|Posted on Wednesday, January 31, 2001 - 11:16 am: || |
The Independent, London, on the KFC recipe:
For Kentucky Fried Chicken, this could be not so much finger-licking good as fingernail-biting bad news. Tommy and Cherry Settle, from Kentucky, claim to have found Colonel Sander's secret receipt in a box of books in the basement of their home - which once belonged to the KFC creator.
According to KFC legend, Colonel Harland Sanders (1890-1980) hand-mixed his secret blend of spices on a specially cleaned concrete floor on his back porch. Today, the recipe is locked away in a safe at corporate HQ in Louisville, Kentucky. As with recipes for Coca-Cola, Pepsi, Irn Bru and Big Mac special sauce, only a handful of people are supposed to know the secret.
Strange, though, that the whole idea of a ``secret'' recipe should persist with today's forensic science. Indeed a few years ago one curious individual analyzed KFC mix and claimed that, far from being a blend of 11 ingredients, there were just four - salt, black pepper, flour and monosodium glutamate. But, we suspect, the real secret of KFC's success, as with Coke and McDonald's, is commercial, not culinary.