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KFC Is Making Chocolate, Would You Try It? (Photo)

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Kentucky Fried Chicken is proving to the world that it will not be confined to only fried chicken. It can do so much more! The newest venture, it seems, is chocolate.

According to the New Zealand Herald, KFC has partnered with the experts at Kako Chocolate to create a chocolate/chicken masterpiece. Sounds kind of gross. The two flavors consist of a milk chocolate truffle with nuts and a dark chocolate truffle.

The first is topped with 23 karat gold leaf (what’s with this gold leaf fad?) and seasoned with the famous 11 secret spices; the second is infused with hot and spicy marinade. I guess they may not be so gross, after all? Just a little off the wall. It could maybe be compared to a truffle version of mole, I think. Mole is pretty good …

These chocolates are being branded as a Mother’s Day special, and the idea is that they’re “perfect for mum to savor while you finish your bucket.” You can get them in a four-piece pack, but you should probably let Mom have all four since it’s her day.

The marketing director for KFC New Zealand says they’re excited to be offering a way for their fans to share something they love with their mother on Mother’s Day. I guess that something shouldn’t only be fried chicken and mashed taters.

A word to the wise, though: Don’t let these be your only gift to Mom (just in case she doesn’t appreciate their weirdness). You never know if she was actually hoping for a necklace or something.

These chocolates are only available in New Zealand, and KFC is giving away 15 free boxes on the KFC New Zealand’s Facebook page. Check it out if you’re in New Zealand, otherwise just revel in the fact that it exists.

If you’re celebrating Mother’s Day in the U.S., maybe just get Mom a $20 Fill Up box and that romance novel the Colonel stars in. Maybe she’ll appreciate a story about a mysterious sailor with her bucket of fried chicken. Just make sure you get the jewelry, too.

Source: New Zealand Herald / Photo Credit: Wikimedia Commons, KFC via New Zealand Herald

Tags: Kentucky Fried Chicken, KFC, KFC Chocolates, Mother's Day
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If You Love Spice, KFC’s New Sandwich Is For You

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Spice lovers, listen up!

In an apparent bid to leverage the Fast Food spicy-chicken-sandwich playing field (both McDonald’s and Burger King offer a version of the sandwich on their menus), KFC is finally debuting its own spicy sandwich, and it sounds fire.

The sandwich is making its grand appearance on April 24 at all KFC locations, and is being dubbed the Zinger Sandwich. For 14 weeks, you can get your hands on the item, and decide for yourself if it truly has anything on McDonald’s Hot ‘n Spicy McChicken, or Wendy’s Spicy Chicken sandwich.

Hey, KFC is a chicken chain, so hopes should be high for this one, and not just because they specialize in the bird. While fried chicken sandwiches are pretty ubiquitous at many fast food restaurants, Kevin Hochman, KFC’s president, tells Business Insider that what really sets apart KFC is that it fries its chicken in store, rather than receiving it from a central factory where the chickens are frozen, and then refried at store.

“You can come to KFC and get a hand-breaded Zinger and a $5 fill up — that is just unbelievable value and a vastly superior sandwich,” said Hochman. “Compared to a factory breaded sandwich, it will always be crunchier, more flavorful, more juicy.”

The Zinger itself features a chicken breast fillet, and is prepared simply with some mayo and lettuce on top of a toasted bun. The sparse amount of condiments and toppings are probably meant to allow the in-store fried and spicy chicken breast to truly shine.

“We’re going all out to establish ourselves as a sandwich player,” Hochman told Business Insider. “It’s easier said than done. We’re late to the party — that’s why we’re throwing in the kitchen sink.”

It seems Hochman’s confidence doesn’t come without some backup, however, as Business Insider reports that according to Hochman, KFC actually put $80 million toward ensuring that the speed of service and back of house organization to sell the Zinger Sandwich would be working at optimal levels.

What do you think? Are you excited to try the new spicy chicken offering at KFC? Or will you stick with your tried-and-true favorites?

