November 12th, 2010
11:35 AM ET

Wendy's serves up new fries

Wendy's new fries leave some of the skin on.

Wendy's is serving up a new kind of fry.

The nation's No. 3 fast-food chain has revamped its french fry recipe for the first time in its 41-year history, leaving the skin on, using a proprietary oil and sprinkling on sea salt.

The new fries, released nationwide Thursday after being test-marketed in three cities, are "designed to give French fry lovers a hotter, crispier taste experience with an enhanced potato flavor and texture," says a press release from parent company Wendy's/Arby's Group Inc. of Atlanta, Georgia.

The new fries are slimmer than their predecessors but contain more calories and salt, according to Opposing Views writer Mark Berman.

In the latest Zagat Survey, Wendy's fries finished fourth behind McDonald's, Five Guys and In-N-Out Burger, with Burger King trailing Wendy's.

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  1. 517blingdongding

    These fries are horrible. It's a way for wendy corporation to use irregular product, which they purchase at reduced prices. Why not drop a whole damn potato in the deep fryer, put it in a box and eat it like an apple?

    I'll tell you why. People like fries. Like the good ones wendys corporation served before these nasty spud shavings.

    Rally's = best. Fries. Ever.

    November 13, 2010 at 12:27 am | Report abuse |
  2. Michigan girl

    Macdonalds are the best fast food fries. wendys fries are undercooked and always cold and thier burgers are dry and tasteless. new york fries with gravy are excellent but macdonalds are easier to get.

    November 13, 2010 at 10:16 am | Report abuse |
  3. 517blingdongding

    Michigan Girl how can you say McD's fries are better than Rally's?

    Are you crazy???

    November 13, 2010 at 5:40 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Reynardine Greencastle

    'Scuse me, Ha, what the Hell did they put on your fries? Next time, it had better be lithium.

    November 13, 2010 at 6:31 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Jam

    I cant believe wendys and arbys are still open.i alway get sick when i eat there im sure im not the onlyone.

    November 13, 2010 at 8:53 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Lisababy

    This isnt news its a commercial wendys has been awful since the original owner passed away several years ago its just a fast food chain with dry tasteless food

    November 14, 2010 at 6:15 am | Report abuse |
  7. mel

    Just wanted to say I love the fries you already have. Hope you didnt get rid of them and replace with new item.

    November 14, 2010 at 11:37 pm | Report abuse |
  8. RUBBA

    Who cares about the sea salt!. All these fast food places need to let us season our own food.

    November 15, 2010 at 2:55 pm | Report abuse |
  9. 304

    They are not Arby's fries. Arby's fries like BK's, Hardee's, Rally's etc all taste like fake potato. I was pleasantly surprised at the new Wendy's fries, they are actually better than the old ones and really taste like real potato.

    November 24, 2010 at 12:51 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Soraya from murrieta

    I just tried the new fries and all I could think was "NOOOOOOOOOOOO", why try to fix something that did not need fixing to begin with...... They're awful..... Chewy, overbooked, and hard!

    December 2, 2010 at 12:52 am | Report abuse |
  11. Reggie

    I think the new fries are great. My opinion is they are better than McDonald's fries, but I know that is up to debate:

    http://bofadeez.blogspot.com/2010/11/french-fry-debate.html

    December 7, 2010 at 8:53 am | Report abuse |
  12. julie

    Hate the new fries! Way Too SALTY! Stopped going to Wendy's. Used to go once a week.

    January 31, 2011 at 1:50 am | Report abuse |
  13. ME

    The fries taste HORRIBLE. Tried them more than once to make sure it wasn't bad grease they were fried in...nope, they still taste like what I think cardboard would taste like. Not to mention the nasty after taste! Bring back the original ones.

    February 25, 2011 at 2:40 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Charles

    Wendy's new fries are gross they should be thrown in the trash. Mcdonald's fries are way better. Wendy's should go back to there old fries. Wendy's Old fries where better than Mcdonald's.

    April 12, 2011 at 9:58 am | Report abuse |
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