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KFC Is Testing Out a New Spicy Sauce

The chicken chain will be bringing a D.C. staple to three major cities this month.


Looks like KFC fans are in for a tangy, saucy treat this month.

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The chicken chain announced that, starting today, it will be teaming up with Washington, D.C.-area specialty foods manufacturer Capital City to bring its beloved mambo sauce to select restaurants in Dallas, Atlanta and of course, Washington, D.C.1

"KFC has given Capital City a huge opportunity to highlight a culture that many don't get a chance to experience," Arsha Jones, CEO and co-founder of Capital City, said in a statement. "When visitors think of Washington, D.C., they envision museums, government and politics, but there's a huge community just beyond those few blocks that has a rich history filled with styles, music, lingo and food all our own. We are proud to be able to partner with KFC to share our culture with more people." 

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The cult-favorite sauce is Capital City's commercially available twist on a decades-old staple of Black D.C. food culture, with homespun varities of the sweet-and-spicy condiment originally popping up at restaurants in the 1950s. The partnership with KFC comes two years after a similar collaboration with Papa John's.

A full list of KFC locations participating in the joint venture can be accessed here.

Customers can choose to pair the sauce with a Chicken Sandwich Combo Meal, the four-piece Extra Crispy tenders Combo Meal or the two-piece version of the same. The sauce can also be purchased standalone with any menu item for an additional cost.

KFC  is a part of Yum! Brands (YUM) alongside Pizza Hut, Taco Bell and more. The parent company was up 22.54% year over year as of Monday afternoon.

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Emily Rella is a news writer at Previously, she was an editor at Verizon Media, covering entertainment, pop culture, lifestyle, entrepreneuership and business. She is a 2015 graduate of Boston College and a Ridgefield, CT native.