Use This Hack To Get Fresh McDonald’s Fries Every Time

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When we want our fix of classic fast food french fries, McDonald’s is usually the first stop on our list.

While there’s nothing better than those crisp, warm, salty potatoes when they are handed to you straight out of the fryer through the drive-thru window, unfortunately, you cannot always predict whether or not your batch is going to be fresh, because McDonald’s french fries aren’t actually made to order.

To be honest, there is no drive-thru letdown more devastating than getting an order of unsatisfying french fries.

We can deal with a mediocre burger; we can cope if they didn’t put enough ice in our soft drink. But bad fries are the worst.

Luckily, the good folks over at Foodbeast have come up with a hack to guarantee that you get yourself some fresh McDonald’s french fries every time you roll up through those sweet golden arches.

The secret? Order your fries without salt.

Because McDonald’s needs to respect your dietary preferences and needs, if you order french fries without salt, the chain will have to make your batch fresh to satisfy your custom request.

The best part about this hack is that it honestly doesn’t contribute to food waste or make the already extremely hard-working employees have to work any harder.

Just make sure to thank your server for their help, and enjoy your fresh french fries!

Source: Foodbeast / Photo Credit: ElTrague.Mx/Instagram

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Prepare Yourselves! McDonald’s Is Getting Waffle Fries!

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Waffle fries are finally going to be available at McDonald’s! Just in time for the holiday season, McDonald’s has blessed us with something more to celebrate.

In what I would imagine as an attempt to become even more competitive with fellow fast food chains, McDonald’s has introduced waffle fries to its menu in Canada.  According to Brand Eating, they are a part of the Canadian holiday menu. I’m not sure how waffle fries say “holidays,” but I’ll take it.

How will these waffle fries compare to, say, those of Chick-fil-A? Well, as people are taking to social media to express their feelings over these new fries, BuzzFeed reports a mix of different responses. First of all, they’re reported to be a bit pricier than regular fries, so there’s that. But, secondly, some tasters felt that they tasted too much like hash browns …

While others gave glowing reviews:

I’m not sure how you can go wrong with waffle fries, but I guess it’s possible. Either way, I hope to get to try them here in the States sometime!

Other additions to McDonald’s of Canada’s holiday menu include the Potato Rosti & Bacon Burger and Turtles Sundae with Pecans. The burger features a hash brown patty, bacon pieces, cheddar cheese and cheese sauce, all on a rolled oats bun. The sundae consists of vanilla ice cream with hot fudge sauce and mini Turtles candies, topped with chocolate and caramel drizzles. Really, it looks like this menu covers the entire meal, but it’s the waffle fries that have everyone excited.

In the United States, we do have access to the peppermint mocha drink, although theirs has the crushed candy cane pieces that ours lacks. They also have a double chocolate pie and salted caramel latte. I have to admit, I’m feeling pretty jealous of Canada right about now. Their McDonald’s holiday menu is really doing things right this year. Let’s just hope these fun and exciting new changes can make their way over the border some point relatively soon … We’d particularly like to see those waffle fries!

Sources: Brand Eating, BuzzFeed / Photo Credit: McDonald's Canada/Instagram

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Get Spooky With McDonald’s New Halloween Witch Fries

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With Halloween just around the corner, decorations and seasonal treats are popping up every which way.

Now, McDonald’s Japan is cashing in on the festivities, and has added a new, spooky item to its menu, which joins the orange, pumpkin sauce-topped fries that the fast food chain introduced in late September.

Introducing: The “Halloween Witch” Fries!

The Halloween Witch Fries will be available beginning Oct. 19, and come drizzled with both purple sweet potato sauce and chocolate sauce, according to Brand Eating. For 330 yen (or approximately $3.18) per order, customers at McDonald’s Japan will be able to pick them up through the end of October.

Source: Brand Eating / Photo credit: McDonald's Japan

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Mom Claims Wendy’s Gave Daughter Marijuana-Dusted Fries

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A Wendy’s in Huber Heights, Ohio, is under inspection after a woman named Dezeray Risner says she recently received an order of fries from the fast-food chain that was dusted not with salt, like one might expect, but with marijuana.

