Guy Caused Twitter Controversy With French Fry Ranking

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By Cooking Panda

Don’t you dare mess with french fries, especially the curly ones.

Twitter user Maurice Peebles, a Bleacher Report deputy editor, knew to be prepared for controversy when he made the grave misstep of ranking seven different cuts of french fries and decided that steak fries somehow taste better than curly fries.

He listed them in a viral Twitter post that, as of the evening of June 9, has more than a thousand likes.

Here is what he had to say:

Look, obviously he was wrong, OK? Twitter was not having it.

“I’m irate,” one Twitter user responded. “You need to see a professional,” said another. “Psycho, like you read about.”

Shoestring and wedge fries in the top three? No way, said Twitter.

Another called the #2 ranking for shoestrings “borderline psychotic.”

A few others with seemingly damaged taste buds took Peeble’s side.

Let’s get something straight: Steak fries are trash. Unless they are twice-fried until they actually have some semblance of crispiness, then I can make an exception.

Curly fries are infinitely better than the dry but somehow still soggy, lazy knife skills-style steak fries. Ugh. Meanwhile, curly fries are not only fun to look at and bounce like a slinky, they are perfectly seasoned and taste great crispy or soggy.

Other Twitter users are on my side too. A ton of people objected to his clearly wrong choice to relegate curly fries to the second-to-last spot.

“STEAK AND WEDGE BEFORE CURLY?” one person commented. “WHAT THE F*** MO. WHAT. THE. F***.”

Seriously.

Hey, it’s true. And a lot of other people side with #TeamCurlyFry. A January list from First We Feast put it best. In a definitive fast food fry ranking list that put Arby’s curly fries in the coveted number one slot, Josh Scherer of First We Feast astutely pointed out that “curly fries are criminally underrated,” and I can’t agree more.

“First, the thin, lacy, heavily seasoned, and spiced batter coating of the fries creates a failsafe crispiness,” he wrote. “It doesn’t matter how long they’ve steamed in the to-go bag, the batter is always going to give you that crunch. Second, the curly shape gives you variety. For every pulpy and soft overall coil, you get an extra crispy stand-alone curl.”

It’s true, and you know it.

Your move, Peebles.

Sources: Maurice Peebles/Twitter, First We Feast / Photo Credit: Andy Nguyen/Flickr

Tags: curly fries, French fry rankings, fry ranking, Twitter fries, Twitter fry list
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McDonald’s Is Serving Curly Fries, But There’s A Catch (Photos)

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By Cooking Panda

THIS IS AN IMPORTANT PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT.

ATTENTION! ATTENTION! You can now get curly fries at McDonald’s!

As iconic as those thin, floppy, nearly soggy McDonald’s French fries are, there’s something that’s just completely marvelous and magical about those perfectly seasoned, twisted and crisp-yet-tender, greasy creations that always makes me feel like I won a prize when I manage to upgrade to them from regular fries.

Look how delightful:

Wouldn’t you love a bag full of these? I sure would.

There’s a catch though. According to Popsugar, these coiled beauties — called “Twister Fries” but which resemble any other name for curly fries —  are only available in Singapore and the Philippines, just like fried chicken legs, longanisa and spaghetti. Le sigh.

Oh, and in case you were worried that they weren’t delicious enough, you can get them with salt, pepper and crab seasoning if you really want to make me jealous.

The fries originally started out as a limited-edition item in the Southeast Asian nations, notes McDonald’s Wikia. But for the last few years, the twirly snacks have been available for one month every year to celebrate Chinese New Year.

They have reportedly been through several different rebranding iterations:

According to a 2014 review from 3rd World Geeks, they taste more or less the way you would expect them to.

“Taking aside the aesthetics, it’s just curly fries,” reads the review. “In fact, I have to say it tastes almost exactly like KFC’s take on french fries! The only thing that makes McDonald’s Twister Fries special is the twisty shape.”

Unfortunately, Yours Truly does not have access to KFC’s curly fries either, so while it’s not too helpful of a review, it indicates that these are probably just regular curly fries (so that helps).

Fingers crossed that these lovely creations make their way stateside soon!

Sources: Popsugar, 3rd World Geeks, McDonald's Wikia, Delish / Photo Credit: Andy Nguyen/Flickr

Tags: crab fries, curly fries, limited edition fast food, mcdonald's, twister fries
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McDonald’s Is Adding Some Serious Flavor To Its Fries

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By Cooking Panda

McDonald’s tailors its menus to the tastes of each country it serves — that’s how the restaurant chain maintains its global popularity. 

In Singapore, the company has taken the classic curly fry and added a regional twist: crab-flavored seasoning. 

Picture this: a gloriously grease-stained bag of your dearest fried friends, on which you sprinkle a generous dusting of salt-pepper-crab mixture. You shake it all together. The seasoning perfectly coats each fry, fresh (*fresh?*) from the kitchen.

You pluck a fry from the hot bag, bite through the crispy potato exterior, burn your tongue a little but don’t care that much, continue chewing and reveling in starchy goodness, and then the seasoning finally resonates. And it’s a dang party.

Unfortunately for most of the world, the Twist & Shake Fries — or as I prefer to call them, Crabby Tater Tornadoes — are only featured on the Singapore menu. We’re also missing out on spicy nuggets, mini fried banana pies and salted egg yolk chicken burgers.

Feeling left out of the flavored fry game? If the answer is yes and you live in California, McDonald’s recently began serving garlic fries at several locations. You’re welcome.

Sources: Brand Eating, Fortune / Photo credit: McDonald's Singapore via Brand Eating

Tags: curly fries, fries, mcdonald's, singapore
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