Kentucky Fried Chicken
we all have to admit, we love ourselves a big bucket of fried chicken now and again. And let’s be honest, we all love the Colonel. But how much do you really know about the Colonel and his livelihood? KFC is so much more than just chicken buckets – here are 10 things we bet you never knew about KFC:
Colonel Sanders originally owned a petrol station
That’s right – Fried Chicken was Colonel Sanders calling, but it wasn’t where his business started. Now known as the Colonel, Harland Sanders originally owned a petrol station back in 1930. When he realized that people wanted chicken – not gas – he changed his station into his first restaurant known as the “Sanders Court and Cafe”.
Want the chicken recipe? Sorry, that’s top secret!
If you’ve ever wondered why no one knows how to make KFC chicken, it’s because the recipe is top secret! In fact, it’s kept locked away at the KFC headquarters with a very short list of individuals who have access to it. You can try to recreate the famous chicken recipe at home, but the 11 herbs and spices used to create the delicious flavour will remain a secret! Sorry guys!
Dave Thomas invented the Bucket of Chicken
KFC didn’t always sell large buckets of chicken – and believe it or not, it wasn’t Colonel Sanders who invented it! It was not until 1957, 27 years after KFC opened, that the bucket came into play and it was actually Dave Thomas who invented it – yes, the creator of Wendy’s!
KFC is a Christmas Favorite
Okay, here in America, KFC probably isn’t your first choice for Christmas dinner. But in Japan, it’s a tradition. Every year on Christmas day, millions of people order big buckets of KFC chicken and sides. Why? Because KFC is VERY good at marketing. In 1974 they released a marketing campaign called “Kentucky for Christmas”. The campaign was a huge hit, and it’s been a tradition ever since.
Harland Sanders was never really a Colonel
We’re not sure if this comes as a surprise or not, but Colonel Sanders never actually served as a Colonel. With that being said, he was a mule-tender in the army for a period of time. After his company became so popular, Ruby Laffoon labelled him an “honorary Colonel” in 1935, and that’s where he got his name.
Colonel Sanders tried to open a competing restaurant
By 1964, Colonel Sanders sold his KFC franchise to John Brown Jr. and Jack Massey for two million dollars. He was to remain within the company as the national spokesperson and advisor. But Sanders was extremely upset when the new owners of KFC changed his gravy. They claimed that it took too much time, was too expensive, and was too difficult to make. But when the Colonel started to hate the new menu items that were being rolled out (including the new fried chicken), he attempted to open a competing restaurant known as “Claudia Sanders”.
Colonel Sanders was sued by KFC
Wondering how his new restaurant made out? Well, the original restaurant does still exist today – it’s known as the “Claudia Sanders Dinner House” and can be found in Shelbyville, Kentucky. But shortly after it was opened, KFC sued Colonel Sanders for $120 million. It was eventually settled out of court for $1 million.
Kim Kardashian has a pair of KFC crocs
And you can too! The bottom of the clog is designed to represent the KFC bucket (red and white stripes), while the rest of the clog resembles a piece of chicken. They also come equipped with two removable Jibbitz charms shaped (and scented) like fried chicken. Get them at https://www.crocs.com/KFC.html.
Colonel Sanders personal effects are expensive
In one auction in Japan, the famous suit worn by the Colonel sold for $21, 510. In 2013, even more of his personal effects were put up for sale, starting at $100.
Finger Lickin Good = Eat Your Fingers?
Anyone who is bilingual knows that not everything translates perfectly. For KFC in China, this was a problem. The first few locations that opened in China incorrectly translated the famous slogan “finger lickin good”. So in China, the phrase was “eat your fingers”.
P.S You can have a Popcorn Chicken Pizza! YES! In 2019, KFC paired up with franchise giant Pizza hut to bring a KFC Pizza – yum!