As My Dayton Daily News reports, Risner claimed she stopped by the Wendy’s restaurant on Oct. 11 with the intention of grabbing some food for her 4-year-old daughter to munch on that evening.

After a few bites, Risner claims her daughter quickly complained, saying that her fries “tasted funny and were ‘yucky,'” per the Huber Heights police report.

Risner’s daughter reportedly attends a daycare right next door to the Wendy’s in question; unfortunately, she says her daughter only began complaining after they had traveled 10 to 15 minutes away from the fast-food chain.

“So I told her to spit it in my hand, (and) I just kind of reached my arm back,” Risner said. “She did and when I looked at it, you could see it. It was chewed up with the french fries. There was the weed in there, the wrap that it goes in or whatever. I freaked out.”

Concerned, the police report states that Risner called the Wendy’s, but the manager claimed nobody at the store had marijuana. So, Risner took the matter to the police department to report the incident.

While two of the Wendy’s employees admitted to smoking marijuana, nobody was found to have any drugs after a police officer performed a consent search on the shift manager and three employees.

“I shouldn’t have to check my child’s food for drugs,” Risner said. “That wasn’t professional at all. … My biggest issue right now is to acknowledge it. Apologize. And if it has to go farther, than it will go farther, but that’s not my concern right now.”

Since the incident, Wendy’s has released the following statement:

”Please know all of our customers as well as the quality and integrity of our food are a top priority at Wendy’s and we are taking this very seriously. We are currently conducting a thorough internal investigation and the Human Resource and Legal departments are both fully cooperating with police in their investigation. We will get to the bottom of this issue as soon as possible. It is as important to us as it is to the community.”

Source: My Dayton Daily News / Photo credit: Dezeray Risner via My Dayton Daily News, Evil Shenanigans

Tags: fast food, French fries, Marijuana, Wendy's
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In The Battle Of The French Fries, Which Fast Food Joint Gives You The Most?

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While there’s no way to decide truly whose fries taste better, there is a way to decide who give us the biggest bang for our buck. It’s actually pretty obvious: Buy some fries from each fast food place you can think of, count and compare. Luckily Delish has saved us all the hassle of overtaking this endeavor ourselves. Here is what they found:

Chick-fil-A

In my opinion, these are the absolute best fries, but probably because of the fries’ shape, Chick-fil-A offers the least amount of fries per $2.29 order. That is, you get about 20 fries. Sure, that’s a bummer, but if you ask me, they are still worth it.

Arby’s

Arby’s craveable curly fries are also sold sparingly, at only 33 fries per $2.39 order. Again, shape may play a role here, but, as Delish so helpfully points out, even when you account for the fact that the size of one curly fry could equal the size of 2 or 3 regular fries, it still doesn’t quite pan out.

Steak ‘N Shake

This chain offers huge burgers and sides of shoestring fries, but the fries don’t quite live up to the big expectations set by the burgers. These $2.49 fry orders give you only 36 fries.

Burger King

Burger King is known for thicker, crispier fries, but actually offers the exact same number of fries as Steak ‘N Shake, above. I guess at least Burger King’s fry size is a little bit of an excuse. Then again, they also charge 50 cents more.

Shake Shack

At $2.99 per regular order, you get only 38 of Shake Shack’s crinkle-cut fries. Don’t be fooled by the rectangular box that makes it appear like there are lots more.

Popeye’s

With 51 fries in a regular order for $2.09, Popeye’s seasoned crispy spuds are the best deal we’ve seen so far.

Wendy’s

(My second-favorite fry) Thicker fries aren’t a problem for Wendy’s fry count, offering 56 for $2.19.

McDonald’s

For $2.19, McDonald’s offers 76 fries in a regular order. These fries are typically long and medium…not too thick and not too thin. Just right and just salty enough.

Smash Burger

Smash Burger’s fries are of the shoestring variety, and one regular order offers 91 fries for $2.29. No stinginess here!

Five Guys

Five Guys is our big winner for offering the most fries per order, and I could have guessed, since I’ve always considered one order as a way of feeding two people. The chain offers a whopping 98 fries per $4.29 order. That may be high, but consider how many fries you’re getting, and it’s actually not a bad deal. Especially since their seasoning is out of this world.

