SPONSORED POST: The Final Four French Fry Finalists

by Irvin on July 14, 2011 · 13 comments

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Previously on Eat the Love [cue hilarious intro theme song to the situation comedy that is this blog]: Irvin was contacted by Alexia Foods to help create a new French fry flavor [quick scene of Irvin making different French fry flavors in a sassy manner on the floor of a factory assembly line, ala the intro to Laverne & Shirley]. Their “Reinvent a Classic” contest has 20+ different bloggers all working in a friendly competition to come up with the best one [cue same scene in the factory, but it goes wide angle and you see 20 different bloggers frantically working in the assembly line and all tasting fries at the same time in a manner closer to the classic I Love Lucy chocolate conveyor belt scene]. Irvin contemplated whether to go the sweet potato route or the russet potato route with his fries [quirky scene of Irvin looking back and forth between the russet potato convey belt and the sweet potato convey belt in the assembly line looking adorably perplexed]. Irvin decides to throw a tasting party where he invites a bunch of people over to eat eight different French fry flavors [zoomed out bird's eye view of eight conveyor belts with eight different fry flavors as they go by quickly]. He blogs about four of them, the ones that were ranked lowest of the eight, sharing one of the recipes that he loves, even if his friends weren’t as enthusiastic, and then alludes to the four top ones in a future post [play dramatic music]

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Irvin making a test batch of fries.

So now that you’re totally caught up, here’s the deal. I have four flavors that my friends loved at the French Fry Tasting Party. I know which one is my personal favorite but I want to know what you guys think of them as well, so leave a comment and let me know your thoughts on them….

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Friends tasting Fries.

The Tandoori Spiced French Fry ranked a solid 8 out of 10 with my friends. With a huge number of spices involved, it probably isn’t the easiest fry to mass produce, but when is anything amazing ever easy? Garlic, cayenne pepper, black pepper, lemon zest, ginger, ground coriander seeds, turmeric, cumin, nutmeg, cloves, paprika, cardamom and sea salt all went into making these fries. My friends claimed that it would be even better if I had made a mango chutney as a dipping sauce, but I forced them all to eat them without any sauces to get a true read on the flavor of the fries.

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The Tandoori Spiced Crinkle Cut French Fry.

Ranking a slightly higher 8.5 out of 10 (don’t you love how my friends went to the .5 decimal place to rate these?) the Jamaican Jerk French Fry was a pretty big hit. Some people claimed that they could sit down and eat a huge plate of them all by themselves. With onion, all spice, cayenne pepper, ginger, cinnamon, black pepper, brown sugar, garlic and kosher salt they likened the fries to a really good BBQ chip.

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The Jamaican Jerk French Fry

Other than my friend Felisa, who hated these fries, the Exotic Mushroom French Fry ranked an amazing 9 out of 10 amongst my friends. Felisa happens to hate truffles, and these fries have white truffle salt, porcini powder, black pepper, ground sage and a touch of olive oil. Of course, Felisa also said she hates sage, so she ranked these as a 2 (that was being generous she said) so technically these fries are considered “divisive” but everyone else absolutely loved these, and AJ couldn’t help but go back to them again and again, ignoring the rest of my fries and eating these ones. My friend Glenn thought they were excellent and said they reminded him of the fries he ate at the Four Seasons in Atlanta. He suggested I serve them with a dirty Pinot Noir glass of wine. I’ll keep that in mind next time I make a batch.

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The Exotic Mushroom French Fry

The highest ranked fry in the bunch, with a solid 9+ (don’t ask me why they wrote 9+ and not 9.5 in the rankings, I wasn’t involved with the ranking system) was the Applewood Smoked Bacon French fry. I mean how can you go wrong with bacon? In some ways, the taste test was really stacked in it’s favor, as everything tastes better with bacon. But with homemade cured bacon, applewood smoked sea salt, onion, cracked mixed peppercorns, and a light tossing of rendered bacon fat, the fries were a total winner. Their only complaint is that the bacon didn’t quite stick to the fries, but I think that would be solved if I changed the fries to a waffle cut and smaller bits of bacon (the homemade bacon I had was hard to cut into smaller pieces).

