The Infamous Bowl

We have been fascinated with the commercials for KFC’s Famous Bowls because the product in question, a blend of mashed potatoes, corn, popcorn chicken, gravy, and a “three-cheese blend” neither sounds nor looks remotely edible. (We also imagine that it would cause one to spend a substantial portion of the day on which one consumed it sitting on the toilet).

See what we mean? Don’t get us wrong: we don’t especially like KFC, but we do like mashed potatoes and corn and chicken and gravy and cheese. You know what we don’t like? All of those things in one bowl.

Comic Patton Oswalt (recently heard as the voice of Remy in foodie-favorite movie Ratatouille) agrees with us. For some time, Oswalt has incorporated a bit about KFC’s Famous Bowls, which he refers to as a “failure pile in a sadness bowl”, into his standup routine, but until recently, he had never actually tried one of the bowls himself. All that changed when the Onion A.V. Club enlisted him to write a taste test report on the “food.” What he found out will not surprise you at all.

“It was a mistake” writes Oswalt. “The Famous Bowl hit my mouth like warm soda, slouched down my throat, and splayed itself across my stomach like a sun-stroked wino. It was that precise combination of things, and so many other sensations that did not go together. At all. … It’s goddamn horrible, this Famous Bowl.” Oswalt’s review does not make us any less likely to try the Famous Bowl since, well, nothing could make us less likely to try the Famous Bowl, but we’ll now view the commercials with an extra sense of revulsion.

KFC Commercial - Famous Bowls - Guy wants it all [YouTube: kilo5]
A.V. Club Taste Test Special: The Bowl At The Howling Rim Of Famous-Ity [A.V. Club]


The Infamous Bowl