So there you have it. Next time you’re craving fries, you know where to go to get the most for your money.

Source: Delish / Photo credit: Hiba Karameh/Instagram

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McDonald’s Japan Hops On The Bandwagon With Pumpkin-Spiced French Fries

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It was only a matter of time before something like this happened.

Actually, now that we’re thinking about it, all of the clues were there.

Earlier this year, McDonald’s Japan released its chocolate French fries to customers, which have likely been doing extremely well, because on Sept. 20 the chain took to Twitter to unveil its newest seasonal offering: Pumpkin-Spiced French Fries.

Oooooh!

Per Grubstreet, the Pumpkin-Spiced French Fries are actually just an order of McDonald’s Japan’s shoestring fries, which are then squirt with lines of chocolate and bright-orange pumpkin sauces, but you gotta hand it to em: they sure look cute.

As always, the pumpkin-spiced offering is only available for a limited amount of time. So interested patrons need to visit a McDonald’s Japan location between Sept. 28 and Halloween to get their spooky French fry fix.

Source: Grub Street / Photo credit: McDonald's Japan/Twitter

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Tasty Tuesday: 10 Over-The-Top Loaded Fries You Need To Make Immediately

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It’s Tuesday. Make it a cheat day.

It’s time to gear up for the most decadent, shameless and filthy loaded fries you have ever seen for Tasty Tuesday. Not only do most of these dishes cook up in a flash (especially if you use frozen, pre-made fries), but they’re also sure to satisfy your urge for something truly over the top.

1. Pizza Fries

Make the ultimate cheesy, sleazy pizza, but use FRENCH FRIES as your crust, because you’re a super star and you do what you want.

2. Maple Bacon Donut Fries

Kind of like a maple bar topped in bacon, but SO MUCH MORE.

3. Buffalo Chicken Bacon Cheese Fries

Perfect for the big game, or just share with yourself on the couch.

4. Vegan Chili Fries

Dietary restrictions, schmietary schmeschmictions. Live it up.

5. Vegan Irish Nachos

Another outstanding vegan version, featuring vegan beer cheese sauce.

6. (Not So Vegan) Reuben Style Irish Nachos

Here’s basically the omnivorous version of that vegan one.

7. Sweet Potato Fries With Shiitake “Bacon” and Garlic Tahini

Savory and garlicky, these fries are awesome. If you want to load them up with meat, they’d be awesome with turkey bacon. Or regular. Everything is better with bacon.

8. Hawaiian Carne Asada Fries

These sweet, savory, spicy fries are everything you need in life.

9. Shepherd’s Pie Fries

If you’re a fan of Shepherd’s Pie — and even probably if you aren’t — you’ll fall in love with this 30-minute recipe.

10. Taco Loaded Waffle Fries

Everyone knows nachos are better when you replace the tortilla chips with French fries.

Featured Photo Credit: Half Baked Harvest

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Here’s How To Get Free French Fries July 13

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July 13 is National Fry Day and we are so excited! The crispy, golden starchy treats – which both the French and Belgians claim to have invented around the 17th or 18th century – are easily one of the most popular foods of all time, and they definitely deserve a day of recognition.

Whether you like them thin, thick, curly, plain, sauced or loaded with meat and cheese, we can all unite over our love for fries.

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Here’s where to score freebies:

1. Arooga’s Grille House & Sports Bar

For today only, fry baskets and skillets are buy one, get on free at this East Coast chain. So either bring a friend or make us proud and eat both orders by yourself.

2. Brother Jimmy’s

Get loaded fries for half off at Brother Jimmy’s restaurants in New York City all day long.

3. BurgerFi

Free hand-cut fries with the purchase of a CEO burger. Fancy!

4. Burger King

Burger King doesn’t have free fries or anything, but you can get a pretty sweet deal through July 15 – buy two Whopper meals (including two small orders of fries) for only $10.

5. Chickie’s and Pete’s

If you’re lucky enough to live in or near Pennsylvania, pick up some Crabfries for only $1 between 11 a.m. and midnight today. As part of their “Crabfries for Heroes” promotion, proceeds will go toward the families of fallen police officers, so it’s really a double win here.

