The taste testers were skeptical too.
A pile of strawberries, whipped cream and powdered sugar on top of fries? Yep. That’s the sweet, or “Buster Style,” version of Boise State University’s new Hammer Fries — offered for the first time this year at football games at Albertsons Stadium.
“People who will hear about them will say, ‘That doesn’t sound very appetizing — strawberry and fries,’” said Nathan Child, executive chef for ARAMARK at Boise State. “But everyone who tries them is won over. They are absolutely delicious.”
“It’s a great combination of something fried and crispy with something sweet and delicious,” Child said Wednesday, after dragging a Simplot Sidewinders fry through a bowl of fruity and gooey sweetness.
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The twisty Sidewinders fries are also used in the savory version of this new stadium treat, which university officials hope will be a signature dish that Broncos fans and visitors love. Bronco Style Hammer Fries are loaded with Double R Ranch brisket, smoked mozzarrella and crispy onions.
“[Sidewinders] are a thick, hearty cut, which works great in the concessions arena where you’re outside and it’s cold,” Child said. “We wanted a fry that would stay warm while you’re walking back to your seat.”
The strawberry fries and brisket fries were the clear winners of a dozen options that Child provided to a tasting panel earlier this year. Other ideas included a 2-foot hotdog, fingersteak sandwich, macaroni-and-cheese fries and chili fries.
Their goal was an Idaho-themed food experience that doesn’t exist at any other stadium in the country.
Boise State’s Hammer Fries are huge bowls of food designed to be shared by three to four people. They are $13 each.
“It’s a very large portion size. It’s 50 ounces of fries,” Child said.
Another food item available this year on the general concourse level at the stadium: fried chicken wings. The university partnered with Frank’s Red Hot Sauce to provide hot sauces.