When you think KFC, you think chicken. Popcorn Chicken, Wicked Wings, Chicken Tenders as well as every bucket and burger combination you can imagine - all featuring the Colonel’s Secret 11 Herbs and Spices.
So when the fast food giant announced that they were bringing out a KFC BEEF BUCKET, it’s no surprise that many fans around the world were left scratching their heads.
After all, how would the KFC Beef Bucket work? Would it be meatballs coated with the Colonel’s secret herbs and spices - as seen in the photo? Would it be ribs on the bone, or popcorn beef pieces? The possibilities are endless!
Posting the image on their Facebook and Twitter pages, KFC weren’t giving anything away, writing: ‘We decided to make peace with lovers of #beef, so we’re launching the #BeefBucket soon!’
But while many were intrigued by KFC’s Beef Bucket idea, other KFC loyalists threatened to boycott the restaurant. So outraged at the thought of their beloved fried chicken being crowded by the Beef Bucket, thousands signed an online petition to stop its release.
Turns out the whole drama was a ‘prank’ by KFC, to stir up some drama. Says KFC: ‘Even if cooking beef could have given me 34 per cent more market share and dozens of new restaurants, I have only one passionate and exclusive love: and it’s you, chicken!’
Regardless, some conspiracy theorists believe the KFC Beef Bucket is in the works and this ‘prank’ was actually designed to test people’s reaction to the idea.
‘Mark my words,’ says one Reddit user. ‘This was no joke, and the Beef Bucket is coming. This is a marketing drill, everyone with half a marketing brain can see that.’
Hmmmmm. Watch this space!