Get Ready Garlic Lovers, McDonald’s Is Bringing Back Gilroy Garlic Fries
After a pretty successful trial run, McDonald’s has decided to bring back its new garlic fries.
Earlier this month, the company began selling the Gilroy Garlic Fries in a few select locations and quickly sold out of garlic. Now, the fries are returning to 250 Bay Area restaurants within the next few months, according to KRON 4.
“It’s been great for us,” said a store manager in an interview with KRON 4. “Just seeing the overwhelming customer demand, and people talking about it all over social media, and just the feedback has been great.”
“The response from our customers has been very positive,” said Nick Vergis, Co-op President, San Francisco Bay Area. “We enjoy giving our customers options and bringing this local flavor to our world famous French fries.”
The only thing going good in my life is @McDonalds having garlic fries
— nikki (@itsNikkiNina) May 23, 2016
On May 3, the company officially introduced the trial menu item via a press release.
“A new flavor of French fries – Gilroy Garlic Fries – are currently being tested in McDonald’s restaurants in the San Francisco Bay Area,” read the press release. “Using a puree made with world-famous garlic from Gilroy, California – the Garlic Capital of the World – the fries are being served in four restaurants in the South Bay.”
Customers can currently order Gilroy Garlic Fries at the following locations:
- 3509 Homested Road in Santa Clara
- 2191 Monterey Road in San Jose
- 1398 West San Carlos Street in San Jose
- 4838 San Felipe Road in San Jose
The chain claims that testing the fries is “part of a trend at McDonald’s to experiment with regional flavors and food on its menu.”
“As many people know, McDonald’s is committed to listening to our customers as seen by All Day Breakfast,” said Chef Michael Haracz, Manager of Culinary Innovation at McDonald’s USA. “We’re proud of the work done by local franchisees and the regional team to create this menu item with locally-sourced garlic and we look forward to introducing Gilroy Garlic Fries to our customers in the Bay Area.”
In January, McDonald’s Japan released an odd version of French fries called McChoco Potato – French fries doused in chocolate sauce.
“Japanese customers can now enjoy an ideal combination of McDonald’s French fries drizzled with two types of chocolate sauces – chocolate with cacao flavor and white milk chocolate,” read the official McDonald’s press release. “Customers will find McChoco Potatoes enjoyable for different occasions, as it also makes for a great dessert. The combination creates a wonderful salty and sweet harmonious taste. This limited-time menu item is a creative way of enjoying McDonald’s delicious French fries.”
According to Bloomberg, the strange release an effort to increase Japanese sales. McDonald’s Japan reportedly lost Y29 billion for the first nine months of 2015.
Last year, the firm said it would close approximately 130 stores in Japan and refurbish 2,000 others in the next four years, reports the Guardian.
Garlic fries, chocolate fries, and yet, America is still wondering when McDonald’s will roll-out a nationwide release of sweet potato fries.
On a quest to appeal to health-conscious, kale-eating Millennials, McDonald’s has gone as far as offering new items like avocado toast and an organic beef burger.
In October, a few McDonald’s franchises in Amarillo, Texas, began selling sweet potato fries in coalition with the “Create Your Taste” program, where customers can customize their orders via a touchscreen kiosk.
For now, McDonald’s customers will have to bask in Gilroy garlic glory.
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