St. Louis (and Gut Check) Taste Test McDonald's New Shakin' Flavor Fries

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The new Shakin' Flavor Fries. | Nancy Stiles

Those crazy guys over at McDonald's are always coming up with new, questionable ways to clog our arteries (ahem, McRib). Usually things make their way from the coasts out here to the heartland, but this time, we got it first. McDonald's is testing its new "Shakin' Flavor Fries" in St. Louis and northern California. Naturally, Gut Check had to do a taste test.

See also: Gut Check Taste Test: Bud Light Mang-O-Rita and Raz-Ber-Rita

There are three different flavors: zesty ranch, spicy buffalo and garlic parmesan. McDonald's gives you extra bags to shake up the fries in. First, pour your fries from their usual container into a special paper bag and top with a packet of flavor powder. Then, shake up the bag real nice, and out comes some "Shakin' Flavor Fries."

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Very important instructions. | Nancy Stiles

The garlic parmesan was pretty unoffensive, but by the time you've done all the shaking, the fries aren't that hot anymore and the room is filled with a flavored powder haze. The spicy buffalo definitely had a kick to it, but the bright orange color was mildly alarming. The zesty ranch was the most tolerable, but it tasted as if you dusted Cool Ranch Doritos all over it.

The Shakin' Flavor Fries are already a hit in Hong Kong; they debuted in St. Louis and California on Friday, May 9. "The idea came from popular seasoned fries in Asia known as 'Shake Shake,' which first debuted in 2005 in Hong Kong before spreading into other countries including China, India and Australia," McDonald's director of media relations Lisa McComb tells Gut Check.

"As with all tests, we aren't in a position to draw conclusions or make assumptions about the test since it is just beginning," McComb says, "but we hope customers in these two markets enjoy the new flavors."

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The garlic parmesan-covered fries. | Nancy Stiles

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Spicy buffalo-covered fries. | Nancy Stiles

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Zesty ranch-covered fries. | Nancy Stiles

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King Kerrico
King Kerrico

My son "Anikko" can't stand eating at McNasty's.. Too much artificial ingredients, high pricing for low quality product line... I tried the Shakin Flavor Fries and give it two thumbs down - a really powdered paper aftertaste.. What happened to All Natural Flavors.. lol

Cest Lavie Boheme
Cest Lavie Boheme

Today around the world fast food workers- and especially McDonalds employees- are striking for a higher minimum wage and the right to form a union. So if you think you can wait until tomorrow to eat this "food" please do!

Louise Lybarger
Louise Lybarger

I haven't eaten McD food in years. I view them as a safer, cleaner rest stop when travelling, where you can get something to drink and use the wc.

Delana M. O'Nan-Cooper
Delana M. O'Nan-Cooper

This is sad...sad we put up with places like this still open and sad for St. Louis to be "test" subjects.

Keri Curry DeFrancesco
Keri Curry DeFrancesco

Can't be any worse than those powdery ranch covered chicken rings at White Castle. Eric Bequette

Jeremy Biermann
Jeremy Biermann

Blasphemy...lol what ever happened to the good fries mcdonalds had when i was a kid.

Erica Vanier
Erica Vanier

It's really not an honor. It's more like an insult!If only you really knew what was in it you would think twice!

Jay Rodenhofer Bearden
Jay Rodenhofer Bearden

I would still try them. Well..if I even ate McDog food I would. Maybe next time the grandbabes insist on there, I'll attempt it.

Nicholas Frisella
Nicholas Frisella

By tolerable you mean McDonalds paid RFT to do this article? ;)

Sheel Jitendra Pathak
Sheel Jitendra Pathak

What if you put popcorn salt flavors and shake that instead will that be delicious? What about instead if you take the fries and throw them in a dumpster and eat something awesome instead would that be a delicious flavor

Dannielle Gillam
Dannielle Gillam

We have it in Cuba and I wouldn't try it. McDonalds is nasty I should know I worked there until I found a better place to be

Vincent Lampasi
Vincent Lampasi

Hmmm... Wonder what all chemicals are in that! Yuck!!!

Dustin Estes
Dustin Estes

I felt like I had been kicked in the stomach for about an hour after consuming them, but damn were they exquisite!

Clare Vaughn
Clare Vaughn

The seasoning is nasty gross, totaly ruins the fries.

Jamie Toenges
Jamie Toenges

Gci had the ranch and the parmesean annd they r good on fries and nuggets

Anne Henson
Anne Henson

The garlic parmesan one is freaking delicious

Mark Winchester
Mark Winchester

The spicy buffalo was decent. Didn't try the others.

Amy Lubbers
Amy Lubbers

i tried buffalo and kid tried ranch.. good mixed together.. only use a little bit out of the package and saved for popcorn or something later

Caitlin MDosz
Caitlin MDosz

This was easily the laziest review I've ever read.

Tracy Hogan
Tracy Hogan

Just tried the Garlic Parmesan and all I can say is YUCK! Too much powder, and the fact that it's a powder instead of a salt is gross, too. Not very good flavor.

Jason Kanzler
Jason Kanzler

"OH THE LIBERAL RFT..." Steve mincer up there is one of those people who somehow bring politics into everything, even an article about god damn french fries

huckno.7
huckno.7

That would be "dumb asses," not "ass's," dumb ass. LOL! If you're going to insult people's intelligence, you probably shouldn't misspell the insult in the process.

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