Burger King Fresh Apple Fries

When I first heard that Burger King sold apple fries, I naturally assumed that they were deep-fried like their potato brethren’s namesake. I recall that when chicken fries first hit the market, my brain engulfed itself like a neutron star in a defensive state of shock, panic, and excitement. They didn’t live up to the hype, so I figured that this was their finishing salvo – a one-upping of Taco Bell’s caramel apple empanada that would dash any child’s hopes of a healthy existence.

It was not until after I ordered the “fries” that I learned that my anxiety was gravely misguided. Burger King’s apple fries are merely apples cut into the shape of thick-cut French fries. Kind of a cop-out, I thought, especially since they were going at $1.59 for a 2-ounce bag. Still, I was glad to have something remotely fresh and healthy in my mouth after I finished inhaling my Whopper combo.

I was surprised by the freshness of the apples, as they managed to stay clean and crispy with a refreshing bite of tartness to go along with the mellow sweetness. Of course, none of this elaborate description is necessary if you’ve ever eaten an apple. You know, that thing that’s supposed to keep the doctor away? Yes, I admit that I have forgotten what it had tasted like too.

The thing that turns this from cut fruit into kid-friendly treat is the accompanying packet of caramel sauce from which you will try to squeeze every last drop from the packet as if it contained the last vestiges of the antidote. The package is only half an ounce, but its potency will almost trick your brain into believing that you’re eating a caramel apple. Brain deception like this is key in practicing any type of diet – just ask any of those vegans who insist on serving tofurkey’s every Thanksgiving.

The apple fries are a bit pricey on their own, but you can substitute it for free when you’re ordering a Kid’s Meal, or presumably any other type of meal you may order. It’s a good way to treat your kids to something wholesome or to placate your conscience about the Triple Whopper you’re scarfing down. Either way, everyone wins and you can finally start to keep that creepy family doctor at bay.

(Nutritional Facts – Apples – 1 packet – 25 calories, 0 grams of fat, 0 mg of cholesterol, 0mg sodium, 6 grams of carbs, 1 gram of dietary fiber, 5 grams of sugar, 0 grams of protein, 8% Vitamin A, 35% Vitamin C, 4% Calcium, and 0% Iron. Caramel Sauce – 1 packet – 35 calories, 0 grams of fat, 9 grams of carbs, 0 grams of dietary fiber, and 5 grams of sugar)

Item: Burger King Apple Fries
Price: $1.59 (free to substitute with regular fries)
Size: 2 ounces (apples), 0.5 ounces (low-fat caramel sauce)
Purchased at: Burger King
Rating: 7 out of 10
Pros: Good alternative for French fries, especially in a Kid’s Meal. Comes with frypod box. You will try to suck the caramel sauce out of the packet. Low on fat and refined sugar.
Cons: Pricey if you buy it on it’s own. Portion of 2 ounces is pretty small. Technically still just cut fruit with a condiment.

20 thoughts to “Burger King Fresh Apple Fries”

  1. What a load of crap. Fresh apples in a sealed bag. Yeah right. Fresh as in Amsterdam hooker fresh, right?

  2. Rather overpriced, but it makes for a good substitution when you’re ordering a combo if you want it to be slightly more healthy than normal, I would think. But for $1.59 I think I could get at least a pound of apples at my local grocery and cut them up myself. Or just eat them unsliced if I’m lazy.

  3. Yeah the problem is…those apples stay fresh and crispy because of all the chemicals they probably use on them heh.

  4. Actually, the ones at McDonalds use citric acid to keep them fresh (I haven’t seen the BK ones). At home, if you have a half-eaten apple you can keep it from turning brown by sprinkling lemon juice on it.

  5. Isn’t low fat caramel sauce an oxy-moron?

    I too thought they would be deepfried so i am relieved to see that they are normal apple slices. Although I bet deep fried apples would be pretty good with a caramel dipping sauce.

