First Impressions: NEW! Natural Cut Fries from Wendy’s
Last week’s announcement by Wendy’s that the chain was switching to a new version of “Natural Cut” French Fries with “Sea Salt” caused quite a stir, with GrubGrade readers sounding off for and against the move. The debate hasn’t died down this week, and Wendy’s is launching full on into a marketing campaign to give these fries staying power. But will consumers be left disappointed?
Being a serious fry connoisseur myself, I knew I’d have to resolve this matter before things got out of hand, and, amidst a swirling Logan, Utah snowstorm, bummed a ride down to Wendy’s on Monday night with two of my buddies to check out the new fries. I’ll have a full review up later this week, but for now know this: These new fries are some of the best of the fast food market today, and texturally are everything the company says they are. Hot and crisp on the outside, puffy and golden on the inside, they highlight the natural starches in the potato. The only downside? The sea salt, which – while present – didn’t strike me as necessarily superior to table salt. How did they pair with ketchup and a Chocolate Frosty? Check out my first impressions in the following video!
For what it’s worth, I was digging these fries even more after I got into them, and my buddies liked them as well. Also, my friend Todd – a fast food fanatic who introduced me to In-N-Out a few weeks ago – called me to tell me he thought these were “amongst the best fries” he has ever had. I agree that they are on the high end of the fast food spectrum, and really feel like they are near-perfect as is. I may not have been digging them in the Frosty, but as a fry purist I never got into the dipping thing, so take my opinion for what it’s worth. Overall, a small order is well worth the $1.39 I paid.
Nutrition: Wendy’s Natural Cut Fries with Sea Salt (small order)
Total Fat: 15 g
Saturated Fat: 3 g
Trans Fat: 0 g
Cholesterol: 0 mg
Sodium: 380 mg
Total Carbs: 41 g
Dietary Fiber: 5 g (!?!)
Sugars: 0 g
Protein: 4 g
For more information, check out Wendy’s.com.