Mega Potato to go back on sale at McDonald's Japan

Mega Potato to go back on sale at McDonald's Japan

TOKYO —

McDonald’s Japan’s returning limited-edition Mega Potato side is so frighteningly large it ought to come with graphic warning photos of what happens to people who make a habit of eating it, like cigarette packs in the West.

The reintroduced Mega Potato is equivalent to two orders of large fries and comes in a container so comically huge you could just stick your face directly into it like a pig at a trough, if that’s your thing. Or you could share it with “friends” or something, like anyone actually has that in mind when ordering one of these.

We got the jump on the official May 24 nationwide release by finding one of the limited locations that began selling the new menu item May 17. After approaching the counter and chickening out several times, we eventually built up the courage to ask for the embarrassingly large Mega size, which, after a longer than average wait, the clerk hefted onto our suddenly tiny-looking tray.

The Mega Potato, at approximately 350 grams, dwarfs just about everything else on the menu and is apparently the most calorific item McDonald’s has ever served. After years of covering Japanese fast food fads, we’ve developed our own hamburger-based metric for measuring things, so for comparison, we eyeballed the size difference between it and a standard burger and concluded it’s about three times the size.

The Mega Potato will set you back 490 yen and also cost you a large chunk of your dignity and possibly a few years of your life.

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  • 1

    JoshuYaki

    people will eat this guaranteed

  • 6

    ZombieNemesis

    Just missing the Chili and Cheese and you'd have an all American meal.

  • 0

    Scrote

    There are about 1140 calories in this.

  • 5

    Maria

    Scathing much?

    Whoever wrote this needed a few more coffees and a stroll in the fresh air before editing it. And probably a hug, too. I'm pretty sure this will be happily shared by pairs and groups of high-metabolic teens who like to sit in McD's for hours on end.

    Don't be such a middle-aged grouch, RocketNews24Man!

  • -1

    papasmurfinjapan

    Bring it on, baby!

  • 1

    Kurobune

    Go into any McD's in Japan. You'll see two or three jr./sr. high girls (maybe even OLs) having a soda and sharing one of the Mega Potatos !

  • 0

    Weasel

    missing the Chili and Cheese

    and onions

  • 0

    Japankid

    Hehehe... wouldn't dare it

  • 0

    Nessie

    Good story. Thanks.

  • -1

    Bruce Miller

    Grams of salt? Grams of fat? What kind of fat? Artificial flavors, flavor enhancers? MSG?

  • 1

    Tokiyo

    Bruce - Google is your friend. Plus, I think that information isn't relevant if you are indulging in Mega Potato, or McDonalds for that matter.

  • 3

    4ArthurDent

    If no one eats buys this it will be taken off the menu. Stop blaming America and take some responsibility for your own lives.

  • -2

    sillygirl

    Please please please get rid of this monstrosity and start serving some of the "healthy" alternatives we can gat in the US like wraps.

  • 0

    badsey3

    Bring back the Win 7 (now Mega 8) Burger and team it with this Mega-Potato and a new Mega soda. Call it the Mega-Power (Value) meal deal and throw in a "Happy (Mega) Meal" prize/token,

  • 1

    Patrick Hagger

    yummy Mc Donald fries when they are hot

  • 0

    Peg-Cliff Hewlett

    American toxic fast food culture strikes again!

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