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Early KFC Sides Sun, 10/24/10 2:16 AM (permalink)
I've been trying to determine what the KFC pre-corporate to corporate transition sides were. This is hard to nail down as the pre-corparate agreements allowed any restaurant to feature the chicken with their own menu and sides. Sanders did offer some suggested sides with his own recipes, but beyond the chicken royalty agreement, gravy, approved sourcing, and equipment rental agreements, nothing was carved in stone until the corporate take over and then not immediately. There were recipes offered for BBQ beans, Bean Salad, Potato Salad, and Cole slaw, but not mandatory. Pre-1970, we had a few QSR operators that were usually ex-drive in operations that went with the box/bucket Harmon/Hobby House theme and offered the tiered packages with only mashed potatoes, the dirty gravy, slaw, FF, and the chicken along with a roll and wet nap/spork package. None offered any of the supplemental recipes in the original agreement around here. It's important to note that this area wasn't initally included in the corporate buyout and under the control of Sander's daughter. When the corporate red and white locations opened up, there were big changes besides the chicken. The gravy became that yellow sludge. They started to offer a "pink" potato salad with green onions and sliced potatoes. That very soon gave way to a non-sweet mayo based salad with pellet-like potatoes in a mashed potato base. The macaroni salad was a thin mayo base that wasn't sweet and sort of vinergary with flecks of carrot in it. Those of you that have had Publix's current macaroni salad would know that taste minus anything but a few carrot flecks. The original suggested recipes used only Miracle Whip, had no carrots, and were generally sweet. The corporate stores changed all that. Even the cole slaw went from a confetti sized slaw with a lot of leaf green to a rice sized mush that included carrots.
What do you folks remember as the offered sides b4 the corporate takeover?
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