KFC has been crowing about their secret recipe of 11 herbs and spices for decades, and the few people who claim they found the secret recipe later recanted when KFC threatened to press charges.
But those recipe releasers weren't related to the Colonel, so would KFC's reaction change if the person who posts the "secret recipe" is Colonel Sanders' nephew?
The Colonel's nephew Joe Ledington found out when he "accidentally" revealed what looks like the KFC secret recipe while sharing pics from an old family scrapbook with the Chicago Tribune.
The 11 spices in the secret recipe were hand-written on the back of the last will and testament of Joe's aunt, and in case you haven't seen the recipe here it is:
Apparently the mighty chicken lawyers got to Joe too, because he said "That is the original 11 herbs and spices that were supposed to be so secretive" but later recanted his statement.
The Tribune kitchen tested the recipe and this is what they found:
...tasters agreed the test kitchen fried chicken was even better than the Colonel's," wrote Joe Gray. And when the test kitchen added some MSG to that blend of 11 herbs and spices, they had an identical match on their hands. Which I guess means that the handwritten recipe on Ledington's aunt's will isn't "accurate" but it's pretty much there.