REVIEW: KFC Classic and Spicy Slaw Wraps

This ain’t KFC’s first wrap rodeo.

See, a long time ago — close to 20 years ago, in fact — the Colonel (or a zombie approximation of the Colonel OR some marketers in the R&D department) created the Twister. It was a tortilla stuffed with chicken strips, lettuce, tomatoes, sauce, and shredded cheese.

There were different versions of it — a rendition featuring BBQ sauce and one that featured a spicy sauce. Then there was one with mac and cheese inside, too. Then the Twisters became “burritos” at some point, and then maybe they reverted back to Twisters again? I don’t know. It all gets fuzzy. Anyway, they went away in the States but remained (and remain) on the menu at some international locations, exotic locales like New Zealand and Canada.

And now they’re back in the United States… at least temporarily.

But okay, they’re smaller. Remember the beloved McDonald’s Snack Wrap that went away in 2016 much to the dismay of nearly everyone? I think these are about the same size. So if you’re hungry, you’re gonna want to do the two-wrap combo with a side and a drink. Or maybe just the wrap pair, which is being sold 2 for $5 at most places throughout the country. Then you can pair them at home with a bowl of applesauce, a handful of Pringles, or whatever it is that people who don’t buy sides at fast food places do.

Let’s back up, though — are these even worth $2.50 a piece?

Well, like most things in the fast food world, a lot is contingent on the freshness of the ingredients. I got to the KFC nearest me shortly after opening, so the strips were freshly made. They were good, too, crunchy but not at all dry, with the familiar 11 herbs and spices. The tortillas were bland but serviceable, no different than what you’d find at Taco Bell. The pickles were sour and crunchy, not up to par with Popeyes, but considerably better than the ones you get at McDonald’s. The mayo on the original wrap “split” because of the hot chicken, so it didn’t add much. The sauce on the spicy wrap, though, fared better. If you’ve never had it (I’m fairly certain it’s the spicy sauce they’ve used on sandwiches before), it’s like a very mild chipotle mayo, but maybe just a bit sweeter.

What really sets the spicy wrap apart, however, was the slaw. While I don’t usually indulge in the Colonel’s cabbage (why would you when you can have the artificially-delicious mac and cheese, mashed potatoes and gravy, or the surprisingly good French fries), the sweet crunch it lent to the wrap made it significantly better than its slaw-less brother. Additionally, I was surprised at how sog-free the chicken remained; truly, this wrap fired on all cylinders.

While many will hold these up — perhaps unfairly — against the aforementioned McDonald’s wraps, or KFC’s original Twister, two of these things for $5 isn’t a bad deal at all. Hopefully, they stick around for a while.

Purchased Price: 2/$5
Rating: 7 out of 10 (Original), 8 out of 10 (Spicy)
Nutrition Facts: Unavailable as of publishing, though the website has “800-900 calories” for the pair.

12 thoughts to “REVIEW: KFC Classic and Spicy Slaw Wraps”

  1. 7/10? for these things? jesus. these are a complete joke – especially at the price point. 4/10 at most.

  2. I lived in Japan from 2001-2005 and I loved the KFC Twisters. They were my favorite thing there. These look really sad, though.

    1. *shrugs* I mean, half a burger patty, special sauce, pickles, onions, and lettuce worked great for McDonald’s so why not? Anyways…it’s a wrap, not a burrito. 😉

  3. I tried the wraps last night. The “classic” was….boring chicken, mayo and a pickle…..I could do that at home! The spicy wasn’t bad….but too hot for my taste. BRING BACK THE ORIGINAL TWISTER!!! Now THAT was a winner!

  4. Tried them and won’t be ordering again. I got no spice out of them at all (the paper wrapper and bag were soaked with a reddish liquid, I think this might be were the sauce went), and the slaw in general was lacking. The pickles that came on ours were sweet, like bread and butter pickles.

  5. These are very gross and mostly tortilla. They stopped serving them at my local KFC.

  6. Just didn’t hit the spot. I should have just ordered chicken strips with a side of cole slaw. The spicy sauce was just thrown onto the top of the wrap, it didn’t cover the whole wrap. The slaw was scooped into the bottom of the wrap.

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