Top 10 Untold Truths of Popeyes Chicken!!!

When it comes to fast food fried chicken,
you’ve got your choices laid out for you. So what makes Popeyes Chicken so special?
Whatever it is, Popeyes has been a popular destination for fried chicken lovers ever
since it was founded in New Orleans in 1972. Since then, the restaurant chain has expanded
far and wide across North America, serving up fried chicken and classic sides like macaroni
and cheese, cajun fries, and coleslaw. Despite its popularity, Popeyes remains in second
place to KFC in terms of sales. So lick your fingers and let’s take a look at the top
10 untold truths of Popeyes Chicken. Popeyes founder Al Copeland’s first fried
chicken restaurant failed Al Copeland was a man with a dream. Even from
an early age, he knew he was going to work in the restaurant business. He dropped out
of high school at age 16 and began working in a grocery store. Later, he worked at a
donut shop where his brother was a part owner. At 18, he sold his car to buy a franchise
from him. Talk about ambition! Copeland eventually opened the first Popeyes restaurant in 1972.
Although, it actually went by a different name: Chicken on the Run. Copeland wanted
to focus on speed rather than flavor. He originally promised, “service so fast you get your
chicken with your change.” It was a catchy slogan, but you can’t use slogans to make
chicken taste better. The restaurant failed fairly quickly. The mild fried chicken it
sold could not compete with KFC, which already had a solid foothold in the fried chicken
business. Copeland decided he would have to do something different to stand out from KFC.
He made the decision to apply a spicier recipe, inspired by the flavors of New Orleans. The
formula worked. In 1973 Copeland opened his second location and named the business “Popeyes
Famous Fried Chicken.” Help us get famous by clicking that subscribe
button and tapping that bell to join our notification squad. Copeland also had a public feud with author
Anne Rice New Orleans native Anne Rice, best known for
her vampire novels including Interview with the Vampire and The Vampire Lestat, had a
big problem with one of Al Copeland’s restaurants. He had opened Straya, an eatery serving creole-California
cuisine, in a renovated car dealership which Rice referenced in one of her books. Rice
was already not a fan of the continuing gentrification of certain New Orleans neighborhoods. Copeland
building an ostentatious eyesore on the site of a location that played a pivotal role in
her stories was just the straw that broke the camel’s back. She took out a full-page
advertisement in the The New Orleans Times-Picayune. In it, Rice called the restaurant a “monstrosity,”
and described it as “absolutely hideous,” “ludicrous,” and “egregious.” She said
that it “in no way represents the ambiance, the romance or the charm that we seek to offer.”
Copeland took the criticism to heart, even taking out his own two-page ad in response
to Anne Rice. He wrote that he “planned to add a little extra garlic in the food at
Straya, keep a crucifix under his pillow and carry a wooden stake for good luck.” He
also sued Rice for libel. Aubrey Plaza and Ellen Degeneres both appeared
in Popeyes commercials Aubrey Plaza has appeared in popular projects
such as Legion, Parks and Recreation, and Ingrid Goes West. Ellen Degeneres currently
hosts one of the most popular daytime talk shows in the world. However, they both got
their start appearing in commercials for Popeyes. Degeneres, herself a Louisiana native, was
featured in a Popeyes ad from the 1980’s. In her blink-and-you’ll-miss-it appearance,
she said only two words: “fabulous chicken.” If she did a Popeyes commercial now, she’d
probably have more lines. Plaza is known for her dark, deadpan and sometimes crazed roles,
where she uses her own offbeat personality to truly bring out the strangeness of her
characters, However, she first appeared in a 2006 ad for Popeyes as a ditzy best friend.
It was not indicative of the work she would go on to do in her career. Like Ellen, she
also only had one line. When her friend talked about how much she loved Popeyes butterflied
shrimp, Plaza announced: “I like butterflies.” Obviously, both of these women have gone on
to greater things, but they probably still remember their time touting Popeyes chicken
(and seafood). Whether or not they still eat at Popeyes is a whole other question. The name Popeyes comes from a movie, not the
cartoon sailor We definitely wouldn’t blame you for assuming
that Popeyes chicken got its name from a particular sailor man who chomped spinach, smoked a pipe,
