US chain BURGER King wants people to feel less guilty about gobbling up its french fries.
The world's No 2 hamburger chain is launching a new crinkle-cut french fry on Tuesday that it says has about 20 per cent fewer calories than its regular fries.
The chain says a small order of the new "Satisfries'' clocks in at 270 calories because of a new batter that doesn't absorb as much oil. By comparison, a small order of its regular fries, sans crinkles, has 340 calories.
The concept of taking an indulgent food and removing some of the guilt isn't new, of course. Supermarkets are filled with baked Lay's potato chips, 100-calorie packs of Oreos and other less fattening versions of popular treats. Such creations play on people's inability to give up their food vices, even as they struggle to eat better. The idea is to create something that skimps on calories, but not on taste.
Burger King executives say people won't be able to tell that Satisfries are lower in calories. It says they use exactly the same ingredients as its regular fries - potatoes, oil and batter. To keep kitchen operations simple, they're even made in the same fryers and cooked for the same amount of time as regular fries.
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Very soon, when you walk into a McDonald’s in Japan you will be able to purchase what has to be the largest size fries on the planet. It’s called the Mega Potato and replaces the also huge but not quite as insane Share Potato. Just how big is it? You get two large size fries in one container. You’d need about a dozen of those little ketchup cups to finish off this monster!
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While New Yorkers are clearing out every aisle of their local Gristede's, teenagers in Japan are apparently taking advantage of a McDonald's French fry promotion to … well … take pictures?
According to Kotaku, all McDonald's French fry sizes are currently ¥150, the equivalent of about $1.90 — pretty cheap! The low, low price is inspiring Japanese kids to order lots and lots of fries and take pictures of all those potato sticks, then post them to Twitter, at which point the shots get retweeted The record appears to be 60 large orders of fries.
So this is of course bothering people, since it's a waste of food and it means Japanese Mickey D's tend to run low on fries for other customers. But luckily, there's an end in sight: The promotion ends this week.
At McDonald’s in Japan, French Fries Are Causing All Sorts of Chaos [Kotaku]