I love secret copycat recipes, just as you do, because these formulas allow us to make something in our kitchen that we shouldn’t be able to make-like maps to a buried treasure we aren’t supposed to find. It’s underground cooking. It’s taboo cuisine. Large food companies take steps to protect their original recipe secrets. But there is nothing to stop a skilled food hacker from looking for clues within the food itself, and then working backward to create a copycat scratch recipe that tastes just like the original.