McDonald's Tests DIY Seasoned Fries

McDonald's to test seasoned fries
Rich Kareckas/AP
Ronald's not the only one getting a new look at McDonald's. The fast-food giant will be testing out new seasonings for its fries in select locations.

At Stockton, California, and St. Louis restaurants, McDonald's (MCD) patrons can order Garlic Parmesan, Zesty Ranch and Spicy Buffalo fries. The new fries require some assembly and come with step-by-step instructions for customers to sprinkle their fries with seasonings.

McDonald's spokesperson Lisa McComb confirmed the tests, which first reported, to CNBC.

McComb said the fast-food giant got the idea from its seasoned fries in Asia, which first debuted in Hong Kong nearly a decade ago and have since launched in China, India and Australia.

Restaurant chains often test items in select markets before deciding whether to expand a new item nationwide.

No word yet on whether McDonald's will expand the test.

"As with all tests, we aren't in a position to draw conclusions or make assumptions about the test since it is just beginning but we hope customers in these two markets enjoy the new flavors," McComb said.

The move comes as McDonald's battles to turn around its U.S. same-store sales, which have dropped 1.3 percent so far this year.

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Step by step instructions?

Step one: Open the packet of seasoning.

Step two: Sprinkle the seasoning on the french fries.


May 10 2014 at 6:08 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Blackbird Cycles

Better test this "seasoning" for POISON!!!!!!

May 10 2014 at 2:53 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

You can't find a better town for a taste test than Stockton.Cmon Ronald get it together and find a normal town with normal people.

May 10 2014 at 12:25 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

And THE WORST fast food ever, IS. b. king! YAAAAAA

May 10 2014 at 12:12 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

My son works at McD's and he brought home some of the ranch seasoning to mix with hamburger to make hamburgers. He tried all 3 flavors and recommends the ranch on the fries he says it's really good.

May 10 2014 at 12:08 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I agree with Rita Johnson. A lot of people can't eat salt and Mc Donalds won't fix there food without salt . I haven't been to Mc Donald's in years. Fast foods are the past for most people. They really need to come up with much healthier menus.

May 10 2014 at 11:48 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

They claim sales are down, but next week we will read about some exec leaving and getting millions in a departure package.

May 10 2014 at 11:47 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

That idea is decades old, I have been putting fries in bag and adding stuff since I can remember. If you want to DIY, save a couple of bucks and do it at home.

May 10 2014 at 11:46 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Rita Johnson

I don't go to McDonald's because of all the salt they put in their food while cooking or just after cooking (as with fries). Salting meat while cooking makes it tough, plus many people cannot eat salt (sodium) and they will not prepare their food without using salt even on request. It's been years since my last visit and it will be many more befor I go back.

May 10 2014 at 11:32 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Sounds good to me...something new... Garlic Parmesan sounds really good..
I hope they bring them to NY...

May 10 2014 at 10:47 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply