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KFC is now selling a log that smells like fried chicken

  • KFC is selling a log that it says smells like fried chicken.

  • The KFC 11 Herbs & Spices Firelog goes on sale on Thursday.

  • The log costs $US18.99 and can be purchased online.

KFC is kicking off the holiday season with a log that it says smells like fried chicken.

On Thursday, the chicken chain announced that it would debut the KFC 11 Herbs & Spices Firelog. When lit, the log will smell like the chain's fried chicken, it said.

Shoppers can buy a log for $US18.99 at starting Thursday.

"At KFC, we have always been proud of our role in bringing loved ones together at the dinner table around a bucket of our world-famous fried chicken," Andrea Zahumensky, the chief marketing officer of KFC US, said in a statement. "Now, this winter we're bringing all the things we love - family, friends and fried chicken - together around the fire with our scented firelog."

KFC is known for its sometimes bizarre marketing ploys.

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In 2016, the chicken chain gave away 3,000 bottles of Colonel Sanders' Extra Crispy Sunscreen, which it said also smelled like fried chicken. The lotion quickly sold out.

KFC has also cast a long list of various actors, singers, and comedians as Colonel Sanders since 2015, including Billy Zane, Darrell Hammond, and Reba McEntire, who served as the chain's first female Colonel earlier this year.

The chain's advertising strategy is rooted in mixing its history - such as the continued appearance of Colonel Sanders and the emphasis on its "11 herbs and spices" - with quirkier applications, like the scented log.

"Over the years, we've had many, many people try and emulate KFC's successes ... and no one has ever got close," Tony Lowings, KFC's incoming global CEO, said at the investor day for its parent company, Yum Brands, earlier in December. "And part of the reason for that is that our history is real."