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Monday, July 25, 2005
Colonel's recipe still a secret
The handwritten recipe that launched a fast-food dynasty and made Col. Harland Sanders world famous is locked away at KFC headquarters — its contents so concealed that not even the chain's top executive knows the ingredients. It was 65 years ago this month, at his roadside restaurant in Corbin, Ky., that Sanders perfected the blend of 11 herbs and spices for his "finger lickin' good" chicken. [more: USA Today]
Posted by Ken Kuhl at 7:23 AM
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In San Antonio, Texas it is well known that local owner, Earl Abel, worked with Sanders to develop and test the recipe. Pictures of Sanders with Earl appear on the wall of the restaurant. Earl Abel began made changes to the Colonel's recipe and his restaurant serves that fried chicken to this day which is a slightly improved version of Sander's.
The fried chicken recipe served at Earl Abel's today bears no resemblance to the KFC recipe. Earl Abel came up with his own southern style chicken recipe in the mid 60's and everything from cooking procedures to ingredients is completely different.
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