The Shakin’ Flavor Fries are available now in Northwest Ohio and Southeast Michigan, promoted with a “Which Shakin’ Flavor Are You?” Twitter-based giveaway contest. A packet of seasonings is available at no extra charge with fries purchase. Flavors are Garlic Parmesan, Zesty Ranch and Spicy Buffalo. These are the same flavors tested last year in St. Louis.
But what’s new here is that Shakin’ Flavor Fries now have their own webpage on the McDonald’s USA site—suggesting a wider rollout is likely soon—and a new pitch: “Customize Our World Famous Fries With Your Favorite Flavor.” McDonald’s did not respond to a request for information on possible expansion of Shakin’ Flavor Fries.
In February, McDonald’s tested seasoning packets in Nevada (with Chipotle BBQ swapped in for Spicy Buffalo flavor) as a way to add flavor and spicy to Chicken McNuggets as well as fries. The seasoning concept has been a frequent LTO at McDonald’s in Asia—often called Shake Shake Fries—and other areas.
Customization has become a major menu mantra for McDonald’s here and elsewhere. The Create Your Taste burger-customization platform soon will be available across Australia. McDonald’s there also is using Facebook to promote “Hacks by Macca’s,” which are ways to customize core menu items. The latest (shown at l.) suggests asking for quarter-pound beef patties on a Big Mac (at extra cost, of course) instead of the usual 1.6-oz. patties. Burger customization platforms have migrated to France, Kuwait, Singapore and a few other market.
In the U.S. McDonald’s also is testing TasteCrafted, a smaller version of Create Your Taste customization.