What Does Ingredient Household Mean?

An ingredient household is a home without snacks.

In December 2022, the term "ingredient household" went viral on TikTok. Using the hashtag #ingredienthousehold, users shared stories of living in a home where pantries are (or were) stocked with ingredients for making meals, rather than with ready-to-eat meals or snacks.

Some users suggest they live in a home without snacks because they or their parents are very health conscious or are devoted cooks. Others suggest that it is because they are too poor to buy snacks or someone in the family has an eating disorder.

Whatever the reason a particular ingredient household exists, TikTok users are not shy to share their stories for the entertainment of others and seek sympathy or approval for having to endure snacking on such things as nuts, dry cereal, chocolate chips, croutons, chunks of cheese, or peanut butter.

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meaning of Ingredient Household

"Home Without Snacks"

Summary of Key Points

"Home Without Snacks" is the most common definition for Ingredient Household on Snapchat, WhatsApp, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and TikTok.
Ingredient Household
Definition:Home Without Snacks
Guessability:guessability level 3

3: Guessable

Typical Users:typical user
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An Academic Look at Ingredient Household

Ingredient household is a compound noun, i.e., a noun made from two or more words.

There are three forms of compound nouns:
  • Compound nouns with spaces (e.g., ingredient household, swimming pool, grey matter, fish tank).
  • Compound nouns without spaces (e.g., shotgun, housework, eyelid).
  • Compound nouns with hyphens (e.g., baby-sitter, laughing-gas, daughter-in-law).

Example of Ingredient Household Used in a Text

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