01/14/2014 09:08 am ET Updated Jan 23, 2014

18 Condiments For French Fries That Aren't Ketchup (PHOTOS)

Flickr: how lucky we are

There's no denying the greatness of French fries. These golden sticks of happiness are the reason we order certain dishes at restaurants. (Seriously.) They instantly improve burgers, are 50 percent of the reason we love fish and chips and just make the world a better place all around. Whether curly, seasoned or waffled, we're starting a committee to make sure these spuds are served with every meal. (Who's with us?)

But we're getting off topic here. What we really want to be addressing is not that you should be eating more French fries -- because, duh -- but how you should be eating them. We're willing to bet that most of you out there are eating your fries in the same ol' ketchup you've been dipping in since the day you were born. We have one thing to say about that: BORING. It's time to switch things up, guys. French fries deserve more than that.

We don't have anything against ketchup. We were still dipping our fries in this tomato-based condiment until our Facebook fans let us in on their French fry accompaniment of choice. Their answers made us put down the ketchup and broaden our French-fry horizons.

Check out the 18 things you should be dipping in, that aren't ketchup.

  • 1 Blue Cheese Dressing
    Flickr: Kristen Bonardi Rapp
    If it makes us actually want to eat salads, just think about what it can do for your fries.
  • 2 Brown Gravy
    Flickr: stu_spivack
    All the glory of poutine, without the cheese curds.
  • 3 Steak Sauce
    Flickr: Smart Alex!
  • 4 Chocolate Frosty
    Flickr: compujeramey
    This might sound strange, but until you try it YOU HAVE NO IDEA.
  • 5 Fry Sauce
    Flickr: Victor Solanoy
    They don't call it fry sauce for no reason.
  • 6 French's Yellow Mustard
    Flickr: burgermac
    It's not just for hot dogs, guys.
  • 7 Malt Vinegar
    Flickr: paulshannon
    You might not want to dip your fries in this, but definitely sprinkle some on top.
  • 8 Tartar Sauce
    Flickr: Neeta Lind
    Why we only dip our fries in tartar sauce when eating fish and chips is something that we will never understand.
  • 9 Aioli
    Flickr: qwrrty
    Garlicky awesomeness.
  • 10 Bearnaise
    Flickr: trevorhpittman
    If it's good enough for steak, we guess it'll be worthy of our fries.
  • 11 Buffalo Sauce
    Flickr: Bob B. Brown
    Spice things up!
  • 12 Sriracha
    Flickr: ilovememphis
    What shouldn't you drown in rooster sauce?
  • 13 Banana Sauce
    Flickr: Ryan Snyder
    Don't ask, just try it.
  • 14 Honey Mustard
    Flickr: Steve Snodgrass
    All the sweetness of ketchup, with a little more pizzazz.
  • 15 Ranch
    Flickr: Brad.K
    Because, of course.
  • 16 BBQ Sauce
    Flickr: betsyweber
    Yes. YES. Yes.
  • 17 Jalapeno Cheese
    Flickr: alexik
    Your taste buds won't know what hit them.
  • 18 1000 Island Dressing
    It's worth bringing this dressing back for French fries.

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