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IHOP’s New Pancake Stacker Rivals KFC Double Down

On April 12th, KFC debuted its new Double Down Chicken Sandwich, boasting 540 calories and 32 grams of fat. Just a few weeks after KFC’s announcement, IHOP has one of its own – the IHOP pancake stacker available through June 20th.

IHOP, known for their pancakes and whose restaurants serve over 700 million pancakes a year are “giving our guests another reason to come to IHOP” as stated by the Carolyn O’Keefe, IHOP’s senior vice president of marketing.

So what exactly does the new pancake stacker entail? A layer of creamy cheesecake sandwiched between two pancakes, available in blueberry, cinnamon apple or strawberry and topped off with a dollop of whipped cream. The stacker can be purchased as a combo meal, which means that in addition to the pancake stacker one would get two eggs, hash browns, and bacon, sausage links or ham. The total tally here is roughly 1,250 calories.

Some critics of the KFC double down have disputed the advertised sandwich nutrition facts, stating the calorie count is significantly higher than the 540 calories currently listed. While we at DIR don’t completely agree, the sandwich is certainly a diet buster and the IHOP pancake stacker is over double the amount of calories. It continues to be frightening to see these types of options roll out from food chains, I liked it better when I saw McDonald’s advertising their new salad menu options.

May 14th, 2010

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