For a limited time, Hungry Jack's is selling thick-cut hot chips like the kind you typically get with a steak down the pub. And guess what? They taste pretty damn glorious.
The biggest casualty of the health food craze has undoubtedly been the humble french fry. Over the past few years, the industry-wide move to canola and sunflower oils has left us with chips that are slightly healthier — but also bland and soggy. From KFC to McDonald's, franchise fries just ain't what they used to be.
This is where Hungry Jack's Thick-Cut Fries come in. While they aren't cooked in beef tallow (boo-hiss), the new chips are significantly thicker and crispier than the standard fare and they go down a treat. We tried a box on the way home last night and were pleasantly surprised by how good they tasted.
They also hold up pretty well in terms of Takeaway Truth likeness — compare the publicity image to the shot below.
The catch is that they contain more calories than Hungry Jack's normal french fries. A side of thick-cut chips contains 1993 kilojoules (around 475 calories) while the regular fries come in at 1566kj for a medium serving.
Mind you, neither option is what we'd class as healthy, so if you're going to indulge in some hot chips you might as well go the whole hog and get the thick ones. We promise you wont regret it.
A standalone order of thick-cut fries will set you back $3.45, which is a bit on the steep side really. We'd argue that the taste difference is worth it, however.