Reporter Accidentally Finds KFC’s Secret Recipe On Back Of Old Family Photo

After all those years, its eventually been found.

The late Colonel Sanders secret recipe for Kentucky Friend Chicken recentlyfound its style into the hands of Chicago Tribune journalist Jay Jones practically by mistake.

For years, KFC has attained sureto keep the secret. The company has even gone to the great lengths of having two different suppliers prepare the herbs and spices so neither supplier could know the exact recipe, a spokesman told the Tribune.

But during a trip-up to Kentucky, Jones fulfilled up with 67 -year-old Joe Ledington, a nephewof Colonel Sanders through marriage. While meeting with Jones, Ledington pointed out an album that had a certain image in it. On the back of that image, there was a list.

Ledington told Jones.

That is the original 11 herbs and spices that were supposed to be so secretive.

Ledingtonsaidthe list wasnt in Colonel Sanders handwriting, but he remembers using the mixture as a young son to help with the business. He added,

The big thing we did was mix it with flour and bag it up and sell it to eateries. Actually, my job was cutting up chickens and bagging up chicken mixture. Thats what I did as a 10 -, 11 -, 12 -year-old kid.

Ledington even pointed out a secret ingredient: white pepper. By the lookings of Jones article, Ledington was more than happy to open upabout a decades-old secret. However, Jones says Ledington eventually began to backtrack from his confidence in the recipe.

When the Tribune reached out to a KFC, the company neither corroborated nor denied the recipe was in fact the recipe . But the Tribune tested the chicken recipe itself and insisted the results were delicious.

So it sure looks like weve arrived at two truths here. One: Joe Ledington let the secret out. And two: because of that, its no longer much of a secret.

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