Fresh takes on fries

french fries bacon

News that Wendy’s added Bacon Ranch Fries—with an Italian three-cheese blend, Applewood smoked bacon and creamy ranch sauce—prompted a dive into Technomic’s MenuMonitor tool for a look at what other operators are menuing by way of fried potatoes. Read on for three more recent variations on fries, a dish offered by 50% of limited-service concepts.

Loaded sweet potato

white castle fries

White Castle’s seasonal loaded sweet potato fries were topped with syrup, marshmallow cream and cinnamon praline pecans.

Garlic Parmesan

garlic fries

A recent Eegee’s item of the month was garlic Parmesan fries, crinkle-cut fries with shredded Parmesan cheese and garlic seasonings.

Fries Supreme

fries tacobell

Some Taco Bells in California are testing seasoned fries, on their own or loaded Supreme-style with nacho cheese, tomatoes, beef and sour cream.

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college students eating

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Taste: 78%

Ability to satisfy my appetite between meals: 67%

Price: 64%

Portion size: 54%

Familiarity: 46%

Overall nutrition value: 40%

Protein content: 36%

All-natural ingredients: 29%

Fiber content: 27%


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