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  • 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 $5.

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

Golden doughnuts. Golden pizza. And, perhaps most controversially, $1,000 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:

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

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

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And yes — the $5 fast-food fried chicken contains real gold.

And yes — the $5 fast-food fried chicken contains real gold. Hollis Johnson/Business Insider

3/9

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

The chicken is made by battering Popeyes classic spicy chicken with champagne, then tossing the wings...