If you've watched even a bit of US TV lately you've probably seen the ads for Burger King's new SatisFries. They're a crinkle cut style French fry that apparently have less fat and calories that other fast food fries. But you won't be eating them in Canada. Here you'll be eating GratiFries(and MagniFrites in French speaking Quebec). "But they look the same," you might say if you've seen both Canadian and American ads. And they are the same. But apparently the different branding is because focus groups found Canadians liked the GratiFries name better. Go figure. They're a product developed by Burger King with Canada's McCain Foods, who make one third of the world's French fry products.
I haven't had any yet. I did have some of BK's Poutine With Bacon today for lunch. No, you don't want to know what my blood pressure is.
And speaking of fast food differences if you're an American looking for your Popeye's chicken fix keep your eyes open if you're in Southern Ontario. Ads during the Major League Baseball playoffs alerted me to the fact that the chain, which I've seen ads for a lot on some US TV channels, has set up franchises in Canada. Only in Ontario at this point, so I won't be making their spokeslady happy and chowing down on some anytime soon. Their Canadian website is here.