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The chicken is on the wing

Posted by Devra First  September 9, 2008 11:16 AM

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Today, KFC's top secret recipe is being moved for the first time in more than 20 years. It's written in pencil on a sheet of notebook paper signed by Colonel Sanders himself.

The recipe is so secret that only two company executives have access to it at any time, and suppliers only know a fraction of the ingredients. It's being moved so the company can revamp security. Till now, it's been kept in a filing cabinet with combination locks, which in turn is kept behind a door with three locks, which in turn is located in a vault. The cabinet also contained vials of the 11 herbs and spices that make the recipe so finger-lickin' good. Who knows what kind of whiz-bang safe-keeping setup they'll cook up for it now?

For the move, KFC hired off-duty police officers and private security guards to take the recipe to an undisclosed location in an armored car.

The full story is here.

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