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KFC secret recipe leaked
Is this a real deal? KFC’s secret recipe leaked into a random interview.

The mystery of KFC’s secret formula can blow. In an interview with the Chicago Tribune, Colonel Sanders’ nephew, Joe Ledington, leaked he secret KFC recipe.

How did the KFC secret recipe leaked?
While looking at an old family album with Ledington, Tribune journalist Jay Jones noticed Claudia Ledington’s final will and the graffiti recipe on the back of the will: Claudia is the colonel’s second wife.

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You can watch on this video how we made an easy to cook version of KFC leaked secret formula. As KFC, we used fresh ingredients to produce this delicious fried chicken.

Joe Ledington tells Jones that white pepper is the real secret and nobody knows how to use it, or what it is. The original leaked secret uses a blend of 11 spices and herbs. However, a statement from the company wrote: “Many people have made these statements about the secret formula over the years, and no one is accurate — this is not true.” According to KFC, the original secret formula is stored directly in a spy film 7,700-pound digital safe, under thick, heavy concrete and surveillance.

So it’s KFC’s real secret recipe leaked? Tribune tried it and decided that it made him lick his finger well. It’s up to you.

KFC, Kentucky Fried Chicken, based in Louisville, Kentucky, is one of the few brands in America that can boast a rich, decades-long history of success and innovation. It all started with one cook who created a soon-to-be world-famous recipe more than 70 years ago, a list of secret herbs and spices scratched out on the back of the door to his kitchen. That cook was Colonel Harland Sanders, of course, and now KFC is the world’s most popular fried chicken restaurant chain, specializing in that same extra crispy chicken recipe, home-style sides and buttermilk biscuits.

KFC makes a hand-breaded, freshly prepared fried meal. The fresh chicken is carefully rolled 7 times in the leaked secret recipe blend of 11 herbs & spices before being rocked 7 times and then pressure cooked at a low temperature to preserve all that famous great taste.

By the very late 1930s, Harland Sanders’ Corbin, Kentucky, gas station was so well known for its fried chicken, that Sanders decided to remove the gas pumps and build a restaurant and motel in its place. While perfecting his secret fried chicken recipe with 11 herbs and spices, Sanders found that pan-frying chicken was too slow, requiring 30 minutes per order. Deep frying required half the time but produced dry, unevenly done chicken. In 1939 he found that using a pressure cooker produced tasty, moist chicken in eight or nine minutes. By July 1940 Sanders finalized what came to be known as his Original Recipe.

After Sanders began franchising in the 1950s as Kentucky Fried Chicken, the company shipped the spices already mixed to restaurants to preserve the formula’s secrecy. He admitted to the use of salt and pepper in the formula, and claimed that the ingredients “stand on everybody’s shelf”.

Sanders used vegetable oil for frying. By 1993, for reasons of economy, many KFC outlets had chosen to use a blend of palm and soybean oil. In Japan, the oil used is mainly the more expensive cottonseed and corn oil, as KFC Japan believes that this offers superior taste quality.

Sanders’ Original Recipe of “11 herbs and spices” is one of the most famous trade secrets in the catering industry. Franchisee Dave Thomas, better known as the founder of Wendy’s, argued that the secret recipe concept was successful because “everybody wants in on a secret” and former KFC owner John Y. Brown, Jr. called it “a brilliant marketing ploy.” The New York Times described the original formula as one of the company’s most valuable assets. The recipe is not patented, because patents are published in detail and come with an expiration date, whereas trade secrets can remain the intellectual property of their holders in perpetuity.

KFC uses its Original Recipe as a means to differentiate its product from its competitors. Early franchisee Pete Harman credited the chain’s popularity to the recipe and the product, and John Y. Brown cites the “incredibly tasty, almost addictive” product as the basis of KFC’s staying power.

A copy of the recipe, signed by Sanders, is held inside a safe inside a vault in KFC’s Louisville headquarters, along with eleven vials containing the herbs and spices. To maintain the secrecy of the recipe, half of it is produced by Griffith Laboratories before it is given to McCormick, who adds the second half.

In 1983, William Poundstone conducted laboratory research into the coating mix, as described in his book Big Secrets, and claimed that a sample he examined contained only flour, salt, monosodium glutamate, and black pepper. KFC maintains that it still adheres to Sanders’ original 1940 recipe. In Todd Wilbur’s television program Top Secret Recipe, the Colonel’s former secretary, Shirley Topmiller, revealed that Sanders learned from his mother that sage and savory are good seasonings for chicken. Also, Winston Shelton, a former friend of the Colonel, said that the secret recipe contains Thalassery black pepper.

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