Cravon is My First Giveaway! Love Fries?

Cravon-frozen-fries.jpgACK… spell-check changes CravOn into “Crayon.” I want to post about frozen French fries and Word keeps making it art. But maybe that will help us remember the name of these frozen fries at the store.

This is a post about French fries. On vacation, I eat ‘em. Back home, nope. I fear fat. Fat in food. Fat on my belly. French fries are… fried!

We all know by now that potatoes aren’t the diet saboteur. It’s what’s done to them that makes muffin tops show up.

Oven fries, one would think, are more diet-friendly. Technically true, but when I make them from scratch, I seem to douse them in olive oil.  That helps them crisp up.  And that adds fat.  Which is where these fries come in.

Cravon is a new line of frozen oven fries, four cuts.  Lower in fat. Me likey. Their slogan is “Never Fried French Fries.” I like the company, have known them for decades – Simplot, they invented the frozen restaurant fry. Based in Idaho, where America’s most famous potatoes are grown.  Read about THAT here.

These fries have a light oil coating. Hint of sea salt. Bake them at 425 degrees F on a dark cookie sheet, that makes a difference.  What you end up with is… real potato, a favorite shape, crisp with as little fat as possible. Lower calories and you still taste the potato. Larry loves crisp fries.

Want some??

cravon-steak-cut-friesGIVEAWAY now CLOSED!  Congrats to winners Greg, Jean and someone I am still waiting to hear back from, LOL..THE GIVEAWAY:  Larry and I joined the Cravon launch PR event in LA for press and buyers. We tasted lots of fries and chatted up visiting Idahoan Simplot folks. And, I snagged three goodie bags (with their blessing) to share with you.

Each contains (1) a free product coupon for frozen Cravon fries, (2) a recipe booklet, (3) t-shirt and (4) one of those handy totes that tuck inside themselves to the size of a tennis ball, great for trips as they seem to be indestructible.

To enter for a chance to win one of my 3 goodie bags, I’ll do 3 random drawings from comments left below by Tax Day, April 15 – that way I can share some good news on a bad day, LOL. Write a comment, tell me anything you want about fries.  (U.S. only, please.) I’ll email the winners on or around April 15 to get your mailing address. Go!

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1 jacquie April 7, 2013 at 7:20 pm

though i preferred onion rings i did used to like fries but now find them too oily and greasy. so would like to try this version as they sound crisper and more full of flavor.

2 diane April 7, 2013 at 7:23 am

My all time favorite food:)

3 Sharon Bond April 5, 2013 at 8:02 am

Fries … mmm … a favorite food my entire life! 🙂
These days, however, they fall under the category of “treat” vs. “staple part of my diet.” The Cravon fries look like a good way to satisfy my inner need for starchy things that taste fried!

4 Alethea Smartt April 3, 2013 at 9:44 am

I’m picturing this with a pan-seared steak and sauteed spinach!

5 Trish April 3, 2013 at 9:31 am

Yum! I agree on all. I still like them, but eat a few less as we are all more aware of health issues. But the photos are great! After travel, the second most commonly photographed category is food.

6 Margot C March 27, 2013 at 1:59 pm

It’s most particularly that steak cut fry that is the challenge I find. How to somehow have it crisp on the outside and fluffy on the inside. That’s what you want.

7 Wehaf March 27, 2013 at 1:20 pm

I think sweet potato fries are the best.

8 stellastarlite March 25, 2013 at 2:21 pm

The shape of fries is important to me which is why I don’t eat waffle shaped fries from Chik-fil-A!

9 G.Belunek March 25, 2013 at 10:14 am

I love fries but stay away from them because of the fat, the frying of them. And some when you bake them come out dried and no potato taste.These look like they will be great with sea salt.Can’t wait to try them with the coupon.Yes postive thinking here, I’m one of the winners!

10 Alyson March 24, 2013 at 4:17 pm

These fries look really good!

11 Pat Zigrang March 24, 2013 at 2:25 pm

These sound really good. Will try them next time i make Weinerschnitzel. We always have fries with that.

12 Don Odiorne March 24, 2013 at 2:22 pm

Anxious to try these too, clever name Cravon! One of the fry experts we work with is convinced that the future of fries at home will be tied to blanching in water, spinning the strips dry (he uses a salad spinner) lightly tossing in oil and then placing on a baking sheet. If you can eliminate some of the steps to have tasty French fry, that would be great.

