KFC Follows 5 Spice Girls and 6 Herbs on Twitter and We Are Better for Knowing This

Just who KFC is following on Twitter may give us a clue to its secret chicken recipe!

While finger-lickin’ good KFC has 1.2 million Twitter followers, its account only follows five Spice Girls and six guys named Herb. Is this a brilliant idiosyncrasy which ties in with the fast food chain’s secret chicken recipe? The recipe is rumored to call for five spices and six herbs. (More on that later.)

Bucket of KFC chicken
A bucket of KFC Extra Crispy fried chicken is displayed Oct. 30, 2006 in San Rafael, Calif. |
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The KFC account is following accounts of Victoria Beckham, Mel B, Geri Halliwell, Emma Bunton, and Melanie C. In addition to these former Spice Girls, the account is following five random guys named Herb: A musician, a writer, a Green Bay Packers player, a university football coach, and the Los Angeles city council president.

The Twittersphere devoted much attention to this matter Friday, and people tweeted about the unique finding in droves. The person who can take credit for the discovery is Mike Edgette, who happens to be social media manager for a company called TallGrass PR located in South Dakota.

Edgette’s tweet has 261,000 retweets and 580, likes to date. Responses include:

Chili’s Grill & Bar got in on the fun with an offer of free food to Edgette:

Apparently, some communication between Edgette and Twitter then ensued:

Business Insider wrote an article on Edgette’s discovery, thanking the social media manager for “solving one of the biggest mysteries since Stephen Hawking tackled Black Hole Theory.”

KFC’s coveted chicken recipe has been attempted in homes throughout the country over the years. A 2016 attempt by the Tribune test kitchen produced promising-sounding results – and an actual recipe. Representatives from the news outlet claimed the recipe was given to them – handwritten on a piece of paper – from the nephew of none other than Colonel Harland Sanders himself. The note was claimed to have been found in a scrapbook belonging to Sanders’ late second wife.

Friday’s Twitter theory may be enforced by the fact that the recipe published by the Tribune contains 11 ingredients.