5 Shocking Facts You Didn't Know About Chick-Fil-A

On October 27, 2006, the last Ford Taurus rolled off the assembly line in Georgia and was purchased by Truett Cathy, the founder of the Chick-fil-A. Cathy credited the workers in that Atlanta plant for the success of his first restaurant which was located across the street from the factory in 1946. Here are 5 more facts you didn't know about Chick-fil-A.

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Chick-Fil-A Is The Largest Buyer Of Peanut Oil Ever wondered what gives Chick-Fil-A chicken its unique flavor? The fast-food chain only uses peanut oil for frying, making the company the single largest buyer of peanut oil in the United States. Aside from the special flavor, peanut oil is actually a healthier option too, naturally free of trans fats and full of heart-healthy monounsaturated fats. There's one reason you can feel good about chowing down on your next chicken sandwich.

First Customers Get a Year of Free Chicken People have been known to camp out to be among the first in line whenever the company opens a new fast-food restaurant. That is because Chick-Fil-A has a tradition of offering free meals once a week for a year to the first 100 customers at the opening of a new location. One customer, Robert Corey, traveled around the country to wait in line for those first-year freebies 110 times.

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They Buy the Most Sunkist Lemons The restaurant's lemonade is so popular that the chain squeezed more than 200 million lemons in 2013 alone. It is said that Chick-Fil-A purchases more lemons than the entire country of Japan. The fast-food giant also uses filtered water, so the lemonade is high quality and does not vary in taste from location to location.

You Get a Free Meal On Cow Appreciation Day You may have seen people walking around the mall in cow costumes and wondered what was going on. Every year in mid-July, the the chain picks a day and names it Cow Appreciation Day with the idea that people should eat more chicken than beef. On those days, anyone who comes in wearing a cow suit gets a free meal. A t-shirt picturing a cow will also work too.

They Have a Secret Menu You've probably heard about the infamous Starbucks secret drink menu, but did you know that Chick-Fil-A also offers some unknown options on their secret menu? All the options available at the restaurant aren’t on the normal menu, but customers can ask for them by name such as the Spicy Char, which is a Spicy Chicken Sandwich, only it’s grilled. A Double Decker is a grilled club sandwich with twice the meat, and chicken quesadillas aren’t on the menu but can be ordered. In addition, customers can order special milkshakes that aren't on the menu such as a strawberry peach or blueberry cheesecake.