A rustic saucier filled with a mixture of ketchup and mayonnaise
Fry Sauce Has Been Around A Lot Longer Than You Think
By Nico Danilovich
Fry sauce may seem like an ingenious modern invention, but the simple yet exquisite combination of mayo and tomato ketchup is actually an older culinary invention. While mayonnaise was invented in 1756 and tomato ketchup in 1812, there is no record of them being combined, and modern fry sauce emerged in the United States around the mid-20th century.
Don Carlos, who is the founder of the Utah restaurant Arctic Circle, is credited with inventing pink sauce, which was a combination of ketchup and mayo. He originally used the sauce to top his burgers, but over time, customers fell in love with the condiment and started dipping their fries in it — thus, the new name.
Don Carlos’ grandson told Deseret News that it was two workers at a franchise who discovered the combination, which his grandfather then approved. While other cultures and U.S. regions claim to have invented the combination of mayo and tomatoes, like with koktelisosa in Iceland and golf sauce in Argentina, Arctic Circle is the original restaurant of fry sauce.