Oct 4, 2021

Review: Wendy's - New Hot & Crispy Fries

Wendy's new Hot & Crispy Fries take the same potatoes as their previous fries but gives them a light batter so that they stay hot and crispy for a longer period of time.

I went and got both a large order of the new fries as well as an order of Baconator Fries. The large fries were $2.69, while the Baconator Fries are normally $2.49 but were free through an offer in the app.

I'm going to point out that somehow the cheaper Baconator Fries had at least as much French fries as the more expensive large order of fries at my local Wendy's.

Visually, the fries looked more or less the same as before but picking them up, I could feel just the slightest layer of fried batter on them.

Texturally, the Hot & Crispy Fries were definitely crispy and seemed crispier than even a fresh batch of the previous fries. Additionally, the crispiness had a good amount of staying power. They held up especially well under the bacon and warm cheese sauce of the Baconator Fries (the previous fries typically turned mostly soft under the steamy heat). The idea here was to come up with a fry that would work better for the increased number of delivery orders and the new fries seem successful in that respect.

Taste-wise, the new is less good. They definitely have a slight fried batter taste. It's not heavy but it made the fries taste less potato-y (even as they're the same size and same potatoes).

When it comes down to it, Wendy's new Hot & Crispy Fries do indeed present hotter and crispier French fries. That being said, they do taste a bit closer to Burger King and Jack in the Box fries, which makes sense as they both also do with a light batter. While I prefer the more potato-y aspect of the previous fries, I do like the way the new fries hold up to being topped.

Nutritional Info - Wendy's Hot & Crispy Fries - Large
Calories - 470 (from Fat - 190)
Fat - 21g (Saturated Fat - 3.5g)
Sodium - 830mg
Carbs - 63g (Sugar - 0g)
Protein - 7g

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