Double Dipping Dilemma: From the host perspective

by EPI Staff on April 21, 2009

Q: What’s the best way to handle a guest who is double dipping?

A: If you are the host and you know the offender well, discreetly and politely – but firmly – ask the person to stop. If the double dipping seems to have just begun, remove the dip to the kitchen and spoon out the tainted part. If the dip is beyond redemption, toss it and put out a fresh bowl. If you don’t know the double dipper, keep mum, but discreetly remove the dip and dump it. Then let it go and enjoy the party. If you are a guest at the party, you can whisper in the host’s ear about what you have witnessed. And, of course, skip the dip.

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LaTonya E Gray May 2, 2009 at 8:10 am

I know I work with children, and some times when we are entertaining our adult guest there are situations which arrive like double dipping. I prepare small individual cups (like the ones that cole slaw would come in at a local rib restaurant which have about a teaspoon of slaw in them) in order to prevent double dipping and the spread of communicable diseases. Naturally individuals who double dip are not thinking about infectious disease or the spread of germs, so that is where I come in. I would simply be beside myself if a guess claimed to be sick from something that I prepared due to double dipping. I hope this helps as an extension in prevention.

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Daniel Post Senning May 4, 2009 at 7:50 am

Thanks for the input.

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