Source: Business Insider / Photo Credit: Hollis Johnson for Business Insider

Tags: fast food, Kentucky Fried Chicken, KFC, sandwich, zinger sandwich
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KFC Japan Wants To Stop Finger Licking Goodness

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In the event that you are fiercely craving fried chicken but don’t want to ruin your new manicure, head on over to Kentucky Fried Chicken, because they have just solved your conundrum and made your dream a reality.

KFC might tout their chicken as being “finger-lickin’ good,” but their chain in Japan is putting an end to that by offering tiny little gloves that you can put on your finger tips to keep them from getting greasy and oily, according to Rocket News 24.

Seriously. This is 100 percent a real thing.

These little two-finger gloves are known as the “Finger Nup” aka “Finger Napkin.” According to KFC Japan, people were using napkins as a barrier between their hands and the Colonel’s famous crispy meat, but the little paper morsels were not doing a very good job at protecting them from grease. Plus, you end up getting those little napkin bits on your food, and nobody wants that.

And that’s exactly where the Finger Nup comes in.

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The Finger Nup burst onto the Japanese scene on Dec. 15. At 222 stores around the Kanto and Kansai regions of Japan, you can find the little grease shields in plastic tubs behind the cashier’s counter, so you might need to ask for them specially if you’re in the area and want to keep your fingers clean while you eat impossibly juicy chicken.

A similar version of the finger protectors has been making the rounds throughout fast food chains in Korea, so we’re hoping it catches on soon. But if you’re desperate to protect your fingers in the U.S. as soon as possible, you can pick these disposable and eco-friendly mini-gloves on Amazon for around $14, including shipping. According to the Amazon seller, these versatile protectors are great for eating all kinds of finger food, eating outside, applying ointment, cleaning and “having a taste,” though we’re not exactly sure what that means.

Sources: Rocket News 24, Amazon / Photo Credit: haru/Instagram

Tags: finger gloves for fried food, finger napkin, finger nup, Kentucky Fried Chicken, KFC
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Hold On World, It Seems We Did Get KFC’s Secret Recipe

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Rumor has it that KFC’s secret recipe has been inadvertently revealed by a family member in Corbin, Kentucky.

In an earlier post, we discussed the conversation in detail, where a Chicago Tribune reporter interviewed Colonel Sanders’ nephew, Joe Ledington. While looking through an old scrapbook together, they stumbled upon a list of…wait for it…11 herbs and spices!

When asked if this was THE list of herbs and spices, Ledington replied that it did seem familiar, but that he wasn’t 100% sure. He had been one of the cooks at the first KFC, and had worked with the recipe himself, so if it seems familiar to him, it’s probably the real deal.

Of course, this is a problem for KFC. The secret recipe for the famous chicken has been locked away and kept safe and sound for years, and according to Quartz, KFC claims that the recipe is kept “in a digital safe that weighs more than 770 pounds and is encased in two feet of concrete with a 24-hour video and motion-detection surveillance system.” They even have the spice blend delivered from different locations in the U.S. before final blending.

This all seems a bit extreme for a recipe. Even if we did know how to make the chicken, we’d likely still want it made by the experts. We all know how to make hamburgers, and yet Wendy’s, Burger King and McDonald’s still thrive, so it’s probably going to be ok.

Regardless, KFC won’t admit that this list is legit. They claim that people keep trying to replicate the real thing and that no one has been successful. Well, maybe they’re right and we’ll never know what really goes into making the chicken, but we do know one thing: Ledington revealed that white pepper was the biggest part of the secret ingredient list.

We also know that a “random” list of 11 herbs and spices (to be mixed with 2 cups of flour) was written in a family scrapbook of the Colonel Sanders. From there, it’s safe to say we can draw our own conclusions.

Sources: CNBC, Quartz / Photo credit: KFC St. Vincent/Instagram
 

Tags: 11 Secret Herbs and Spices, Kentucky Fried Chicken
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Is KFC Following McDonald’s Lead With Healthier Food?

