Contact Us

How To Dip A Chip Without Breaking It From A Structural Engineer

Adam Kuban, Flickr

If you’ve ever tried dipping a chip at a party and had it break off into the bowl, it’s because you’re doing it wrong, and we’re about to blow your mind.

According to a structural engineer, the way most of us dip chips is structurally unsound.

Here are four steps to avoid breaking chips in the dip.

1. Most tortilla chips are triangular, and we hold the chip by one point, and dip the long edge of the triangle, like a shovel. THAT’S WRONG.

2. We do it so we can scoop up more dip . . . naturally. But it ends up putting too much weight on the point of the chip where you’re holding it, and it snaps.

3. Instead, you should hold the chip along the edge of the triangle, and just dip one point.  In other words, the exact opposite of what we all usually do. And you can get just as much dip, without the breakage.

4. Finally, use chips that are harder to break. Go through the bowl and find ones that are curled, or as the engineers put it, quote, a “bent, undulating chip”. That creates an arch, which is the strongest support structure.  (I’m not a fan of people high-grading the chips and touching all of them!)

Best of XL Country 100.7

Recommended For You

Best of the Web

Leave a Comment

It appears that you already have an account created within our VIP network of sites on . To keep your personal information safe, we need to verify that it's really you. To activate your account, please confirm your password. When you have confirmed your password, you will be able to log in through Facebook on both sites.

Forgot your password?

*Please note that your prizes and activities will not be shared between programs within our VIP network.

It appears that you already have an account on this site associated with . To connect your existing account just click on the account activation button below. You will maintain your existing VIP profile. After you do this, you will be able to always log in to http://xlcountry.com using your original account information.

*Please note that your prizes and activities will not be shared between programs within our VIP network.

Please fill out the information below to help us provide you a better experience.

(Forgot your password?)

Not a member? Sign up here

Sign up for XL Nation quickly by connecting your Facebook account. It's just as secure and no password to remember!

Sign up to have exclusive XL Nation contests, events, coupons, presales, and much more delivered to you for FREE.