Uh oh.

Via Washington Times.

A handwritten list of 11 herbs and spices discovered in a scrapbook owned by Colonel Sanders’ second wife may be the top-secret “original recipe” that his Kentucky chicken franchise has kept under lock and key for the last several decades, the Chicago Tribune reported Friday.

Freelance reporter Jay Jones said he saw the recipe during a recent meeting in Corbin, Kentucky, with Joe Ledington, a 67-year-old retired teacher who worked as a kid for his uncle, Kentucky Fried Chicken founder “Colonel” Harland Sanders.

Mr. Jones was in town investigating Corbin’s fried chicken history for the Chicago Tribune when the local tourism office arranged for him to meet the legendary restaurateur’s nephew. Shortly after shaking hands, the journalist said Mr. Ledington began showing him the contents of an unassuming family photo album.

He said the scrapbook originally belonged to his late aunt, Claudia Ledington, who worked for Sanders and helped him launch the KFC empire in addition to to becoming the colonel’s second wife in the late 1940s. She died on New Year’s Eve 1996, and Mr. Ledington said he inherited the scrapbook when his sister passed around four years ago.

Along with various photographs and assorted clippings, the scrapbook reportedly contained a handwritten note on the back of the women’s last will and testament labeled “11 Spices — Mix With 2 Cups White Fl.” The Tribune published a photograph of the ingredients in Friday’s article.

“That is the original 11 herbs and spices that were supposed to be so secretive,” the colonel’s nephew said, according to the journalist…


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  1. Chuck says:

    The alleged recipe is in the original Chicago Tribune article.

    I’ll be testing it for sure.

  2. George says:

    Gonna try it … even if it’s not the “SECRET” recipe, it does look good, anyway!!

  3. Shifra says:

    Wait, so now the cat is out of the bag, I mean, the chicken is out of the bag, no, I mean… well, whatever…

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