Kentucky Fried Chicken is famous around the world for its chicken seasoned with Colonel Harland Sanders' recipe of 11 herbs and spices. Now, the recipe is getting a new added flavor. KFC is currently testing a chicken sandwich made with Cheetos.
The Cheetos Sandwich, which is currently available at select restaurants in the South, is tossed in a "Cheetos sauce." A new variation of the Crispy Colonel Sandwich, introduced in 2018, this exciting new dish comes with a toasted bun and mayonnaise.
“Both KFC and Cheetos have dedicated fanbases loyal to each new creation, so it only made sense to merge these two iconic brands together to provide an irresistible and flavorful sandwich that gives the best of both worlds,” KFC said in a statement.
The partnership between KFC and Cheetos seems to follow in the footsteps of Taco Bell’s Doritos taco shells. Burger King has also released Cheetos Chicken Fries as well as Mac N' Cheetos on its menu. In addition, Regal Cinemas introduced Cheetos Popcorn in 2017.
The sandwich is being tested at locations in Greensboro, North Carolina, Greenville, Georgia, Raleigh, North Carolina, Richmond, Virginia, and Roanoke, Virginia. Therefore, if you live near any of these hubs, consider yourself lucky.
The new sandwich will be available until March 24. It is priced at $4.79. The Cheetos Sandwich will debut nationwide if and when our Southern neighbors give the Cheetos Sandwich the orange-stained thumbs up.
KFC and Cheetos are both American culinary institutions. KFC was born in 1930, when Colonel Sanders took over a Shell filling station on US Route 25 just outside North Corbin, Kentucky, near the Appalachian Mountains. At the station, he served fried chicken seasoned with his famous recipe and country ham. By 1963 there were 600 KFC restaurants and today there are 18,875 KFC locations in 118 countries around the world.
Meanwhile, Cheetos was introduced in 1948. It was invented by Fritos creator Charles Elmer Doolin, who partnered with potato chip businessman Herman W. Lay for marketing and distribution. The success of Cheetos led Doolin and Lay to merge both companies in 1961, forming Frito-Lay Inc. In 1965, Frito-Lay merged with the Pepsi-Cola Company to form PepsiCo. In 2010, global sales of Cheetos totaled $4 billion.