Do you want seasoning with your fries?
Do you want seasoning with your fries?
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McDonald's says it plans to start testing seasoned french fries at select U.S. locations starting Friday.

The world's biggest hamburger chain says the test of its "Shakin' Flavor Fries" will take place at restaurants in northern California and St. Louis. Customers will be able to choose garlic Parmesan, spicy Buffalo or zesty ranch flavors.

The idea came from the company's "Shake Shake" seasoned fries, which debuted in Hong Kong in 2005. The idea then spread to other countries including China, India and Australia.

The website GrubGrade.com had published photos of the seasoned fries at a McDonald's in Stockton, California. The packaging includes directions telling people how to pour the seasoning onto french fries in a bag and shake them.

"As with all tests, we aren't in a position to draw conclusions or make assumptions about the test since it is just beginning but we hope our customers in these two markets enjoy the new flavors," said a McDonald's spokesman.

McDonald's, based in Oak Brook, Illinois, has more than 35,000 locations around the world.

Previously, McDonald's offered healthier alternatives to fries.

Critical thinking challenge: How does McDonalds benefit by flavoring its fries? Will this interfere with their healthier alternatives effort?

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COMMENTS (54)
  • seaalyssa
    5/15/2014 - 02:34 p.m.

    I think this is a smart idea from McDonald's. I will give people different choices of fries. What if the people don't like the other types of fries. Then they have wasted all of there money on trying different flavors. If the different flavors do work I think they will make tons of money. I am excited to try them. I wonder if they will still sell the other fries.

  • TobiasPeters-Lar
    5/15/2014 - 02:58 p.m.

    how does mcdonald has seasoninig on the fries for the customer have to make there fries done and simple things for the mcdonald people how they are for the customer that have to be simple to other people and different subjects that are for the people.

  • CASEYF-ZDE
    5/15/2014 - 05:19 p.m.

    McDonald's french fries are iconic and adding seasoning to them, as delicious as it sounds, is probably very unhealthy. This could be a good idea but it seems many people might not want to ruin their beloved McDonald's french with a seasoning that may or may not taste good. Customers can chose from garlic Parmesan, spicy Buffalo, or zesty ranch. This could be a breakthrough for McDonald's. If this idea really skyrockets and increases sales the chain might want to consider adding more flavors and using them in every McDonald's location.

  • manuela-Koc
    5/15/2014 - 09:28 p.m.

    Yes it will! Because they already make us fat now they going to make something even worse no no no that's like saying let me sell my car for gas money that not right.., might be good but not healthy!!

  • WS05YANKEES
    5/16/2014 - 08:36 a.m.

    I dont think this is really important at all. Its not bad they are adding unhealy menu options, because everything you order from them is unhealty.

  • lk30pink
    5/16/2014 - 08:37 a.m.

    I think its good that they are trying something new with thier fries. Alot of customers love seasoned fries, not just ones with salt so this can bring some new customers, or having previous customers returning more frequently.

  • NP30yankee
    5/16/2014 - 08:37 a.m.

    I think this is a good idea and may attract more costumers than their already is. However, it's also making the fries even more unhealthy which runs the risk for obesity and diabetes.

  • chelseas123
    5/16/2014 - 08:38 a.m.

    more people may want to try the flavored fries because its somwehing diffrent . the flavored fries may interfere because some people may want to continue to have the other fries .

  • orahf-
    5/16/2014 - 10:05 a.m.

    The story was about Seasoning they were going to put them on the French fries. They are starting testing select in U.S. I think that I would not like to have seasoning on my French fries. I do not like seasoning on French fries.

  • Sarah H
    5/16/2014 - 11:18 a.m.

    I don't know if I would particularly like the different flavors of the french fries. I love McDonald's fries just plain with salt, it is basically the only thing I will eat from there anymore. It could be very successful since people like very many different flavors of chips, so fries might just be the next best thing. We will just have to see if it makes it to where I live.

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