National French Fries Day

how it's made frozen french friesFrench Fries are a luxury in my diet, not a standard.  I didn’t grow up in a fast food and hamburger & fries family. (thanks mom)  When my mom would ‘allow’ us to have french fries, it was a treat.  And if I really look back, it was probably because she was craving them herself, we just happened to be in the car when she snuck through the McDonalds drive through.    Today I was out running errands around lunch time, and in light of the National Holiday, I decided to sneak through the McDonalds drive-thru myself.

When the fries are done right, they are amazing.  And you all know what I mean by ‘done right’  The right amount of cooking, the right amount of salt, and the right amount of time sitting before being served. Whoowee, my fries were perfect today.  Exactly the way I like them.  Exactly the way I remember them being a year ago.

With the national push for everyone to be healthier while fast-food chains continue to expand and prosper, I had to use good ol Google to look up some facts.  Enjoy my research!

What is the most popular French Fry? Google popped up CNN’s Report on the Best French Fries in the US.  See their Top 10 List HERE  So, how do you know a good one? “The best fries are made from fresh-cut potatoes and double-fried, which adds crispness,” says Glenn Walker, who has been posting reviews at frenchfrydiary.blogspot.com since 2004. “I’ve also noticed that more and more restaurants are enhancing the flavor of their fries by frying them in duck fat, seasoning them with truffle oil, and serving them with numerous dipping sauces,” he says.

Or if you are more interested in the Fast Food Chains top 10, check out this list by Guyism HERE.  McDonald’s?  Well they placed them 2nd…

What is the healthiest French Fry?  Wow, I didn’t think Google would pop much back on this one.  But, surprisingly there was a lot of information.  One of the sites I like for information is WebMD who had a full article HERE.  They did a test: “Nutritionally speaking, who makes the best and worst french fries? To find out, we compared calories, fat grams, “bad fat” grams, percentage of calories from fat, and sodium levels for the “small” or “regular” serving of french fries at 14 major fast-food chains. The serving sizes for these fries ranged from 75 grams to 125 grams, so this is also a case where size matters.”  

And the award for best fast-food french fry, healthwise, goes to … Sonic Drive-In’s regular fries, which are lowest in calories, fat grams, percentage of calories from fat, and total amount of “bad fats.” (As well as second lowest in sodium.) The runner up is McDonald’s small fries, which ranked second lowest in calories, fat grams, and “bad fats.”

How many French Fries are consumed in a year?  We each eat 29 pounds of French Fries a year. (Glad you guys are eating mine!)  See a cool graph HERE

When did French Fries turn into Chili Fries?  Check out this list from FOX News!  A list of America’s Most Outrageous French Fries HERE!  I want to go try the Bacon Mac and Cheese French Fries…anyone want to go to Denver with me?  “The bacon mac and cheese fries don’t actually include macaroni, but they do include a large bowl of fries topped with cheesy béchamel sauce and morsels of crispy bacon, garnished with fresh chives. The result is highly reminiscent of the classic dish, with a crispy twist.”

Where did French Fry get it’s Name?  In searching for that answer, I found a video that not only explains where the name comes from, but also how they are made.  I am a real nerd when it comes to watching how things are made….so ENJOY and Go Splurge on some French Fries!

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