6. Frite Street

Chicago’s best fry spot is giving out free fries between 10 am and 4 pm July 13.

7. Ground Round

This popular Northeast restaurant is giving out a free basket of fries to each table July 13.

8. IHOP

Free unlimited seasoned fries with any burger, now through July 31.

9. McDonald’s

Free medium fries with any large sandwich when you download the chain’s smartphone app.

10. New York Fries

If you are a part of their Fry Society, you’ll notice that you have a free small order of fries (good until July 22) in your account. Congratulations!

11. Slice of Vegas

Free sweet potato or regular shoestring fries with any seasoning you want on July 13.

Get out there and enjoy some fries!

Sources: Delish, Today I Found Out, Go Banking Rates / Photo credit: Jolly & Happy/Instagram

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McDonald’s Opens A Gourmet Fry Restaurant Where Everything Is Free

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McDonald’s is officially our favorite fast-food chain. The burger and fry Mecca recently announced that it would be testing new fry flavors by offering new gourmet fry sauces at a fry-only pop-up restaurant. Say that three times fast!

Even better? The delicious new fries are entirely free.

The pop-up, named “Fries With That,” will offer seven tantalizing flavors of fried potato deliciousness over the next three days. Customers will have the chance to choose between sour cream and sweet chilli, gravy, Caesar sauce with bacon and parmesan, curry, pesto and parmesan, chipotle cheese sauce, an peri-peri cheese sauce. Unfortunately, patrons are only entitled to one free portion of fries each day, so we suggest you choose wisely.

While the pop-up is only located in Australia, don’t despair. The ultimate goal of the restaurant is to test customer reactions to the new flavors. After sampling the free fries, all patrons will be asked to vote on their favorites. With any luck, you can expect the most delicious options to show up on McDonald’s worldwide menu sometime in the near future. If you can’t wait, however, your only option might be to fly to Australia!

Source: Metro / Photo credit: McDonald's Australia

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10 Different Ways Fries Are Served Around The World

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Everybody has their favorite way to consume hot fried potatoes — they’re crispy on the outside, tender on the inside, and as far as I’m concerned, they may as well be their very own food group. What’s more, there are countless different methods used to assemble and consume them.

Check out 10 different ways fries are prepared and served around the world:

Belgium: Frites

Frites in Belgium usually consist of long strips of twice-fried potatoes that are traditionally served in overflowing cardboard cones wrapped in paper, and topped with a mayonnaise-based sauce.

Canada: Poutine

Though there are many different iterations of poutine, the purists believe in a three-part combo: fries, gravy and cheese curds.

Peru: Salchipapas

Sliced sausages or hot dogs are added to fries for a salty, savory twist.

Netherlands: Patatje Oorlog

This roughly translates to “chips at war” and combines the flavors of raw onions, mayonnaise, and a peanut-heavy sate sauce.

United States: Chili Cheese Fries

Gooey cheese sauce and chili are poured over crispy french fries; they’re meaty, crunchy, and a staple 2 a.m. post-drinking “snack.”

France: Pommes Frites / Moules Frites

Some frites are traditionally thin and twice-fried, and pair well with a meaty dish such as setak or mussels.

Kenya: Masala Chips

These fries are coated in a variety of seasonings, which often include cumin, garlic paste, tumeric, tandoori masala, chili powder, tomato paste, lemon juice, salt and pepper.

Japan: Furaido Potato

In Japan fries are often topped with furikake, which is a garlic-heavy condiment that includes of seaweed, sesame seeds, fish flakes and other seasonings.

Germany: Bratkartoffeln

These potatoes are pan-fried disc-shaped, and served with onions, green peppers and bacon.

Spain: Patatas Bravas

In Spain the potatoes are cubed, and then smothered in mayonnaise and a spicy tomato sauce.

 

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12 French Fry Gifs To Get You Through Hump Day

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Here, have an afternoon carb load to get you through your Hump Day.

Go ahead, eat vicariously through us, because what is more heavenly than delicious, crispy fries?

There’s clearly some magic involved that takes the humble potato from this:

To this:

To this!

