Review: Ghost Pepper Fries from Wendy’s
I gave the new Jalapeño Fresco Spicy Chicken Sandwich from Wendy’s a pretty favorable review earlier this month and today I gave new Ghost Pepper Fries a taste.Wendy’s describes their new Ghost Pepper Fries like this:
We’re kicking up the heat with our new Ghost Pepper Fries. Our classic, natural-cut fries topped with fresh, diced jalapeños, ghost pepper sauce, and warm Cheddar cheese sauce bring the right amount of heat. It’s too hot to last, so try one today!
One of the biggest reasons why the Jalapeño Fresco Spicy Chicken Sandwich worked so well was the balance of textures. The freshness of the diced jalapeños mixed in with the smoky, creamy Ghost Pepper Sauce made for a great spicy chicken sandwich combination.A lot of what made the Jalapeño Fresco Spicy Chicken Sandwich successful also makes new Ghost Pepper Fries a very solid Wendy’s offering. The natural-cut fries were loaded with just the right amount of toppings that I found a fair number of crisp, untouched fries in the mix. An issue I have with loaded fries is when they’re overloaded with toppings and it’s mostly soggy fries you have to scoop up with a fork. These Ghost Pepper Fries had a pleasant 70/30 split between saucy fries and unsauced fries. I want some control over the toppings at times and the only way that can happen is with some fries that remained untouched. I was able to get a better sense of the ghost pepper sauce flavor and heat with the Cheddar sauce being somewhat layered seperately. I found little to no heat with the ghost pepper sauce with the Jalapeño Fresco Spicy Chicken Sandwich and I think a big reason for that was it was so mixed in with the Cheddar sauce that the peppery kick wasn’t as impactful. With the noticeable change in sauce layers I was able to identify the heat in the ghost pepper sauce. I’d still call the ghost pepper sauce more dominant in having a smoky taste. The real heat comes with the fresh diced jalapeños which were once again, pleasantly crisp and crunchy. The heat factor isn’t very overwhelming and that almost confirms to me that the majority of the heat from the Jalapeño Fresco Spicy Chicken Sandwich came from the spicy chicken fillet. Ghost Pepper Fries are a fair shot at a spicy side dish, but it was more tame than you’d think. The starchy fries do a good job at cutting away the impact of the hot stuff enough to make it quite tolerable for a whimp like me. Also the fact that the sea salt seasoned fries are kind of slim on the saltiness, salt doesn’t play a flavor factor in getting in the way of the toppings.The dish of fries was priced at $2.89 at my local Wendy’s, but carries a $1.99 suggested price. It’s a good amount of fries that carries plenty of extra weight from the mix of cheese sauce, ghost pepper sauce, Cheddar cheese sauce, and freshly diced jalapeños. Paying 90 cents more didn’t bother me too much because there was enough grub to act as an entree… and finding a good sized entree item for under 3 bucks at Wendy’s is tough these days.While not the scary heat storm I was expecting, Wendy’s new Ghost Pepper Fries still pack enough of a spicy kick to wake up the tastebuds. The mix of fresh jalapeño pieces with the warm sauces blanketing over a bed of fries makes for a memorable and tasty side dish that is big enough to take the place of an entree.
Pros: Contrasting textures of fresh jalapeños and creamy sauces. Good amount of weight for being under 3 bucks.
Cons: Ghost Pepper Fries proved to me that the Jalapeño Fresco Spicy Chicken Sandwich got most of its heat from the chicken.
Overall GrubGrade: 7.75/10
More Info: wendys.com
Calories - 500
Total Fat - 33 grams
Saturated Fat - 9 grams
Sodium - 850 milligrams
Carbs - 44 grams
Fiber - 5 grams
Protein - 9 grams