In North America, KFC fried chicken is a household name. The familiar red and white KFC fried chicken basket and the face of Colonel Sanders is recognizable even to youth.
This year for Black Friday, there’s a bogo offer for 14 pieces of fried chicken that ends today. Although fried chicken is unhealthy, it gave me a good excuse for a break in the kitchen tonight. While traveling in USA a few years ago, I recall stopping by the first KFC and reading up on some history of this restaurant chain. So, just for fun, here are some interesting facts that you might not have known about KFC and founder Colonel Sanders:
- The idea for KFC started in a gas station where Sanders began selling food to travelers from a gas station in Kentucky. The items on the menu were simple like string beans and country ham, but Sanders wanted to offer people an alternative to diner food along the highway.
- In 1939, Sanders discovered that pressure cookers could perfect his quick-frying chicken, which is apparently coated in his 11 herbs and spices.
- There’s a secret menu for KFC where they serve chicken gizzards, which are the muscle in a chicken’s digestive tract. They actually removed the item a while back, but people loved them so much that they demanded the gizzards to return. Eventually, they did bring gizzards back to select locations.
- Dave Thomas, founder of Wendy’s, actually came up with the idea of the famous chicken bucket since he used to be an employee and franchise owner of KFC.
- Crazy, but true, KFC once offered a fried chicken prom corsage back in 2014. If you placed an order for this corsage, it came with a $5 KFC gift card for the buyer to purchase the fresh fried chicken to finish the arrangement.
- KFC is not only about the chicken. Apparently, KFC in Singapore sells Shrimp Stars and Fish Donuts, which are deep-fried and breaded shrimp nuggets and fish patties.
Did you know of any these KFC facts? I always find it interesting learning the history of popular franchises or companies so we can appreciate their journey of how they got to where they are today.