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Smoked Applewood Bacon French Fries

So what do you all think? I’m still tweaking some of these recipes, so the final recipe won’t be exactly the same as what is listed here, but each of these are the base of what I’m going with. What recipe do you think is a winner and which one would you like to see on the shelf at the supermarket? Would you want to eat a Tandoori Spiced Fry or do you think an all American Smoked Applewood Bacon French fry is the way to go? Does Jamaican Jerk sounds like a winner, or do you think the world is ready for a commercially available Exotic Mushroom Fry with white truffle salt? Lemme know and wish me luck on my submission to the Alexia Foods “Reinvent a Classic” contest!

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Fancypants Glenn contemplates the flavor of these fries.

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Truffle hating Felisa wonders how to rate these fries.

[This is a sponsored post. I did receive compensation from Alexia Foods to write about developing a new fry flavor, but all opinions are my own. For a full disclosure statement about my sponsored post policy, please visit my FAQ page]

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Kelly July 14, 2011 at 7:39 am

Sponsored or not I like the sound of the mushroom fries. I have some porcini powder hanging around the house and this is a fun way to use it I never thought of.

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Lora July 14, 2011 at 8:40 am

They all sound amazing. What lucky friends you have. If I had to pick one I’d like to try first it would be the Jamaican Jerk version.

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Jen July 14, 2011 at 12:52 pm

Personally, as an avid lover of mushrooms and unexpected flavors, I’d choose the mushroom fries. They sound wonderful. But, from a marketing standpoint, I know a substantial number of people who either hate or are ambivalent about mushrooms, so if your goal is to entice the widest audience possible, I’d go with the bacon or jerk fries which will be more accessible to the general public.

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Lisa T July 14, 2011 at 3:16 pm

I think the Tandoori spiced fries sound especially amazing. But then I got to thinking that fries are something that one usually prepares as a side dish. So, while I think all of the 4 flavors here sound great, the one I think that would accompany other foods the best is the bacon one. Cause who doesn’t like a little bacon with just about anything?

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felisa July 14, 2011 at 5:30 pm

I vote for bacon. And I don’t hate sage. I just don’t love it, especially as an upfront flavor. I do, however, really dislike truffles (but otherwise love mushrooms).

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Emily | Nomnivorous July 14, 2011 at 7:28 pm

This is a tough one. The mushroom fries sound SO GOOD. But so do the tandoori, jerk and bacon fries. The way you describe the jerk fries as bbq chips in fry form has my mouth watering, and I think that kind of marketing could work in its favor.

I understand why the bacon won. You didn’t just dump bacon on there, the addition of the onion powder and salt & pepper, along with bacon fat, can make quite the impression.

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hanna July 14, 2011 at 7:29 pm

i vote for the jamaican jerk fries!

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Nicole July 14, 2011 at 10:50 pm

Best of luck, Irvin! I hope you win :-)

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Vijitha Shyam July 16, 2011 at 9:01 am

Hello Irvin
Bravo! lovely array of different tasting french fries and kudos to your creativity.
For the Indian blood in me, my vote goes to tandoori french fry.
I do make them at home and serve it with mint-cilantro chutney and they are a big hit.
I hope you win. Good luck and hugs!

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Jazmin July 17, 2011 at 9:53 am

I think bacon would have the most mass appeal, but my personal choice is the Tandoori fry, ESPECIALLY with mango chutney, yum!

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Heather Jacobsen July 18, 2011 at 3:46 pm

oh wow. i can’t choose them all? my mouth is watering now! of course, bacon is easy. even my 4 year-old son says, “who doesn’t love bacon”!? But I think the tandoori ones sound amazing and they are also so unique. I wish I could have been one of your tasters!

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The Duo Dishes July 22, 2011 at 6:21 am

Jamaican Jerk and Applewood Smoked Bacon! Well, you asked for 1, but those both sound good. :) Good luck!

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Obbop July 7, 2014 at 8:50 am

I am enamored with the wondrous crinkle-cut French fry. I am elated with my liver quivering with unadulterated delight that two of the fry-types shown above are based upon the mighty crinkle-cut.

That is so incredibly awesome that I am forced to restrain myself from abandoning my keyboard and rushing to the crinkle-cut fry preparation area and commence copying the above recipes with my crinkle-cuts.

Sure, any fry-type can be adorned with various spices and other accouterments but the unique texture of the crinkle-cut seems to enhance not only its own luscious taste but extends that yumminess to everything adhering to it.

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