and beat up bad guys. However, that particular Popeye was not the namesake of the restaurant.
That honor belongs to Detective Jimmy “Popeye” Doyle, the hardboiled detective played by
Gene Hackman in the 1971 crime thriller The French Connection. Al Copeland said he named
the restaurant after Hackman’s character simply because he liked him. This was not
surprising, as the film was incredibly popular at the time it came out. It still stands as
one of the great film classics and includes one of the most exciting car chase sequences
ever put to film. Considering that Popeye Doyle wasn’t exactly the most upstanding
person (he had a tendency to be a racist, as well as a womanizer), it’s probably a
good thing that Copeland was only inspired by his name. Popeye Doyle was based on real-life
NYPD detective Eddie Egan. Hackman won an Oscar for the role, and the film itself won
Best Picture. It spawned a sequel and a television show, but the fried chicken at Popeyes is
leagues better than either of those two things and far more memorable. However, Popeye the sailor did serve as the
restaurant’s mascot in some locations Just because Popeyes wasn’t named after
the cartoon sailor doesn’t mean that they didn’t utilize him in their advertising.
They would have been silly not to, considering the instant name recognition and attribution.
The company began using Popeye and his pals in their advertisements early on to compete
with other chains that featured their own mascots, such as Ronald McDonald and Colonel
Sanders. However, as the restaurant moved more towards pushing their image as real,
Louisiana cuisine, the association with Popeye the sailor became less important. More than
that, using the cartoon sailor to promote chicken from New Orleans almost seemed nonsensical.
Not only that but have you ever seen Popeye eat fried chicken? Of course not! He eats
spinach. That has always been his thing. They might have gotten away with it by playing
up the seafood angle, but Popeyes has always been known more for its chicken than anything
else. The company ended its million dollar deal with King Features Syndicate, the owner
of Popeye, in 2013. However, it hadn’t been using the characters for much longer. They
were still employed in some advertising campaigns in Puerto Rico and the middle east for a time,
though. There are Popeyes locations on overseas military
bases What better way to remind soldiers of home
than offering them some good old-fashioned American fast food? Imagine if you were out
in the field, putting your life at risk every day to defend your country. You might want
a little taste of home after all of that, even just to remind you what you’re fighting
for. While many army bases featured Burger King locations, some bases in Germany and
Japan also sold Popeyes chicken. Even though the company continues to expand locations
across the globe, it was the franchises on military bases that started the trend. Before
that, Popeyes chicken was only available on these bases. The surrounding population did
not have any access to it. Talk about unfair! A Popeyes opened on the Kandahar Airfield
in 2012 and became a huge hit with the soldiers that were stationed there. More recently,
Popeyes replaced Burger King in the Fort Knox base food court, showing that tastes have
been changing over time in the military. Whereas in the past soldiers might have wanted a Whopper,
now they have cravings for spicy chicken and biscuits. Who could blame them? When it comes
to fast food options, spicy fried chicken, and a buttery biscuit will beat a burger any
day of the week. The famous ‘Love that chicken” jingle
was performed by Dr. John If you’ve seen a Popeyes commercial, even
recently, you might recognize the classic “love that chicken from Popeyes” jingle
(sorry if that little reminder just got the song stuck in your head, but there are probably
worse songs you could be thinking about right now). That bit of music has been used by the
company since its early days, and eventually became a huge part of their identity. You
almost couldn’t even think about getting Popeyes chicken without that jingle ringing in your
head. However, you might not realize that one of the original singers of the jingle
was famed Louisiana rocker Dr. John. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee was already
plenty famous before he sang the jingle in the 1980s. He has won six Grammy awards and
had a top ten hit with his song “Right Place, Wrong Time.” Dr. John was a huge star in
his home state of Louisiana, and it was his signature drawl and unique vocal style that
became associated with the restaurant’s commercials. Other artists who have recorded
