker feature where we compare marketing images to what you actually get served. Today: KFC's $5 Hot & Spicy Lunch Box.
With the possible exception of the KFC Double, Hot & Spicy chicken is KFC's most beloved menu item. It's currently back for a limited time - and you can get a taster box for just $5.
The excellent-value $5 Hot & Spicy Lunch Box comes with one piece of Hot & Spicy Chicken, a Wicked Wing, regular chips, a regular potato & gravy and a 250ml can of Solo. Here's the Colonel's sales pitch:
The best of the best in one box - Hot & Spicy Chicken, a Wicked Wing, perfectly seasoned chips, mash and gravy, and a cool drink. This offer is not everywhere and not forever.
In your meal:
- 1x 1 Pc Hot & Spicy Chicken
- 1x 1 Wicked Wing
- 1x Regular Chips
- 1x Regular Potato & Gravy
- 1x 250ml Solo
As the product name implies, the Hot & Spicy Lunch Box isn't available at dinnertime. However, you can get it until 4pm which isn't too bad.
Rather cheekily, KFC doesn't provide nutritional information on its website for this product, but it's possible to do the maths yourself by adding up the individual items. The $5 Hot & Spicy Lunch Box packs in around 3400kJ. That's a lot of energy for the asking price, which is either good or bad, depending on your willpower.
So how does the $5 Hot & Spicy Lunch Box compare to the advertised image? Here they are side-by-side:
Okay. First off, we need to talk about that Pepsi. KFC explicitly states that the deal comes with a Solo. I don't even think KFC sells 250ml Pepsi cans. In any event, when you order this meal you ain't getting a Pepsi. Is this false advertising?
Otherwise, this doesn't look too bad. The chips aren't as numerous and the potato & gravy is clearly taking the piss, but the chicken - which is the obvious star of the dish - stacks up pretty well.