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Here’s Why Wendy’s Is One of the Few Places That Still Sell Baked Potatoes

A fast food joint that sells baked potatoes, strange right? Not according to Wendy’s!

Wendy’s is one of the few fast food chains to sell their one-of-their kind baked potatoes, it’s also a food item that differentiates their menu from the rest of the competition.

But the question is, why? Why is Wendy’s one of the few fast food chains that offer a baked potato side?

Putting aside its savory good looks and taste, Wendy’s baked potatoes are actually pretty famous.

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According to Thrillist, the fast food chain sells an impressive, 1 million baked potatoes every week.

That’s right, one million spuds are flying off the shelves over at Wendy’s.

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But the customizable baked potato isn’t exactly a new fad over at Wendy’s.

In fact, since the chain opened their doors in 1969, the baked potato was added to menus in 1983, which was also during a time where low-fat diets were very popular.

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So why haven’t other fast food chains added the carby option to their menus since Wendy’s has shown so much success?

It all boils down to time and equipment, pun intended.

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“If you’ve ever cooked baked potatoes at home, you know it takes a while,” Lori Estrada, Wendy’s vice president of culinary innovation, explains to Thrillist. “And we cook them from a raw state, in an oven, wrapped in foil, baked for an hour, just like you would at home.”

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To put it plain and simple, unlike Wendy’s baked potato, many fast few food chains don’t have the time to cook a mass amount of baked potatoes, nor do they have equipment to do per Thrillist.

So it looks like Wendy’s will continue to rule spud-land for now in the fast food industry.