You Probably Missed The Change Chick-Fil-A Recently Made To Its Fries

What makes a box of juicy Chick-fil-A chicken nuggets even better? A side of golden brown, sizzling hot waffle fries, of course. The deliciously unique potatoes, which are fried in canola oil and sprinkled with sea salt, were first released in 1985 and have since become the most-ordered item on the popular fast food chain's menu (via The Chicken Wire). They're vastly different than the shoestring fries you'd find at McDonald's, for example, but that's exactly what makes them so famous.

If you've been a fan of Chick-fil-A's waffle fries for years, however, you may have noticed something slightly different about the crispy potatoes over the last few months. Rumor has it that there's been a subtle change to the popular drive-thru order that even the most devoted fans may not have even realized took place. Here's what you need to know about that carton of waffle fries you're about to dig into.

The waffle fries (allegedly) got bigger

In the world of Chick-fil-A fries, it turns out size really does matter. Over the last few months, it wasn't the size of the fries themselves that changed, however — it was the size of the portion. According to a Reddit thread from earlier this week, the portion size of the average Chick-fil-A waffle fry order has grown. The original poster said they became suspicious when they were looking up the nutrition facts of their large fry order and found that it recently increased from around 500 calories to 600. Their assumption? That the large Chick-fil-A waffle fry is now even larger.

It seems there might be something to the claim of a calorie increase. In 2018, Chick-fil-A said a small serving of waffle fries clocked in at 280 calories (via The Chicken Wire). However, Chick-fil-A's nutrition guide currently lists the calorie tally for the small size as 320. Meanwhile, the medium size was once 360 calories and now sits at 420. But did the fries get bigger?

Some Reddit posters chimed in, sharing their own alternate theories on the size of the fries, and attributed the bigger serving size to the new flat-bottomed packaging that Chick-fil-A rolled out that allows more fries to fit inside (via Reddit). Others claim that Chick-fil-A increased the portion from 5.7 ounces to 6.1 ounces because customers complained about their fries being under-filled. The larger serving makes the container look appropriately full.