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.
Arby’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.
Tastewise, 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”.
At 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. I 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".
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
Five Jalapeño Hushpuppies:
12 grams of fat
790 milligrams of sodium
11 grams of sugar
3 grams of protein