McDonald's Fries vs. Wendy's Fries: FRY FIGHT!

Categories: Fry Girl
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As Fry Girl, I receive thousands barely any e-mails in my inbox every week. Recently however, I did get a goodie from Wendy's that read, "In a national taste test, consumers said Wendy's fries taste better than McDonald's. When asked which they thought taste better after sampling both, 56% of participants chose Wendy's Natural-Cut Fries with Sea Salt. Only 39% preferred the taste of McDonald's."
   

Whoa. That's a bold claim. Especially given that folks have raved about McDonald's fries for . . . well, for almost ever. At one point, even Burger King had the royal balls to try their own taste test and then declare themselves the winner. Result: No one bought it.

With Wendy's recent taste test information (also on their website), it looks as if the redheaded gal is looking for a serious fry fright from Ronald McD in the form of a new ad campaign. Little girl, didn't Daddy Thomas teach you to play fair? After all, this is your marketing campaign.

All right, time to put an end to all this fry foolishness. Time for a Fry Girl taste test of her own to see who really has the best fries, Wendy's or McDonald's. And no ketchup, yo! Join me, won't you?

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Wendy's Natural Cut Fries with Sea Salt:

I've said it before: Wendy's new-ish fries are good. They're sure as hell a lot better than the bloated mush sticks previously offered by the fast food giant. Billed as "Naturally-cut from whole Russet potatoes, cooked skin-on, and served hot and crispy with a sprinkle of sea salt for a taste as real as it gets," a medium-size offering will cost you around 420 calories.

Unfortunately, I've had my fair share of Wendy's fries that were too dry, charred at the tips, or limping helplessly over the carton. Consistency, yo! But when she's on her game, the pigtailed princess delivers them crisp on the outside, soft on the inside, and with a nice potato flavor with just the right amount of salt.

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McDonald's

Billed as, "Golden on the outside, soft and fluffy on the inside. Made with quality potatoes and cooked in our Canola oil blend for zero grams of trans fat per serving," a medium-sized offering will cost you around 380 calories.

Oh, and they're pure heaven.

With consistency down to a science, Mickey Dee's fries rarely disappoint. They, too, are crisp on the outside, soft on the inside, and have a nice potato flavor with just the right amount of salt. The difference may be, for Fry Girl, that they are a bit more crispy than Wendy's, feature a better distribution of salt, and are devoid of any "skin" issues.

Verdict: McDonald's
Sorry, Wendy, there's a reason the Golden Arches trademarks itself "America's Favorite Fries" -- it may sound like unabashed fry flaunting, but let's face it, they can back it up.

What say you, fry fans? Do you agree with Wendy's new taste test or do McDonald's fries still reign supreme?

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28 comments
Mike
Mike

Nope sorry but this whole article is completely biased. It was completely clear that you went into this article with the predetermined preference of McDonald's and u let ur previous experiences affect ur decision which is a completely ridiculous thing to do when writing about which fries TASTE better. Wendy's are so much better and it isnt even a comparison and if u don't agree it's because u have a placebo in place affecting ur taste. IMHO u should never write an article on fries or any food again

Badbadjuju14
Badbadjuju14

In my opinion, Wendy's fries are the best in taste. Most of the time, though, they aren't crispy enough. Mcdonald's always cooks them well, but if Wendy's were to cook theirs just right I'd say Wendy's fries all the way. I also like how they are thicker so I feel like I'm putting a lot more in my mouth without having to grab as many. The author of this obviously shows much bias.

Richard Oliver
Richard Oliver

I have always viewed the old fries at Wendy's as my favorite, hands down. I just had the new fries and I was completely disappointed. McDonalds is much better than the new Wendy's fries. Your description of "bloated mush sticks" is an accurate description of what I ate tonight, but never of the old fries.

Elle
Elle

I'm in love with wendy's new fries!

Tampa Bay Food Monster
Tampa Bay Food Monster

mcdonald's... forever and always. it's like crack. and those little soggy ones? yesss. god bless you mcdonald.

Laura Hahnefeld
Laura Hahnefeld

The best fries of McDonald's fries: The super-crispy ones at the bottom. Yum!

Guest
Guest

Sorry, I completely disagree with the author. Wendy's fries are delicious, whereas McDonald's are too small and too salty.

Gary Allen
Gary Allen

Every time I see a survey whose results hover around 50% one way or the other, I'm reminded that such a result is a mathematical toss-up. That is, you could toss a coin and come up with the same result, rendering the results totally insignificant. Now, if you had 80% on one side and 20% on the other, you'd have a significant figure. In this case, 56% is barely significant. Six more people on one side than the other, out of 100 total. Not a great endorsement.

Blue741
Blue741

I find Wendy's to be far better in terms of food quality. MCd's are great tasting and much more consistent, I for one, very much enjoy variety.

hippieland
hippieland

Of the two I think Carl's Jr has the best frys.

John Q
John Q

You do employ an editor who reads this trite drivel first, right?

Tap, tap...is this thing on?

You're like a bunch of bad stand up comics reaching for a laugh. Quit trying so hard and maybe try some halfway decent writing with a voice that isn't contrived. (If the voice in this is genuine and not contrived, it's time for some HR intervention.)

Also, maybe try writing about something that isn't pure crap intended to generate web traffic because of discussing some inane topic like this.

Yep
Yep

I believe I was in this taste test. A couple of months ago I was asked to participate in this survey where I tried two types of french fries. It was very draconian and we weren't allowed to speak to each other or anything. We were asked one question, "which one do you like better?" Now, these fries were PERFECTLY prepared, but I would have never guessed the second ones were McDonalds. They were different from them, in my opinion. The Wendy's ones were pretty easy to guess. Hmm.

Yep
Yep

I'd like to add that McDonald's are much more consistent than Wendy's. So while they were perfect in the test, I'd trust McD's to be better.

d1v0rc3
d1v0rc3

I spent the better part of my shift cooking McDonald's fries. And I find them boring.

This is sacrilege, but fries are a dietary indulgence for me and indulged but rarely. And even I do say myself I prefer the Wendy's variety. They have character, though truth be told the originals were far superior in taste and quality.

jeremx
jeremx

Rally's fries are where it's at!

Julie Peterson
Julie Peterson

So Wendy's new fries (which I've had once and got lucky with) are like that one time I had the best fries of my life at Pete's Fish & Chips and . . . never again . . .?

Chris Cardinal
Chris Cardinal

I refuse to believe that anyone has ever had the best ANYthing of their life at Pete's Horrible Fish & Disgusting Chips Emporium. Blech.

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