A wooden honey dipper

A honey dipper (also called a honey dripper, honey wand, honey stick, honey spoon, or honey drizzler) is a kitchen utensil used to collect viscous liquid (generally honey or syrup) from a container, which is then dispensed at another location.

Description

The tool is often made of turned wood.[1] Besides the handle, the tool consists of equally spaced grooves.[2] Often, the grooves descend in circumference on each new groove.

The utensil is sometimes made of plastic,[3] stainless steel, silver-plated brass, silicone, ceramic, or glass.[4] Some users prefer wood or another soft material, which is less likely to chip a glass or porcelain cup.[4]

Use

A honey dipper in use

One method of using the tool is to dip the grooved end into the liquid, rotate the handle in a horizontal position,[4] then slowly twirl the handle between the thumb and fingers while in transport, as the concentric grooves help to minimize dripping.[5] When the twirling motion is stopped, the honey will collect on the lower parts of the tool and drip off, thus dispensing the honey.

The tool is commonly used to drizzle honey on bread, biscuits, or other foods of that nature.[3]

In popular culture

The mascot of Honey Nut Cheerios, "BuzzBee", has carried various incarnations of honey dippers.[6] Winnie-the-Pooh toys by Mattel have featured a honey dipper alongside the bear.[7]

References

  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. ^ a b Underwood, Hillary (December 8, 1999). "Cook's Toys". Sarasota Herald-Tribune. p. E1 Cuisine. Retrieved November 16, 2015.
  4. ^ a b c Burlew, Rusty (February 4, 2018). "The design of the honey dipper: from primitive to practical". Honey Bee Suite. Retrieved May 16, 2023.
  5. ^ 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.
  6. ^ Sources that show a honey dipper has been carried by the Honey Nut Cheerios mascot:
  7. ^ "Disney- Mattel". Observer-Reporter. FAO Schwarz. November 7, 1999. p. 43, Toys "R" Us. Retrieved November 16, 2015.