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8 Things You Never Knew About KFC, Straight From Former Employees

If KFC is one of your favorite places to get your fast-food fix, you’ll want to read on to discover behind-the-scenes secrets from former employees. Several KFC employees (including managers and fry cooks) have spilled their insider knowledge in Reddit AMA (Ask Me Anything) conversations, and they’ve discussed everything from the fried chicken to the mashed potatoes and the hourly wages.

The fried chicken is NOT frozen – it’s hand breaded and fried.

Serious fans of KFC’s famous fried chicken will be delighted to hear that the chicken is as fresh as you’d hope. One KFC fry cook who spent many days cooking the chicken said, “No chicken is ever frozen. It is delivered fresh and stuck in a fridge where it will remain fresh for a certain amount of time. We take the chicken from the fridge, bread it (original or crispy), and fry it.” You can even see the process of how KFC makes its chicken from start to finish. You can also make copycat KFC fried chicken with the alleged leaked recipe.

But the biscuits are frozen.

One employee revealed, “The buttermilk biscuits are delivered frozen in cases. We lay them out on trays and stick them in the oven for 20 minutes. So no, sadly we do not make them ourselves.”

The mashed potatoes and gravy are both made from powder packets.

When referring to KFC’s gravy, one employee said, “It is a powder that comes in bags.” However, some KFC locations use the drippings and crispy bits from the fried chicken to add more flavor to the gravy and then strain out the lumpy parts. “The gravy is poured through a strainer to get all of the lumps out, and the potato is powered instant potato,” one employee said.

Managers get paid well.

When someone asked the manager how much money he makes at KFC, he responded, “For a fast food worker, not too bad. More than $15 but less than $20 (it varies whether I’m working a normal team member shift or a manager shift).”

You can ask for a deep-fried biscuit.

OK, maybe not all locations can accommodate this request, but it’s worth trying if you want to switch things up. One employee said, “Something we often do during slow times is deep fry the biscuits. We thaw them then toss them in an open fryer for five minutes. They turn out like doughnuts and go good with anything. You can spread butter and honey on them, or chocolate and ice cream, or even eat them plain. We really should have deep fried biscuits on the menu.”

Running out of chicken is common.

One thing that employees wish customers would understand is that running out of chicken is common, and sometimes you’ll have to wait. After all, it is freshly breaded and fried, and sometimes it’s hard to keep up with demand during busy times. An employee explained, “I don’t think the average KFC customer understands that we do not ALWAYS have an infinite amount of chicken on hand. We can cook a maximum of 48 pieces of Original Recipe at once in one fryer and a maximum of 32 pieces of Crispy Recipe at once in one fryer. We only have three fryers and it takes about 30 minutes to drop chicken in all three fryers and have it ready to serve. So when we sell three 20 pieces in a row, it is not unlikely that the next person will get all pissed because they have a 20 minute wait on fresh chicken. So I think the average KFC customer should understand that running out of chicken isn’t always our fault. We can’t predict when we’re going to sell a bunch of huge meals at once.”

KFC throws out unsold food at the end of the day.

Because of food safety rules related to fresh meat and prepared foods, KFC gets rid of unsold food at the end of each day. An employee explained, “Everything that doesn’t sell is thrown out! But we have holding times on everything, so if it’s not sold within a specified time it’s thrown (the holding time changes for each product). So product is constantly cooked through out the day; this is why sometimes there a wait or we run out late at night.”

But sometimes leftover chicken is used for the pot pies.

Pot pies are made with chicken leftover after close. The chicken is deboned and shredded by hand. The chicken is separated into bags. The pot pies get made throughout the day as needed. We take a pie tin, scoop a mix of sauce/vegetables add chicken and put a flat frozen top on it.”

If You Worship S’mores, You Need to Visit This New Marshmallow Cafe

As someone who puts marshmallows in her coffee and has a full-fledged marshmallow addiction, I’m personally invested in this news: Chicago is about to get its first marshmallow cafe called XO Marshmallow that will serve s’mores, toasted marshmallow lattes, unicorn hot chocolate, and more marshmallow-y treats. The badass, female cofounders, Kat Connor and Lindzi Shanks, raised the funds in a Kickstarter campaign, and since they exceeded their goal, the shop is scheduled to open in July. From the looks of XO Marshmallow’s Instagram account and the insane lineup of marshmallow flavors (bourbon, Champagne, rose, lavender honey, etc.), this storefront is bound to be as magical as the edible cookie dough shop in NYC.

Pop-Tarts and Jolly Ranchers Collaborate For 3 Limited-Edition Flavors!

