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KFC’s Top Secret ’11 Herbs And Spices’ Was Leaked By Colonel Sanders’ Nephew

KFC's top secret '11 herbs and spices' were leaked by Colonel Sanders' own nephew.
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KFC’s top secret ’11 herbs and spices’ were allegedly leaked by Colonel Sanders’ own nephew.

The fast-food chain is known for its ‘finger-licking good’ menu.

Established by the recognisable Colonel Sanders – whose real name was Harland David Sanders – many have questioned what makes KFC’s chicken so good.

Many believe it is the mysterious ’11 herbs and spices’ that are used to season the food.

Well, the secret recipe has seemingly been leaked by his own flesh and blood.

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People have gone to great lengths to keep the secret recipe away from the public.

Examples of this include KFC using an armoured truck and briefcase marked ‘Top Secret’ and beefing up security at the vault containing the Colonel’s handwritten recipe.

Another method includes using two different suppliers to prepare the 11 herbs and spices so that no single person can crack the code.

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However, Jay Jones – a reporter from the Chicago Tribune – has revealed how he got his hands on the sacred recipe.

In his article, he recalls visiting the small town of Corbin, Kentucky, which is where the Colonel first served his legendary chicken.

He was there on assignment for a feature about Harland Sanders Cafe and Museum, which is the ‘first’ KFC and has now been turned into a tribute to the founder of the fast-food chain.

Through the help of the local tourism office, Jones made contact and met up with Joe Ledington, a 67-year-old retired teacher who lives in a town nearby.

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This man was soon to be revealed as Colonel Sanders’ nephew and he used to work at the cafe when he was a young boy.

Jones met with Ledington at a restaurant where he had old photo albums, documents, and a scrapbook.

He went through the scrapbook and one handwritten page caught the reporter’s eye.

In blue ink, a page is titled: “11 Spices – Mix With 2 Cups White Fl.”

This is followed by a list of 11 herbs and spices and the measurements for each.

Allegedly, Ledington then said: “That is the original 11 herbs and spices that were supposed to be so secretive.”

KFC 11 spices recipe
The original 11 herbs and spices list. Credit: Jay Jones via Chicago Tribune

The ingredients consist of four tablespoons of paprika, three tablespoons of white pepper, and two tablespoons of garlic salt – as well as thyme, basil, oregano, ground ginger and dried mustard.

However, Ledington says the white pepper is the recipe’s ‘main ingredient’.

He explains: “I call that [white pepper] the secret ingredient. Nobody [in the 1950s] knew what white pepper was.

“Nobody knew how to use it.”

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