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To Dip or Not to Dip
The Etiquette Problem:
We’ve all heard it said that double-dipping is a social no-no. “That’s gross,” people will say, or even just say, “eeeeww!” Even if they don't say anything, they will be thinking it and giving you the cold shoulder. Well, there are plenty of ways around that familiar but annoying condition of more chip (or chunk of vegetable); but not enough dip to go with. Here, then, are the workarounds to that bit of social stigma.
The Big Rift
So, you got hold of one of those rare, but really large chips? This is the simplest one. Just break it in half, and dip deep with each half; presto! Plenty of dip for both halves
The Sly Bite
What? You already dipped that big chip? Not to worry. Simply bite off the part you already dipped, very carefully. Essentially, you are breaking it in half, just like the previous suggestion, but against your teeth, but being very careful that neither nor lips nor your tongue make contact with the remaining half. Now, rotate the piece 180o, and go ahead and dip that other piece; it won’t be the end you bit that contacts the dip.
The Slip and Drop
Not such a big chip, but still can’t see how to get enough dip? This is really simple. Just “accidentally” drop the chip, and let it lay over in the dip. Be sure to use a utensil to fish it out, though, and not your fingers. That way, you won’t be seen as a social pariah. The whole chip will be coated with plenty of dip for even the most dip-hungry partiers.
But, Is It Really Such a Big Deal? The Mythbusters Say No!
Going Down Deep
You can always resort to the ‘deep dipping’ tactic, but caution is advised; this works well only with sturdy chips such as corn or tortilla chips, and ridge-cut potato chips. Otherwise, you risk losing your chip entirely, with it breaking below the surface of the dip. Then, you are out the whole chip and have to begin again. Someone else will find your soggy treasure a bit later on.
The Creative Twist
So, you find yourself at the end of the chips, and almost the end of the dip at the same time? Congratulations: it doesn't often it work out that way. With that kind of luck, you should go buy a lottery ticket!
But, if you still want to finish them together, but not get dip all over your fingers, or lose the chips, just take a page out of my younger daughter's book. She came up with this one at about the age of 12.
Simply dump the remaining chips into the rest of the dip, get a spoon, stir it up, and eat with the spoon! Voilà! No mess, and no double-dipping accusations, because you just made it all yours.
Remember What Mother Taught You
But the best bet of all, that will garner you no dirty looks or snide remarks, is to simply use a spoon and take a portion of the dip onto a plate.
Now, you may double-dip to your heart’s content, in any manner you choose! All other dodges aside, that's just plain good manners! Of course, if you're trying out for a remake of "Animal House," that's another matter!
© 2018 Liz Elias
Liz Elias (author) from Oakley, CA on July 10, 2018:
I'm glad you were raised properly. ;-) No double-dipping even on your own plate, eh? You must need a really large spoon for the first go-round. Hee hee hee.
Thanks for stopping by. I'm delighted you found this bit of fluff amusing.
Natalie Frank from Chicago, IL on July 09, 2018:
I was raised right so not only do not double dip but am horrified at the notion. I am so averse to the practice I won't even do it on my own plate for fear someone may not understand and also won't take a spoonful of dip place it on my plate then dip the spoon in a second time for more. No siree - no double dipping on my watch!
Thanks for an amusing article, Liz.
Liz Elias (author) from Oakley, CA on May 08, 2018:
Yes, it takes being very creative, and--dare I say--sneaky, to pull of some of these tactics! Glad you enjoyed this bit of fluff.
RedElf from Canada on May 08, 2018:
Love the "puddlers" - that's the best way to go, for sure. Fun Hub :)
Liz Elias (author) from Oakley, CA on May 07, 2018:
@ Eric; That's hilarious! But I wonder who really came up with it first. Hahaha! My daughter thought this up back in about 1983, some 35 years ago... ;-)
@ Bob; I know what you mean. I did find the Mythbusters' bit quite interesting, but it is still rather off-putting to see someone standing there double-dipping to their heart's content.
Bob Bamberg on May 07, 2018:
Fun hub, Liz. I've turned away from more than one chip 'n dip bowl because of double dippers. Now I just plop a healthy puddle of dip on my plate earl on and don't worry about the double dippers at the bowl.
Eric Dierker from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A. on May 06, 2018:
Excuse me but I have your daughter's crumbled chip dish often.
A wonderful piece here and thank you for it.