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Which Is Worse: KFC's New Cheesy Bacon Bowl or a Frito Pie?

Casserole comebacks aren't just for fat-basking Paula Dean, as fast food and sit-down restaurants continue to introduce them in the form of pies and bowls. Yesterday reported Kentucky Fried Chicken's newest gutbomb, the Cheesy Bacon Bowl, an amalgamation of mashed potatoes, fried chicken, corn, gravy, cheese, and now bacon. It's an "abomination," Gawker declared. How bad is it?

The dish: KFC's Cheesy Bacon Bowl

The damage: A 183g. snack-sized bowl minus bacon is 260 calories, 120 from fat. The big bowl -- a massive

525g. -- weighs in at 680 calories, 280 from fat. All this before the bacon crack garnish.

The appeal: Little. After the Double Down debacle, KFC is the kid with cooties. Nothing it's introducing is getting props. That aside, the only gravy-ladled guilty pleasure with mileage seems to be poutine, and part of the appeal had been the novelty -- cheese curds? Canadians have their own dish? -- and the name. 

​The dish: Frito Pie

The damage: A medium, 145g. pie dishes out 510 calories, 310 from fat. The 275g. pie socks a whopping 970 calories, with 580 from fat. 

The appeal: Still huge. Frito pies have been glorified for a while now, though they were taken off the menu at Sonic and replaced by chili cheese fries (which range from 510 to 850 calories, depending on the size).
Aside from Frito pies being a food news regular -- the passing of the Fritos inventor also attributes to the revival -- you can also get the Floppie Frito Pie at Jo-Jo's with corn chips, chili sauce, Chihuahua and Cotija cheeses, jalapeños, sour cream, and cilantro with various meats added, such as chicken, rock shrimp, flank steak, and sirloin, for $8 to $13.

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