or extra crispy? It's
the question heard in KFC locations from Baton Rouge to Beijing.
entire planet, it seems, has come to recognize KFC as an authentic
American flavor and, over the decades, an international fast food
Colonel's secret recipe of 11 herbs and spices that creates the
famous "finger lickin' good" chicken is only one measure
of the company's success. As it adapted to the times and regional
tastes, KFC has grown from its early beginnings as a roadside
diner in a small Kentucky town to a multinational chain serving
12 million customers a day in 109 countries around the world.
and raised in Henryville, Indiana, KFC founder "Colonel"
Harland Sanders (whose smiling visage still adorns the company
logo) got his start in serving up his moist and delicious fried
chicken in the midst of the Great Depression in 1930.
travelers stopping by his gas station in Corbin, Kentucky "Sanders
Court & Cafe" soon became famous throughout the state.
was later promoted to his honorary title of "Colonel"
in 1936, when the Kentucky governor recognized Sanders for his
contribution to Kentucky culture and cuisine.
even more new-found fame, the restaurant was expanded to seat
over 100 with a motel added opposite the restaurant. As the business
grew, the old fashioned skillet method of deep frying chicken
was replaced with a pressure cooker to reduce cooking time without
effecting the flavor that Sander's fans had come to love.
recipe? Sanders' wouldn't tell, and in 1940 proclaimed it a company
secret that remains closely-guarded to this day.
the 1950's, Sanders sold off his cafe and motel to seek out national
outlets and, a decade later, 600 franchises had opened in both
the US and Canada. In 1964, Sanders cashed in on his famous name
and recipe, and sold off the entire franchise operation for $2
KFC operates more than 5,200 restaurants in the United States
and boasts more than 15,000 franchises worldwide.
introduced in 1957.
Kentucky Fried Chicken bucket was introduced in 1957.
first entered the Chinese market, its advertising slogan "finger
lickin' good" somehow clumsily translated to "eat
your fingers off." The company survived the gaff and today
Kentucky Fried Chicken remains the most popular western fast
food in all of China, and the largest KFC market outside the
US with over 1200 franchises.
largest KFC restaurant is located in (where else?) Beijing,
Fried Chicken's official name change to KFC gave rise to the
infamous "mutant chicken" legend in 1991. The widespread
belief was that the company was required by the government to
rename itself because they served a genetically-altered bird
that could no longer be deemed "chicken". The urban
myth was later proven to be just that. Today, the company has
returned to its roots, doing business as both KFC and Kentucky
KFC made a major change to their recipe when they started frying
their chicken in a different oil resulting in a 0 grams of trans
fat. In further response to the health-conscience, the company
added Kentucky Grilled Chicken to the menu in 2009 billing it
as the "unfried side of Kentucky Fried."