Wendy's Informative - Wendy's Natural Fries
Commentery on the new Natural Fries from Wendy's:
Well, my place was one of the test markets, and I've had nearly a month to test. Glad to say that these fries are good.
Now, they're just fries. A side order for most, a take it-or-leave-it food that all burger joints have. But you have to hand it to them, these fries are different for fast food. These new fries have the skin on (a certain percentage of it), sea salt, and has a special blend of oils that it's fried in, rather then the regular stuff they would use to fry that chicken piece). Nothing else is supposed to be added.
The result? Tastes like something I would have made at home. I do indeed make my own fries, but results vary from time to time. I do love leaving the skins on.
So if these are "Natural", and only contain 3 ingredients, potato, salt and oil, what were they before? What do the other places sell? Well one of the major ingredients that a lot of folks find surprising that other fries have is sugar. Sugar is sprayed on to fries from Mc'D's and BK. Makes them a bit more rigid, and of course, makes them taste better. Sodium acid pyrophosphate may be added for color, and whatever stuff they add to the regular salt on the regular fries. Of course, there are those waffle fries over at places like Cick-fil-A that are great chunky things, that are probably just as good, but that's for another review.
But is it healtheir? Nah. It might have less sugar, but these "Natural" fries are just cut potatoes, just like the other places. But they sure taste good. It could be the skins. It could be the oil blends they use. It could be the bigger chunks of salt. And don't give me that about salt being bad. Salt is very good for you. There's no such thing as too much salt on fries. I'm diabetic. But I want to live!
Bottom Line: It's better then the regular stuff. Try it when it comes to your town. Right now, I have half a mind to stop over a drive-thru and order just the natural fries.