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15 Facts About Chick-Fil-A That'll Make You Say "Whoa, That's Crazy"

The A in "Chick-fil-A" has a secret meaning.

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1. Chick-fil-A operates 12 full-service Dwarf House restaurants — named after the original Chick-fil-A, which was called the Dwarf Grill — where you can order hamburgers, steaks, and lemon icebox pie.

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2. The chain also owns a Hawaiian-themed restaurant called Truett's Luau in Fayetteville, Georgia, and at 8,000 square feet, it's Chick-fil-A's largest restaurant.

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3. The A in Chick-fil-A's name is capitalized to symbolize that its food is top quality or "Grade A."

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4. The first 100 customers at new Chick-fil-A restaurants get free Chick-fil-A for an entire year.

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But that doesn't mean unlimited food: The ~fine print~ defines the prize as 52 Chick-fil-A chicken sandwich meals, which is one per week for a year.

5. Only three states don't have a Chick-fil-A: Alaska, Hawaii, and Vermont.

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6. Chick-fil-A is the single largest purchaser of Sunkist lemons in the entire world. Its employees squeeze over 300 million lemons each year to make lemonade.

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7. And it's also the largest domestic buyer of peanut oil, which it uses to fry its food.

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8. The restaurant chain spent seven years and over $50 million dollars developing grilled nuggets for the menu.

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9. Although Chick-fil-A is famous for its chicken sandwich, waffle fries are actually the most-ordered item on the menu.

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10. Chick-fil-A founder Truett Cathy actually invented the chicken sandwich in the 1960s, but the process took him four whole years.

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11. Those aren't just any pickles on Chick-fil-A sandwiches: The restaurant soaks cucumber slices for exactly three days before serving them up on a bun.

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12. The secret recipe for the famous chicken sandwich is actually locked in a safe at the company's headquarters in Atlanta.

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13. The official mission statement of the restaurant chain doesn't even mention food. Rather, it's "to glorify God by being a faithful steward of all that is entrusted to us and to have a positive influence on all who come into contact with Chick-fil-A."

That's part of the reason why it's closed on Sundays.
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That's part of the reason why it's closed on Sundays.

14. Despite being closed on Sundays, Chick-fil-A earns more money per restaurant than any other American fast-food company.

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15. Finally, Chick-fil-A Sauce is actually just a combination of other sauces.

Did you know? Chick-fil-A Sauce is a magical blend of Honey Mustard, Barbecue and Ranch Sauces.


There actually are Chick-fil-A restaurants in Nevada and North Dakota, leaving only three states — Alaska, Hawaii, and Vermont — without one. A previous version of this post included Nevada and North Dakota in a list of states with no Chick-fil-A.

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