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Entry from April 21, 2013
French Fry Holder

A “french fry holder” is a car appliance that can hold french fries. “Someone needs to invent a french-fry holder for cars” was cited in print in 1995. The itme began to be popularly sold by 2005.

McDonald’s of Japan began giving away french fry holders in April 2013.


25 October 1995, Orlando (FL) Sentinel, “Orlando Inventors: Lift your heads high!” by Greg Dawson, pg. D1:
“You know,” she said, “someone needs to invent a french-fry holder for cars.”

CNN.com
Toys for your ride from Vegas car show
SEMA show in Las Vegas puts wacky car gadgets and wild cars on display.

November 3, 2005; Posted: 3:24 p.m. EST (2024 GMT)
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Other companies, however, offer items that anyone who has ever driven a car can appreciate. Items like the Fries & Things French fry holder or the Izon neck massager.

2 August 2006, Toronto (Ontario) Star, “Signs that all is not well in Americaā€ˇ” by Jennifer Bain, pg. D3:
Is it any wonder so many people are overweight with items like this new french fry holder for the car?

Serious Eats
French Fry Holder For Your Car
Robyn Lee
APR 24, 2008
4:30 PM
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However, thanks to Improvements, purveyor of “Quick and Clever Problem-Solvers,” you can get a French Fry Holder for your car!

Serious Eats
McDonald’s Japan Giving Away French Fry Holders for Cars
Robyn Lee
APR 19, 2013
3:45 PM
Starting next Wednesday, April 24, McDonald’s Japan is giving away french fry holders for cars with purchase of a value meal and a large order of fries as part of their “potato holder” campaign. But the “potato holder” can do more than just hold potatoes. So much more.
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The first time we heard of french fry holders for cars was in 2008, although that model seems to no longer be available. Other french fry holders include this, this, and this.

Eater.com
McDonald’s Japan Rolls Out Amazing French Fry Holders
Friday, April 19, 2013, by Amy McKeever
Up until this very moment, eating french fries while riding bicycles and driving automobiles has been a terrible inconvenience for humans everywhere. But now, McDonald’s Japan has a solution: the potato holder. For a limited time starting April 24, the company has announced that its locations in Japan are giving away these french fry holders to anyone who orders a value meal. And these are a sight to behold: red and emblazoned with the McDonald’s logo to look like a regular McDonald’s fry container.

Posted by Barry Popik
New York CityFood/Drink • Sunday, April 21, 2013 • Permalink