Burger King Tries to Woo You With Low-Cal Fries
'Satisfries' to be rolled out today
By Rob Quinn, Newser Staff
Posted Sep 24, 2013 2:32 AM CDT
Updated Sep 24, 2013 5:03 AM CDT
Burger King says its new "Satisfries" have 20% fewer calories than its regular fries.   (AP Photo/Burger King, Noel Barnhurst)

(Newser) – Burger King is hoping to lure back hungry-but-calorie-conscious customers with a new menu item: low-fat fries. The chain says the "Satisfries" being introduced across the country today have 20% fewer calories than its regular fries—and 30% fewer than McDonald's fries, reports the Wall Street Journal. The new fries, crinkle-cut to distinguish them from regular fries, will cost 20 cents to 30 cents more than Burger King's other fries, except in kids' meals.

Burger King says the new fries are cooked with the same ingredients and in the same way as its regular fries, but it spent two years working with supplier McCain Foods to come up with the lower-calorie batter, the New York Times reports. "It's not realistic to ask people to replace french fries with carrots or celery sticks," a dietitian hired by Burger King tells USA Today. "This is like meeting people halfway." The chain believes the new fries could have as big an impact as diet soda, but Lacey Donohue at Gawker isn't having it: "No one will ever order Satisfries because no self-respecting person will ever want to say 'Satisfries' aloud," she predicts.

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loveandhope
Oct 1, 2013 9:51 AM CDT
I only go to Burger King for their whoppers.
loveandhope
Oct 1, 2013 9:50 AM CDT
I think that Burger King should have come up with something a little more creative. Although I do understand why they think that it would have been a great idea. I personally would not buy them because I can imagine that they would be tasteless.
HANKHILL
Sep 26, 2013 1:49 PM CDT
get a hot air fryer and make your own!!!!!!!!! yummmmmmm and good for you!