KFC Fireplace Log Makes House Smell Like Fried Chicken

It was certainly an interesting marketing gimmick: the KFC fireplace log would make your home smell like — what else? — Kentucky Fried Chicken.

Oh, yes…your home, too, could have smelled like the home of Col. Harland Sanders, thanks fo the KFC fireplace log.

KFC, which was once known as Kentucky Fried Chicken until someone convinced executives that going with initials so they wouldn’t have to use the word fried would fool anyone, launched the yuletide treat earlier this month.

The KFC 11 Herbs & Spices Firelog, as it was officially known, was developed by Enviro-Log. The company manufactures environmentally-friendly waxed cardboard fireplace logs as an alternative to firewood.

The restaurant’s website was selling the five-pound logs at $18.99 each and limited to one per customer. The site promised each firelog could burn up to three hours.

Imagine: three hours of the aroma of 11 herbs and spices wafting through your humble abode.

“Now, this winter we’re bringing all the things we love – family, friends and fried chicken – together around the fire with our scented firelog,” the company’s chief marketing officer said in a news release. “Now, this winter we’re bringing all the things we love – family, friends and fried chicken – together around the fire with our scented firelog.”

The site then offered some sage pieces of advice, including a warning that despite the great smell, one should “not attempt to eat it.”

That took the fun right out of it, didn’t it?

Apparently, people really bought it!

When I first heard about the KFC fireplace log, I assumed it had to be a joke.

Granted, there are those candles that offer nearly every conceivable scent — though I’ve never seen Yankee Candle sell a KFC scent. (Then again, it probably wouldn’t surprise me if they did.)

Apparently, this novel idea churned up quite a bit of interest. There was so much interest, in fact, that it sold out within hours!

Fox News reported that by the morning after the firelogs went on sale, the site listed the item as sold out.

KFC’s official site still shows the firelog as unavailable, so if you were looking for a last-minute stocking stuffer, I’m afraid you’re out of luck.

I can tell you one thing: if it were my home and I burned one of those in my fireplace, I’d be mighty angry. Who’d want to smell those 11 herbs and spices without being able to actually eat the chicken?!?

Would you have purchased one of those scented logs?

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Patrick is a Christian with more than 28 years experience in professional writing, producing and marketing. His professional background also includes social media, reporting for broadcast television and the web, directing, videography and photography. He enjoys getting to know people over coffee and spending time with his dog.