KFC announced Thursday that it will be adding a new option to its kids menu in an effort to offer more healthy choices, according to the Los Angeles Times.
The new meals will come in a smaller, more vibrant version of the fried chicken chain's signature bucket featuring interactive games printed on the outside, Business First said. The meals will cost around $3.99 plus tax, the Los Angeles Times said.
In its standard form the Li'l Buckets meal will contain a Kentucky Grilled Chicken drumstick, a GoGo squeeZ spoon-less applesauce and a side of green beans, culminating in a roughly 210 calorie meal, the Los Angeles Times said.
However the Los Angeles Times reported that all meals have the option of substituting other less-healthy options like fried chicken and mac n' cheese which is raising concern after the release of a report issued by the Center for Science in the Public Interest. The report says that 97% of chain restaurant's kids meals fail to meet nutritional standards, and recommends that kids meals should contain no more than 430 calories in one meal.
KFC is based in Louisville, Ky., and is owned by Yum Brands. Kentucky Fried Chicken has more than 17,000 outlets in 115 countries, Business first said.
As part of their marketing scheme for the Li'l Bucket, KFC is sponsoring a contest through Facebook to clean up the winner's neighborhood parks, Business First said.