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:

ketchup-fries-spilled

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:

ketchup-on-napkin

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:

ketchup-all-over-fries

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:

fancy-ketchup-hack

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!



Elie is a product of Orange County, CA. In early 2012, his dentist diagnosed him with 8 different cavities, three of which on the same tooth, as a result of his 23-year Sour Patch Kid addiction.



  • Linda Lovelush

    If I get a sandwich with my fries (who doesn’t?) I lay the sandwich container open, keeping the sandwich in one half of the container and squirting the ketchup into the other half, setting it all up before I drive away. Grab a fry from the box, dip dip dip, eat. That only requires one hand. I’m pretty sure dipping the fries directly into the ketchup package – although an interesting idea – would require two hands.

    I rarely ever eat in the car, but if I’m traveling out of town, this is how I do it.

  • Brian

    You can’t be serious … my mom taught me to do that over 30 years ago … nothing new, but apparently not as widely known as I assumed!

    • Anonymous

      No kidding, I started doing that when I was a kid.

  • Collin Harvey

    I solve this problem by not getting ketchup with my fries. Unless I’m at Whataburger. That’s just a way of life, son.

  • Anonymous

    I loved the part: ” 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.”

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