And you thought it was honey all along…

Posted by Mike on 2012.02.2

Honey Sauce Packet from Kentucky Fried ChickenWhat does this look like to you?

If you say honey, well your partially right. Say about 7 percent right, according to the lower right hand corner of the packet the golden sauce poised in the photo above contains “7% REAL HONEY”. This little gem of information is posted just below a cartoon image of a happy and delightful southern gentlemen with a string tie wearing glasses and an apron.

Yeah, you know the one I mean…

I have lived a good portion of my life near the First Kentucky Fried Chicken (Note: This is the first franchise location) and have gone to it time and time again over the years. I actually have some fond memories of that rather shabby and small restaurant. I am less a fan by the remodel they did a few years ago turning it into the same chain as everywhere else.

But lets ignore that for a moment and focus on the “Honey Sauce” that I go the other day. At least the name is accurate. This is a honey influenced sauce. Although I think the label should have been “High Fructose Corn Syrup Sauce”, since that is the man ingredient.

The ingredients list for the “High Fructose Corn Syrup” a.k.a KFC Honey Sauce, is:

  1. High Fructose Corn Syrup
  2. Corn Syrup
  3. Sugar
  4. Honey
  5. Fructose
  6. Contains less then 2% of:
  7. Caramel Color
  8. Molasses
  9. Water
  10. Citric Acid
  11. Natural and Artificial Flavor
  12. Malic Acid

And here I thought I was just getting Honey?!?!?!

I can see two reasons why KFC (Or is that KGC now?) has elected to distribute “Honey Sauce” to its franchise locations:

1) It is cheaper.

Livestrong.com quotes Beverage watch for an average price 20 cents a pound for HFCS (High Fructose Corn Syrup) in 2010. The National Honey Board provides an average bulk cost of $1.50 a pound for imported honey in 2010. Wholesale honey costs averaged around $3.50 that year.

2) It is more consistent in its, well, consistency.

The sad truth is that you will probably never even think about it, but when I was younger the real honey packets.. Well… I told myself I wouldn’t cry… *sniffle* *sniffle* It was so good! I never even thought that they would change it.

Believe me when I say that this is an abomination compared to the way I remember the honey packets. They were so good!

I guess the only solution then is try and find some honey packets for those biscuits on the way home. You could try Starbucks. It seems that tea drinkers are much pickier about honey then biscuit eaters.

- Mike

Useful links:

http://www.livestrong.com/article/289220-pure-cane-sugar-vs-high-fructose-corn-syrup/
http://www.honey.com/nhb/industry/industry-statistics/
http://www.ers.usda.gov/AmberWaves/February08/Findings/HighFructose.htm

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