Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Latest Junk Food Fad: French Fry Parties

Posted By on Wed, Mar 6, 2013 at 9:08 AM

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Idaho-based J.R. Simplot Company, which exports tons of french fries to the Far East—including McDonald's fries sold in China, Hong Kong and South Korea—will be happy to hear about the newest fad sweeping across Southeast Asia: french fried potato parties.

Yahoo News reports that the concept of the potentially heart attack-inducing trend is simple: Teenagers order around 20 large packs of fries, pile them high on a table, snap a photo, and then devour them all within minutes.

In South Korea, a group of 12 youngsters was kicked out of a McDonalds' after attempting to down $250 worth of fries. At about 560 calories per large-sized packet of fries, that would mean that the teens would have to consume a whopping 33,000 calories in order to earn their potato party a place in the french fry Hall of Fame.

The gluttonous trend began after the Golden Arches lowered their french fry prices, sparking the first known tweet of a potato party.

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