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I Bet you Thought that was Honey: Honey the Third Ingredient in KFC's "Honey Sauce"

Morgan Crumm Feb 1, 2011 07:53 AM

I've never held expectations that fast food is "all-natural."

I'd swear I saw Santa coming down the chimney before supposing the "buttery" biscuits at fried chicken chains contained real butter.

But I always assumed the honey packets served along with the biscuits were actually honey.

Grabbing a bite at a KFC with family in Texas not too long ago, I gazed at the honey packets sitting on the counter and almost added a biscuit to my order, as I find the thought of drizzling the sweet, golden goodness over the white, fluffy flesh of a freshly cracked biscuit eternally tantalizing.

A few minutes later, we laughed as we realized the packets did not merely contain honey, but "Honey Sauce."

The ingredients read: High Fructose Corn Syrup, Sugar, Honey, Corn Syrup, Natural Flavor, Caramel Color.

At least honey is an ingredient in the honey sauce, which is more than can be said for most "maple" syrups.

Still...honey sauce...I can't stop laughing.

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    smartie Apr 7, 2012 08:32 PM

    it could well be Chinese honey

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      wontonfm Feb 12, 2011 06:47 AM

      That is amazing. I guess "honey sauce" gives it away that it probably isn't actually honey.


      1. johnb Feb 5, 2011 01:02 PM

        I think honey has a long history of being adulterated, to stretch it and make more money selling it. Adulterated honey is, I think/hope, less common than in the old days, when it was more of a staple than nowadays. But perhaps that explains why honey is still commonly sold as "pure honey" and/or "100% pure honey," not just plain honey.

        What is old is new. Think of KFC as bringing back a proud tradition from older times.

        1. boogiebaby Feb 1, 2011 12:03 PM

          Same at Church's -- it's Honey Sauce, not Honey. Still tastes good, and we don't eat it often enough to be worried about whether it's pure honey or not.

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          1. re: boogiebaby
            yfunk3 Feb 2, 2011 05:46 AM

            Also the same at Popeye's, so I'm guessing it's a fast-food-wide thing (maybe even some diners and other places). You can always tell by the flavor. If it's all sweetness and no flavor, then it's the "honey sauce".

            Still tastes great on biscuits and with fried chicken, though. Heh.

          2. L2k Feb 1, 2011 08:58 AM

            Don't try Mickey D's "Fruit and Maple Oatmeal" and expect anything "maple" to be in there.

            Unless you're in Vermont, where they have laws about those things.

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            1. re: L2k
              mpjmph Feb 1, 2011 09:01 AM

              On the other hand, the packets of honey at McD's are 100% honey.

              1. re: mpjmph
                Morgan Crumm Feb 2, 2011 06:24 AM

                Way to go McDonalds for real honey. Color me surprised.

                1. re: Morgan Crumm
                  twittingbonobo Apr 2, 2012 02:31 PM

                  i think it may be a regional and business reason for why some use honey and some use 'honey sauce'...
                  ...because while normally our (Canadian) McDonalds is known for being healthier (smaller sizes, fresher, etc) than the American one, on the west coast, Canadian McDonalds use a 'honey sauce'...but when I cross the border from Vancouver to Washington State....you get 100% real honey...I think they must have regional suppliers and if the honey is more affordable they go with that and if it's too costly/doesn't make business sense they probably dilute it/make sauce.
                  Eitherway, I do prefer McDonalds in Canada. And, really, I'm surprised it wasn't the other way around--that American McD's would have the sauce and Canada would have the real thing. To use your phrase 'color (or since im Canadian, Colour) me surprised.

            2. rockandroller1 Feb 1, 2011 08:50 AM

              Honey Sauce sounds like a PRON star's name.

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              1. re: rockandroller1
                Morgan Crumm Feb 2, 2011 06:20 AM

                Ew. So true. Now Iam imagining a whole fast-food-based PRON film, featuring the phrases, "100% all-natural beef" and "Super size this."

                1. re: Morgan Crumm
                  egit Apr 3, 2012 01:56 PM

                  "Six inch or foot-long?"

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