“ Type: Frozen Food „
I usually love Mccain potato stuff but we got a bag of their Southern Fries the other day and I'm not that mad keen on them.
The main problem is that they're too thin, I know fries are supposed to be thin but some of these are stupidly thin and cook loads quicker than others. This means that loads of them burn out of every tray you put in the oven so every time I've had them I've had to make sure I put more chips in than I need because I know loads of them aren't going to be edible!
The flavour is a bit hot without there being much actual flavour, it makes them taste mega spicey but you can't taste a lot of Southern fried flavouring. I think they have got a bit too much of a garlic taste to them as well, this isn't a good thing even though I usually like garlic. It come through as an aftertaste more than anything but I didn't think it was very nice because it lingered and went proper stale.
The chips are just air inside as well and there's hardly any potato in them, the outside are nice and crunchy but that doesn't mean nothing when the chips are so nasty tasting and there's nothing inside them! lol
I don't like the chips at all and the more I think about it the more I know I don't like them. You can make them taste a bit better by putting salt and vinegar on them and having something to dip them into, they'd be no good in a butty because there's nothing to them and you need fat chips not skinny things like these.
They're not majorly greasy, a bit of fat comes out of the chips when they're cooking but you can't taste the grease in them. It's better than them being dry like a lot of fries are that you cook at home.
McCain Southern Fries are a premium brand frozen chip that cost £1.59 for a 907g bag in Tesco. I think that's a reasonable price for this sort of product, though of course you can get cheaper supermarket versions if you prefer.
What makes these chips different to regular frozen chips, is that they're coated in a special seasoning mix. They're supposed to be southern style fries, which basically translates to slim chips covered in spices! I'm usually a really big fan of southern style anything, as I love the blend of spicey-sweet flavourings southern style seasonings usually involve. But I'm not so sure about these.
When they're cooked, they give off a really inviting and tempting spicey-sweet smell that makes my mouth water. At first taste, they're everything I expect too. But after chewing and swallowing, I find that these leave a slightly strange taste in the back of my mouth. Suddenly, the sweetness has disappeared, and I'm just left with a harsh spicey taste in my mouth.
I also don't think these are fries in the way I expect fries to be. Fries are normally skinny little things like you get out of MacDonalds or similar. These are more like underweight chips! They're relatively crispy, but there's an awful lot of potato fluff going on inside each chip. I do like potatoe fluff in chips, but these are supposed to be fries!
These just aren't what I was expecting, and it puts me off buying them again. I think if they'd marketed these as "spicey skinny chips" I might think they were alright at what they trying to be. As "Southern Fries" they don't work though. They're not really fries, and they're missing the sweet aftertaste of traditional southern food.
Prepared with a special blend of seasonings.