Review: Jalapeño Hushpuppies from Arby’s

With Arby’s releasing a new fish sandwich (see King’s Hawaiian Fish Deluxe review), it’s entirely appropriate that a new side item is now available too.  Which side item is a staple of seafood menus?  Hushpuppies.  Introducing new Jalapeño Hushpuppies from Arby’s.

Jalapeno Hushpuppies Arbys 1Arby’s describes their new Jalapeño Hushpuppies like this:

Crispy on the outside and soft on the inside, these Jalapeño Hushpuppies are the perfect side for any sandwich on the menu. We added a little diced jalapeño to the mix to spice things up a bit.

Ever since Arby’s got rid of Onion Petals, I haven’t found a side item that really wowed me enough to be a repeat buyer.  Loaded Potato Bites were mediocre, Mozzarella Sticks… nothing special.  Jalapeño Hushpuppies seemed like a product that would have some potential.

Jalapeno Hushpuppies Arbys 2Tastewise, Jalapeño Hushpuppies had a nice corn flavor on the inside.  There’s little bits of corn and corn kernels within the soft interior, but very minor visual hints of jalapeño .  I really wanted there to be more of a jalapeño pepper prescence. Unfortunately, like another Arby’s side item intended to be spicy, Jalapeño Bites, these new Jalapeño Hushpuppies lacked heat.  The menu board promo image says “Just the right bite” and I was left thinking “Not enough bite”. 

Jalapeno Hushpuppies Arbys 3At a price of $1.79 for 5, Jalapeño Hushpuppies are an OK value and worth buying only for a change of pace from fries.  They are a little smaller than golf balls if you’re looking for something to compare sizes with. This probably goes against the purity of hushpuppies as a side item, but I still would have liked to see some kind of dipping sauce to accompany them.  I found them to be a little on the dry side with the outer crust suffering from a little bit of an oily aftertaste. Jalapeno Hushpuppies Arbys 4I applaud Arby’s for coming out with an appropriate side item to go along with their fish sandwich, but Jalapeño Hushpuppies missed its mark. The lack of heat disappointed me and if I wasn’t such a sucker for hushpuppies, this product would have been a complete failure. Pair it with your fish sandwich if anything… just don’t expect much.

Pros: Nice, soft corn flavor interior. Something different to pair with a fish sandwich order.

Cons: A little dry. Oily aftertaste from the crust. Not really spicy at all. The name... probably would have scored better if they were just called Hushpuppies and dropped the "Jalapeño".

Taste: 5.75/10
Value: 5.75/10
Grubbing on-the-go: 7.00/10
Price: $1.79 for 5

Overall GrubGrade: 5.75/10

More Info: http://arbys.com/our-menu/limited-time-offers/jalapeno-hushpuppies
Nutrition Facts:
Five Jalapeño Hushpuppies:
290 calories
12 grams of fat
790 milligrams of sodium
11 grams of sugar
3 grams of protein

10 comments on “Review: Jalapeño Hushpuppies from Arby’s

  1. Von Berry says:

    If they are oily then the oil was not enough hot for frying these hushpuppies. But I am from the South. I love hushpuppies.

  2. Rob says:

    I’ve never thought of hushpuppies as a side dish but more of a bread component. Most fish places just give you a couple on the side as a compliment to traditional side dishes. I don’t really see them as a replacement for fries or something that I want to eat several of.

  3. richard says:

    The heat was lacking for me as well and that stunk.

  4. Rusty Shackleford says:

    Pretty much spot with my own experience on with the newest two items at Arby’s. Disappointing, since I like their normal fare and their new stuff is usually good too. I even liked the short lived gyro that had not too long ago. This seemed like it fell flat on its face it what could’ve been a good fish and sides expansion.

  5. Chunkbunny says:

    Looks like they are using pickled jalapenos which add flavor, not heat. Fresh jalapenos would add a nice spiciness, but the flavor probably wouldn’t be favorable to most people.

  6. GMoney says:

    Arby’s needs fresh hushpuppies like at Cook-out in NC.

  7. rodney says:

    It’s weird, when I was a young child, the 70’s, I remember hush puppies looking similar to what mozzarella sticks look like now. Then, at some point, it seems all restaurants switched to the round form, and they stayed that way. I was always disappointed, because I liked them before the change (they also had a different texture, and taste). Does anybody else remember this?

  8. Wayne B says:

    I really enjoyed them. They were perfect with a fish sandwich.

  9. David Bennet says:

    I thought they were pretty good. At least they were made fresh when I ordered them. Love their fries….but not if they are anything but straight out the fryer. Had them with a couple of Beef & Cheddar’s. I also inquired about a sauce. “They really don’t need it” is what the server replied. I disagree. Could have been spicier….but they had a slight bite. I would eat them periodically.

  10. ZoeSavannah says:

    I ordered them with the Bronco Berry sauce and i thought it really made up for the dryness. I agree that I missed the jalapeno in these as they are a disappointment in their namesake but overall they were pretty good.

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