Kentucky Fried Chicken is jumping into the sandwich war between Popeyes and Chick-fil-A with a crazy, new fried chicken and doughnut mashup.
The Colonel has announced that it is testing a new combo meal featuring fried chicken strips and doughnuts — the ultimate marriage of salty and sweet (and maybe a little gluttony).
Unfortunately, only fast-food fans in Pittsburgh and the Virginia cities of Norfolk and Richmond, will be lucky enough to try the decadent duo. A press release for the “Chicken and Donuts” menu outlines various combinations involving bone-in chicken or tenders with one or two donuts starting at $5.50, as well as a fried chicken sandwich with two donuts used as buns starting at $6.
And, for just $1, customers can add a hot doughnut to any meal on the chicken chain’s regular menu. Of course!
The Southern-inspired joint won’t be making donuts on-site, instead, the pastries will arrive at stores already baked. Upon order they will get a quick dunk in a hot-oil fryer before getting dipped in a warm, vanilla glaze so that they’re hot and fresh-ish.
The announcement has already divided social media as some are calling the promotion a harbinger of the health demise of our nation.
“KFC wants us to die so badly,” wrote multimedia editor Blair Guild on Twitter.
Adds market forecast site @RANsquawk, “I’m not one to bang the drum with ‘clean eating’ but this sounds absolutely horrendous.”
Meanwhile, junk food lovers across the country are planning a pilgrimage.
The delicious development has some wondering whether KFC was inspired by another recent fried chicken-related uproar.
Tweeted reporter Michael Sheetz, “Your move @ChickfilA, @PopeyesChicken.”