Darleen: Nothing wrong with white fruits and vegetables… cauliflower, turnips, onions and potatoes. Included in the white category are apples, pears, apple juice, apple sauce, bananas. And don’t forget chicory, cucumber and mushrooms.

13 Kathleen Schwarzer March 22, 2013 at 7:08 pm

French Fries! The ultimate comfort food! To be able to enjoy them without guilt is fabulous. 🙂 Craves is the ultimate way to take the work ‘Frie’ out of French Fries.
Although, the best way to eat fries is to drizzle them with truffle oil, chopped fresh herbs, and shaved parmesan cheese. Incredible!

14 mp lilly March 22, 2013 at 4:56 pm

i have oven baked fries at least 3x a week. can’t wait to try these new fries.

15 Corrine March 22, 2013 at 1:00 pm

French fries would have to be on the list for my last meal.

16 Cindy Brickley March 22, 2013 at 11:28 am

I have never tried this brand before. We are avid fry eaters and I like seasoned fries the best.

17 Chris Sheehy March 22, 2013 at 9:36 am

I can’t wait to find these fries. I have multiple allergies and am allergic to Soy. no restaurant fries or frozen that I could eat at the time. I broke down and bought a cast iron pot with a thermometer and started heating oil…long story but the thermometer was not working-I checked it said 180, so i went to take trash to the curb…then I thought…wait oil smelled much hotter than 180….ran back in the house and entered the kitchen just as the pot caught fire… fortunately i was lucky to have had a well placed universal lid that I slapped on the pot otherwise I would have burnt down my new house. Haven’t fried anything since. I really miss fries.

18 Nita McAdoo March 22, 2013 at 7:13 am

We love fries! I have really cut back on making them at home. For years they were a staple, I fried them in a cast iron skillet at least 4 times a week. The greasy mess I had to clean up was another reason I decided to cut back 🙂
I would love to try these oven fries! Sounds like a win win to me!

19 Penny Martin March 22, 2013 at 6:56 am

Fries are my most addictive thing. I have to give them up for Lent…probably the only time I can eliminate them at all. Now that I know about Crav on, I will look for them at the grocery store. Thanks for coming up with these. Can hardly wait. 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 I will be the happiest fries eater ever, ever, ever. Got to watch that weight, done it all my life

20 Barbara March 21, 2013 at 10:13 pm

Love love french fries! But my new fav is “fries” made from sweet potatoes!

21 Vicki Nelson March 21, 2013 at 7:44 pm

Oh my, those look so good and such a creative way to promote them. I’ll look for them at my grocery store. Thanks!

22 joanne opdahl March 21, 2013 at 7:33 pm

Hi Pattie,
Love your reflection on fries, me too ! I love, love, love, French fries but only allow myself to eat them about once a year. I did just consume some potatoes with my corned beef and cabbage dinner but not the same as French fries. As always enjoy reading your blog.

23 Kathy Normant March 21, 2013 at 7:31 pm

We drive to Vegan for there special fries. The fries are dipped quickly in hot oil then stir fried in a wok with garlic and basil. The basil has also been flashed fried. Yummy yummy?
Will definitely have to try this new potato, CraveOn.

24 Elyse March 21, 2013 at 7:28 pm

Steak fries are my husband’s favorite. Since I stopped eating regular quite some time ago these baked Cravons sound perfect! We’d love to try them.

25 Karen Guerra March 21, 2013 at 6:30 pm

Like Larry, I love crispy fries! And they’re not always easy to find.

26 Tami March 21, 2013 at 6:20 pm

Where we live we have a good ol’ fashioned hotdog stand! The kind that rotisserie’s the hotdogs ! You have so many choices for your hotdog or jumbo dog! I think over 20 but you can make your own as well! Along with the hotdog you can get the best “diner” frosty fries that are out of this world! You can also choose to have any hotdog toppings on your fries. Like nacho fries, BLT fries, and so on. It’s the best place for a casual fun bite to eat! Who doesn’t enjoy fries?

27 Tamar Time March 21, 2013 at 5:38 pm

My fav way to eat fries is a fat thick cut restaurant fry, extra crispy, with extra salt, dipped in tartar sauce, with an ice cold beer.

