COLONEL SANDERS KNOWS BEST: The History of KFC

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(Zentangle(R)-inspired background art by Jenn Webster)

How many of you bloggers and blog followers out there have enjoyed going to that certain place called KFC, formerly known as Kentucky Fried Chicken? Well, if you have, then I have got a story to tell that explains all about the history of one of America’s most famous fast-food chains…
     Kentucky Fried Chicken got its start as Sanders Court & Cafe in North Corbin, Kentucky on March 20th, 1930; It was founded by a man by the name of Harland Sanders, or as the fans call him, “Colonel Sanders”. The restaurant’s very first franchise was in Salt Lake City, Utah, on September 24th, 1952; KFC happens to be the second largest restaurant chain after McDonald’s, as measured by sales, with, as of December 2018, has 22,621 locations globally in 136 countries. It is owned by the same company that also owns Taco Bell, Pizza Hut, and Wing Street chains, a company called Yum! Brands. Colonel Harland Sanders was an American businessman; During the Great Depression, he began to sell fried chicken in his Corbin, Kentucky roadside restaurant, and not only that, but he also identified the potential of the whole, entire restaurant franchising concept. So with that, he opened the very first franchise that is “Kentucky Fried Chicken” in 1952 in Utah; The fried chicken became popular in the fast food industry thanks to KFC and even challenged the dominance once established by the hamburger. Harland even became a figure of American culture by branding himself as “Colonel Sanders”, in which his image is still used widely in KFC advertisements to this very day.

The original product that has made KFC so very well known for so many years happens to be the chicken pieces of the pressure-fried kind, Sanders’ recipe that is seasoned with 11 herbs and spices; That kind of recipe was and is the restaurant chain’s most closely-guarded trade secret.
     One of the popular features of KFC is the cardboard “bucket”; It had been introduced by a franchisee by the name of Pete Harman in 1957. That bucket serves larger portions of the fried chicken that KFC has become so very well known for all of those years.
     Now, in the early years, I think, Kentucky Fried Chicken serves fried chicken, but in the early 1990s and then on ever since, the menu of KFC has expanded to offer other such chicken products as chicken wraps as well as chicken fillet sandwiches, not to mention side dishes and salads, soft drinks and desserts, in which the former is supplied by PepsiCo. Besides its most famous fried chicken, KFC is known for its slogans, the most famous one being, “It’s Finger-Lickin’ Good!”

Kentucky Fried Chicken became one of the first fast-food restaurants to expand around the world, in outlets that have since opened in places like Mexico, Canada, Jamaica, and even the United Kingdom…(Oh, them wacky Brits like fried chicken too, hmmm?!)
     KFC was also best known for its advertising too; The restaurant’s early slogans were: “North America’s Hospitality Dish” and “We fix Sunday dinner seven nights a week”. But the most popular slogan was and is the one that is first introduced in 1956, and would since go on to become one of the 20th century’s best-known and best-loved slogans; What slogan is it, you ask? Easy-”It’s Finger-Lickin’ Good!”
Here is the earliest commercial for Kentucky Fried Chicken:

 

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