    I have seen the mcdonalds ones before and I have to say after a recent vsisit to the states, I am shocked that I can mega size my happy meal. Apple slices aren’t going to fix that problem.

  6. A 3 pound bag of gala apples goes for $2.49 where I shop. I want someone, anyone, to shoot me at point blank range if I ever buy apple fries.

  7. Actually, not to get technical guys, but sugar has no fat. Caramel sauce is basically a thick sugar syrup that’s been browned to tastiness. Now, how did it get from no-fat to low fat? There’s a mystery! Well, other than why Marvo would taste minty condoms.

  8. Hmm, the commercial has them coming in a fry box and not a plastic bag. Lies in advertising..who knew?

    The McDonald’s apple dippers are on the dollar menu. They also come in a plastic bag but their caramel sauce comes in a tub so all you have to do is dunk you apples, putting BK’s in a ketchup packet means you have to squeeze it out onto a surface and something about sticky caramel sauce on a paper napkin just seems like asking for trouble. Hmm. I guess you could put caramel directly on to the apple fry, but then you miss out on the whole dunking experience that french fries give you. Tricky.

    Also, fried apples sounds amazing. I’m surprised no one has done this yet. We’ve fried twinkies, snickers bars, cheese and coca cola syrup..why have apples been an untapped resource? I’ll need to go experiment with my deep fryer (all southern homes have a fry daddy, don’t judge) and see how that works out.

  9. I wonder if Ace gets tired of people thinking he’s Marvo.. In any case, I don’t think I’d ever get these although we used to sell a similar product at Walgreens for a buck which I occasionally got on break, Chiquita I think, don’t remember.

    That is quite pricey, thinking about it now though, I usually don’t finish my fries so maybe I would think about it.

  10. Subway switched to these bagged apples too. I get them once in a while. But how can you beat a hot fry that burns your mouth.

  11. Reprobate – I will not tolerate any Amsterdam hooker-bashing on this site.

    Chuck – For about 35 cents I can make my own French fries, but that doesn’t stop me from buying them by the barrel.

    Nevis – That’s true, and it’s a very worthy sub for fries in a meal.

    Don – I’m pretty sure the meat has around a dozen deadly chemicals, so I’m not too worried about the apples.

    armauld – Avocado’s too.

    Lex – I think they call it a “Big Kid’s Meal” to help quell the outcry of them calling it a “Fatty Fat Fat’s Meal”.

    Peachy – Better hope The King doesn’t read this site. He can be ruthless.

    Danalyn – Strange this still happens because I don’t think I write anything like Marvo. My writing is much more cluttered and comma-heavy with a charming listlessness.

    BWeaves – So that’s why my sugar-free Hickory Farms sausages have been fattening me up so much…

    Natalie – They give you a frypod to put the apple fries into, but the packet of apple fries doesn’t fill it up too much.

    Gumboman – I can’t be too offended. Heck – we could be the same person; we’ve never been in the same place at the same time.

    Neil – A handful of hot fries that burn your mouth.

  12. Why would they give you the fry pod box in addition to the plastic bag. What a waste of packaging..

  13. Speaking of Amsterdam hookers… forgive me if this has been on a previous post elsewhere, but if you haven’t seen the European BK’s Veg City themed artwork for their tray liners and etcetera, you are missing out on an extremely FUNNY experience. I never knew vegetables could misbehave in such a fashion.

    Go to http://www.vegcity.de (Yes. I am aware that it is not an active link. I am at work and our system has bizarre limitations.) and see it for yourself. Most of The Impulsive Buy’s readers will enjoy themselves immensely.

  14. Please ignore the “not an active link comment”- for once this system shot it through! Enjoy!

  15. they honestly look unhealthy like one they have been peeled and sitting there for 2 weeks and two they secretly doused them with something that will make your children even fatter. people buy an apple peeler! you go to bk to revel in the unhealhty goodness not eat apple fries!

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