Food News: New Natural-Cut Sea Salt Fries at Wendy’s

Wendy‘s has done away with their old french fries and replaced them with Natural-Cut Fries with Sea Salt.  For the first time in 40 years, the fries have gotten a makeover.

Dublin, OH, Nov. 9, 2010 – Wendy’s announces the nationwide launch of its new natural-cut fries with sea salt, marking the first complete redesign of the company’s classic fries in its 41-year history. Designed to give French fry lovers a hotter, crispier taste experience with an enhanced potato flavor and texture, Wendy’s new fries are the only ones to be offered by a national fast food chain with the natural “skin-on” cut and seasoned with sea salt

57 comments on “Food News: New Natural-Cut Sea Salt Fries at Wendy’s

  1. Lizz says:

    Should definitely be an improvement. Hate Wendy’s fries.

  2. Might make it worth stopping in a at Wendy’s again…. they have gotten pretty bad!

  3. maxchain says:

    Aw, I liked the old ones when they weren’t limp and salted to hell! Which they were guilty of… well, at least nine out of ten of my visits. As soon as I find a Wendy’s that’s actually taking part in that My 99 thing, I’ll bite the bullet.

  4. Manavee says:

    They look good in the picture, but somehow I doubt they will be as good as Five Guys skin on fries. I’ll still definitely be willing to give them a shot. Their old fries were f’ing terrible.

  5. Adam says:


  6. skippymom says:

    Say it ain’t so. If Roy Rogers touches their fries I may never eat another ffff again.

    Burger King made this mistake [a makeover] a decade ago and their fries suck.

  7. James says:

    I’ve had Hardee’s “natural cut” fries. They were and are horrible. I hope these aren’t the same.

  8. Robby says:

    Should be delicious.

  9. Em says:

    mmmmmm. I just licked my screen.

  10. Bunny says:

    What was wrong with the fries they had before? Natural cut fries are bland, I hope McD’s doesn’t change the fries too.

  11. Michael says:

    “Crispier” … “enhanced”

    Uh oh… don’t tell me another fast food joint has fallen prey to the scourge of the battered french fry. Not that the existing Wendy’s fries were that great, but man, I cannot stand battered fries.

  12. Scott says:

    Fantastic! Looking forward to trying those “healthier” sounding fries.

    I already liked their original/classic fries, so I doubt they would have replaced them with anything less delicious.

  13. Renee says:

    That would be so much healthier! I never would order fries at Wendy’s b/c I never liked them… really glad for the improvement… I might start ordering them now.

  14. Robert says:

    Wendys has always been so up and down with the fries. On the rare occasion they did the right them were good. Sadly 80% of the time they were just bad. I am interested to try these.

  15. Steve L says:

    They’ve had them in Florida for awhile. Maybe 3 months? I liked the old ones better. These just seem….. off.

  16. J.B. says:

    These look great, I can’t wait to try them.

  17. Justin says:

    These are probably cheaper to make. I always worry when a fast food company comes out with a “better” product. Usually, they’re just trying to be cheap. If Dave were alive, would he approve?

  18. James says:

    They’ve had them in Florida for awhile. Maybe 3 months? I liked the old ones better. These just seem….. off.

    How do they compare to the Hardee’s version?

    • Steve L says:

      Where I live there’s really only one Hardee’s and it’s like a 30 min drive in a direction I never go. Can’t comment on them.

  19. somesteve says:

    I am somewhat of a french fry maven- it’s my favorite food and all. Few things: 1. I like the idea of “natural cut” skin on french fries. That should improve their fries. 2. Sea salt? I am curious to see how this is going to work. We are talking national chain fries going…sea salt. Keep the salt in the sea! I am not a sea salt fan. 3. Battered french fries are usually good. I remember when BK started putting out their fries with the new recipe; I was sold immediately. 4. If Wendy’s pulls this off, this will go far.

  20. Bunny says:

    I read that the new fries have more calories and salt 🙁

  21. Adam Bomb says:

    What makes some of you think the fries will be healthier? Potato skin does have some killer nutrients, but there will be so little on the fries that I don’t think it will be a significant improvement. I could be wrong though, so feel free to enlighten me if you know something I don’t.

    Also, the fries are “enhanced”…. with what? That makes it sound like they’ve added something to the fries that shouldn’t be there. I’ll give them a shot regardless. Wendy’s fries are great… when they’re fresh and cooked properly. And at my local Wendy’s, that’s about 1/3 of the time.

  22. K. Rock says:

    I am soooo glad!! I love Wendy’s but their fries are treacherously disgusting (even when fresh). This is a good change for them.

  23. Adam says:

    “What makes some of you think the fries will be healthier?”

    I think it’s just the kneejerk reaction of equating “natural” with “healthy”, and I’m sure that’s why Wendy’s is marketing that way…to bank on the confusion. 🙂

  24. Mikey says:

    They’ll still be cold, hard, and overpriced right?

  25. jay says:

    sea salt and regular salt taste exactly the same.

  26. nick says:

    Anyone find these in NJ yet?

  27. ben_g says:

    Let’s ask the most important question. How does this affect the quality and taste when dipped in a Frosty?

    • Raiders757 says:

      I didn’t even think of that. That is a key factor here. If they ruin that combo, there could be a riot. It’s a cult combo enjoyed even more than the McRib.