Pop-Tarts and Jolly Ranchers are two of the best foods from your childhood, and they’ve just combined for the most epic breakfast ever. Pop-Tarts with Jolly Rancher flavors will be available for a limited time, and you’re going to want to try all three flavors: Frosted Cherry, Frosted Green Apple, and Frosted Watermelon. It sounds like a dream that’s too good to be true, but trust us, it’s real! We imagine the new Pop-Tarts will be sweet and sour, just like your favorite hard candy, and toasting them will bring the flavors to life even more. According to a spokesperson for the product, Pop-Tarts Jolly Rancher flavors begin shipping to retailers and grocery stores nationwide this month, so keep your eyes peeled for these heaven-sent pastries.

KFC Is Now Serving Chicken-Flavored Chocolate Truffles – Yes, Really!

A post shared by KFCNZ (@kfcnz) on May 9, 2017 at 8:04pm PDT

It’s already becoming the year of epic food hybrids, but we’re not sure if we’re ready for chicken-flavored chocolate truffles. KFC’s marketing director, Clark Wilson, recently announced the news of its latest combo for New Zealand customers, just in time for Mother’s Day. “We’re excited to be offering a way for KFC fans to share something they love with the special mum in their life this Mother’s Day,” Wilson said in a press release.

Thirty lucky (or not-so-lucky) Facebook users were randomly selected to receive the limited-edition chocolates after participating in a contest to taste the bizarre dessert. According to a report from The New Zealand Herald, KFC’s chicken truffles come in two flavors, including “a nutty and creamy milk chocolate truffle topped with 23 carat gold leaf and seasoned with the Colonel’s eleven secret herbs and spices, and a dark chocolate truffle infused with their signature hot and spicy marinade.”

The popular fast-food chain said it believes that chicken-flavored chocolates are “perfect for mum to savor while you finish your bucket.” Personally, I’m not so sure how my mom would feel about receiving this as a last-minute Mother’s Day gift, but that’s just me. Does this sound like something your mom would like? Stranger things have happened.

KFC Is Now Serving Chicken Flavored Chocolate Truffles – Yes, Really!

A post shared by KFCNZ (@kfcnz) on May 9, 2017 at 8:04pm PDT

2017 is already becoming the year of epic food-hybrids, but we’re not sure if we’re ready for chicken-flavored chocolate truffles. KFC’s marketing director, Clark Wilson, recently announced the news of its latest combo for New Zealand customers, just in time for Mother’s Day. “We’re excited to be offering a way for KFC fans to share something they love with the special mum in their life this Mother’s Day,” Wilson said in a press release.

30 lucky (or not-so-lucky) Facebook users were randomly selected to receive the limited-edition chocolates after participating in a contest to taste the bizarre dessert. According to a report from The New Zealand Herald, KFC’s chicken truffles comes in two flavors, including “a nutty and creamy milk chocolate truffle topped with 23 carat gold leaf and seasoned with the Colonel’s eleven secret herbs and spices, and a dark chocolate truffle infused with their signature hot and spicy marinade.”

The popular fast food chain said it believes that chicken-flavored chocolates are “perfect for mum to savour while you finish your bucket”. Personally, I’m not so sure how my mom would feel about receiving this as a last minute Mother’s Day gift, but that’s just me. Does this sound like something your mom like? Stranger things have happened.

Nicole Kidman “Politely” Tells Giada Her Food Sucks

Giada De Laurentiis appeared on The Ellen DeGeneres Show to teach her and Nicole Kidman how to cook vegan artichoke arancini and focaccia with clementine and fennel, but it went horribly wrong. Despite the Italian chef’s best efforts, Ellen and Nicole could not contain their laughter and inability to follow Giada’s cooking instructions. The set producer even had to tell the trio to wrap it up!

You will giggle throughout the clip, especially when it comes to the grand taste test. Ellen and Nicole did not hide their thoughts about the cold food that has probably been left out for “like five hours.” On a more positive note for Giada fans, the Food Network star told Ellen that she is planning to open up a new restaurant at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas and possibly something on the East Coast.

Cool Whip Comes Out With Cheesecake Flavor Since Nothing’s Off Limits

No-bake cheesecakes usually involve whipping cream cheese and Cool Whip together and pouring the fluffy mixture into a graham-cracker crust. Cool Whip has now cut the “effort” out of making this low-key Summer dessert with a new product: Cheesecake-Flavored Cool Whip, spotted by The Impulsive Buy on Instagram. It’s stocked at Walmart; we’ve reached out to the store for more details, so stay tuned.

Here’s hoping it tastes like a whipped cream version of cream cheese frosting. Can you imagine the possibilities? A dip for strawberries, a tangy coating for watermelon cake, a dollop on top of cupcakes . . . We’re on board with this seemingly strange new flavor.

