REVIEW: Wendy’s Natural Cut Fries with Sea Salt

Written by | November 30, 2010

Topics: 7 Rating, Fast Food, Wendy's

Natural Cut Fries with Sea Salt

A sleeve of Wendy’s new Natural Cut Fries with Sea Salt is a lot like a European nude beach, because both contain lots of long, golden brown things with their skins left on.

I’m not sure why Wendy’s decided to change their original fries to these uncircumcised ones because I’ve always liked the original version which was my second favorite behind McDonald’s fries, albeit a distant second. Can’t Wendy’s settle for second place in my heart?

Changing fries seems like the trend with major fast food places not named McDonald’s. Both Burger King and Jack in the Box have changed their fries within the past 15 years. Heck, Jack in the Box changed their fries twice within the past six years. But, both fast food companies had reason to change their fries, because they sucked. Unfortunately, I think their updated versions still aren’t very tasty and are just there to make sure your value meal provides 75 percent of your daily intake of saturated fat and sodium.

What’s so great about Wendy’s Natural Cut Fries with Sea Salt? I’ll be lazy and let what I copy and pasted from a press release explain.

“The new fries incorporate a range of new ingredients and preparation methods to meet consumers’ demand for a better-tasting, higher-quality French fry. They are made 100% from Russet potatoes and sliced “natural-style” with the skin on for additional texture and taste, then cooked in proprietary oil that contains no allergens and has 0 grams trans fat per serving. They are finished with a dusting of natural sea salt to further enhance the flavor.”

Natural Cut Fries with Sea Salt Close

Wendy’s Natural Cut Fries with Sea Salt have a stronger potato flavor than their previous incarnation, thanks to the left-on skin. Hmm…I just realized they could be keeping the skin on their fries to keep them in line with Wendy’s slogan: “You know when it’s real.”

I’m slow.

The fries have a nice crispy exterior and an equally nice fluffy interior. I was happy to see that there weren’t any limp fries, which was the main problem with Jack in the Box’s Natural Cut Fries. I was also happy that the new Wendy’s fries weren’t very greasy. However, despite the use of sea salt, the fries weren’t as salty as I would’ve liked them to be. It’s disappointing because one of the reasons why McDonald’s fries are so great is their saltiness.

Wendy’s Natural Cut Fries with Sea Salt are still second place in my heart, but the gap between them and McDonald’s fries has widened a little. Although, to be honest, I don’t think Wendy’s fries will ever reach first place in my heart, not because of their flavor, but because they’re blocked by the saturated fat from all the McDonald’s fries I’ve eaten.

(Nutrition Facts – Medium/142 grams – 420 calories, 180 calories from fat, 20 grams of fat, 3.5 grams of saturated fat, 0 grams of trans fat, 0 milligrams of cholesterol, 500 milligrams of sodium, 54 grams of carbohydrates, 6 grams of fiber, 0 grams of sugar, 5 grams of protein, 10% vitamin C and 8% iron.)

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Item: Wendy’s Natural Cut Fries with Sea Salt
Price: $1.99
Size: Medium
Purchased at: Wendy’s
Rating: 7 out of 10
Pros: Stronger potato flavor than original version. Still second place in my heart. Use of sea salt. 0 grams trans fat. Potato skin adds flavor. Nice crispy exterior. Nice soft interior. European nude beaches.
Cons: Not better than McDonald’s fries. Copy and pasting from a press release. The saturated fat from McDonald’s fries preventing Wendy’s fries from becoming my favorite. Me naked at a European nude beach.






30 Comments For This Post I'd Love to Hear Yours!

  1. amanda says:

    These fries kinda sound like maybe a 5guys or Penn Station type of fries. I do like the more “natural” style fries better and sea salt is a bonus! Ohh and there is nothing like riding your bike around Munich watching naking Germans play soccer. ha ha Thank god I had a 1L of bier before riding my bike!!

  2. Nicole says:

    I had some of these fries last night. I haven’t eaten at Wendy’s for a while, so I thought I’d give them a go. They’re definitely higher quality than the former fries. They were crisp without being overdone. I also would have liked more sea salt. Unfortunately, about an hour after I ate them, I felt like my belly was going to explode. They really expanded in my stomach, which made me wish I’d eaten less (my family shared a medium)

  3. Gordon Shumway says:

    COPYPASTA!

  4. imgovtdrone says:

    I love these fries. As a matter of fact, I am writing this at 6:39 CST and I want some of these fries. How much do I love these fires? After I went to the dentist last week I stopped and got some of these fries as a special “You did good” treat.

