20. Satisfries from Burger King
I’ve had always had mixed feelings when it came to Burger King’s french fries.
When cooked hot and doused with the right amount of salt, their fries can compete with the best of them. When they’ve been sitting underneath the glow of the heat warmer, withering away the taste, Burger King’s fries can be some of the most repulsive food items ever to grace the Earth.
Some time ago, Burger King decided to try to rectify this and created a menu item that, sounded good on paper but failed miserably in real life.
Let me introduce you to the Satisfries.
Back in 2014, Burger King rolled out the Satisfries, which went away from their traditional, restaurant-style cut and adopted crinkle-cut fries. At the time, there was a lot of noise being made about the health of fast food, a debate that’s still playing out to this day. So, Burger King’s solution to healthier eating, while retaining its “iconic” taste, was to roll out the Satisfries, which had a less porous batter that drained out more of the oil within the fries.
Boy, did this fail, miserably.
For starters, no one who tried the Satisfries could taste the difference between these fries and their regular batch. And, as for that “healthier” bent, well, according to Motley Fool, the calories in the Satisfries were 270, 40 more calories than McDonald’s small order of fries.
So with fries that were no better than the regular ones, and, to add insult to injury, more expensive (they costs a whopping $1.89, compared to the $1.59 for their regular fries), customers began to give the Satisfries a nickname — The “Saddest Fries.”
By the end of the year, the Saddest Fries were no longer on their menu, and Burger King has yet to revive them.