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I’d Like Potatoes With That Please (+ Giveaway)

When most people think of Wisconsin they think of cheese, beer and brats. While those are part of our state’s culture, there’s even more to us than that! Wisconsin also produces a lot of cranberries and potatoes. Speaking of potatoes, there are four McCain Foods manufacturing plants in Wisconsin – that’s more than any other state in the United States! (I actually thought McCain’s was a local business but learned it was founded in Canada.) Where I grew up, there are a lot of potato farms in the area and several of my family members have worked at one or more of them. I can’t tell you how many years my grandmother worked sorting potatoes!

So with my family working “in potatoes” (as we would say) and being part Irish, I have quite the appetite for this starchy vegetable. Seriously, I love potatoes and many of it’s forms… tater tots, french fries, spiral fries, mashed, baked, scalloped, hashbrowns… Not sure I’ve ever met a potato I didn’t like except maybe a raw one. While fresh is ideal, frozen is acceptable and found in my freezer any day of the week.

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Since we do use frozen taters a lot, I’m glad to know that McCain’s strives to use real ingredients and pays attention to growing health concerns. Since 1999 McCain Foods has not used genetically modified potatoes (GMOs) and they continue to reformulate their products. This makes me more confident in serving their products to my family.


Their products taste good and are convenient. I’d love to use fresh potatoes more often, but I just don’t have the time to wash, peel, and cut them plus cooking time. It’s much easier to pop them in the oven (since we try not to deep fry too often) while the main dish is cooking. I haven’t tried them in recipes other than tater tot casserole, but I might have to start experimenting a bit more…


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Disclosure: I participated in a campaign on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for McCain Foods. I received a sample to facilitate my review as well as a promotional item as a thank-you for participating.

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  1. Holly West November 14, 2012 Reply

    Smiley Fries

  2. Stephanie Shields November 14, 2012 Reply

    I’d love to try the pizzas!!!

  3. Veann Grigajtis November 14, 2012 Reply

    I would like the Seasoned Curly Fries and the Sweet Potato Fries.

  4. Kathy Damron November 14, 2012 Reply

    I’d love to try the sweet potato cubes! We love McCain products!

  5. Elizabeth Stocker November 14, 2012 Reply

    I’d love to try the smiley fries. My daughter would love them!

  6. Ttrockwood November 14, 2012 Reply

    The seasoned sweet potato fries look amazing!

  7. Kristen November 15, 2012 Reply

    I’d like to try the Crinkle Cut Sweet Potatoes.

  8. Cheryl Abdelnour November 15, 2012 Reply


  9. Holly Thomas November 15, 2012 Reply

    Spiral Fries!! :)

  10. joanne major November 15, 2012 Reply

    i would like the seasoned curly fries

  11. latanya November 15, 2012 Reply

    McCain Yukon Gold French FriesSweetums82

  12. Andrea Williams November 16, 2012 Reply

    Spiral fries!

  13. Bethany Pelc November 16, 2012 Reply

    The sweet potato fries look delicious! I want to try those!
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  14. Allyson Bossie November 16, 2012 Reply

    I love sweet potato fries, so probably those or the banans foster dessert
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  15. Cori Westphal November 17, 2012 Reply

    I think the McCain Sweet Potato Cubes sound awesome!

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  16. Janet F November 18, 2012 Reply

    I would like to try Potato Roasts.

    janetfaye (at) gmail (dot) com

  17. Jill A. Collins November 18, 2012 Reply

    I like the McCain Straight Cut French Fries.

  18. Fawn H November 18, 2012 Reply

    I would like to try the McCain Sweet Potato Straight Cut

  19. Carol W November 18, 2012 Reply

    I would like to try the beer batter fries. thanks
    carolwegs at gmail dot com

  20. Kim Reid November 18, 2012 Reply

    I would like to try the McCain Bananas Foster, thanks!

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