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FoodUnfortunately, KFC's new Mac & Cheese Bowls are missing one crucial element

22:10  22 august  2019
22:10  22 august  2019 Source:   thetakeout.com

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Beginning next week, KFC will sell Mac & Cheese Bowls , modeled after the long-established Famous Bowl . While the Mac & Cheese Bowl is very likely something the Takeout staff will sample in the future, it did introduce a few questions about the nature of the Famous Bowl .

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As some regular Takeout readers may know, this is by and large a website staffed with fans of KFC food. Over time we’ve admired its BBQ chicken, its coleslaw, and its Cheeto-dusted chicken sandwiches, to say nothing of making a sandwich out of its crispy, greasy chicken skin alone. All of this is to say that while we may have some thoughts on the fried chicken chain’s latest menu item, it all comes from a place of wholehearted affection.

Once again, a KFC side dish has become what KFC diehards crave. Beginning next week, KFC will sell Mac & Cheese Bowls, modeled after the long-established Famous Bowl. They’ll be part of the restaurant’s $5 Fill-Up menu and can be enjoyed on their own, or with some Nashville hot sauce added to the mix for extra spice.

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Starting August 26, KFC is launching Mac & Cheese bowls as part of the chain' s fill up menu. The bowls are a twist on the Famous Bowls that are But more than that, the bowls signal the shift in the way that operations have been working at KFCs across the country, thanks to an innovation behind

The bowl takes KFC ' s existing mac and cheese and tops it with crispy popcorn chicken and a three- cheese blend. KFC ' s bowl joins Chick-fil-A's On Thursday, KFC announced it would be adding mac -and- cheese bowls to its menu starting Monday. The bowls are a twist on KFC ' s existing bowl

Except for one thing.

Unfortunately, KFC's new Mac & Cheese Bowls are missing one crucial element© Photo: KFC
While the Mac & Cheese Bowl is very likely something the Takeout staff will sample in the future, it did introduce a few questions about the nature of the Famous Bowl. The initial idea was ostensibly to re-purpose as many of the restaurant’s ingredients at possible, in one bite, delivered from table to mouth via spork. The flavor combination of boneless fried chicken, starchy-but-fluffy mashed potatoes, sweet corn, gravy, and shredded cheese is not for all, but it’s certainly for some, as evidenced by the Famous Bowl’s 13 years and counting on-and-off the KFC menu.

We’re then moved to ask, in light of the Mac & Cheese Bowl: Where’s the gravy? It was arguably the inclusion of gravy that made the original Famous Bowl, well, infamous. The gravy was the gilding of the lily, and it was on brand with KFC’s ethos. Sure, there’s an argument to be made that the moisture of the cheese sauce is all that one Famous Bowl can (or should) handle, but there certainly should be another for what a dollop of tangy, savory gravy would bring to the dish. Where the gravy constitutes so much of the flavor profile of the classic Famous Bowl, the comparatively neutral mac and cheese will have to shoulder far more of the load with the new item. Some people like their KFC a little more characteristically audacious.

Of course, we shouldn’t judge something without tasting it, but on optics alone, the exclusion of gravy from a KFC item with “Bowl” in its name feels like a glaring omission. Maybe we’re off-base, but we won’t know for certain until the Mac and Cheese Bowl begins selling at KFC on August 26.

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