We would like to thank the servers who acted as the experimental accomplices in these experiments as well as the anonymous reviewers for their helpful suggestions.
Sweetening the Till: The Use of Candy to Increase Restaurant Tipping1
Article first published online: 31 JUL 2006
Journal of Applied Social Psychology
Volume 32, Issue 2, pages 300–309, February 2002
How to Cite
Strohmetz, D. B., Rind, B., Fisher, R. and Lynn, M. (2002), Sweetening the Till: The Use of Candy to Increase Restaurant Tipping. Journal of Applied Social Psychology, 32: 300–309. doi: 10.1111/j.1559-1816.2002.tb00216.x
- Issue published online: 31 JUL 2006
- Article first published online: 31 JUL 2006
A common practice among servers in restaurants is to give their dining parties an unexpected gift in the form of candy when delivering the check. Two experiments were conducted to evaluate the impact of this gesture on the tip percentages received by servers. Experiment 1 found that customers who received a small piece of chocolate along with the check tipped more than did customers who received no candy. Experiment 2 found that tips varied with the amount of the candy given to the customers as well as with the manner in which it was offered. It is argued that reciprocity is a stronger explanation for these findings than either impression management or the good mood effect.