  28. Justin says:

    Why do people hate Wendy’s fries so much? Seriously, are you going to rest station and college campus outlets? The Wendy’s around me always have killer fries, and they are always fresh.

  29. Mike N says:

    As Adam Bomb pointed out, don’t expect these to be healthier fries. NPR reports that under the new recipe, a medium order of fries goes from 350 mg to 500 mg of sodium…

  30. Natalie says:

    I went to Wendy’s last night and got the regular old fries. Any idea when the national roll out will be? I’m sure Anchorage will be one of the last places to get these though.

  31. Raiders757 says:

    I don’t get why they are doing this. No, they don’t have the best fries on the market, but when done right, they’re really good. I’m surprised they’re not pumping up their new thicker burgers. It’s a welcome improvement that resurrected their steady downfall over the past decade, or so. (Is this just in my market, or does everyone else have them as well?)

    The improved burger made revamping their fries unnecessary. I’m thinking this is a mistake, as most places that offer these sort of fries, don’t get them right. The only thing they should have changed, was using sea salt. I’m almost willing to bet that this boils down to profits. I remember when they changed their chicken provider, and although good, their chicken sandwiches have never been the same(new supplier, cheaper chicken product). Sounds like they have changed their provider of fries as well. Ol’ Dave must be rolling in his grave. Wendy’s has gone down hill since his passing, and the new burger patty is the only thing they have done to reverse the trend.

  32. Tony jaguar says:

    I always liked their fries. I made sure to ask that they were well done. Bummer.

  33. Anna says:

    Geez. Is nothing in this world reliable or consistent. Sorry Wendy’s but you can take your enhanced, yet somehow “natural” bloody sea-salt seasoned fracking FRIES and shove them up your DUBLIN ASS.

    I LIKE Wendy’s fries. I get GOOD Wendy’s fries where I live.

    Stupid bottom line. Stupid potatoes. Stupid stupid STUPID!


  34. emawk says:

    I’m not a fan…I’ve had them a few times but they just weren’t…right? I thought the old ones were ok but I would take them over the new ones.

  35. nick says:

    If you’ve had them can you please post your location?

  36. Moku says:

    Wendy’s fries have always been good if they’re made fresh. Making them seem more natural doesn’t mean they’ll be any better for those complaining about them already. If they want more people buying and eating fries they just have to lower their price and make Biggie Fries cheaper and plaster ads on TV and the net. The morons at Wendy’s/Arby’s HQ should shoot themselves when they should have just spent their money on a new sandwich. If they were smart they would start selling the curly fries. Maybe they’re selling the normal fries Arby’s has, which I think have the same nasty treatment as BK fries.

  37. Kristin says:

    I had the new fries yesterday and thought they were terrible. They taste extremely bland, and have a weird texture/consistency. They are almost “sticky” when you eat them. I liked the old fries as far as “fast food” goes. But as far as fresh cut, skin on fries, Five Guys has it in the bag. Wendy’s new fries still frozen like almost every other burger place out there. Wendy’s merely kept the skin on the ends and added sea salt. Not sure what the hype is all about.

  38. MrEleganza says:

    I’m right with you, Anna. I normally like skin-on fries but I’m skeptical of them being mass-produced. And I liked their old fries, second only to McD’s in the fast food chain pantheon.

  39. Shannon says:

    I went to my neighborhood Wendy’s to try these, but sadly they hadn’t made their way there on Thursday. I’ll try again.

  40. I tried them today and they were alright, not a terrible difference minus some skin on them here and there.

  41. Eric says:

    “Enhanced potato flavor”? The old thick fries had plenty of potato flavor. Sounds like skinnier crispier fries are going to be all texture and no taste.

  42. Tim says:

    I loved their regular fries, but i assume these will probably be just as good as, if not better.

    out of the 3 major fast food burger “restaurants” wendy’s is definitely my favorite, everything is usually hot when i get it, and the lettuce is usual nice and cool, unlike mcdonalds and burger king, were it’s usually hot and slimy.

    I also have to add that I’m a fan of the more limp fries, hopefully these new ones will have a thin fresh crunch rather than a stiff stale one.

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  44. Andrew says:

    I’m looking forward to trying these. There’s probably not a mind blowing difference, but they sound good. Wendy’s is clearly the best of the big three burger chains. Zagat agrees.

  45. mike says:

    They’re terrible!! the old ones were way better

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  47. Wendy's Dad says:

    Had them for the first time yesterday, they were TERRIBLE. WAY too Dry. Over cooked. TOO salty. They weren’t crispy, they were TOUGH.

    Skin on fries are good when done RIGHT, but these were NOT.

    I actually hadn’t had Wendy’s in months and I came in there JUST for their fries, which WERE superior to Burger King and McDonald’s. No longer.

  48. saigon786 says:

    I hate the new fries!!!! I haven’t eaten at Wendy’s since I tried the new fries.

  49. Terseous says:

    Nobody serves fries like the old wendy’s fries. I MISS THEM! And the new ones don’t go well with a frosty! Go to their website and tell them the new fries suck!

  50. jin nava says:

    Well there is no reason to go to wendy’s anymore. New fries tast like dirt, im quite sure they saved money with them also leaving the skins means less waste and less waste equals more profits, except they did not do their homework. When you drive away customers you actually make less money…

  51. mario says:

    these fries are very nice and at my Wendy’s they’re 99 cents.

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