This Ketchup Packet Trick Could Change How You Eat Fries Forever

We’ve all been in the car faced with the same dilemma, how are you gonna get your fries wet with some delicious ketchup?

Try to squeeze a perfect amount onto a single fry? False — not even a gymnast could tightrope a french fry with a line of ketchup without inevitably spilling some. That never works:


Maybe you like to make a cute ketchup puddle on a napkin? I used to do that, until I realized every time I let ketchup sit in a puddle on my lap or the dashboard, it would soak through the napkin.  Trust, there’s nothing sexy about ketchup stains on your pants, or the horrid smell of sticky ketchup in your car:


Probably the biggest culprit of my ketchup-eating missteps involves drizzling the red goodness across all the fries in the carton and then periodically digging my fingers in. The problem with this method is the inevitable ketchup layer that ends up all over my fingers — ain’t nobody got time for that, or wet wipes:


Then during a recent road trip, I turned to our video director Marc just after a recent fast food pitstop, and I caught that Lebanese MacGyver dunking his fries one at a time into an open ketchup packet and I nearly ran my car off the road from shock.

The method was so simple, so smooth, and so ridiculously efficient: just dunk your fry into the open ketchup packet:


All Marc did was rip open a slightly larger corner of the ketchup than advertised and he had enough insertion room for 1 – 3 fries per dunk.

After I inquired a bit further, he explained that the method was valuable for two reasons.

One, it allowed him to get a perfect coat of ketchup on every fry. Not too much, just a glaze.

Two, there was absolutely no mess on his fingers, his car or his clothesever. Even if he accidentally dropped the packet, since all the ketchup is self-contained within the tiny pouch, he could just pick it up and continue eating with no ketchup mess.

Fancy ketchup packet usage game: changed.

Remember, no eating and driving in New Jersey!

Fast Food

McDonald’s Puts a Price on ‘Lovin’ It’ – Asks for 25 Cents for Extra Ketchup Packets


Well, what did we expect from ketchup that calls itself “fancy?”

According to New York news site DNAinfo, several Mickey D’s franchises in Manhattan have been charging customers an extra fee for extra ketchup packets, because apparently the costs of giving them away for free have just gotten too damn high.

One McDonald’s manager in the East Village stated her location’s particular fee (a quarter per extra “handful”) was implemented after she noticed too many unopened ketchup packets just being thrown away. Several other franchisees also defended their own extra-ketchup charges as a necessary response to rising real estate prices and the “tough economy.”

Still, for 16 – 17% more than the 1.5 cents it costs to buy the things in the first place, excuse me if I’m feeling a little jipped. I mean, how else am I supposed to get my daily source of vitamins if I can’t douse my fries in free tomato puree?

What do you guys think of McDonald’s extra-ketchup free? A necessary evil, or stingy as f@#k?

H/T DNAInfo + PicThx Let’s Go Pens