28 Carole Fj March 21, 2013 at 5:32 pm

Potato, pomme de terre, fruit of the earth, musky, dusky fruit of the gods. French fries …. A dab of ketchup, Ranch dressing, salsa, French & Bleu Cheese dressing, strawberry jam – pick your poison. Mouth watering stuff that dreams are made of,

29 Jean Layton March 21, 2013 at 5:03 pm

Love fries, the crunchy outside, tender middles.
But just can’t eat them freely now.
My daughters on the other hand could eat a large portion and then an entire dinner. Oh to be 14 again.
Can’t wait to see these in the market

30 Karen W March 21, 2013 at 4:48 pm

Love contests! Love fries! I will have to check out Crav On soon.

31 Papiya Sanyal March 21, 2013 at 4:42 pm

I love potato in any form. To have this in my freezer and know that I can have them at any time is out of this world. Can’t wait to try them!!

32 Sharon Olson March 21, 2013 at 4:39 pm

Fries that won’t sabotage my weight loss program? Bring ’em on!

33 Alida March 21, 2013 at 4:35 pm

Oven-baked fries are always welcomed, and olive oil is a healthy fat so that is always welcomed too. It will be great to try this new product.

34 Lisa Lyons, Budala Communications March 21, 2013 at 4:35 pm

Being raised as a child in England, I still crave big, fat, crispy chips, slathered in malt vinegar! But summers were spent in Belgium, so I have a weakness for frites with a delicious combo of mayonnaise and mustard. I really WANT to like those garlic fries served at ballparks and beer halls, but it is just too GARLICKY. I don’t want big hunks of garlic on my spuds – anyone know of a way to infuse the cooking oil to impart a sweet, soft touch of garlic instead? I volunteer to test your results!

35 Josephine March 21, 2013 at 4:31 pm

Gotta love fries every now and again! These sound yummy!

36 Stephanie Cutlip March 21, 2013 at 4:27 pm

There are some days when all that my 2 year old wants is french fries…whether it be b/c of teething or just being a picky 2 y/o. I would LOVE to be able to give her something BETTER for her 🙂 these look absolutely perfect for her. I would love to try them out.

37 Amy Levy March 21, 2013 at 4:17 pm

I love fries and can’t get enough. because they are usually gluten free, i order them and fruit with eggs instead of bread. and now, with these that are lower fat, it is a win win!

38 Sascha March 21, 2013 at 4:04 pm

Woohoo! A contest! I’ve recently started experimenting with making various chips- instead of using potatoes. I’ve used beets, apples, kale (these are hit, you know Los Angeles loves kale), sweet potatoes (oops, still a potato), and even bacon. I love french fries, but have never made them at home. I like to pretend I’m cooking or baking healthy things. I often fail horribly at that, because, well, bacon! I’d like to try making healthy fries. (Your blog is fun- the pink peppermint patties are still on my to do list.) 🙂

39 Paula March 21, 2013 at 4:04 pm

All the way through the horrors of divorce, teen children…..any curve life cam throw you, it all felt better after a large French fry! Finding that the best comfort food ever invented……French fries, pass chocolate, pass cookies, pass candies…..just get me to the French fries! Does it get better better than a french fry tasting?

40 Lisa James March 21, 2013 at 4:04 pm

These fries sound delicious! Potatoes don’t always have to be bad for you, and apparently neither do french fries. And I’m with Larry~I like them crispy. 🙂

41 Jeanne March 21, 2013 at 4:02 pm

I love fries, skinny fries, fat fries, steak fries, curley fries… Fries fries fries, hear my cries…

42 Penni Ebina March 21, 2013 at 4:02 pm

I would love to try these fries, they sound great!

43 Mary Yorgan March 21, 2013 at 4:00 pm

Miss Patty you made those fries sound so good. I also don’t usually eat fries at home but these sound user friendly. What market carries them by the way?

44 Darleen Raulerson March 21, 2013 at 4:00 pm

Used to love fries; probably still do although I don’t eat them any longer. Besides the fat, I do not eat “white” as well; HOWEVER, give me an oven-baked sweet potato “fry” any day. All that being said, husband has not joined me in diabetes and still LOVES his fries!

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