Sweet heat is one of the latest food trends and we totally support it, especially in its newest incarnation as hot honey, where pepper and honey are combined for a mellow kick in the taste buds. You can drizzle this stuff on pretty much anything, but fried chicken is a clear winner.
Kentucky Fried Chicken has been rolling out a bunch of new Southern-inspired flavors, including Pickle Fried Chicken (which was only on the menu for a limited time), Nashville Hot, Georgia Gold honey mustard BBQ, and Smoky Mountain BBQ. Now they've added KFC Hot Honey, a blend of golden honey and mild peppers, to the list.
"If you travel across the south, you'll find different recipes for sweet and spicy honey-based sauces. We went through many versions to find the combination of sweet and mild spice that perfectly complements our world-famous fried chicken," said Bob Das, Head Chef, KFC U.S. "With summer coming to an end, people start to crave the soul-warming, comforting flavors that come with fall, so it's the perfect time to introduce our new Hot Honey fried chicken."
You can get the KFC Hot Honey chicken at participating KFC restaurants a few different ways: the Crispy Colonel Sandwich, Extra Crispy Tenders, Chicken Littles, and Extra Crispy Chicken.
But honestly, the best thing about KFC Hot Honey chicken is the Colonel Bear. The fast food chain is using a new Colonel Sanders to advertise their new flavor and it's one of those cute little honey bears complete with the Colonel's style.
"Hot Honey adds a little kick to our lineup of authentic southern-inspired flavors. And we're bringing the flavor to life in a fun way, with our cutest - and feistiest - Colonel yet," said Andrea Zahumensky, Chief Marketing Officer, KFC U.S.
And you can "adopt" one of the Colonel Bears by filling out this form to get your very own vintage-inspired, pull string talking Colonel Bear figurine (quantities are limited, so if you want one, get moving).
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