I eat fast food more than I like to admit. I drive a lot—to visit my wife’s family in Michigan, to eat cheese in Milwaukee for the weekend, or to see my family who now live in Chicago’s southwest ’burbs.
Sure, we try to pack healthy snacks for the car ride. We eat a lot of those protein boxes from Starbucks (don’t judge me). But sometimes, we need McDonald’s breakfast and I’m not even touching those hash browns without ketchup.
In the passenger seat, my wife delicately handles the hash brown, coating it in ketchup while usually dripping some on her pants, then hands the greasy, ketchup-covered potato to me, where I inevitably get it all over myself.
It’s a game we play again and again. But now, there’s a solution to this horrific problem: the DipClip.
This is definitely one of those “why the hell didn’t I think of that” creations that has raised more than $38,000 on Kickstarter.
Here’s the sales pitch from the designers, who argue that struggling to dip your nuggets or hash browns while driving is not only annoying—it’s dangerous! They want us to “practice safe sauce.” I mean, you’re already trying to text with one hand, pull up Lizzo on Spotify with the other and occasionally look at the road!
“At Milkmen Design we believe that dipping sauces were made to go with nuggets and fries,” the Kickstarter page reads. “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. So we created the DipClip to repair this relationship, reuniting ketchup with french fry, nugget with BBQ, and so on.”
Here’s how it works: there’s a “universal mount” that can latch on to any car’s air vent. So yeah, maybe avoid blue cheese if you don’t want your car to smell like ass after your snack. The clip itself is sized to fit almost any sauce container.
The company says it’s been tested for 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 packets.
As for those little ketchup packets you get with your hash browns, you can just squirt that shit into the plastic ramekin that comes with the Clip.
So far, you can only get a DipClip if you donate to the company’s Kickstarter campaign (get two clips for $15) and no word yet on when they’re shipping.
I have a feeling I’ll see these on a Bed Bath and Beyond discount shelf in a year or so, or find one under my car seat covered in sticky barbecue sauce residue (I already told y’all I’m gross), but good on this company for finding a solution to a truly American fast food problem.