Honey dipper

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A wooden honey dipper

A honey dipper is a kitchen utensil used to collect viscous liquid (generally honey, hence the name) from a container, which it then exudes to another location. It is often made of turned wood.[1] Besides the handle, the tool consists of equally spaced grooves.[2]


A honey dipper in use

One method of using the tool is to dip the grooved end into the liquid, then slowly twirl the handle between the thumb and fingers while in transport, to prevent dripping.[3] It is commonly used to drizzle honey on bread, biscuits, or other foods of that nature.[4] The tool is sometimes made of plastic[4] or glass.

In popular culture[edit]

The mascot of Honey Nut Cheerios, "BuzzBee", has carried various incarnations of honey dippers.[5] Winnie-the-Pooh toys by Mattel have featured a honey dipper alongside the bear.[6]

Alternative term usage[edit]

Since the 1920s, the term "honey dipper" has been used as a term of disparagement for the workers who empty septic tanks, clean latrines, and do similar work.[7][note 1]


  1. ^ There are many other terms for people doing this work; see the history of manual scavenging and the history of sanitation.


  1. ^ Pierce, Kerry (2002). The Wood Stash Project Book. Popular Woodworking Books. p. 41, Project 5: Two Honey Dippers. ISBN 1558706003.
  2. ^ Langton, David; Cambell, Anita (2011). Visual Marketing. John Wiley and Sons Inc. 46. New Beverage Design Creates Buzz- Why It Works. ISBN 9781118035672.
  3. ^ Berger, J.A. (June 7, 2005). "Gadget quiz answers". Journal Sentinel. Journal Sentinel Inc. pp. 9,12 First-Time Home Buyers. Retrieved November 16, 2015.
  4. ^ a b Underwood, Hillary (December 8, 1999). "Cook's Toys". Sarasota Herald-Tribune. p. E1 Cuisine. Retrieved November 16, 2015.
  5. ^ Sources that show a honey dipper has been carried by the Honey Nut Cheerios mascot:
  6. ^ "Disney- Mattel". Observer-Reporter. FAO Schwarz. November 7, 1999. p. 43, Toys "R" Us. Retrieved November 16, 2015.
  7. ^ Sources for the alternative slang meaning of "honey dipper":

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