    • Marvo says:

      I thought you’re not supposed to eat for 30 minutes after going to the dentist. Oh maybe that was back in the day when I went to the dentist regularly.

  5. Jay says:

    I like the saltiness of McDonalds fries too but I think perhaps your Wendys just oversalted yours (or oversalted mine) because I thought the batch I got was venturing into “too salty” territory.

  6. Fabio says:

    MacDo fries will always suck suck suck and suck because they’re just bad. Especially when you compare them to authentic Belgian fries. (We don’t have Wendy’s here, but if they are not as good as the MacDo fries… go figure!)

  7. Rodzilla says:

    same amount of saturated fat in a McDonald’s large fry. Don’t worry too much about your preference for them. I really wish a fast food place would give sweet potato fries a go.

    • Marvo says:

      I don’t know if you have an Outback Steakhouse, but they’ve got a dish with sweet potato fries. But I agree, a fast food place needs to make some sweet potato fries that provides 750 milligrams of sodium, but lots of potassium.

  8. Natalie says:

    Still don’t have these in Alaska. Sigh.

  9. Chuck says:

    After reading this review, I will never look at french fries the same way again. Yikes!

  10. Steve says:

    Heartily enjoyed these as well. I’ve always like Wendys fries more than McDonalds. With McDonalds I always feel like Im getting an order of salt with a side of fries. Im a fan of Checkers fries too, but only because they taste like they are killing me.

    • Marvo says:

      Sadly, we don’t have a Checkers here. We have Checker Auto Stores, but that’s the closest we’ve got.

    • Kris says:

      McD’s fries are way too thin lately.. almost like shoestring potatoes. YUK! Won’t buy them anymore. Will travel to get fries at Wendy’s. At times, McD’s fries are way too salty also. Also at times, they are not hot nor fresh. Wendy’s fries are delicious, also fresh as Hardee’s are and delicious. Larger fries with the skins on… crisp on the outside and lots of potato taste on the inside. My kind of fry! Yummy-Yum

  11. Jeremy Raglin says:

    I don’t know why Wendy’s would mess with such a great, iconic recipe.

    There’s nothing better than a Wendy’s Burger, Fries and a shake for lunch.

  12. Tom says:

    I have yet to try them, but saw no need in a change. I liked Wendy’s fries. My cousin said they were good, but a bit too salty. I think they might be trying to keep up with Five Guys or something.
    http://musingsandvisuals.blogspot.com/2010/12/new-fries-at-wendys-what-was-wrong-with.html

  13. Norana says:

    had them, dont like them. this natural cut is the latest trend everybody is jumping on (right after Angus beef) & they all taste the same

    in fact, i dont like them so much that now i would never buy another combo again, just a burger. Wendys has to know they run the risk of losing customer patterns when they change a side item, more than they would gain it seems.

    changing for the sake of change is never a good idea, especially when it makes you the same as everyone else whos changed.

  14. Jeannine says:

    I HATE Wendy’s new fries–and they are usually overcooked at the wendy’s we go to. How do we get Wendy’s to bring back their old french fries–which were much better than these greasy, crispy, salty things.

  15. Rick says:

    The new Wendy’s fries are really, really bad. I think I’m one of the few that thinks that their old recipe fries were atually better than Mc D’s. I asked the guy working the counter at Wendy’s if they’ve been getting positive reviews on the fries, he said about 50/50. But he did tell me that you have to get a fresh batch to taste good. He said when the sit under the warmer for even a few minutes, they get soggy and lose a lot of the appeal. I must’ve got the ones that sat for a half hour, because they were greasy & horrible.

  16. John says:

    I don’t like these fries. They just don’t taste good to me. I will probably stop going to Wendy’s for good because of this.

    Lets face it, it costs less for Wendy’s to NOT peal the potatoes. So, they play it off as being better and save money in the process.

    John

  17. Tommy says:

    Go to wendy’s site directly and tell them their fries suck! They wont bring them back till we stop eating there and start complaining!
    http://storefind.talktowendys.com/Default.aspx?s=2&l=en

  18. MP says:

    I still don’t like these fries. They’re too salty, either overdone with no soft interior or cold & soggy. I really miss their old fries & I have dramatically cut back on getting fries & stopped all combo meals.
    Yeah the old fries looked way too yellow & fake but they were thick & tasted good. Now I just get a value sandwich in place of the fries.



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