For many fast food customers, one of the best parts about picking up your order is getting the side sauces that come with it. Even if you love your favorite chain’s underrated sauces, there’s something nostalgic and classic about a simple accompaniment of ketchup. If you’ve ever dined at places like In-N-Out or McDonald’s, you’ve probably seen the self-serve ketchup dispenser and the stacks of tiny white paper cups. It’s easy to fill a few cups, bring them to your table and enjoy your meal. However, unopened sauce containers can lead to disaster if you’re taking your food to go or planning to eat in the car.
Thanks to a TikTok hack, the threat of spilling an open sauce container may no longer be a problem. A video published on the platform shows how to do it: once the ketchup is poured into a small paper cup, another cup is taken, turned over and broken. The result looks like a miniature chef’s hat and works perfectly as a lid. As we saw with the McDonald’s ketchup cup hack, some people have wondered if making a lid for these paper containers is worth it, especially when ketchup packets are readily available. Regardless, the video has already garnered over 1.2 million views and sparked plenty of conversations.
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Why the Sauce Cup Lid Hack Divides
While many people were shocked that they had never thought of doing this, several were concerned about the cleanliness factor. Since the cup is inverted on counters before being crushed into a lid, this may not be the best option if you’re trying to avoid germs. According to the CDC, any surfaces frequently touched by customers — like a condiment counter — are more likely to contribute to the spread of germs. The TikTok creator claimed to have cleared the counter before showing how the hack was carried out, but viewers were still skeptical.
Several people suggested asking for a lid or ketchup packets to go. If you want to try this trick, another commenter suggested it might be best to crush the cup in the palm of your hand. In this case, the only sprouts you will potentially consume will be your own. Some people even suggested getting creative by making tiny chef hats for toys or pet frogs. No matter what you choose to do with paper condiment cups, there’s certainly no shortage of fast food hacks, like the viral McDonald’s French fries hack. However, when it comes to getting dips, we know the lengths people will go to to ensure a perfect bite.