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McDonald’s Japan about to start selling chocolate French fries

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By Casey Baseel, RocketNews24

Japanese society places the responsibility for calorific intake squarely on the individual eater. As such, there’s no significant backlash against fast food outlets offering tasty yet high-calorie menu items, because it’s up to customers to treat them as occasional indulgences and resist the temptation to eat them every day.

Sometimes, though, the temptation is especially strong, and we think it’s going to take a considerable act of willpower to keep from making a habit of eating the upcoming addition to the McDonald’s lineup in Japan: chocolate-covered French fries.

While this is the first time for McDonald’s to so blur line that separates side orders from desserts, the fast food giant isn’t being timid in its new venture. As a matter of fact, it’s boldly drizzling two different kinds of chocolate sauce, normal and white, on the fries to give them a powerful portfolio of salty, sweet, and creamy flavors.

The McChocolate Potatoes, as they’re officially known, go on sale Jan 26 for 330 yen at McDonald’s locations across Japan. If you can’t imagine making a stop at the Golden Arches without picking up a burger, you can swap the chocolate fries for the regular ones in the chain’s value meals for an additional 60 yen.

Oh, and if you’re hoping McDonald’s will provide some sort of safety measure to ensure these don’t become a staple part of your diet, you’ll be happy to know that they’ll only be available for a limited time, with the chain scheduled to stop selling them in mid-February, likely soon after Valentine’s Day.

Source: Model Press via Jin

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Disgusting

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Eww ! Thirty years ago, during my very first class in Japan, there was a young lady who, much to everyone's chagrin, would order a hot chocolate and an order of fries when we went out after class.

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McDonald's needs to start certifying McDonald's food chefs overseas...

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Future looks bright for heart surgeons and endocrinologists.

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Even made News in my Home Country.

Don't really care only went to McD while my son was pre-school. Haven't been in one for over 10yrs now. They make a decent hash brown and fillet o fish for breakfast.

Usually go to Excelsior Cafe for Breakfast Sandwich and a Cappuccino for 420Yen.

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I think Lotteria in Japan tried to sell something similar, but it wasn't well-received (for kind of obvious reasons).

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The McChocolate Potatoes, as they’re officially known, go on sale Jan 26 for 330 yen at McDonald’s locations across Japan.

Bakajanaino!? Yuk!, who thought of that? Sounds like a major stomachache if eaten with a large Coke. Maybe even the runs too.

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Chocolate covered potato chips are pretty good, so these may be yummy too. Sounds like a heart attack waiting to happen though!

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during my very first class in Japan, there was a young lady who, much to everyone's chagrin, would order a hot chocolate and an order of fries

Sounds good. Have you never dipped your fries in a chocolate shake (or a Wendy's Frosty)? If not, you're missing out. Not something to be enjoyed often but they go quite well together.

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I thought McDonald's change the name French fries to Freedom fries.

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McDonald’s Japan about to start selling chocolate French fries

Hurrah, the economy's obviously on the up!

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I thought McDonald's change the name French fries to Freedom fries.

That was a very long time ago!

I suspect all they are doing is trying to actually make the damn things taste of something.

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No, thanks. One time I was just playing around with food and put chocolate onto the spaghetti, the result is that I had to throw away the whole plate of spaghetti.

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Please eat it in the store not on the train! I'll ... get... nauseous.

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we think it’s going to take a considerable act of willpower to keep from making a habit of eating the upcoming addition to the McDonald’s lineup in Japan: chocolate-covered French fries.

Nah. They're almost certainly using mockolate, like all the other chocolate McDonald's serves. Very, very easy to turn down. They even put on the white "chocolate", to help keep people away. Because white chocolate is the universal language for "boring and disappointing".

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Only in Japan. This would never make it out of the starting gate in anywhere else. No Thanks. I like fries the normal way, either with salt or ketchup. If I want chocolate, I'll buy a chocolate shake or a Kit Kat.

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McDonald's keeps going deeper and deeper down the hole.

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Surely I'll continue eating my McDonald's fries as they are ... and minus the salt, of course. Chocolate on fries? Might be a hit with the kiddies ...

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Has no one but strangerland eaten chocolate covered potato chips? Potato and Chocolate go well together, As do shakes and fries as Soix Chef said. More of a snack than a side for a burger, so teens would probably like it when hanging out at 'Mac' after school.

Japanese society places the responsibility for calorific intake squarely on the individual eater.

Is this not the truth in just about every society? Poor choice of wording, sounds ridiculous. To be fair, I think the writer is trying to say 'Japanese can eat this junk and still be thin because they are more careful'

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I thought McDonald's change the name French fries to Freedom fries.

I don't think McDonalds ever did that. Only some various restaurants in the US.

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Chocolate French fries! Lol This is interesting! Maybe this will be well received by the customers

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"chocolate French fries"

Suddenly I feel ill...

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