the jingle include Fats Domino and the Zydeco Twisters. Fats Domino appeared in a 1987 ad
for Popeyes singing the jingle, and all of these artists also performed at the 30th-anniversary
celebration for Popeyes in 2002. Popeyes once introduced chicken tenders coated
in cookie dough Fast food restaurants are always looking for
ways to innovate. It’s not enough to just sell burgers, fried chicken, or pizza. You
have to make those products different. They have to stand out to the consumer. Look at
what Taco Bell has done with just the humble taco: they’ve created a Doritos taco shell,
wrapped a hard taco shell in a soft one, and even made a taco shell out of fried chicken.
Pizza Hut has done similar magic with their food, creating pizzas with all kinds of crazy
things going on in the crust. In 2017 however, Popeyes made some noise in the fast food world
when it introduced chicken tenders that were battered with cookie dough. Now, before you
start imagining a chicken tender crossed with a chocolate chip cookie, you should know that
the cookie dough used in this recipe was shortbread. The people at the Popeyes test kitchen couldn’t
possibly be that crazy. People who tried the cookie dough breaded tenders reported that
there was a hint of sweetness to accompany the typical Popeyes chicken flavor. However,
anyone curious enough to try these cookie dough tenders now is out of luck. The company
only introduced them as a promotional item for a few months. Sorry to get your hopes
up, but maybe one day these unique chicken tenders will find their way back onto the
market. Popeyes sells a cajun turkey in grocery stores
around Thanksgiving So it’s Thanksgiving and you really want
to wow the crowd with something different. Sure, you could try and pull off the turducken,
but that’s just going to be a lot of work. Let’s face it, you’re looking for something
easier. Something that’s going to wow your relatives and your in-laws. That’s what
the holidays are all about, right? No one wants their Aunt Linda criticizing their cooking
year in and year out. So sometimes, you’ve got to do something drastic, something undeniably
different and maybe a little bit crazy. Well how about this: instead of just another frozen
Butterball, you bring home a cajun spice rubbed turkey made by Popeyes. It’s true! Popeyes
only sells these spicy, seasoned birds during Thanksgiving and Christmas in select grocery
stores. If you can get your hands on one, consider yourself lucky. The turkeys may not
be breaded with that delicious Popeyes coating, but they are seasoned with Popeyes signature
blend of Louisiana spices to give an otherwise bland bird a little bit of zing. The spicy
birds come pre-cooked and frozen. All you have to do is thaw and cook for 90 minutes
(although there are instructions for cooking from frozen). You could do a lot worse than
serving this unique turkey at your next family holiday get together. Even the people who
prefer ham to turkey might want to sneak a little taste. In fact, you might want to get
two, just in case the birds end up more popular than anything else. Beyoncé gets free Popeyes chicken for life There are plenty of celebrities out there
with their own fast food preferences. Although, you wouldn’t expect musical royalty to express
an undying love for fast food fried chicken. However, Queen Bey herself has expressed her
passion for Popeyes publicly. So much so, that the restaurant chain granted her a card
which allows her to get free Popeyes chicken for the rest of her life. That’s something
that all of the fried chicken lovers out there could only dream of. Imagine it: every time
you’re craving three pieces and a biscuit, you just waltz on into Popeyes, place your
order, and walk out with a box of tasty chicken and a pocket full of cash. Rumors even swirled
that Beyoncé and Jay-Z served Popeyes at their wedding. That just gives us all another
reason to be completely devastated by not getting an invite. Beyoncé told Oprah about
the card in 2003. She also said she didn’t use the card that much because she was embarrassed.
The fact that Bey could be embarrassed by anything is pretty hard to imagine. If she
wants Popeyes, she should be able to have Popeyes! The whole situation really just goes
to show that if you want to get free Popeyes chicken for life, all you have to do is become
one of the most famous and compelling singers in the world. Easy, right? You know what is easy? Clicking that subscribe
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  3. Wouldn't it be cool if popeye was still popeyes mascot and they sold more spinach products like spinach potpie for example and others

  4. Ten minutes to get to a KFC, 30 minutes with no traffic jams to get to Popeye's. You know where i'm going to go.

  5. We just got our first Popeyes in my local city in Canada… I thought it was just a US thing, so I'm so excited to try it!

  6. How about some love for Popeye's Po' Boys? I've had both Breaded & Blackend Chicken, Catfish, and Popcorn Shrimp Po' Boys from there and they are da bomb! I'd like to see them try their hand at the traditional Breaded Oyster Po' Boy that NOLA's famous for; In that regard, my taste buds can't wait!

  7. Popeyes Chicken is my favorite!!!! KFC uses toxic sick chickens that ladened with antibiotics and growth hormones. It's really disgusting- if you don't believe this- then look it up and you will never eat KFC again!


  9. I’ve only had Popeye’s once, 18+ years ago and it really wasn’t anything to write home about.

  10. Popeye's chicken hasn't been (truly) spicy since my momma was little, which is probably when he decided to actually season his chicken. If Beyonce is embarrassed about having a card for a lifetime supply of Popeyes, then she should use that card to feed people and then reward herself with an order of her own. Win-win, don't you think?

  11. I've worked at popeyes for over 5 years now. And I'm here to tell you the great news that most store fronts (especially those in Indiana) sell their famous turkeys in their restaurants. You may just wanna call ahead to reserve one. Also great job to this video for getting things right ❤🧡💛

  12. Who's the spokeswoman for Popeyes? I've always thought she was hot and curvy. I want to taste her!

  13. 🍉🍗🍉🍗🍉🍗🍉🍗🍉🍗🍉🍗🍉🍗🍉🍗I wouldn’t eat that crap if it was free. 🤢🤢🤢🤢🤮

  14. Went to New Orleans, kid found a #1 best fried chicken place, not a good place, they used the smallest chicken, only get 3 piece of chicken, no breast and the price is over price and it wasn't that good. Popeyes has a better fried chicken at a better price.

  15. popeyes doent have chicken I went to one expecting food but it was only a suplement store. there is no chicken there. I was in winnipeg and my friend never herd of chicken or a restorant being in a place called popeyes. even they thought i was nutts!!! so where is this mithical place?

  16. Who still eats KFC ? , I'm in Toronto and can tell you off my head where 15 Popeyes are don't even know where 1 KFC is…

  17. Unfortunate we don't have Popeyes In Australia the only time that I heard of the Franchise was when I saw the video of Angry African Americans in the drive-through waiting in line when popeye Ran out of Chicken. However, I did try it in South Korea.

  18. I LOVE POPEYE'S!!! The Southside Lakeland (Florida) Popeye's anyway, Northside Lakeland, not so much. Free fried chicken for life, Hell, I'd be happy with a single free meal. And a Coke (hint, hint, hello any Popeye's big wigs that may have checked this video out, I know you're out there). Let's see if this comment gets me one…

  19. Popeyes started in Arabi…in St. Bernard Parish, not actually in New Orleans itself. I remember Chicken on the Run; Al took good advantage of the daily afternoon traffic jams on Judge Perez Drive at the nearby traffic light; he often ventured out among the stalled drivers and offered them chicken samples and gave free iced drinks to we police, especially when we had to manually operate that blasted light. I still miss the stinky but DELICIOUS original coleslaw, and the unbelievably delicious honey biscuits…now reduced to something nowhere near as fantastic as they used to be.

  20. It piss me off dearly that are so few Popeyes locations here in California. I mean what's the deal. Anyways have order for now and later when you should ran across a location. You'll find California gold before you find a Popeyes.

  21. The United States military stepped up its quality as well as quantity! From nasty fake food to real meat and real vegetables, nutritious food. REAL FOOD FOR REAL SOLDIERS! 🇺🇸😋💖

  22. A piece of shit place to work at and they did not give a shit about their employees when I work there for 3 years part time

  23. Only thing I have Against Popeyes, if you go through the drive thru, the Black employee save all the good peices of Chicken for their own Race, and you get the CRAPPIEST pieces of Chicken" you find this out after you get home"
    Ps that's why I go in and watch them fill my ORDER"

  24. Good video. I have found some of your videos to be "corporate bashing". However, I thought this video was really informative. I love Popeyes and was surprised that KFC is still above Popeyes. I was surprised that you didn't mention the efforts of Popeyes to invade Bojangles territory which I totally support. Bojangles is terrible.

  25. Popeyes used to be only available in black neighborhoods usually on Martin Luther king street. At least back in the day. Had to drive from the suburbs to the ghetto and be the only white person in line getting stares like I was a cop or a mark. Lol this was the 90s. St. Paul MN and Portland Oregon. Idgaf though cause I was probably their plug and they didn’t know it. And I loved Popeyes. Fuck sakes. Lol

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