Finders plan to test Col. Sanders recipe
Saturday, February 03, 2001 - The Associated Press
SHELBYVILLE — A handwritten recipe linked to Kentucky Fried Chicken founder Colonel Harland Sanders but disavowed by KFC was returned to its owners Friday and will soon be tested in the kitchen.
A judge ordered the leather-bound datebook removed from a bank vault and returned to restaurateurs Tommy and Cherry Settle. The couple found the 1964 book in the basement of the home they purchased from Sanders.
The book stirred a legal fight between KFC and the Settles, prompting a judge to place it in safekeeping while the fast-food giant determined whether its closely guarded secret was in danger of slipping out.
KFC concluded its secret was safe. The company said this week the datebook recipe wasn't close to the colonel's famous original recipe of 11 herbs and spices, and it dropped a lawsuit against the Settles.
Mr. Settle said Friday he took the company at its word that it's not the colonel's original recipe. Out of curiosity, though, the couple plan to test the recipe for themselves, not their customers, they said.