What sorcery!

Just look at how gorgeous these fries are, crisping up in a vat of oil like the superstars that they are:

Do you prefer fancy magic spiral potatoes? Because this man is clearly a potato wizard.

Or maybe you are jonesing for regular fries — after all, classics never go out of style.

Help yourself to a crispy, starchy bite of heaven.

Maybe you are a purist and prefer your fry dipped in humble, classic ketchup:

Or perhaps you prefer to load your fries up with gravy and cheese curds:

After all, you get out of it what you poutine.

Featured Photo Credit: mkharris423/Instagram

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McDonald’s Tests Out Made-To-Order Garlic Fries!

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McDonald’s customers in the San Francisco Bay Area will be able to enjoy made-to-order garlic fries.

The golden arches is testing out local flavors and foods on menus throughout the nation, according to the McDonald’s Newsroom. As Gilroy, California, has been nicknamed “The Garlic Capital of the World,” lucky McDonald’s customers in the Bay Area will get to enjoy Gilroy Garlic Fries in the upcoming months.

In the testing phase, the fries are being served in four restaurants throughout the South Bay, three of which are in San Jose and one in Santa Clara, as noted by the San Francisco Eater. If customers enjoy the regional dish, it will be available at 250 locations throughout the San Francisco Bay Area in August.

“The response from our customers has been very positive,” said Nick Vergis, Co-op President in the San Francisco Bay Area. “We enjoy giving our customers options and bringing this local flavor to our world famous French fries.”

Gilroy Garlic Fries are made-to-order in stainless steel bowls with a puree mixture of chopped Gilroy garlic, olive oil, parsley, parmesan cheese, and a bit of salt. The garlic is provided by the family-owned Christopher Ranch in Gilroy, California, which is the largest garlic production establishment in the nation.

“We’re proud of the work done by local franchisees and the regional team to create this menu item with locally-sourced garlic and we look forward to introducing Gilroy Garlic Fries to our customers in the Bay Area,” said Chef Michael Haracz, Manager of Culinary Innovation at McDonald’s USA.

What local menu item do you think will be available in your city? Hopefully it will be as delicious as the Gilroy Garlic Fries!

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Sources: McDonald's Newsroom, San Francisco Eater / Photo credit: McDonald's via CNBC

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What Are McDonald’s French Fries Really Made Of? (Video)

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People have always been dubious of what actually goes into McDonald’s food. Thanks to a video released earlier this year that shows exactly how they make their French fries, they have left little mystery in the process (video).

The popular franchise released the video, featuring Grant Imahara of Mythbusters, in January 2015 to dispel any myths about the way they make their well-known fries.

“Does McDonald’s USA use real potatoes?” the company wrote in their video description. “Why do the fries always taste so good? Are they mashed and formed in a mold? There are a lot of questions about our fries so Grant Imahara is going to investigate our fry making process in his own way.”

In the video, a McDonald’s representative walks Imahara through the fry-making process backwards and shows him that the company actually does use real, whole potatoes for their fries.

“I’ve been asked by people to show them the machine where you take the mashed up potato goo and you inject it into these molds in order to make the perfect french fries,” Imahara says.

“We don’t do that here,” his guide explains.

Instead, she shows him a machine that shoots whole, fresh potatoes through slicer grids at 60 to 70 miles per hour.

A machine then runs the sliced potatoes through an “ingredient dip” consisting of dextrose, to maintain a consistent golden color, and sodium acid phosphate, to keep the fries from turning gray in the freezer.

“No wonder the fries always taste the same,” Imahara muses.

Then, the potato strips are partially fried to make sure they get what the McDonald’s representative calls a “crisp outer shell” before they move through a 50 yard long freezer tunnel.

This video is part of a marketing campaign that the franchise launched in October 2014 intended to show transparency in their manufacturing and preparation practices, Time reports.

“This is our move to ensure we engage people in a two-way dialog about our food and answer the questions and address their comments,” said Kevin Newell of McDonald’s USA, a company that reportedly serves 28 million people per day.

Sources: YouTube, Time / Photo Credit: Bloomberg, Simple Organic Life, Personal PSU, Potato Pro

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