KFC’s famous fried chicken recipe has been one of the best kept secrets in restaurant chains for decades. That’s why it came as bad news to the chain this week when the Colonel’s secret original recipe may have been discovered in an old family scrapbook.
A writer for the Chicago Tribune recently travelled to Kentucky to interview Colonel Harland Sanders’ nephew, Joe Ledington. As the two went through old family scrapbooks, pictures, newspaper clippings and various family documents, Ledington found a handwritten note for what he thinks is the original fried chicken formula.
“That is the original 11 herbs and spices that were supposed to be so secretive,” Ledington said, according to Fox News. However, he later recanted this statement, he doesn’t know for sure, but that it certainly “could be.”
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The top secret special spices included thyme, basil, dried mustard, paprika, and, somewhat surprisingly, ginger.
The scrapbook belonged to Ledington’s Aunt Claudia, who was Sanders’ second wife. She is known to have played a huge role in helping the Colonel get his fried chicken business off the ground, which adds credence to this secret recipe. When the Tribune contacted KFS for answers, however, a spokesman replied with a vague response.
“In the 1940’s, Colonel Sanders developed the original recipe chicken to be sold at his gas station diner,” the spokesman said. “At the time, the recipe was written above the door so anyone could have read it. But today, we go to great lengths to protect such a sacred blend of herbs and spices. In fact, the recipe ranks among America’s most valuable trade secrets.”
“Lots of people through the years have claimed to discover or figure out the secret recipe, but no one’s ever been right,” the spokesman clarified when pushed further.
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