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French Fry Holder Guide

French fries are an all-time favorite, and serving them up in the right french fry holder is important. French fry containers come in a variety of materials and shapes, making it easy to find one to match the style of your business. As a bonus, they also help you serve a consistent portion to guests and manage product costs efficiently.

French Fry Container Materials

A holder serves three useful functions for restaurants. It can:

    1. Provide a clean eating experience for guests
    2. Ensure consistent serving sizes
    3. Create an appealing presentation of food

However, depending on the material of your holder it can achieve some of these criteria better than others. For example a paper holder may not be as stylized as a metal one, but it still allows guests to consume product cleanly. There are a few popular materials used to make holders, and each type offers its own set of benefits.

When choosing a material for your business, make sure to consider your usage needs. A fast-paced business serving product in high volume will need a different type of holder in comparison to a sit-down establishment serving fries at a slower pace.

It’s also important to pick a material that matches the amount of time you’d like to devote to maintenance and cleaning. See how the most four commonly used materials compare below:





On-the-go Application
Easy to Clean
Eco-friendly Material
Durable Design
Don't forget that no matter what the material is, it can also convey your establishment's style. From printed paper to a sleek metal holder to a bold copper cup, the right holder should be able to capture the attention of your guests and create an attractive display of your product.

How a French Fry Holder's Shape Affects Its Capacity

French fry holders also come in a variety of shapes. Understanding how the shape affects the capacity can help you choose one that is a best fit for your business and its product volume.

A container's capacity is measured in solid fry ounces, or weight. This measures how many ounces of solid food, like fries, you can fit into the holder. Keep in mind that the capacities provided are estimates, and not exact measurements like liquid ounces, since items like fries vary in shape and won't fully fill the space inside a holder.

Each shape above is measured differently to gauge how many fries it can hold. Below the images illustrate where each type is measured for its capacity. Holders can come in 5 main shapes:

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1. French Fry Scoops

 The capacity of the scoop is determined near the high point of the back. The capacity for this holder can vary depending how you fill it between the high and low points at the top. The high back and angled rim also make it a breeze to scoop product right out of the warmer. 

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2. French Fry Cups

No area goes unused with this shape, and its capacity is measured from top to bottom. The cup style is ideal for guests sitting down to eat fries, since the wide base rests easily on a table top and stabalizes the product for consumption.



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3. French Fry Scoop Cups

Shaped like a cup but blended with a scoop design, this holdler provides the space of a cup and the extra capacity at the top like a scoop. Its capacity is determined around the high point in the back, but can vary depending on how you fill it. The wide cup base makes this holder great for resting on tables.

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4. French Fry Cones

The cone's capacity can vary, like the scoop, but its measurement is determined closer to the higher point on the back side. This shape is beneficial for operations where customers are taking fries on the go. The cone shape is comfortable to hold and provides a stylish presentation.



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5. French Fry Bags

This shape's capacity stops at the lower edge of the bag, and allows you to fill most of the bag while leaving a little space at the top. This shape is ideal for carrying fries away or keeping them in place for transport.



Disposable French Fry Holder Sizes

While holders come in a variety of sizes, most often disposable ones offer the same type of holder in small, medium, large, or extra-large sizes. For businesses that offer fast-paced service or the same meal in multiple sizes, this is the perfect way to scale the amount of fries to match the portion of food provided.

Like the above, the size of the holder depends on its shape and capacity or dimensions. For cup and scoop style holders, the sizing is determined by its solid fry ounces. However, french fry bags are categorized differently. With disposable bags, the size is determined by the width and height.

The chart below provides a break down of how the sizes are listed for the disposable holders offered on our site:

Fry Scoops

Fry Cups

Fry Scoop Cups

Fry Bags

Munchie Cups

4 oz.
2.4 oz.
MEDIUM 5.5 oz. 5.5 oz. / 12 oz. 5.5 oz. 5.5 oz. 3.5 oz.
LARGE 7.5 oz. 7.5 oz. / 16 oz. 7.5 oz. 7.5 oz. 4.5 oz.
9 oz. / 32 oz. 9 oz. 9 oz. 9 oz.

Additional Uses for French Fry Containers

The value of a french fry holder can go beyond offering portion control for your product. Holders are great for a variety of appetizers, and are useful for more items than just fries. From foods like mozzarella sticks, fried oysters, onion rings, tater tots, and more, a holder is a great device for serving up all kinds of small side dishes.

Another key benefit of holders includes presentation. Holders are not just practical; they can help you create a memorable looking plate. There are lots of stylized, unconventional holders that are sure to capture the attention of your customers.

Consider serving fries in a holder that fits your modern, chic, or rustic flair. Offering them in this way can accent your menu and create a memorable dining experience for guests.

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