updated - July 16, 2019 Tuesday EDT
McDonald's says it plans to start testing seasoned french fries at select U.S. locations starting on Tuesday.
The world's biggest hamburger chain says the test of its "Shakin' Flavor Fries" will take place at restaurants in northern California and St. Louis. Customers will be able to choose garlic Parmesan, spicy Buffalo or zesty ranch flavors.
McDonald's spokeswoman Lisa McComb says the idea came from the company's ''Shake Shake'' seasoned fries, which debuted in Hong Kong in 2005 before spreading to countries including China, India and Australia.
The website GrubGrade.com had published photos of the seasoned fries at a McDonald's in Stockton, California, on Thursday. The packaging includes directions telling people how to pour the seasoning onto french fries in a bag and shake them.
It's the latest move out of the fast food burger industry to pump up the standard burger accompaniment.
Last fall, Burger King reduced the calorie and fat content to launch its new Satisfries, while Wendy's revamped its spuds, pitching them as 'naturally-cut" fries cooked with the skin on, and sprinkled with sea salt.
"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 our customers in these two markets enjoy the new flavors," McComb said in an email.
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