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A dip or dipping sauce is a common condiment for many sorts of food. Dips are used to add flavour to a food, for example pita bread, dumplings, crackers, cut-up raw vegetables, seafood, cubed pieces of meat and cheese, potato chips, tortilla chips or falafel. Unlike other sauces, rather than applying the sauce to the food, the food is typically put or dipped, into the dipping sauce (hence the name). Dips are commonly used for finger foods and other easily held foods. Thick dips based on sour cream, crème fraiche, yoghurtt, mayonnaise, soft cheese or beans are a staple of American hors d'oeuvres and are thinner than spreads that may be thinned to produce dips.
Dip is an incredibly widespread food. Types of dip are eaten all over the world.