The Best Frozen French Fries Brand, According To 62% Of People

Some grocery items can be bought off-brand, with no one able to tell the difference. But when it comes to french fries, people apparently have major opinions. A recent Mashed survey polled 657 people in the U.S. to find out their preferred frozen french fry brand, and the results are overwhelmingly in favor of one all-American favorite.

The results are in, and the brand most associated with frozen french fry excellence is Ore-Ida. The company is appropriately named for the two Pacific Northwest states where its potatoes are primarily grown (Oregon and Idaho, literally the Land of Famous Potatoes), according to Ore-Ida. Apparently, the company's 60-plus years of potato excellence has garnered some serious brand loyalty, with 62.71% of respondents reporting Ore-Ida as their preferred frozen french fries brand.

So dominant is Ore-Ida's stronghold that no other brand managed to score higher than 10% on the survey, with the distant second-place spot going to the Whole Foods 365 brand at 9.89%. Next came Alexia (8.07%), McCain (7.91%), Kroger (7.76%), and Market Pantry (3.65%).

Reasons for Ore-Ida's stronghold

One of the main reasons for Ore-Ida's popularity is the sheer amount of options to choose from. The current portfolio includes Waffle Fries, Golden Crinkles, Extra Crispy Fast Food Fries, Golden Twirls, Golden French Fries, Golden Shoestring French Fries, Golden CRISPERS, and Golden Steak Fries, per Ore-Ida. And that's just in the "Classic" line! The brand also has offerings in the "Flavored" and "Sweet" categories, the latter of which is made up of sweet potato fries. Those who want to stick with the company, but branch out from french fries also have the option of purchasing other products, like hash browns, mashed potatoes, and tater tots.

Unfortunately, all that deliciousness comes with a price in the form of less-than-stellar nutrition. Eat This, Not That notes that 14 of the Ore-Ida Extra Crispy Fast Food Fries is all it takes to hit a stunning 310 mg of sodium and 90 calories. The Golden CRISPERS are even worse, at 360 mg of sodium per serving. So, enjoy those Ore-Ida's (and other frozen french fries), but do it in moderation and with a serving of veggies on the side. Apparently, it is possible to have too much of a good thing.