We Tried It: Burger King’s New Low-Calorie Fries

09/24/2013 at 02:39 PM ET

Burger King Satisfries New Fries
Left: Courtesy Burger King

We love a good pun, and Burger King certainly succeeded with the revamped French fries they launched today: The new “Satisfries” have 40% less fat and 30% fewer calories than their golden-arched competitors.

The schtick on these spuds is that they’re the same thick-cut potatoes you’re used to, except covered with a thin batter that protects each fry from absorbing too much oil when plunged in the fryer. According to BK, the fries soak up just enough oil to keep them “crispy on the outside and fluffy on the inside.”

Okay, King—game on. We hoofed it to the nearest BK this morning to get a batch and see if we were, indeed, satisfried.

Pros: The fries came out warm and, as advertised, fluffy on the inside. They also looked relatively like the gussied-up billboard photo, which is rare for fast food. You can tell they’re made with less oil because you don’t need a wad of napkins to eat them. Satisfries: also eco-friendly?

Cons: There’s a dress shirt in your closet right now that needs washing and starching—and it’s probably more crisp than these fries. Even right out of the fryer, they were like limp accordions.

Listen, it’s a fast-food fry. There’s something strangely addictive about it no matter what it tastes like, and we appreciate Burger King’s attempt to go healthier. As long as you don’t mentally compare them to the original, you could certainly snack on Satisfries to curb a carb craving—or just use them as a vehicle for scooping up copious amounts of ketchup. That said, a small order still set us back 270 calories, which feels high for something that tastes like it came out of a freezer bag. Prediction: Diet fries are not the wave of the future, but a decent step forward.

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The Latest Craze in Disco Styles Is See-Through Jeans—but Beware of Foggy Bottoms
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On a clear day, you can see forever—or at least that’s the wicked thought behind L.A. designer Agi Berliner’s transparent idea: see-through jeans. Exhibitionists notwithstanding, most folks wear them over bathing suits or as attention-getting evening wear with halters, garter belts and body stockings. Created for the disco crowd, the $34 jeans are selling like, well, hot pants. In just six weeks, 25,000 pairs have already been sold in such major department store chains as Macy’s, Bonwit’s and Saks.

“What’s limiting American designers is that we’re afraid to do something different,” says Berliner, 32, a Hungarian émigré who fled with her family to the U.S. in 1956. Agi thought up the gimmick in London while marveling at the way plastics were being employed by designers of punk fashion. In her L.A. office, where she designs for La Parisienne junior sportswear, Agi spent five days on the phone and six weeks testing to come up with the right plastic.

Agi herself tried out the French-cut jeans with the zipper in front, and quickly found several problems: Some plastics tore away from stitching, others wouldn’t bend and all fogged with perspiration. The ideal material proved to be a vinyl supplied by a bookbinder. The steam was eliminated with a series of vents behind the knees and in the crotch. “They’re no hotter than polyester pants,” claims Agi, “and if you wear them with tights, they won’t stick to your legs.”

Whatever the discomfort and despite the problem of Saturday night feverishness, discomaniacs report one major advantage of the plastic pants: no laundry bills. To keep Berliner’s see-through jeans clear, all the wearer needs is a little Windex.

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