The first thing most people do when they pull away from the drive-thru? Pull out a couple of fries to eat in the car on the way home, of course.
Some don’t even take their food to a table, but chow down from the driver’s seat on the way to wherever they’re going. Yet while some fast food is easy to eat one-handed — burgers, nuggets, fries — there’s one very obvious problem: maneuvering around those dipping sauces with one hand still on the wheel.
One innovative company is looking to fix that little sauce situation with a new invention called the DipClip, which makes it easier to get some ketchup without making a mess.
Technology is playing ketchup! DipClip was designed to solve the problem of being unable to use fast food condiments while driving (without being messy)
Nuggets and burgers and fries, oh my! The plastic clip has a 5-in-1 aperture that snugly holds onto sauce containers from most major fast food chains
Look ma, one hand! It clips onto air conditioning vents to keep sauce firmly in place
‘Road trips will never be the same! DipClip makes it easy to enjoy all your favorite condiments on the go,’ the company, Milkmen Design, promises on its Kickstarter page.
‘For generations, humans had to choose between making a mess in their vehicle or consuming bland, sauce-free food. We were tired of standing by idly as the perfect union of fries and nuggets, and the precious sauces that compliment them, grew strained,’ they went on.
Though the campaign to fund the production of the DipClip was launched just 20 days ago, the company has already far surpassed its $10,000 goal. As of December 15, they’re up to $53,313.
So how does it work? The DipClip is an ‘in-car condiment holder’ with a tip that grips to the air conditioning vent of a car.
This invention passes mustard! The company jokes that users should ‘dip responsibly’ and not ‘dunk and drive’
For all your dipping needs! It can fit sauces from McDonald’s, Burger King, Chick-fil-A, Wendy’s, KFC, Dairy Queen, Jack in the Box, Arby’s, Popeye’s, Sonic, Carl’s Jr., and Hardee’s
Dinner to go! It makes it easier to dip fries, nuggets, chicken tenders, and other food while still driving with one hand on the wheel
Smothered: Though ketchup will likely be the most popular sauce for the device, it can also hold a small ramekin of hummus or vegetable dip
Put that on everything! The clip comes with the ramekin, which can be filled with five packets of ketchup
It has a plastic shape with a hole in the middle to fit condiment packets, keeping them snugly in place for easy dipping while a person drives.
The shape has a ‘5-in-1 aperture’ that ‘will hold almost all sauces from major chains’ like McDonald’s, Burger King, Chick-fil-A, Wendy’s, KFC, Dairy Queen, Jack in the Box, Arby’s, Popeye’s, Sonic, Carl’s Jr., Hardee’s, and Heinz.
That means no open condiments rolling around on the passenger seat and spilling everywhere or taking up a valuable drink holder.
While containers of BBQ sauce and sweet and sour fit easily, ketchup often comes in soft packets, not containers — and they have a fix for that too. The clip comes with a removable plastic cup to squirt sauces into and fits five packets of ketchup.
The brand also notes that the device can be used for things other than fast food, like hummus for dipping pita chips or ranch dressing for carrots.
Those who donate to the Kickstarter campaign will also be the first to get their hands on the product when it comes out. A donation of $15 gets two DipClips, and higher donations get more.