When Colonel Harland Sanders, by that time estranged from KFC, visited a Manhattan KFC in 1976, he described the food as ‘the worst fried chicken [he’d] ever tasted’ and compared the gravy to ‘wallpaper paste’

“For the Colonel, It Was Finger-Lickin’ Bad”

Here’s a gem from the archive of the NY Times. One day in September 1976, NY Times food critic Mimi Sheraton and Colonel Harland Sanders stopped into a Manhattan Kentucky Fried Chicken. The Colonel, then estranged from the company he founded, strolled into the kitchen after glad-handing some patrons and proceeded to tear into the quality of the food:

Once in the kitchen, the colonel walked over to a vat full of frying chicken pieces and announced, ‘That’s much too black. It should be golden brown. You’re frying for 12 minutes — that’s six minutes too long. What’s more, your frying fat should have been changed a week ago. That’s the worst fried chicken I’ve ever seen. Let me see your mashed potatoes with gravy, and how do you make them?”… Continue Reading (2 minute read)

13 thoughts on “When Colonel Harland Sanders, by that time estranged from KFC, visited a Manhattan KFC in 1976, he described the food as ‘the worst fried chicken [he’d] ever tasted’ and compared the gravy to ‘wallpaper paste’”

  1. pythondogbrain

    I wonder what his original recipe actually tasted like?

  2. 02K30C1

    Before he started KFC, he tried being a lawyer. He got disbarred for starting a fistfight in court with his own client.

  3. DiogenesTheGrey

    I say you he dead.

  4. GameHunter1095

    The Colonel could have been right. The KFC near me doesn’t taste like the way KFC should taste. I’m talking about the chicken, it’s not even close. The KFC that’s in a different city 30 miles away taste like it should though, why is that ? I thought I was losing my mind or my taste buds, but through the years I’ve had other people tell me the same thing.

  5. Isaacvithurston

    Not a big KFC fan but I don’t think he would be giving an unbiased review at that point

  6. No-Pizda-For-You

    It’s gotten so bad in some places that their ten piece bucket is nine feet and a beak

  7. TheSeansei

    He spent most of his later years living in Mississauga.

  8. GnosticGnome

    Wallpaper paste is just flour and water, shouldn’t be too hard to screw up gravy to taste like it…

  9. HunterDHunter

    KFC is gross. Mushy skin. Or extra cut the roof of your mouth crispy. Popeyes all day baby.

  10. WHOISTIRED

    Apparently in Jamaica it tastes way better as well.

  11. Pun-Nisher

    He must not have been high.

  12. IAmA-Steve

    And somehow, it’s gotten worse.

    Jolibees has bomb gravy. Go there instead.

  13. Schiff4Brainz

    Didn’t he kill someone? Or was that ronald Mcdonald?

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