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McDonald’s is experimenting with chocolate-covered fries… and I’m kind of intrigued

Published Jan 20th, 2016 11:30PM EST
McDonald's Japan Chocolate Covered Fries
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Normally when I write about crazy fast food experiments, I’m usually somewhat horrified by them — recall Buffalo Wild Wings’ Mountain Dew-flavored chicken wings, for example. However, when I heard news that McDonald’s Japan is experimenting with chocolate-covered french fries, I actually found myself rather intrigued at the prospect.

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The reason I think this is an interesting idea is that the combination of chocolate with salty foods can often be quite delicious, as anyone who’s ever had chocolate-covered pretzels can tell you. It looks like these will be standard McDonald’s french fries that are covered in two kinds of chocolate sauces: “Chocolate with cacao flavor and white milk chocolate.” McDonald’s Japan is calling its new dish the “McChoco Potato” and it says that they exhibit a “wonderful salty and sweet harmonious taste.”

Whether this lives up to the hype remains to be seen but if these fries become successful in Japan, I can see McDonald’s bringing them over to the U.S. and making them a staple of their all-day breakfast menu, much to the delight of stoner college kids everywhere.

The McChoco Potato will be available at McDonald’s franchises across Japan starting on January 26th.

Brad Reed
Brad Reed Staff Writer

Brad Reed has written about technology for over eight years at and Network World. Prior to that, he wrote freelance stories for political publications such as AlterNet and the American Prospect. He has a Master's Degree in Business and Economics Journalism from Boston University.