McDonald’s has introduced an intriguing new item, and it sounds crazy. Crazy awesome, that is! It’s the McChoco Potato: french fries covered in dark and white chocolate. And it’s available only in Japan.
What could inspire such a stroke of genius? Who knows? But we can make a few guesses.
1. That fries-in-Wendy’s-Frosty combo is so good McD’s had to try its own version
French fries plus chocolate? Sounds a little familiar, methinks. Hope this friendly bit of competition doesn’t raise the ghost of Dave Thomas.
2. Everyone secretly wants fries for dessert
People lose their minds over fries, but dessert is the only meal in which we can’t have them (like, we can all agree that McDonald’s hash browns are both a gift from above and basically a giant, flat french fry, right?). Thanks to this crazy idea, everyone’s secret desire to eat french fries for breakfast, lunch, dinner and dessert will finally be realized.
3. They’ll taste like the county fair
You know where else you can get something deep-fried and covered in chocolate? The county fair! Replace your fried dough with fried potato, and McDonald’s basically has a surefire hit on its hands.
4. Sweet-and-salty is the best
These days, everyone knows that sweet-and-salty is the best possible dessert flavor combination. When’s the last time you had a caramel that wasn’t salted? The salty makes the sweet better and vice versa. McChoco fries play right into that sweet-and-salty frenzy, and I, for one, am glad it’s a trend that’s sticking around.
5. “McChoco Potato” sounds strangely fancy
McChoco Potato is obviously not a fancy food (though I can kind of see one of those upscale molecular gastronomy restaurants doing a version of it for dessert), but the name sounds quite refined. Anytime ordering from McDonald’s makes you feel like you need to keep a pinkie in the air, it has clearly done something right. Or, at the very least, interesting.
6. This could save us
It turns out McDonald’s is basically the Chipotle of Japan. Its sales have been on a downswing following a series of food safety violations, but McChoco Potato might be just the thing to get customers back in stores. Plus, how much could go wrong safety-wise when deep-frying frozen potatoes and drizzling on a couple of bottles of chocolate sauce? Er, on second thought, maybe I don’t want to know. I wouldn’t mind a ticket to Japan so I can try them for myself, though!