I really enjoy eating apples, however it is annoying when hands get sticky.

How can I eat an apple so that the juices do not make my hands sticky?

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    A good answer would not really be a hack.
    – Jon
    Dec 11 '14 at 5:00
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    @Jon Then tell me what a hack is. So far I have no idea what a life hack is. Dec 11 '14 at 8:54
  • @Jon See this meta question. Dec 11 '14 at 12:49
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    @Jon It defines it as an unconventional solution to a problem. As far as I am aware there is no convention to eating an apple. Dec 11 '14 at 15:17
  • Why not eat it while holding a paper towel or something? ....I would advise editing the question to include why you wouldn't want to do something like that. ( waste of paper/not ecological? doesn't work for you? paper towels are too expensive? )
    – Shokhet
    Dec 11 '14 at 21:47

Counterintuitively, corn on the cob holders can be good for this.

They dig into the apple directly, rather than a fork which curves and can cause difficulty in angling it right without biting into metal.

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  • If you're going to go down the utensils route, why not use a knife and fork?
    – fredley
    Dec 12 '14 at 11:33
  • @Tom Forks go in at an angle, so you sometimes bite into metal.
    – Tim
    Dec 12 '14 at 11:49
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    I tried this and it was pretty effective. My hands were clean and I am sure if I tried a bit more, my chin would also be ok. Dec 14 '14 at 0:03

You can make it sort of a caramel apple (without the caramel). Get a popsicle stick or something else similar and stick it in the bottom of the apple. Now you can eat it without get sticky.


Take a knife / fork or something and jam it top down into the apple. Then you have a nice handle and can eat all the apple you want.

When finished use something other then your hand to strip the apple off the knife / fork and clean it. I do this by laying the apple on the ground, standing on it and pull the knife out to the side. You have to clean your knife afterwards, so it isn't sticky itself. A leaf from a tree can work as hanky in this case.

Be careful not to cut yourself or bite on the metal though.

  • As you mentioned, I often don't push the fork in straight enough and I bite into it... Would a skewer all the way through the middle work do you think?
    – Tim
    Dec 10 '14 at 20:09
  • I would use more than one so you have some lever grip. Else the apple would twist and turn on it and get loose. Also you would have the problem of juice running down the skewer. Something with a proper handle is most likely a better choice. Dec 10 '14 at 20:14

I hold the apple with one hand and eat a circle around the "equator".

I then either snap the apple in half and eat the remaining flesh from each half, holding the inner bit of the core and a "dimple".

Eating the remaining flesh without snapping the apple in half is possible, but I find this leaves me with a sticky chin.


I just cut the apple in little pieces like the picture below then I'll just it eat using a fork. This also avoids throwing the remains of an apple, so you can just do anything you want while eating apple. :)

I do this when I am so lazy to get up, I just want to eat and play games, or watch movies or focus on programming. :)

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First, cut out some paper towels so that they are just bigger then your hand, then eat the apple while holing them. Doing this stops apple juice form getting all over your hands.

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    You could also put on a pair of elastic gloves, for the same amount of effort ;-)
    – Shokhet
    Dec 10 '14 at 5:24

Use a corer/slicer. Now that you have eight slices with no more waste, just pick them up with a fork.

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