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KFC Japan unleashes 'finger sleeves' for diners

Is the chicken still finger lickin' good if you can't lick your fingers?

Is the chicken still finger lickin' good if you can't lick your fingers?  (iStock)

Is a KFC meal still "finger lickin'" good if you can't even lick your fingers?

In Japan, the chicken chain is now offering customers something it's calling a "Finger Nup" (nup is short for napkin) for diners who want to keep their paws grease free, reports Japan's RocketNews 24.

The tiny plastic sleeves, which are available for purchase, are designed to keep fingers and thumbs from getting dirty while chowing down on wings, thighs and more. 

The chain says the plastic device is an upgrade from using a paper napking to hold said piece of fried chicken. Oil still soaks through regular napkins so company trialled the finger sleeves with an "oil-resistant" material.

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Easy to put on and take off, the new product is said to be especially handy for customers with manicured nails or people who want to quickly get back to using their smartphones after eating.

Introduced on Dec. 15, the “Finger Nups” began circulating at over 200 stores around the Kantao and Kansai regions. The chain appears to be worried about customers making off with a bunch of nups so they're stored behind staff counters-- so you'll have to ask if you want to get your hands on some sleeves.

In the U.S., the chicken chain has been trying out a few unusual products, too. 

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