To its secret blend of 11 herbs and spices, the fast-food giant is adding chipotle and, for a limited time, offering Smoky Chipotle Crispy. The flavor joins Colonel Sanders' Original Recipe, begun in 1940, and Extra Crispy, introduced more than two decades ago.
In the 30-second spot, two young married couples dine outdoors, apparently on a pier at a marina. It's a sunny day reflective of blue and white colors as one husband joins the others and asks what it is they're eating. When he takes a bite, he's pleasantly surprised at the spicy flavor. "It's not spicy hot," he says, to which one of the wives says, "It's smoky."
As the other husband digs in, he, too, is nonplussed. "Wow, what is that?" he asks, to which a wife replies: "That's flavor." "I like flavor," he says, ingenuously. Voiceover says it's "flavor with a kick," and the spot ends with the slogan, "Life tastes better with KFC."
While the original recipe remains Top Secret, Doug Hasselo, chief food innovation office at KFC, offered a hint: The new recipe includes "slow-smoked chipotle peppers," he said.
"Our new Smoky Chipotle Crispy is designed to be the perfect combination of robust flavors with just the right kick," Hasselo added in a statement. "We're confident Colonel Sanders would have approved this new secret recipe. It truly is finger lickin' good."
While there are no online ads planned, a spokesperson said "The Quest for the Golden Chipotle" game at kfc.com is "meant to educate consumers about the origin of the Chipotle pepper while still being fun and interactive."