McDonald's New Pumpkin Chocolate Fries Are an Ode to Halloween

Anyone who’s taken a McDonald’s fry and dipped it into a milkshake knows that combining the fast-food giant’s most ubiquitous salty treat with any one of its frozen dessert offerings can amount to something of a religious experience.

It’s perhaps that increasingly popular combination of salty and sweet that served as the inspiration for McDonald’s latest madcap novelty menu item: pumpkin chocolate french fries. Unfortunately, the fast-food dessert hybrid will only be available in Japan, from September 28 up until October 31, 2016.

If you happen to find yourself in the Land of the Rising Sun during that timeframe, you may as well get festive. The fries are drizzled with chocolate sauce and a nuclear orange pumpkin sauce, which lend them a distinct Halloween color palette. On the palate, on the other hand, the unusual combination of chocolate, pumpkin, and french fries may not be for everybody. But given the massive popularity of pumpkin products around this time of year, we think it’s safe to say that McDonald’s has another hit on its hands.




If the past is any indication, however, the fries are unlikely to make their way stateside. When McDonald’s Japan added a burger with a black bun to its menu in 2014, the item became a viral sensation and nothing more for millions of Americans curious to sample the outrageous concoction. Alas, it seems we’ll have to regard our Japanese counterparts with envious eyes… and taste buds.

Get in the Halloween spirit with this Van Gogh skull with burning cigarette print, and tell us what you love most about October 31.