Super Bowl Party Advice That May Save Your Life

Ever go to a restaurant with a group and observe the dreaded double-dipper? That is, the guy who dips a chip, only eats a portion of it, then dips it again. This practice always reaches epidemic proportions at Super Bowl parties, with various dip bowls strewn about the kitchen and game-viewing room.

Super Bowl Dip

Until we polish off a six of Molson Canadian, we usually do spy those double-dippers. But by the second half, thanks to those monster Tostitos chips they’re selling these days, we’re also in the repeat offender category.

But little did we know though that OUR NEXT DIP COULD BE OUR LAST. At least according to a study from Clemson University on the practice.


The recent student on the practice of double-dipping (our tax dollars at work!) said that “on average, the students found that the three to six double dips transferred about 10,000 bacteria from an eater’s mouth to the remaining dip sample.”

In other words, bacteria is transferred from the chip dipper into the dip and back onto your chip!

Not as bad as this guy felt, but close:

The head of the study, Prof. Paul Dawson, said of the bacterial swap, “we know that’s how most colds and flu are transferred.” And god knows what else.

More Dawson: “You can eat the dip, but you shouldn’t eat it when someone else is double dipping. I like to say it’s like kissing everybody at the party - if you’re double dipping, you’re putting some of your bacteria in that dip.

#1 suggestion made by Dawson to alleviate the chance of infection? Something near and dear to the Patriots and Giants placekickers in the actual game: smaller chips.