I mostly associate TGI Friday’s with feeling 100 years old as I mistakenly call it TFI Friday and am momentarily dragged back through time to an age where Adidas tracksuit bottoms were the height of fashion and people did the Macarena unironically. Well no more! TGI Friday’s now brings us a new, EXTREME snack that comes foil wrapped in a typographers waking nightmare:
Snack: TGI Friday’s ‘Extreme Heat’ Crunchy Fries
Bought at: Tesco (in the American import section)
Available from: Tesco
First Impression: those fries look really, really red. ‘Allura Red’ E129 to be exact, according to the ingredients list. A lot of American crisp manufacturers seem to put a ton of this red colo
ur on their salty snacks. Does it help you locate them in the desert or scare bears away or something? Because it seems a tad unnecessary.
We are assured by the gaudy bag that this snack will be a one way ticket to Flavo
urville but our instinct is that it’s all talk. Only one way to know!
Well, thankfully they aren’t nearly as red as advertised. We take a big whiff of the open bag expecting an intense hot and sweet aroma akin to Chilli Heatwave Doritos or Flamin’ Hot Monster Munch but… nope. Smells very faintly of fried corn snacks. Perhaps the EXTREME flavo
ur is locked within. We go in for a taste, braced for flavo ur impact…
Lottie: ‘AAAARRRRRRRGGGGGGGHHHHHH THAT BLOODY CANES!’
The taste however is pretty mild as expected -predominantly salty, with a subtle suggestion of cheese, followed by a medium heat from the chilli. They are essentially Ready Salted Chipsticks with a sprinkle of chilli powder. The heat is somewhere between Chilli Heatwave Doritos and Sriracha Sauce. EXTREME in flavo
ur they are not.
Disappointing after the hype and not really worth the inflated import price.