11 Amazing Thai Dishes You Need to Order ASAP

Pad Thai is good and all, but if that’s your go-to order every time you eat Thai food, it’s time to step out of your comfort zone and try something new. Thai cuisine has so many amazing dishes to offer, and each is full of flavor in its own unique way. The next time you’re wondering what Thai foods to eat, opt for one of the following classics that everyone needs to try, from curries to noodle dishes to spicy salads and more.

The Secret Behind Panda Express’s Famous Orange Chicken

Arguably the best item at Panda Express is its fried chicken pieces smothered in the famous chili-orange sauce. The Chinese Kitchen shared its homemade version of the recipe with us, which begins by making a “pancake-like batter” to coat the chicken in. Yum! The chicken pieces fry up in six minutes, so this isn’t the most labor-intensive recipe. Serve it up with some steamed rice and stir-fried broccoli for the complete Panda experience. Or wrap everything up in a large tortilla, like the newly released Panda Express Orange Chicken Burrito. We won’t judge!

Homemade Orange Chicken

From Panda Express

Ingredients

  1. For chicken preparation:
  2. 2 pounds boneless, skinless dark meat chicken
  3. 1 tablespoon salt
  4. 1 teaspoon ground white pepper
  5. 1 cup cornstarch
  6. 3 cups all-purpose flour
  7. 1/2 egg
  8. 2 cups plus 2 tablespoons neutral oil, divided
  9. 1 1/2 cups water, as needed
  1. For orange sauce:
  2. 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  3. 1/4 cup orange juice
  4. 1/4 cup brown sugar
  5. 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  6. 1/2 cup white vinegar
  7. 1/4 cup water
  1. For cooking:
  2. 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  3. 1/2 teaspoon ginger, minced
  4. 1 tablespoon garlic, minced
  5. 1/4 teaspoon chili (red pepper flakes)
  6. 1 tablespoon cooking wine or sherry
  7. 1 teaspoon sesame oil
  8. 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  9. 2 tablespoons water

Directions

  1. For chicken preparation: Cut chicken into 1″x1″ cubes; set aside and refrigerate.
  2. In a medium-size bowl, mix salt, ground white pepper, cornstarch, and AP flour. Add egg, 2 tablespoons oil, and water until you have achieved a pancake-batter consistency. Mix chicken with batter and refrigerate for 30 minutes.
  3. For the orange sauce: Mix all ingredients together in a bowl and hold to the side.
  4. For cooking: Heat 2 cups oil in a wok or heavy-bottom pan to 350ºF. Gently drop chicken piece by piece in the oil and let cook for 5-6 minutes until golden brown. Remove chicken using a spider or a strainer and set aside on paper towels to drain. Safely dispense fry oil when cool.
  5. Bring a separate pan to medium-high heat and add 1 tablespoon vegetable oil. Then quickly add ginger, garlic, chili, and cooking wine. Note: be careful not to burn the garlic. Add orange sauce mixture and bring to a boil. Mix cornstarch and water together and add to the pan and stir until sauce thickens. Add chicken and mix thoroughly with the sauce. Add sesame oil at the end.

These Flower-Infused Jelly Cakes Are Australia’s Best-Kept Secret Dessert

Mirror, mirror on the wall, which is the most Instagram-worthy dessert of them all? Our money’s on the insanely pretty floral jelly cakes from La Floraison in Australia. At first glance, you probably thought, “Wait . . . how on earth can you even classify this gelatinous creation as a cake?” Well, dear reader, allow us to remind you of the Raindrop Cake served up at Smorgasburg in Brooklyn, NY. Considering how those blew up on social media, it comes as no surprise that these flower-infused versions are captivating people everywhere. But to be clear, they aren’t totally a trend on the food scene, as sakura jelly desserts have been a lasting mainstay in Japanese culture.

Though La Floraison hasn’t released many details about the ingredients or process for making its take on the clear jello-like desserts, we can assume from other jelly cake recipes that water and agar-agar powder are definitely involved. From what we can tell, these jellies are about the size of a baseball and are available with a variety of flower options, from sakura cherry blossoms and roses to chrysanthemums and even white and light blue flowers. Each takes roughly nine minutes to construct and apparently has a mild, slightly coconutty flavor. These babies are about as picturesque as it gets. I’m not sure if I’d swap this for my usual carb-filled, icing-covered cake, but hey, I have to admit they’re prettier than me even on my best days.

Ahead, swoon over 14 snapshots of La Floraison’s flower jelly cakes and cross your fingers that these Instagram-ready desserts make their way to the States in the near future.