The word "frork" should be a typo. But now, if you type it into Google, the search engine no longer asks, "did you mean 'fork'?" It instead directs you to a new, uh... invention? 

Let's be real: It's a new gimmick from McDonald's that, like the pointless "STRAW," is an attempt to drum up excitement about a barely-real product that nobody actually needs. But at least the STRAW made some functional sense on paper: It was pitched as a straw that could simultaneously deliver mint and chocolate flavors to your mouth. And even when it failed to do that, it still functioned as a straw.

McDonald's put too much thought into a straw you don't need

The Frork seems much more pointless, but you'll be able to snag one at a select few McDonald's locations in D-FW on May 5.

So what is it? It's a french fry fork. As in, a fork specifically designed to eat french fries with. Because a real, standard for wasn't good enough for that task, I guess? (Spoiler: A standard fork is totally good enough.)

In fact, using the Frork seems to add a step to enjoying your food. Rather than directly eating fries with your fingers (or putting them directly on a fork and consuming them that way), you have to pick up the fries, manually put them into the Frork, then eat (after dipping the fries into whatever sauces you prefer).

But don't take my word for it. McDonald's made a campy infomercial starring Fake Billy Mays -- I mean, Anthony Sullivan -- to explain what the Frork is.

"Anthony Sullivan here," says Anthony Sullivan in a press release sent by McDonald's. "Will the Frork change your life? Probably not. Will the Frork improve your Signature Crafted Recipes eating experience? I mean, sure... maybe!"

So yeah, McDonald's knows how dumb this thing is. So are we playing right into their hands by writing about it? I mean, sure... maybe! But it's the kind of stupid thing that I just couldn't keep to myself. So congrats, McDonald's. I guess.

Where to get a Frork in Dallas-Fort Worth

On May 5, you can get a free Frork (while supplies last) if you order a new Signature Crafted Recipes sandwich (pico, guacamole, sweet barbecue bacon or maple bacon dijon) at select McDonald's locations. Here are the restaurants nearest (and in) Dallas:

  • 450 Merrifield Road, Dallas
  • 4439 Lemmon Ave., Dallas
  • 3901 Airport Fwy, Fort Worth
  • 2109 Long Prairie Rd., Flower Mound
  • 125 S. Denton Tap Road, Coppell
  • 2151 N. Josey Lane, Carrollton
  • 3902 S. Great Southwest Pkwy., Grand Prairie
  • 3031 W. Camp Wisdom Road, Grand Prairie
  • 5220 N. MacArthur Blvd., Irving
  • 610 E. I-30, Rockwall
  • 8503 Lakeview Pkwy., Rowlett
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