Christina Pellegrini
August 27, 2016 12:59 pm
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NEWS ALERT: KFC’s secret blend of 11 herbs and spices is no longer a secret. Quick, get thee to a deep frier!

A Chicago Tribune reporter named Jay Jones got the chance to sit down with Joe Ledington, Colonel Sanders’s nephew, in order to write about the restored restaurant at the Harland Sanders Cafe and Museum in Corbin, Kentucky. Little did he know that he would soon be shaking up the fast food industry FOREVER.

Ledington brought along a family scrapbook and was flipping through it, telling the journalist stories about the legendary chicken purveyor, when he landed on the last will and testament of his aunt, Claudia Ledington-Price (aka Colonel Sanders second wife).

Low and behold, on the back was a handwritten recipe of—you guessed it—11 herbs and spices.

Yum Brands, KFC’s parent company, has denied the truth of this recipe. “Many people have made these claims over the years, and no one has been accurate—this one isn’t either,” a Yum spokesperson told The New York Times.

Regardless, the recipe is a ridiculously good one. The Chicago Tribune taste-tested the recipe (and added some necessary ingredients, of course), and claim the results are comparable (and, thanks to a few love-filled touches, like a buttermilk egg bath, their chicken is potentially even more delicious).

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Whether or not it’s ~the~ secret recipe, the discovery still creates some finger-licking-good chicken that you can now make from the comfort of your own home.