KFC has kept their original recipe a well-guarded secret ever since Colonel Sanders finalized it in the 40's. So it makes sense that The Colonel's nephew would, you know, just let the secret slip out.

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Joe Ledington, The Colonel's nephew, was interview recently by The Chicago Tribune. During the interview, Ledington grabbed a family scrapbook and excited showed the interviewer, including a handwritten recipe for a blend of 11 herbs and spices.

“That is the original 11 herbs and spices that were supposed to be so secretive,” Mr. Ledington told the reporter. “The main ingredient is white pepper. I call that the secret ingredient. Nobody knew what white pepper was. Nobody knew how to use it.”

Want to try and fry up a batch of The Colonel's chicken yourself? Here's the recipe:

    11 spices — mix with 2 cups white flour

  • 2/3 tablespoon salt
  • 1/2 tablespoon thyme
  • 1/2 tablespoon basil
  • 1/3 tablespoon oregano
  • 1 tablespoon celery salt
  • 1 tablespoon black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon dried mustard
  • 4 tablespoons paprika
  • 2 tablespoons garlic salt
  • 1 tablespoon ground ginger
  • 3 tablespoons white pepper

Read more at The Chicago Tribune.