KFC’s big secret exposed? Colonel’s recipe may have been found in scrapbook

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When it comes to the worlds biggest food secrets, KFCs famous fried chicken recipe is the Holy Grail.

But decades after building its thumb lickin debut, the Colonels original recipe may have been discovered in a family scrapbook. And the Chicago Tribune published it last week.

A Tribune contributor lately went to Kentucky to visit with Colonel Harland Sanders’ nephew, Joe Ledington. While poring through a family scrapbook containing pictures, newspaper clippings and various family documents, Ledington detected a handwritten note for what he thinks is the original fried chicken formula. The book belonged to Ledingtons Aunt ClaudiaSanders second wife who was allegedly instrumental in helping the Colonel get his fried chicken business off the ground.

“That is the original 11 herbs and spices that were supposed to be so secretive, ” Ledington told the Tribune( although he afterward recanted and said he doesnt know for sure, but that it surely could be .)

Among the top secret special spices are thyme, basil, dried mustard, paprika, and, somewhat surprisingly, ginger.

So is this recipe the real deal?

Chicago Tribune staff took a stab at recreating the Colonels famous fried chicken and, after several rounds of trial and error, came up with a batch that pretty much mirrors what you can get in stores. Sure, there are hundreds of KFC copycat recipes floating around the Internet, but why not try the real deal?

The Tribune reached out to KFC corporate to confirmed the recipes authenticity but when reached via email, a spokesperson remained vague, telling 😛 TAGEND

In the 1940 ‘s, Colonel Sanders developed the original recipe chicken to be sold at his gas station diner. 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 combination of herbs and spices. In fact, the recipe ranks among America’s most valuable trade secrets.”

Pushed further, the spokesperson would only clarify that, Lots of people through the years have claimed to discover or figure out the secret recipe, but no one’s ever been right.”

The world may never know what really goes into the KFC recipe used by over 19,000 locatings worldwide. But the Tribune tells Ledington’s version is pretty close— and really delicious.

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