McDonald's Is Selling Chocolate-Covered French Fries In Japan

McDonald's Is Selling Chocolate-Covered French Fries in Japan

Japan is a land of many weird things, and as such, its fast food creations tend to be dependably curious. The newest menu item at Japanese McDonald's, for instance, involves French fries covered with multiple types of chocolate. They're called "McChocolate Potatoes". The unusual combination is only around for a limited time. Drizzled with white and milk chocolate, the treat is hits stores across Japan on January 26 and will be sold until mid-February. A poorly Google-translated page explains: "The salty of the potato, the taste of surprise sweetness of the chocolate source is applied, Please enjoy." It costs about 50-cents to upgrade your boring choco-free fries to the amazing choco-potatoes. Please enjoy.

McDonald's Is Selling Chocolate-Covered French Fries in Japan

[McDonald's Japan]


    The best McDonalds I have had was in Japan. The burger I got looked like the one in the picture, it tasted like it should and was good. The young cashier apologised for there would be a 'short wait' on my burger. The short wait amounted to about 12 seconds.
    I thought "shit, a short wait where I come from...!"

    This choc fries though, I am unsure about. Their fries definitely taste better than the soggy, oversalted cardboard that we get here.

      How's the language barrier for someone who knows zero japanese?

        In the cities and populated towns, many people if not most also speak English. Businesses like this which encounter a range of customers often have some English speaking staff on hand. In some restaraunts you can often point to what you like on the menu or write the number on a piece of paper, which they may give you.

        Don't let the language deter you. It was extremely easy to get around and people are very willing to help.
        I could happily live there. If you take the time to learn a few basic phrases and greetings, people are even more welcoming.

        Last edited 21/01/16 12:35 pm

          "I could happily live there. If you take the time to learn a few basic phrases and greetings, people even more welcoming."

          The same could be said about any capital city, Australia!

          My Japanese is pretty bad, enough to say sorry/thankyou/hello/goodbye etc buy a bus ticket, buy a meal, and not much more.

          Most fast food places are staffed with younger people (same the world over I guess) so they all have had some English language education at school, enough to handle taking food orders.
          Most western restaurants will have their menu in english and even if they don't the Japanese names most dishes are just local pronunciation of their European names (not always English though, bread is "Pan" from Portuguese) so asking for "Lasagne" will get you ... well you get "Lasagne"

          In Japanese style food shops you can learn the standard food names easy enough enough, Yakitori, Tonkatsu, Karaage, Teriarki, Sushi, Okonomiyaki, Tempora etc most of these are already well used loan words in Australian English (trivia time - "Tempora" its self is a loan word from Latin via Portuguese)

          and there are printed menus you can just point at in almost all fast food joints, family restaurants and even posh restaurants except the really posh ones (or the ones that don't like Gaijin .... yes, few and far between but they exist (I'm talking about you washoku style restaurant opposite the Nara deer park, we got much better service next door at LaTerrasse thank you)) ,

      I liked that their burgers are smaller, not like miniature "slider" size, more like about 25% or 30% smaller, small enough to not walk away feeling bloated or throwing out a quarter or third of your meal.

      My favourite special was their late 2014 one when they were selling "Cheese Mac Macs" which was basically a burger bun with a grilled cheese macaroni patty in it.

    Japan has one of the lowest obesity rates in the world at roughly 3.5%, verses about 35% for America. Chocolate covered Macca's fries takes the healthy japanese diet in the wrong direction and I hope it fails.

      Yeah I see things like this and go, how can the Japanese not yet be the size of Yanks?

      But I'm guessing portion sizes is a big part of it. Like the quantity of liquid that Americans call a 'small' would usually be known in other countries as a 'reservoir'.

        In McDonalds portion size is about 25 or 30% smaller than Australian sizes (so I assume even smaller again than US sizes) and most people don't "upgrade" KFC is even smaller still.
        Also these specials usually only run for a few weeks or a couple of months and usually people buy it just once as a novelty thing (there's a long running tradition of selling "weird" food in Japan, stuff like squid flavoured ice cream and people try it just for the fun of eating something weird and gross) .

    Ah! Two of the major essential food groups in one serving.

    ¥60 is $0.73 AUD
    ¥60 is 0.51 USD

    If you keep copy and pasting articles from the USA at least take the time to adjust things like currency, don't be lazy

    Am I the only one who sees the potential in this?
    It's a bit like dunking a french fry in soft serve

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