Fast food chain KFC has expanded its menu with the launch of a new hot honey flavoured fried chicken.

The hot honey flavoured fried chicken is a blend of sweet golden honey with mild peppers and offers a sweet and spicy combination.

KFC US head chef Bob Das said: “If you travel across the south, you’ll find different recipes for sweet and spicy honey-based sauces. We went through many versions to find the combination of sweet and mild spice that perfectly complements our world-famous fried chicken.

“With summer coming to an end, people start to crave the soul-warming, comforting flavours that come with fall, so it’s the perfect time to introduce our new hot honey fried chicken.”

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“We went through many versions to find the combination of sweet and mild spice that perfectly complements our world-famous fried chicken.”

Hot honey is available at participating US restaurants as a crispy colonel sandwich, extra crispy tenders, chicken littles, and extra crispy types.

Customers can now find four southern-inspired flavours at KFC, which include spicy, smoky, crispy Nashville hot, Georgia gold honey mustard bbq and smoky mountain bbq fried chicken.

KFC US chief marketing officer Andrea Zahumensky said: “Hot honey adds a little kick to our line-up of authentic southern-inspired flavours. And we’re bringing the flavour to life in a fun way, with our cutest, and feistiest, Colonel yet.

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“Aside from his personality, the Colonel Bear’s physical appearance is adorably inspired by the nostalgic honey bottles in the shape of a bear that you may have had on your kitchen table growing up.”

A subsidiary of Yum! Brands, more than 21,000 KFC outlets are operated in approximately 130 countries and territories worldwide.