I'm an etiquette expert – this is why you shouldn't 'double dip'

I’m an etiquette expert – this is why you shouldn’t ‘double dip’ – and the correct way to eat nacho chips and dip

  • London and Berkshire-based Lucy Challenger makes etiquette videos on TikTok
  • In a recent viral video the 39-year-old discussed why you shouldn’t double dip
  • She outlined the correct way to eat foods like nachos to avoid double dipping 
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 An etiquette expert has discussed the bacteria-spreading risks of ‘double dipping’ – and how you can avoid doing it while eating nibbles like large nachos.

London and Berkshire-based Lucy Challenger, 39, is the founder and CEO of high-end Mayfair agency Polo and Tweed, which sources employees for uber-wealthy clients.

She is also a TikTok and Instagram creator, and has garnered more than 12.6 million likes for her videos which teach Gen Z social media users the essential manners and etiquette they need to fit in with the upper echelons of society.

Lucy has made a range of videos explaining the proper way to eat various foods, some more tongue-in-cheek than others, encompassing a range of delicacies from pizza to chocolate bars.

According to etiquette expert Lucy Challenger (pictured) double dipping is a serious faux pas – but she offers handy tips on how to avoid it

In a recent clip, she tackled foods you eat with dips, for example nachos or crisps, and explained why it is poor form to ‘double dip’ – in other words, dipping food into a sauce before biting it, then re-dipping the same piece.

According to Lucy, as well as being disgusting, there is a strong health reason why you shouldn’t double dip into communal foods.

She explained: ‘Scientists from Clemson University in South Carolina have discovered that double dipping, aka dipping the same chip or item of food into the dip, is a fantastic way to spread bacteria. 

‘When you take a bite of food, bacteria from your mouth transfers onto the item of food. 

Lucy pointed out that double dipping presents a health hazard, as it is an effective way of spreading bacteria from your mouth to the communal dip 

‘If you then place the same item of food back into that bowl, you’ll find that your mouth bacteria enters that bowl.’

She went on to explain how you can avoid double dipping when enjoying saucy snacks at functions.

Lucy said: ‘If you have a large piece of nachos and it is polite to do so, you can break the nacho in half. This way, you can now dip each piece independently, without fear of double dipping. 

‘I take the nacho, place it into the beautiful guacamole, and then in one neat mouthful, place it into my mouth to eat. 

‘If the item you’re dipping is too large to eat and in mouthful, then remember this is when you shouldn’t double dip. 

A number of viewers took to the comments section to share strongly worded opinions on the unhygienic practice of double dipping

‘I take the nacho, I gather some guacamole, I now eat a small portion of the chip. This remaining portion must not be dipped back into that bowl, I eat it as it comes.’

Viewers took to the comments section to share their own thoughts on double dipping, with many taking a dim view of the unsavoury practice.

One wrote: ‘As soon as I see a double dipper or triple dipper, I’m NOT eating anything they prepare. I automatically don’t trust them.’

Another agreed, writing: ‘Hummus or guacamole! I believe double dipping is a capital offense in all levels of society!’

And a third offered: ‘Doesn’t need a scientist to figure that double dipping spreads bacteria.’ 

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