Picture this. You are at a party, the host comes round with a with a fabulous tray chock-a-block with crunchy veg, breadsticks and lovely fruits. Then, the person ahead of you dips in their breadstick, bites it in half, then dips it right back in. Do you recoil in horror and avoid the dip, or do you shrug and do exactly the same?
Are you cringing right now?
I asked three friends what they thought about double dipping. B, looked at me in horror when I mentioned it, went into a mini rant and declared that she absolutely hated double dipping and therefore she rarely serves dips at parties. Y, looked in a little bit less horrified, and then said she served individual dips to friends so the issue of double dipping never occurred. Smug or what?
A just looked at me blankly, shrugged his shoulders and said, yeah I do it all the time, what is the problem. A rather refreshing response.
Why all the talk about dipping, well introducing you all to the brand-new flip and dip treats from Philadelphia. These little treats are packed full of lightly whipped Philadelphia cheese with something that little bit different – aka topped with sauces like sweet chilli, Mexican salsa or caramelised onion. All you do is peel and flip into a dish, serve with plenty of cut up veggies or breadsticks and you are good to go. So, so perfect for sharing during picnics, drink parties and summer BBQ’s. Oh and tempting enough that guests might just flip and double dip.
And the whole double dipping debate is informed by recent research commissioned by Philadelphia which shows how divided the country is about double dipping. The majority (60% of us) consider double dipping a complete no-no. However, there is a hard core of us who are relentless. 9% of us will lick our fingers in between taking crisps, and the same proportion of us will lick a knife in between using it. Does this mean that the double dipping population is slowly dying out? Should we be worried?
My stance is this – I am absolutely on the #SingleDipper team. No, double dipping whatsoever peeps. No, no no. Don’t be flipping double dipping or we ain’t gonna be friends no more.
And a big but.
I totally double dip too.
Yeah, yeah, OK, whatever. Wait for it.
I double dip when it is just me.
And that is absolutely allowed.
You feel me?
Find out more about the debate on social media using #SingleDipper and @philly_uk.
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