Curly fries back at McDonald’s Japan

TOKYO —

McDonald’s Japan is getting off to a good start this year by announcing the return of their beloved curly fries.

It probably goes without saying, but curly fries are like regular French fries only… you know, curly. And of course they have that unmistakable seasoning with a mildly spicy edge that curly fries often come with.

You can buy an order for 320 yen or if you add 50 yen to the price of a combo you’ll get the curlies instead of the typical straight fries. It’s a little steep for what’s essentially just a more circular and slightly more flavorful fry, but in Japan curlies are relatively hard to come by, so they can probably still sell well at a premium.

Like in 2015 when they last appeared, the McDonald’s curly fries are again a fleeting treat. This year you’ll only be able to grab them in Japan from 6 January to early February, so be quick to use your coupons from McDonald’s recent lucky bags!

Usually when limited time foods like this come out, I pound my fist on the table and ask the gods why they don’t just put it on the regular menu. However, with curly fries, I kind of get it. If they were always available, they would get old eventually.

Bringing them out every once in a while helps keep my passion alive for little curvy and spicy things that are full of greasy potato. Oh, and it keeps me interested in the curly fries as well.

Source: McDonald’s Japan via Entabe

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  • 5

    sensei258

    I pound my fist on the table and ask the gods why they don’t just put it on the regular menu.

    Would those be the gods of hypertension, the gods of hyperlipidemia, or the gods of morbid obesity?

  • 2

    Nippori Nick

    I think you get fewer grams of potatoes with the curly fries. But maybe that's a good thing?

  • 0

    MsDelicious

    Sensei got it right.

  • 3

    M3M3M3

    I really like these curly fries. After reading this I went to McDonalds for the first time in 6-8 months and bought them. It's been a few hours and I'm still alive.

    I find alot of people who bash McDonalds don't actually understand the science behind nutrition. Unfortunately it's just become a bit of a virtue signal to demonstrate how health concious you want to appear. There is nothing inherently unhealthy about curled up potatoes fried in oil. When everything gets broken down into its component parts your body doesn't know whether a particular nutrient came from the curly fries or that kale smoothie you had earlier. As long as people stay within their daily calorie limit, there is no food that can make you obese or give you hypertension, no matter how greasy, salty or fattening it is.

    The only legitimate criticism of McDonalds might be that their calorie dense food enables people to easily exceed their daily limits. But this seems to be more about lack of discipline and self control rather than inherently 'unhealthy' food. McDonalds might serve you a big mac and fries for lunch, but they didn't force you to keep eating other things throughout the day. In my case, since I know I had an extremely high calorie lunch today, I'm just going to eat a few leftover crackers and skip dinner tonight.

  • 2

    sensei258

    Unfortunately it's just become a bit of a virtue signal to demonstrate how health concious you want to appear

    Your assumption is incorrect. I wasn't trying to appear health "concious", I was trying to appear funny

    ...there is no food that can...give you hypertension, no matter how ...salty...it is.

    this assertion is incorrect, since there's no link between staying within your daily calorie limit, and your intake of sodium, which is directly linked to hypertension

  • 2

    Reckless

    curly fries are the one and only reason I ever eat at Arby's.... and maybe once every 10 years at that.

    M3M3M3 you make some decent points but I have to say that if I eat at McDonald's I get pimples and feel wheezy from the inflammation. It is just a fact.

  • 2

    M3M3M3

    @sensei258

    I wasn't trying to appear health "concious", I was trying to appear funny

    Fair enough, sorry if my comment sounded a bit harsh. But imagine I were to start posting that English teachers in Japan are incapable of helping to improve your English, and then millions of people started repeating it and believing it to the point that it became accepted wisdom. Not very funny for people working as teachers is it? Nor in this case for people working at McDonalds.

    intake of sodium, which is directly linked to hypertension

    It depends what you mean by linked. The assumption that salt causes hypertension was always a bit dubious and was debunked a few years ago in a landmark study published in the Journal of Hypertension. It made alot headlines at the time. It is linked in the sense that salt is not good for overweight people pre-disposed to suffer from hypertension, but not that salt causes hypertension in otherwise healthy people.

    http://time.com/3313332/salt-and-blood-pressure/

    One explanation, the authors write, is that the link we all assume between salt and blood pressure is “overstated”

    “Stopping weight increase should be the first target in the general population to counteract the hypertension epidemic,” the study authors wrote.

    @Reckless

    I get pimples and feel wheezy from the inflammation. It is just a fact.

    I don't doubt it for a second. The same thing happens to me if I eat too much bread. I get really itchy as well.

  • 3

    Noliving

    Would those be the gods of hypertension, the gods of hyperlipidemia, or the gods of morbid obesity?

    Does it matter? Those three curly fry gods you have listed above are benevolent!

  • 2

    Rana Sodhi

    I don't eat McDonald's,reason, I m vegetarian.But their French fries I eat once in a while when my kids do take away. Next time I will ask them to buy me curly fries.

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