Okay I know this is technically a health blog (albeit an odd one) – and technically french fries are not healthy – but it’s also my blog and I love strange food and so I’m going slightly off piste today to talk about the new chocolate covered chips that McDonald’s have launched in Japan (that’s them above). Although, in a way it IS healthy and in theory could be super useful – just think about it, say they bring them here while you’re right in the middle of your Whole30 or carb-shunning eating plan de jour; they are only out for a limited time so how would you know if they’re worth breaking your regime for them if you hadn’t read about what they taste like?
Now as much as NYNHB is angling for a trip to Japan this year, I haven’t managed to get on the plane this week and so, enter here with rapturous fanfare Jonelle Patrick, intrepid Tokyo resident, fabulous author, friend of NYNHB and creator of Only In Japan my favourite blog on the whole blooming internet. After a couple of strategic tweets and an unsubtle facebook post where I typed ‘Blog Post, Blog Post’ a lot, Jonelle thankfully took the hint to try the fries and, has equally kindly let me reblog her post on the experience. But before we get to that bit, I had questions….
NYNHB: Okay, so I know they have chocolate on them – but what’s the white stuff? Mayonnaise?
Jonelle: “It’s a regular order of garden variety MickyD fries, topped with chocolate sauce and white chocolate sauce. The sauces are the consistency (and quality) of what you squirt on ice cream out of a grocery store-bought squeeze bottle (in America, that would be Hershey’s, if that helps)”
NYNHB: Why on earth have they launched them? Can you work out the details from the stuff in store?
Jonelle: “The actual menu name for them is McChoco Potatoes. They’re a limited edition item launched on Jan 26, but as far as I can tell, they haven’t announced an end date yet. There will definitely be an end date, though, because this is the kind of thing that is half publicity stunt (imagine how many times this has already been mentioned and retweeted) and half canny knowledge of the Japanese consumer i.e. new, newer, newest rules). People here will try anything once, anything on a dare (especially when drunk) and anything they can brag about to their friends, the weirder, the better. After the first bulge of hype dies down, though, the product goes quietly away, and everybody thinks this is just fine, because “seasonal items” are a way of life here. Nobody expects to be able to buy all flavors year round. Even the drinks in the vending machines stick to flavors that are “in season,” even though they are made entirely of chemicals.”
NYNHB: At this point I will also chime in with a link to RocketNews24’s trial of chocolate ramen noodles which have also just launched for a brief period – and actually sound worse than the fries. Which brings me to taste – in a nutshell what do they taste like?
Jonelle “They taste like McDonald’s fries with wimpy chocolate sauce on them. The weird thing was, I was kind of hoping for a flavor meld of some sort, and there really wasn’t any. I could taste the fries and the chocolate, but they weren’t greater than the sum of their parts. If anything (even though I squeezed every last molecule of chocolate out of that damn pack) the flavor of the fries ruled. I suspect that the “chocolate sauce” (which is described as being flavored with cocoa) isn’t bitter enough.”
So, there’s your introduction to the McChoco Potato experience but for the full deal here’s Jonelle’s post exploring the whole thing…with pictures….This lets you see why I love her blog, she makes me laugh – a lot. If you do the same, don’t forget to click above and follow it. Oh, and if you’re a bit of a Japan nut like me, you’ll also love Jonelle’s books, the fourth of which she’s researching now (when not eating Chocco chips). They’re kind of a trilogy so do try to read them all in order. Oh, and if you’re going to Japan on holiday also check out Jonelle’s Tokyo guide – I used this when I went to the onsen in Japan and it made it so much easier to work out what on earth was going to go on which, is frankly helpful, when you’re standing in a room naked with strangers.
And yes I’m aware this is a bit of a Jonelle love in – joke is, we have never actually met. We just bonded over mutually slightly mad blogging. I’m going to do a post soon about some of the strange benefits I’ve found about blogging, but connecting with people like Jonelle is definitely one of them. Right now, onto the chips…..c/o Jonelle and Only In Japan.
In Which We Try Those Wicked-Looking Chocolate Covered French Fries
Aieeee, it’s true! McDonald’s is selling chocolate covered french fries in Tokyo! These are so clearly a frontrunner for the All Flavors Of Nope Award, I feel I must selflessly step up and take one for the team…
So, what do you think – would you try them if they came to where you’re living? Or not?