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If there is a downside to snacking on crisp, salty potato chips or crunchy, tangy cheese puffs, it might be the grease, salt and fluorescent orange dust that remains on your fingertips when you are done. And, since you are usually doing something else while throwing a munch, that mess is transferred to your phone screen, book pages or TV remote.
Along comes a product you didn’t know you needed until you saw it. Chip Fingers (starting at $15 for a 3-pack) are washable, reusable silicone fingertip protectors that let you indulge in your favorite savory snack without worrying about the telltale signs on your hands or smeared across your jeans.
The covers come in packs of three (for your thumb and two fingers) and are available in five different colors. They are made from food-grade silicone and shaped to slide onto any size finger. They’re even dishwasher safe.
At first, it might seem like a silly thing to even think about. However, people who have bought them find them quite useful.
For instance, customer Susan Dery gives Chip Fingers a big thumbs up, writing in a review, “Bizarre looking but do exactly what they are supposed to do…keep your fingers from getting tinted orange or sticky. Excellent product in my books.”
Although this product is marketed as a finger food “utensil,” these unique finger covers can be used for some other very practical purposes. They have an average rating of 4.3 stars on Amazon, and the reviews show how versatile these can actually be.
For instance, if someone you know has sensory issues, Chip Fingers might make snacking more pleasant.
“My boy loves to snack. However, he does not like the smell and dust that chips and crackers tend to leave behind, while snacking,” writes a customer named Cat in her review. “I got these and he loves them. They totally work for the OCD child. He carries them in his lunch box every day.”
Another customer bought them for someone who is visually impaired.
“I ordered these for a blind neighbor that cooks,” writes reviewer Emily Moss, “and this helps him turn foods that are hot from the oven. He is very happy.”
Customer G. Segadi calls the covers an interesting concept, using them in a business setting. “I use them when I deliver flyers,” writes the reviewer. “It helps separate sheets of papers from the pile. Instead of licking my fingers these silicone tips grab well.”
Whether you want to keep your fingers cheese dust-free or you have your own unique need to cover your fingers, Chip Fingers might fit the bill. Grab a pack of three in your favorite color for $15-$18, depending on the hue you choose.