Would you like some KFC sunscreen?
Even though it seems like a hilarious joke, the hysterical part is that, well…it’s not. Kentucky Fried Chicken has developed an “Extra Crispy Sunscreen” as an authentic product. The company advertised the now-viral product on its official website along with a promotion that reportedly offered thousands of KFC sunscreen absolutely free for a limited time only.
— Gizmodo (@Gizmodo) August 22, 2016
Apparently, it did not take very long for the supply of KFC “Extra Crispy Sunscreen” bottles to disappear. KFC issued a brief statement on the same webpage used to promote the sunscreen, which reportedly smells just like fried chicken.
“This was a limited-time offer and we ran out of the KFC Extra Crispy Sunscreen. Please accept our apologies in the form of this amazing website that you can still look at.”
According to the website, the KFC sunscreen promotion was supposed to last longer than it did. Perhaps the company did not plan to go through their on-hand inventory as quickly as they did. For instance, the fine print on the website shows that the KFC Extra Crispy Sunscreen was supposed to be “available through 11:59 PM EST on 9/30/16 or while supplies last.”
— Will Ganss (@willganss) August 22, 2016
Fans and critics that were hoping to get their KFC Extra Crispy Sunscreen bottles before September 30 were likely disappointed that the on-hand supplies did not last very long.
The promotional website for the KFC Extra Crispy Sunscreen features some of the same elements posted on other product websites and infomercials: a hilarious commercial, testimonials from people that have “used” the product in the past as well as the side effects of using (or consuming) the product.
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Each of the people featured in the testimonial pictures was also featured in the commercial before and after they became “extra crispy” thanks to the assistance of the KFC Extra Crispy Sunscreen. The quotes posted within the Testimonial section, though, are almost as funny as the commercial.
- “I used to get embarrassing sunburns all the time, which affected my social life. But because of Extra Crispy Sunscreen, I’m always tan and always smelling great! I’m way more popular now. I’m an Extra Crispy guy!”
- “I used to spend thousands of dollars on fancy sunscreen. But this stuff is free. No more bounced checks!”
Within the “Side Effects” section of the promotional website, KFC repeatedly advises consumers to not eat the KFC Extra Crispy Sunscreen. Even though it smells like fried chicken, according to the commercial, “it tastes like sunscreen.”
KFC just released a fried chicken scented sunscreen. What has this world come to?!
— Nicole Hale (@NicoleHale95) August 22, 2016
KFC is offering fried chicken-scented sunscreen. It comes in Extra Crispy. And, yes, that’s George Hamilton. pic.twitter.com/5LhJAel27I
— Lisa Jennings (@livetodineout) August 22, 2016
Chances are that KFC offering an “Extra Crispy Sunscreen” is going to revolutionize the way that restaurants promote their popular menu options. Since most ointments, creams and lotions come with scents from other brands, and manufacturers, the concept of adding noticeable food smells and scents to these skincare products is not as far-fetched as it may seem.
With the significantly hot summer months that have been experienced this year, a vast number of consumers are eager to find competitively priced deals on skincare and sunburn prevention products – including sunscreen. In addition to preventing skin cancer and premature aging, according to LiveStrong, sunscreen is also known for shielding your skin from harmful UV rays – especially when you want to spend a full day at the beach.
Thanks to such a high demand for the product, it would not be surprising if KFC decides to sell the fried chicken-scented “Extra Crispy Sunscreen” in the near future. Only time will tell what happens with this hilarious promotional product. At the very least, the now-viral commercial is bound to keep numerous consumers laughing and perhaps wishing that they were able to grab a bottle before it was too late.
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