Secret Is Out At KFC

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - One of the country's most famous and
enduring corporate secrets has been moved amid tight security.
Colonel Harland Sanders' handritten recipe blending those 11 herbs and spices was moved Tuesday from its home in a locked file cabinet inside a vault to an undisclosed location. After KFC headquarters in Louisville modernizes the recipe's permanent hideaway, it will be returned.
The recipe has been in the file cabinet for more than 20 years.
Ex-New York City police detective Bo Deitl was hired to protect the recipe, which was tucked away in a briefcase and handcuffed to him when it was whisked away by armored car.
KFC, part of the fast-food company Yum Brands Inc., regards the
68-year-old concoction for the colonel's Original Recipe fried chicken as its crown jewel.
The recipe dates back to 1940, when Sanders tinkered with his
formula for fried chicken at his tiny restaurant in southeastern Kentucky. With that Original Recipe, Sanders eventually launched the KFC chain in the early 1950s.
Sanders died in 1980.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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  • by grumpy on Sep 10, 2008 at 05:54 PM
    the kfc company needs to read the reipe while it is out so they can get the chicken back to what col. sanders had because what they use now is not what he had its not as good as it was in the days before the company took over his enterprize
  • by Anonymous on Sep 10, 2008 at 08:29 AM
    This isn't news it's comedy...However, I did enjoy watching the clip, it was very entertaining and it did make me laugh. From the look on the ex-cops face you would think he was in the secret service protecting our president. He was way to serious looking to guard a chicken recipe! And to add to the humor the recipe was in a briefcase hand cuffed to the cops arm. Give me a break, I don't have a single recipe in my box that I'm willing to loose my arm over.
  • by SGT Howard Location: Afghanistan on Sep 10, 2008 at 06:53 AM
    If they are reporting about these things that means no murders,rapes or kids dying. you should be glad there is nothing serious to report, means today was a good day.
  • by mj Location: ky on Sep 10, 2008 at 05:08 AM
    Only in Kentucky.
  • by Big 'C' Location: Breathitt Co. on Sep 10, 2008 at 05:08 AM
    I have to agree, this is refreshing news. I also find it very interesting. I do not blame KFC for taking such great care of this recipe. The Colonel built an empire from a one man show. This handwritten recipe is an irreplaceable piece of history. I think everyone in Kentucky should visit the Colonel's original restaurant in Corbin and see the beginnings of this legacy.
  • by cutter Location: South of East KY on Sep 10, 2008 at 02:47 AM
    If anyone tries to STEAL the secret recipe, They should FRY in the electric chair... until they're EXTRA-CRISPY !
  • by Sharon Location: Ky. on Sep 9, 2008 at 08:22 PM
    I love this story! Sounds like they should make a comedy about it. Also sounds like tax dollars wasted again. Paying someone to be handcuffed to a briefcase with everything else going on in the world. Someone has too much time on their hands.
  • by alan Location: central ky on Sep 9, 2008 at 03:57 PM
    KFCS FOOD SUCKS ANYWAYS....
  • by clay2 Location: mt sterling on Sep 9, 2008 at 03:30 PM
    Saw the security expert in the film clip. Recommend 3 squares of ex lax and flush in the morning. One of the worst none stories to get air time
  • by Jay Location: KY on Sep 9, 2008 at 02:21 PM
    LOOK OUT!! That is all our enemies need, the KFC recipe..can you imagine it in the hands of Osama Bin Laden...OMG!!
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