Serious Eats‘ Adam Kuban documents the “Col-Pop,” perhaps the future of popcorn chicken and soda delivery. It’s available at BBQ Chicken, which has only a handful of stores open in the U.S. at the moment, but will be expanding soon.
And the genius doesn’t stop at popcorn chicken. In South Korea, sister company BHC Chicken also offers spaghetti, french fries, and fried mozzarella balls in Col-Pop containers.
Update: Reader Orlando took the Col-Pop for a spin and posted his field report in the comments:
I actually went and had one around lunch time yesterday at the Manhattan location. First off, they aren’t cheap… the large Col-Pop is around 5$. Secondly, while the idea of the container itself is pretty cool, the resulting product was just okay. The chicken balls (thats really what they are, balls of chicken, no need to pretty this up for you) were okay. BBQ Chicken actually fries their chicken in olive oil, which they claim makes it “healthier”, but I was under the impression that only using raw olive oil made it a healthier oil. Basically anything fried is gonna make you fatter and more heart attack worthy. Flavour wise, big step up from KFC, which I don’t eat, because, well, its gross. The chicken was very lightly breadded, and was, unlike the KFC popcorn chicken, actually contained meat, not just breadded fat. Basically crispy and tender. The major flaw was not that the chicken affected the soda, nor soda the chicken, but that the cup itself began to get soft and flimsy feeling by the end of my snack gorging. So, end result, as I said before, I felt it was an okay product, just that was a little expensive for my taste, and probably wouldn’t buy again.