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What makes KFC so good?
It’s no secret that the secret recipe makes all the difference.

Many have tried to replicate it, but only KFC delivers the signature taste you love.
A Well Kept Secret
For years, Colonel Harland Sanders was the only one who knew the secret recipe.
For extra safety, he solely relied on his clear memory and the spice mixture in his car. Today, the recipe is locked away in a safe in Louisville,
Only a handful of people know the secret behind the multi-million dollar recipe, and each is bound to silence and strict confidentiality by contract.
Where and How It Started
The Colonel developed the secret recipe back in the 1930s when he was running Sanders Court & Café restaurant and motel in Corbin, Kentucky. It was then that his unique blend of 11 herbs and spices started to win over the hearts (and taste buds) of a growing customers base.

As the Colonel himself nostalgically used to recall, “In those days, I hand-mixed the spices like mixing cement on a specially cleaned concrete floor on my back porch in Corbin…. I used a scoop to make a tunnel in the flour and then carefully mixed in the herbs and spices.”
The Secret behind the Secret Recipe
Every time you indulge in KFC, you know you’re going to experience the same great taste.
This is because of the modern ways the secret recipe is protected.
This is because of the modern ways the secret recipe is protected. One spice company blends part of the recipe while another spice company blends the rest.
A computer processing system is then used to standardize the blending of the products to ensure neither company has access to the complete recipe. This also means you can consistently enjoy the satisfying KFC flavors you’ve been craving.
The Colonel’s Secret Opinion
“It boggles the mind just to think of all the procedures and precautions the company takes to protect my recipe,” the Colonel used to say, “especially when I think how [my wife] Claudia and I used to operate. She was my packing girl, my warehouse supervisor, my delivery person-you name it. Our garage was the warehouse.”

“After I hit the road selling franchises for my chicken, that left Claudia behind to fill the orders for the seasoned flour mix. She'd fill the day's orders in little paper sacks with cellophane linings and package them for shipment. Then she had to put them on a midnight train.”
Little did the Colonel and Claudia dream in those days that his Secret Recipe of 11 Herbs & Spices would be famous around the world.