At least one fast food chain got the message from customers: we want more wraps! KFC finally listened to the cries on social media of hungry fans who wanted to see their return. This week, the Classic Chicken Wrap and the Spicy Slaw Chicken Wrap officially hit KFC menus for a limited time after a successful test in Atlanta in 2022. I had to try them both as soon as they are arrived at the stores to see what it was all about.
These wraps are a nod to the KFC Twister wrap that was available in the 2000s. The Twister wrap was a larger wrap with the chain’s crispy chicken, lettuce, tomato, and mayonnaise. Some versions are still available abroad. Social media requests and a Change.org petition with thousands of signatures implored KFC to bring the veil back to the United States. “Wrap fans have been begging for the return of fried chicken wraps, and we’re answering the call,” CMO Nick Chavez said in a press release.
The new snack wraps are smaller and available as a duo for $5, or you can get them for $7.99 with a side and a drink (prices may vary depending on where you live). And don’t forget that KFC also has Pepsi’s new Starry flavor if you’re interested in trying it. I grabbed the $5 two-pack and asked another person to help me try them. Here’s what we thought.
The classic version of the wrap has a single Extra Crispy Tender with “crunchy” pickles and mayonnaise in a warm tortilla.
The look: Unfortunately, this little wrap doesn’t look too appetizing. The chicken is kind of grayish and the small chicken fillet is overshadowed by the tortilla. The pickles should run the full length of the tortilla, but they overlap in some places and are nonexistent in others. Neither the tortilla nor the chicken were hot after delivery, although the wraps were tucked nicely in a wrapper. Maybe aluminum foil would have made a better wrap?
Taste: Fortunately, this wrap tasted better than it looked. The chicken has these 11 herbs and spices that really peeked through the breading and tingled my tongue. The pickles are really crunchy as promised and add just the right amount of spice, although they are unevenly spaced. The mayonnaise is enough, it moistens the wrap without weighing it down. However, the wrap would have been much better if the chicken was bigger. The bottom of the wrap lacked flavor as it only had a small piece of chicken and excess tortilla.
The spicy version of the KFC wrap also contains a chicken fillet. It’s wrapped in the same warm tortilla with the chain’s classic coleslaw, pickles and spicy sauce.
The look: The spicy wrap looks better than the classic as the tender was more substantial, although still an odd gray color. KFC really needs to make these with fillets of meat that have just come out of the deep fryer. Coleslaw peeked in the front as did a hint of pickle.
Taste: The spicy sauce was prominent in this wrap, with one taster thinking it was a bit too spicy. The coleslaw did tone it down though and the pickles added a bit of crunch, again more pickles would have been better. Like the last one, the end of this wrap had more folded tortilla than anything else.
Both of these wraps would have been better had they been freshly fried. They both tasted like they had been seated for a while before being enveloped. KFC is doing more deliveries than ever, just like other chains, so it has to think about what happens when the item sits. Also, I had no idea why the chicken had that off-putting gray tint. Also be aware that these wraps are small, three or four bites maximum.
Besides being small, they seem to lack a bit of ingenuity. It’s almost like KFC just grabbed everything around and threw it in a wrapper. It’s hard to believe these had to be tested for so long when they’re made with whatever’s already in the store, minus the tortillas. That being said, the chicken is quite tasty which enhances the overall impression. They have the potential to be amazing with a little TLC. Anyway, McDonald’s should take note, the packaging gauntlet has officially launched.
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