Being a non-meat eater on a KFC run with your mates used to leave you feeling like the designative driver on a night out – pretty left out. 

Not anymore. KFC has unveiled its first-ever plant-based snack in Australia and it could be a game-changer: meat-free alternative Wicked Popcorn.

Bringing together two favourite menu items, Wicked Popcorn adds the signature spice of Wicked Wings into the bite-sized popcorn pieces. When everyone in the KFC joint is guzzling down a bargain bucket, the non-meat eater in your group can now enjoy a nibble on this handy meat-free alternative snack.

The special menu item also comes equipped with a brand-new Lime Ranch dipping sauce which could be the key to unlocking the snack’s full potential.

“We’re excited to serve up Wicked Popcorn – an innovative product that offers more choice on our menu. We’re always looking to treat our fans with new products, so we hope they’ll enjoy this meat-free option which offers that great KFC taste our fans know and love,” Sally Spriggs, KFC Australia’s CMO, said.

Wicked Popcorn will only be offered at 14 KFC locations around the NSW South Coast for now. You’ll have to act fas, with the snack available from today until Monday, September 5th via KFC restaurants or the KFC app. A portion of Wicked Popcorn and Lime Ranch sauce will only set you back just $2.95 though, so it’ll probably be worth the rush.

Other fast food chains have previously delved into the plant-based market. In 2020, Pizza Hut became the first major pizza chain in the U.S. to launch plant-based toppings. The partnership with Beyond Meat turned out to be so successful that it was extended with a Beyond Pepperoni Pizza at almost 70 Pizza Hut locations last year.

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