May 10, 2012

Review: Wendy's - Baked Sweet Potato

Wendy's Baked Sweet Potato is a new, limited time Signature Side on the menu and is simply a baked sweet potato served with an all-natural buttery cinnamon spread.

I got mine's for free courtesy of Wendy's but these normally sell for $2.49.

You'll notice in the picture that mine's was missing the cinnamon spread so I can't really speak as to that. I will say that from the promo pictures it looks like a bit like more liquidy smooth peanut butter.

Do not worry though, I did not let the forgetfulness of my local Wendy's mar my sweet potato experience and simply topped my potato with a light sprinkle of brown sugar and a small pat of butter.

The baked potato is a unique feature of Wendy's in the fast food world; they actually wrap a potato (or sweet potato in this case) and toss them in the oven for about an hour. Size-wise, Wendy's potatoes (sweet or otherwise) are really more of an entree than a side.

While I'm fine with eating a regular potato's skin, the sweet potato's skin is a bit dry and papery. Not so easy to chew or eat. While it's technically edible, I think it's more of an acquired taste... acquired by very few...

The sweet potato's meat is a bit more fibrous than a regular russet potato with a light sweetness in this case (I've eaten other sweet potatoes with a more pronounced sweetness). The addition of brown sugar is a welcome touch that I actually picked up down south while visiting Krispy Kreme; it accentuates the potatoes natural sweetness. And the butter? We all know butter makes everything better!

Overall, Wendy's Sweet Potato is a pretty nice and tasty option (especially sprinkled with a little brown sugar) although it really comes down to whether you like sweet potatoes or not. As a bonus, it's rich in nutrients (it has a buttload of Vitamin A) and more convenient than waiting an hour to cook one at home. I'd get the cinnamon butter spread on the side (not that I know how it tastes...) and see if you like it better with or without.

Nutritional Info - Wendy's Plain Sweet Baked Potato (284g)
Calories - 260 (from Fat - 0)
Fat - 0g (Saturated Fat - 0g)
Sodium - 100mg
Carbs - 59g (Sugar - 18g)
Protein - 6g

Nutritional Info - Wendy's Cinnamon Butter Spread (24g)
Calories - 120 (from Fat - 80)
Fat - 9g (Saturated Fat - 4g)
Sodium - 140mg
Carbs - 11g (Sugar - 10g)
Protein - 0g


  1. My Considerable Coot Consideration is that USA fast-food joints becoming increasingly desperate in their search for wealth.

  2. definitely need to get the cinnamon butter.. it is delicious 

  3. Use butter not the brownsugar butter they whip up.  And of all things, I was served a yam instead of a sweet potato.

  4. Mad it's off the menu on Portsmouth blivd, Chesapeake , va. The employees were rude to me also

  5. Wow, Don, so you were served a footlong woody tuber from Africa? If not then it was a sweet potato. American "yams" ARE sweet potatoes.

  6. wendys sweet potato where i live in florida was amazing. I never had a sweet potato that taste so moist and sweet. OMG I felt in love with it.

  7. I wish they would bring this back permanently.


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