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Shareholders of Yum! Brands Inc., parent company of Kentucky Fried Chicken, have filed a petition demanding the company stop using antibiotics in its chicken.

As McDonald’s, Subway, Chick-fil-A, and Wendy’s are planning to cease the use of antibiotics in their chicken within the next few years, investor activists are urging Yum! Brands to alter its practices as well. More than 350,000 signatures have been collected for the proposal, urging the corporation to become a public health change agent and force meat suppliers to change their practices.

“KFC is lagging woefully behind,” said Lena Brook, food policy advocate with the Natural Resources Defense Council, according to Reuters. “Diners around the country want KFC to step up.”

Per federal law, Kentucky Fried Chicken does not use antibiotics for growth promotion. Nevertheless, medical professionals state that the use of antibiotics in healthy animals plays a role in the development of drug-resistant “superbug” infections.

Antibiotic use in animals has also been linked to 23,000 deaths in the U.S. and over 2 million serious infections, as reported by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and considers such antibiotic use an enormous threat to global health. These practices also lead to more than $20 billion in health care costs.

“These lifesaving drugs should be used only when animals are sick,” said Steven Roach, food safety program director at the Food Animals Concern Trust.

“We count on our life-saving drugs to work when we need them,” Brook explained, as reported by The Huffington Post. “No one wants their favorite pizza, taco or fried chicken place to undermine the effectiveness of our antibiotics. Companies like Yum! Brands — which owns some of America’s most popular restaurant chains, like KFC — have the power to keep our drugs working by asking their suppliers to end the routine use of antibiotics in animals that are not sick.”

Although Yum! Brands’ Taco Bell and Pizza Hut have vowed to stop using chicken with antibiotics important to human health by 2017, Kentucky Fried Chicken, which utilizes much more chicken, has yet to make a similar commitment, according to Fortune. 

Austin Wilson, environmental health program manager of As You Sow, said, “Yum! Brands’ silence in the face of this looming antibiotic resistance crisis is bad for business.”

Sources: Reuters, Huffington Post, CDCFortune / Photo credit: KFC via Daily Mail

Tags: antibiotics, Chicken, Kentucky Fried Chicken, KFC, Yum Brands
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KFC Is Going Back To Its Roots

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Kentucky Fried Chicken has launched a new initiative in an attempt to win back its customers’ trust.

Jason Marker, president of the U.S. division of the chicken chain, explained the company is trying to get back to their roots, as reported by Business Insider.

“Customers were saying, ‘Your food doesn’t taste the same,'” Marker said in a press event. “We’re not making the food the same way the Colonel had, and we’re not making food in what he described as ‘the hard way.’ Today marks the end of that.”

In recent years, KFC has struggled to keep up with rivals such as Chick-fil-A and with the changing demands of the modern casual dining. Kevin Hochman, KFC’s Chief Marketing Officer, stated that only 40 percent of millennials have ever visited a KFC franchise.

“I think it’s fair to say that we haven’t been living up to the standards or the philosophy of Colonel Sanders himself,” Marker explained.

However, through a process called “Re-Colonelization,” the organization is committing itself to quality and customer satisfaction once again

The company has established a new satisfaction guarantee and employee retraining procedures in order to reach higher standards and hopefully draw new customers to the restaurant. If customers are unhappy with their meal, the restaurant will remake whatever part of the order was not to their liking.

Furthermore, the company has launched a “chicken mastery certification” program to retrain over 20,000 employees throughout a period of more than 100,000 hours. The program included 43 rallies throughout the United States, which were attended by over 97 percent of the restaurant’s general managers. Training events were established at every KFC restaurant in the country.

Through these extensive efforts, the “Re-Colonelization” program may indeed put KFC back on the map.

Sources: Business Insider / Photo Credit: Business Insider

Tags: Customer Satisfaction, Employee Training, Kentucky Fried Chicken, KFC
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