Top-Secret KFC Recipe Flies the Coop for a Day

Col. Sanders' heavily guarded paper moves for security upgrade
By Matt Cantor,  Newser User
Posted Sep 9, 2008 12:48 PM CDT
Customers walk out of a KFC restaurant in Shanghai, China.    (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)
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(Newser) – Usually guarded like Fort Knox, KFC’s 68-year-old recipe is being whisked away from company headquarters today while its vault gets a top-secret security upgrade, the AP reports. The yellowed document —handwritten and signed by Colonel Sanders himself —is stored with vials of the 11 herbs and spices."The smell is overwhelming when you open it," said one of only two finger-lickin' execs allowed access.

KFC's chief professes terror at being known as the "president who loses the recipe," and the company isn't messing around with security —the paper is being placed in a briefcase handcuffed to a former New York detective protected by security guards. “There's no way anybody could get this recipe,” the detective said.