Food Fight: T.G.I. Friday’s, Part 1

This is the first of three installments in which I put any concern for my health aside in order to explore the quality of 7 different frozen T.G.I Friday’s products.  In this first segment, we’ll be taking a look at Cheddar and Bacon Potato Skins, and Mozzarella Sticks with Marinara Sauce.  Since all the packages are about the same weight but the serving sizes have a big range, the data will be for the entire package.  All of the contestants are the small, ~200g containers.  Info for the mozzarella sticks includes the servings of marinara.

Round One: Bad Nutrition

Calories

Potato Skins: 420

Mozzarella Sticks: 770

Fat

Potato Skins: 24g

Mozzarella Sticks: 35g

Carbs

Potato Skins: 34g

Mozzarella Sticks: 63g

Sodium

Potato Skins: 960g

Mozzarella Sticks: 1330g

Round Two: Good Nutrition

Protein

Potato Skins: 16g

Mozzarella Sticks: 28g

Calcium

Potato Skins: 12%

Mozzarella Sticks: 56%

Vitamin A

Potato Skins: 4%

Mozzarella Sticks: 14%

Iron

Potato Skins: 8%

Mozzarella Sticks: 0%

Round Three: Cost

Potato Skins: $2.98

Mozzarella Sticks: $2.98

Round Four: Convenience

Potato Skins: Cooks at 450F for 12 minutes

Mozzarella Sticks: Cooks at 450F for 8 minutes, and requires thawing marinara sauce (place packet in hot water for 8 minutes)

Round Five: The Main Event – How Was It?

Potato Skins: One of my pet peeves is that too many companies do not understand the difference between a potato skin and a potato boat.  A potato skin is a very thin slice of the skin of the potato, with a little bit of the flesh of the potato attached.  A potato boat is the same idea, but with a thick, substantial amount of potato.  These were potato boats, and like all potato boats, the texture was crap (unlike potato skins, which come out nice and crisp).  The cheese was very mediocre, but they did contain a fair amount of bacon pieces, which actually seemed to be genuine bacon.  C+

Mozzarella Sticks: As a whole, mozzarella sticks are a pretty disgusting food and are never very appealing.  These are the most retarded kid in the special ed class. While most mozzarella sticks have a cylindrical shape, these looked like they’d been flattened.  The firmness of the stick didn’t hold up.  The overall appearance was like a limp, deflated mozzarella dick.  The flavor was completely unappetizing.  I only ate a second one to confirm that the first was so awful.  The only saving grace here was the marinara, which comes in at average.  D-

There won’t be any winners until I’ve gone through all 7 of the products I picked up, so check back for updates as the food fight continues.

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