Visit the KFC website today and it all looks a bit wrong – well, broken – in honour of the latest promo burger, the “Zinger Black”. This time they’ve jumped on the charcoal bun bandwagon – thankfully it doesn’t contain pulled pork and / or salted caramel.

The name “Zinger Black” is – I’m guessing – a play on “Orphan Black”, both of which have quite different connotations if you reverse the order of the name.

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The bun is the obvious item of interest here, and is coloured with “vegetable carbon, which is the same colouring used in some liquorice, jams and jellies” according to a response on the KFC Facebook page.

It’s topped with nigella seeds and chilli flakes to give it some flavour, apparently. The rest of the burger comprises standard Zinger stuff – fillet, cheese, bacon, tomato, lettuce and one other new ingredient: mustard & maple “flavoured” sauce.

It didn’t look too bad out of the box – definitely one of the more impressive burgers I’ve unwrapped at home, and Maccas can’t get anywhere close to this.

I could definitely smell the spices on the bun, but there wasn’t a great amount of flavour which I think is a shame. I thought the bun was a little more spongy than usual, although maybe I was imagining that. The mustard & maple sauce was interesting – quite sweet with a definite spicy tang, although I’m not sure I’d have identified it as mustard. Hmm.

This wasn’t a bad effort, but just felt like it was lacking something, one more ingredient to make it something other than a Zinger with a new sauce and a gimmicky bun.

Give it a try if it interests you, but don’t expect to be blown away.