January 3, 2012

Burger King French Fries (New Thicker Cut)

bkfries.jpgBurger King recently introduced new french fries to their menu. I recall that the last time Burger King did this - over a decade ago, if my memory is correct - they went with a skinny, crispy fry similar to those offered by McDonald’s. Nowadays, Burger King thinks that thicker fries are the way to go. They couldn’t be more wrong. They must not be familiar with the First Law of French Fries, which states “Skinnier fries are always better than thicker fries because skinnier fries have a better ratio of crispy exterior to fluffy interior.” See, a great fry isn’t the one that has a lot of fluffy potato on the inside, even if the fluff tastes great. It’s the one with the delicious, crispy exterior and just the right amount of fluffy potato within. Get the exterior/interior ratio wrong, and the fry will never be great. The Second Law of French Fries states “If you are going to make a thicker fry, leave the skin on because the overall flavor will be better.” Burger King violated this law also. All this being said, Burger King’s new fries aren’t bad. My order came with a generous amount of salt on them and were cooked to a nice, light brown. I prefer fries that are cooked a bit more (to a “golden brown”), but light brown is okay. And, I must admit that the fries had a nice potato flavor. Overall, they’re not bad fries, but they aren’t great either. If Burger King was aiming for the best fries in the fast food marketplace (and I assume they were), they came up short.

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Posted by Jim on January 3, 2012

I don't like the new fries. The best part about the old fries was that they were thin, and therefor crispy. These new ones, while the taste is a mild improvement, lack the crispiness. And being bigger on a per-fry basis, you get fewer, which means less crispy.

I'll agree, they aren't bad, but they're a step back as far as I'm concerned.

Posted by: Jake Skellybones at January 8, 2012 8:06 AM

yuM :)

Posted by: Slave CheeVerson at January 9, 2012 11:14 AM

I agree 100%...skinny fries are much better. Sonic has figured this out...if they could only figure out that 2 hr old fries aren't good.

Posted by: reviewspew.com at January 9, 2012 12:39 PM

I tried the Burger KIng "new" french fries. I rather like them. The thicker the fry, the better, in my book...(except, if we're talking a different category of fries; a-la, Fat fries, from Fat Burger...but I digress). There are two schools of thought on fries;
1. Skin on (Jack in the box does this),
2. Skin-off (McDonalds, etc.).
I tend to gravitate toward the latter. I think that Burger King has a good idea here. And besides if I want my fries crunchy, I order them well done...works every time.

Posted by: johnnhoj at January 12, 2012 2:28 AM
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