Whether thick, thin or crinkle-cut, French fries have always served as a loyal side dish, easing our hanger pangs at聽our greatest hour of need. But the lifelong bestie of the McBurger is also the enemy of some health nuts聽because of its less-than-stellar nutritional聽reputation. Fortunately, there might be an alternative to make your聽next fry run to the Golden Arches feel like less of a guilt trip. McDonald鈥檚 is now offering聽sweet potato fries in select locations 鈥 and maybe even beyond.

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The fast food giant聽confirmed to Eater that it is testing and 鈥済athering valuable customer聽feedback鈥 on聽sweet potato fries in Amarillo, Texas locations聽where聽鈥淐reate Your Taste鈥 menus are offered. Although the trial run聽is not a guarantee that the sweet and savory sticks will expand聽beyond the Texas Panhandle into chains聽nationwide, the odds are ever in our favor, because a similar concept聽test eventually led to the all-day breakfast concept that we聽already can鈥檛 live without.

McDonald鈥檚聽is likely聽stepping up to聽the plate with this new offering to meet the growing consumer demand for healthy foods. The restaurant has already been testing聽avocado toast and organic beef burgers in Australia and Germany. While it remains unclear whether the orange variant of the fries is measurably聽healthier than the traditional fries, healthy-savvy fry kids can still be heartened by the many nutritional benefits of sweet potatoes, including high potassium, vitamin A and vitamin C.

If you鈥檙e in the Texas Panhandle, hurry over to a participating McDonald鈥檚 and order up some聽sweet potato fries聽for the price of around $2.49(16 oz size). With any luck, the tubular treats might聽find their way to the rest of us soon聽so that we can get聽our Thanksgiving sweet potato fix year-round.

What food concept would you like to see in your fave fast food joint? Let us know in the comments below!

(h/t: Food Beast;聽Photo via聽Getty)