I participated in a campaign on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for McCain Foods. I received a sample of McCain Potato Smiles to facilitate my review as well as a promotional item as a thank-you for participating.
I know that if I were to play a game of word association with you all, and I said “potato”, most of you would probably say “Idaho”. But I’d say “Maine”, especially considering that I grew up with both of my parents coming from potato-farming families. And while they might not be the largest producer in the country, I personally think they produce some of the best-tasting potatoes.
Suffice to say this has made me a bit of a potato “snob”. I agonize in the produce section of the grocery store. Often what they pass off as a baking potato – sunburned (when they’re green), dinged, bruised, and scaly – makes me want to call home and ask my parents to ship me a 50 pound bag to get us through for a bit.
One place that I don’t worry about the quality is in a bag of McCain Potatoes. They are the frozen french fries, tater tots, and other goodies that I grew up eating. It didn’t hurt that McCain’s had a potato processing plant not too far from my hometown. We loved being able to support companies that supported our area, and it’s so much easier when the product is so awesome.
McCain Potatoes is a tradition that I’m glad to be able to continue with my own family. The Smiles are one of our current favorites. Bubbles loves them either with or without ketchup. And because they start with wholesome, fresh ingredients, it’s something I can feel good about serving her. And really, how can you say “no thanks” to potatoes that are grinning at you.
Right now McCain Potatoes is running a Facebook Contest where they will select 1 winner each week (8 winners total) to receive a $500 grocery store gift card. You can stock your freezer full of fries for like a decade with that kind of prize! You can also check out the Grocery Goodness Giveaway tab for to receive a $1 off coupon off any one bag of McCain Potato products.