KFC’s Secret Recipe Discovered In Old Scrapbook

by : Tom Percival on : 20 Aug 2016 15:34
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One of the culinary world’s biggest secrets has been revealed today and fried chicken will never be the same again, that’s right the mystery of Colonel Sander’s blend of 11 herbs and spices has been revealed. 

The key to the delicious golden brown chicken has been a closely guarded secret since the 1940s but this week the Chicago Tribune published what it claims to be the recipe.


The key to the finger licking good chicken was apparently found in one of the Colonel’s relatives old scrap books, The Sun reports.

Colonel_Harland_Sanders_in_characterColonel Sanders

The official recipe is apparently locked away in a vault to keep it out of the hands of competitors and only shown to those who need to know it, kind of like Voldemort’s horcruxes only delicious.

In fact Colonel Sanders was so paranoid about protecting his secrets ( again much like Voldemort) that he planned on setting up two companies both with half the recipe so that no one would ever have access to the full recipe.


Now though the secret blend of spices may have been exposed to the world thanks to Sander’s nephew, Joe Ledington, discovering a scrapbook that belonged to Claudia Sanders, the Colonel’s second wife.


Inside the book they discovered a handwritten note with the recipe alongside Claudia’s will.

When asked if he believed it was really the Colonel’s recipe Joe said: ‘Yeah, I do’ before adding: “I don’t want to get in an argument with [KFC’s parent company] Yum! Brands about it but … I’m pretty sure that it’s pretty close to the original.”


Yum! Brands on the other hand have denied that its the real KFC recipe, so they won’t mind us publishing it…

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Try and make your own KFC with this:

11 Spices – Mix With 2 Cups White Flour
1) 2/3 tsp Salt
2) 1/2 tsp Thyme
3) 1/2 tsp Basil
4) 1/3 tsp Oregano
5) 1 tsp Celery Salt
6) 1 tsp Black Pepper
7) 1 tsp Dried Mustard
8) 4 tsp Paprika
9) 2 tsp Garlic Salt
10) 1 tsp Ground Ginger
11) 3 tsp White Pepper



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More of a concept than a journalist, Tom Percival was forged in the bowels of Salford University from which he emerged grasping a Masters in journalism. Since then his rise has been described by himself as ‘meteoric’ rising to the esteemed rank of Social Editor at UNILAD as well as working at the BBC, Manchester Evening News, and ITV. He credits his success to three core techniques, name repetition, personality mirroring, and never breaking off a handshake.

Topics: Food


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  1. The Sun

    THE SECRET’S OUT Revealing the Colonel’s recipe: KFC’s secret blend of spices may have been found in an old scrapbook