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Be warned: Spicy = fire with these sweet potato fries!

Posted June 10, 2013


I cooked up a batch of store bought spicy sweet potato fries last night and it was like eating raw jalepenos minus the potato! My husband is the only one who could get past about 5 of those little fire sticks. 

I felt like I was in an episode of Man vs. Food trying to survive the challenge. For the record, Food won.

Here's what the company told me this morning when I called to share our experience.

When I called McCain customer service about the incredibly spicy nature of their Sweet & Spicy Sweet Potato Fries, the very nice customer service person informed me that they have reformulated the fries since my batch was produced because they were so spicy.  Ha! So it wasn't just me. She went on to say they were testing the fries out and they ended up having to change the recipe. I would have to guess that is because of the tongue-numbing effect of eating these fries.  At least that is the way my daughter described it.

The very nice customer service person went on to take my information and said she would be mailing a replacement coupon for any McCain product.  So, in a couple weeks, I will be buying the plain old regular sweet potato fries and enjoying them burn-free.

Consider this your warning in case you have these same fries in your freezer. Mine had an expiration date of December 2013.

Thanks for the good customer service, McCain!

Have you ever eaten a product that tasted much different than you expected?


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  • Faye Prosser - Smart Shopper Jun 11, 2013

    Very interesting, tigercone. I did bake them. We rarely fry anything so I think I will just stick to the regular (non seasoned) variety to save my taste buds. Thanks for sharing the results of your experiment!

  • tigercone Jun 11, 2013

    I went searching for these after your post cause I love spicy things, found them at new foodlion in Sanford with Dec. date. Bought two bags, we deep fried a wasn't hot, so we decided to bake a they are spicy when you bake them, but very good. So all you that cant handle the heat deep fry them. Thought i'd let yas know incase you have them n don't like the heat so they don't go to waste..deep fry.

  • brown121rk Jun 11, 2013

    We had that same experience. Not even my spicy loving kids could eat them. Glad to hear they are adjusting the formula...not sure we will be brave enough to try again though. Lol.

  • jrwachholz Jun 11, 2013

    My family had the same experience a few months ago with this product. I suspect that it wasn't a bad batch, but a bad formula. Hopefully they do adjust it, but we won't buy them again!

  • claytonsaver Jun 11, 2013

    I love spicy but thought these were tasty, not spicy. Assume I had a reformulated product though.

  • sewcountrycrafts Jun 11, 2013

    We tried the, too and ended up throwing them away! I was really surprised at how hot they were, but never thought to call McCain! Good to know that it wasn't just my taste buds being 'faulty'! ;p

  • Faye Prosser - Smart Shopper Jun 10, 2013

    itsmyownopinion - they were free or close to it over a month ago with one of the grocery promotions. It is not free this time around at LF.

  • itsmyownopinion Jun 10, 2013

    So were they free with a super doubles coupon? I have not tried them.

  • sohappy Jun 10, 2013

    WOW! I thought it was me!! I bought these a month or so ago - and couldn't eat them!!! Way to SPICY!!

  • Faye Prosser - Smart Shopper Jun 10, 2013

    Que - I agree! Great customer service response. I will certainly continue to buy McCain products!

    Interesting to see how many people from this blog had the same spicy experience we had.