Trongs are gripping and lifting tools which are made up of three limbs, or finger-channels, each with teeth on the end of them. They are generally made of polypropylene and are dishwasher safe. Trongs are designed for eating finger food such as buffalo wings and bbq ribs so that the user doesn't get their fingers messy. They are used in pairs so that the user has one for each hand. Trongs stand on the table like a tripod and the user is able to lift them by applying a slight inward pressure.
Trongs were invented in 2007 by Eric Zimmermann and Dan Ferrara Jr. of New York. They decided to invent a device for eating messy food while keeping fingers clean, after not being able to answer a cell phone due to sauce covered fingers.
The word "trong" - a portmanteau of "tri" and "tongs" - is a noun that describes the product, not the brand name. Trongs are sold under various brands.
Story of Trongs
While working late one night, Eric Zimmermann and Dan Ferrara decided to take a break and grab some buffalo wings. Just as they sunk their teeth in, Dan's cell phone rang and he scrambled to wipe his fingers clean. Not able to do so quick enough, he missed the call. That was the moment when they realized the obvious utensil that the world had been missing, and the concept of the trong was born.
For the next year, Eric and Dan worked to create dozens of different models of this new utensil, continually improving the design. They knew that in order for this product to work, it would have to be both comfortable and effective.
Who doesn't enjoy diving into a dripping pile of Buffalo wings or BBQ ribs? The unavoidable mess and sticky fingers are just part of the process... right? Not anymore! With trongs you can enjoy the experience of eating wings and ribs without the mess.
What's worse than that pasty sticky mess left on your fingers when you bread chicken cutlets? When you use trongs, your fingers stay clean, so you are free to answer the phone, pick up the baby, or anything else that gets thrown your way.
Trongs are also great for eating sushi, shrimp coctail, horderves, potato chips, and the list goes on. Although trongs are designed to keep your fingers clean, they can also be used to keep your food clean. What do we mean? Let's say you are a mechanic and your hands are covered in grease. It's easier to grab a pair of trongs to eat a berger and fries than it is to scrub your fingers clean.
Q. What are trongs made of?
A. Trongs are made of food-safe polypropylene.
Q. Are trongs recyclable?
A. Yes, trongs are diswasher safe up to 175°F and designed for repeated use.
Q. Are there different sizes and colors?
A. Trongs are on-size-fits-all. They come in any color you want... as long as it's red. Please contact us for prices on customized colors and branding.
Q. Why do I need trongs - isn't getting messy part of the fun?
A. There will always be people who eat wings and ribs with their fingers, just as there are people who have yet to appreciate the benefits of smart phones and facebook. The reality is that getting your fingers sticky is annoying in most cases... so why not use trongs and avoid the mess.
Q. How will trongs help achieve world peace?
A. Perhaps trongs will eliminate a critical source of frustration, thereby generating a powerful wave of happiness and harmony that spreads throughout the known universe and beyond.