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CravOn Fries – Kicking the Frying Oil to the Curb #CravOn

by TerriAnn
CravOn Fries review and cooking demo with Chef Nikki Shaw #CravOn


Last month my family and attended a little cooking demo with Chef Nikki Shaw and CravOn Fries. CravOn Fries are never fried. Instead, they are blanched, frozen, then packaged so you can bake them at home. This was my first time trying, or even hearing about, CravOn Fries. I must admit that the idea sounded great and WAY better than any type of fried preparation. Oh, and I loved the fact that they are gluten-free so my hubs could enjoy them too.

CravOn Fries review and cooking demo with Chef Nikki Shaw #CravOn

CravOn Fries Cooking Demo Impressions

To prepare the fries, we just laid out some parchment paper on a cooking sheet and spread the frozen fries to form one flat layer. Then we just popped them in the ovens for about 15 minutes and they were done. Annatto is added to the fries to give a natural color so the fries looked golden brown when they came out. They were not crunchy though. That’s the difference between being fried and being baked. So, while the flavor was comparable, it was tough to adjust to the texture of the fries.

CravOn Fries review and cooking demo with Chef Nikki Shaw #CravOn
But how did they taste?

They were actually pretty good. In the demo kitchen, we made fresh pesto at one point and marinara-covered meatballs at another to serve with the fries. Since CravOn Fries come pre-seasoned with olive oil and salt, my family actually preferred them plain. The potato tasted fresh and light. That’s something I’ve never said about fried french fries.

CravOn Fries review and cooking demo with Chef Nikki Shaw #CravOn

CravOn produces four varieties of fries: Ripple Cut, Steak Cut, Diamond Cut, and Anytime Diced. I found the Steak Cut to be more solid but I’ve never really been a fan of the ripple shape anyway. We didn’t have time to try the other two but got coupons to get a couple of packages later. By the way, these products are only available in California for now but there are plans to expand soon. You might want to bookmark this $2 off coupon for future use 🙂

Overall, I like the alternative CravOn Fries offers for parents trying to feed their families fast without resorting to junk. The texture is a big deal to me, though, so I’d probably stock up on the Diamond Cut and Anytime Diced for quick impromptu meals.

Will you try CravOn Fries when available in your area?

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Kelsey Apley April 5, 2014 - 4:48 am

Oh my gosh that looks like such a fun experience!! I would love that! Thanks for sharing about your trip!

Lisa April 5, 2014 - 9:25 am

These sound yummy and I’m thinking yes I will try them! We are usually the last place to get stuff so I guess I will have to crave them for a little bit. 😉

Crystal Green April 5, 2014 - 10:20 am

I prefer baked fries to fried ones, but my family thinks I’m totally odd for that. This looks like it was a totally fun experience. I’m glad that you got to share it with us.

Raijean April 5, 2014 - 1:42 pm

This looks like a neat event!!

Robin Gagnon {Mom Foodie} April 5, 2014 - 6:43 pm

I get my oven fries pretty crispy… but it does take quite awhile.

Theresa @ Faith and Family Reviews April 13, 2014 - 8:10 pm

Mine fall apart a lot! 🙂

Colleen April 5, 2014 - 7:47 pm

I would definitely give them a try.

Theresa @ Faith and Family Reviews April 5, 2014 - 7:54 pm

This looks like a great event!

HilLesha April 5, 2014 - 8:22 pm

I never heard of them either, but I’ll most certainly try them out as long as they’re available within my vicinity. 🙂

vanessa:thequeenofswag April 5, 2014 - 8:40 pm

Looks like it was a fun event. I love CravOn fries.

Ty April 5, 2014 - 11:15 pm

It sounds like an amazing experience!

Shell Feis April 6, 2014 - 12:06 am

Those sound like my kind of fries! I would definitely pick some up if they came to Vegas.

Kathleen B April 6, 2014 - 8:05 pm

Love that they are taking one of my favorite foods and making them healthier!

Lolo April 6, 2014 - 10:53 pm

Of course! I hope it comes to Vegas!

Angela April 7, 2014 - 10:55 am

I haven’t heard of CravOn before. I’ll have to check them out.

Liz Mays April 7, 2014 - 4:42 pm

Heck yeah, I’d be trying them if they were in my area for sure! I love that they’re not fried!

Donna April 7, 2014 - 6:51 pm

I’ve been cutting down on fried food, so absolutely, YES! I can’t wait until they’re in my area!

Anne - Mommy Has to Work April 8, 2014 - 5:59 am

Oh yeah! They sound delicious!

Penelope Guzman (NY Blogger) April 8, 2014 - 9:52 am

They sounds so tasty, and how cool to have seen the demo and meet all those other cool ladies!

Crystal @ Simply Being Mommy.com April 9, 2014 - 9:11 am

I’ve never heard of these but I’ll have to try them.

Paula @ Frosted Fingers April 10, 2014 - 8:11 pm

I would definitely give these a try if they’re in my area. I’ll keep my eye out for them.

Tammy April 12, 2014 - 11:09 am

Hmm… I’m not sure, I do like my fries with that crispy texture. We enjoy the crispy oven baked fries that some of the brands make – I think they have some sort of flour coating to make them crispy while being oven baked…I guess that wouldn’t be great for Gluten Free folks though 🙁

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