Popeyes is serving chicken wings covered with 24-karat gold flakes, and they are shockingly good

Hollis Johnson/Business InsiderPopeyes is selling wings covered in gold.
  • Golden fried chicken is the latest bizarre trend to hit the food industry.
  • Popeyes is selling fried chicken covered in real 24-karat gold flakes at a handful of locations for one day only, on Thursday.
  • Business Insider taste testers were impressed by the decadent dish – and the fact that it costs just $US5.

The American food supply has been swamped with a deluge of gold.

Golden doughnuts.Golden pizza. And, perhaps most controversially, $US1,000 golden chicken wings.

Now, Popeyes is getting in on the trend. On Thursday, the chain debuted wings covered in edible 24-karat gold at a handful of locations across the United States. A six-piece meal, served with a biscuit and a side, will be available for one day only.

Business Insider taste tested the luxe chicken on Thursday. Here’s what it’s like to eat Popeyes wings covered in real gold flakes:


Popeyes is serving the 24-Karat Champagne Wings in just four locations: Elizabeth, New Jersey; New York City; New Orleans; and Anaheim, California.

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And yes — the $US5 fast-food fried chicken contains real gold.

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The chicken is made by battering Popeyes classic spicy chicken with champagne, then tossing the wings in edible 24-karat gold flakes.

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The decadence continues with a honey dip, which also contains golden flakes.

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Gold doesn’t actually add any flavour to the food, just a certain sense of luxury.

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Despite scepticism surrounding the glitz, Business Insider taste testers were fans of the wings.

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“Pretty sure it’s literally just spicy nuggets with gold on them,” one reviewer reported. “I liked the honey, though.”

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$US5 is the perfect amount to pay for the bizarre experience of consuming gold along with some tasty fried chicken.

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On the other hand, if Popeyes were charging $US1,000, you’d be better served sticking with the spicy original — and maybe asking for some honey on the side.

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