The wristwatch-like invention means a small portion of dip is always nearby.

tyson wrist band for double dipping
Credit: Courtesy of Tyson Foods, Inc.

It’s been 25 years since the sitcom Seinfeld brought the horrors of double-dipping into the public spotlight—“That's like putting your whole mouth right in the dip!”—and yet the problem has never been fully solved. Double-dipping still runs rampant and can be especially problematic during one of the biggest dip events of the year: the Super Bowl. Chicken giant Tyson—producer of wings and other dippable products—understands these concerns and, in the lead up to the big game, has offered its solution: the Tyson Chicken Wing-Mate Wristband—a wristwatch-like accessory with a tiny personal dip-holding compartment.

Somewhat similar to last year’s viral Kickstarter campaign for the DipClip—a tiny car “cup holder” that’s the perfect size to hold fast food sauces—the Wing-Mate is a wristband featuring a container the size and shape of one of those single-serving tubs of McDonald’s barbecue sauce. The idea is that you can fill it with dip, snap it open and closed as needed, and then dip when you like with reckless abandon. “The Wing-Mate makes it possible to enjoy game day entertaining without worrying about proper party etiquette,” said Duke Zandstra, Senior Marketing Director for Tyson. “In fact, we even encourage the triple dip when the Wing-Mate is in play.”

Sadly, the Wing-Mate is not being sold to the public. Instead, a limited number of 300 of the wristbands will be given away through the Tyson Brand Facebook page. “Comment below to enter by telling us your favorite dipping sauce for a chance to win your very own Tyson Chicken Wing-Mate Wristband,” the official Facebook post says.

Interested dippers can enter (once per Facebook account) from now until February 2, after which the 300 winners will be selected at random.

One other problem, though: The Super Bowl takes place on February 4 this year, meaning despite Tyson’s promise of making gameday entertaining easier, it seems highly unlikely that these Wing-Mates will actually arrive in time for biggest game of the year. Talk about a party foul!