What is a Sugar Daddy?

Sugar Daddy Candy

If you think we’re talking about the caramel candy pop on a stick, you’re in for a surprising awakening today. A sugar daddy is a new concept where wealthy men adorn beautiful women with gifts, money, trips, and more in return for their companionship.

For those of you thinking this sounds like an escort arrangement, you’re sort of right, and you are sort of not. It all is going to depend on who you ask.

A Sugar What?

The term sugar daddie ahs exploded in popularity over the past few years as the details of these arrangements have moved out from behind closed doors and dark corners and into the limelight. Shows like Dr. Phil have highlighted these arrangements and interview those involved and those seeking these arrangements. While it may seem like a new concept to you, this has been going on for years and years.

It goes something like this. Rich guy wants the company of a pretty girl. Usually the guy is older, and usually, the girl is younger and beautiful. Rich guy wants to share his successes with this beautiful girl in exchange for her company. Typically, the guy does not pay a fixed amount as he might with an escort or a prostitute. What he does instead is he buys the girl gifts, takes her on trips with him, pays some of her bills, or sends her to the spa.

Basically, he treats her like a princess, and in return, she graces him with her presence. The girl that is being doted on by the sugar daddie is known as the sugar baby. While these relationships may seem strictly financial in nature, it’s not uncommon for an actual relationship or love to stem out of a sugar daddie and sugar babie relationship.


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The million dollar question that gets asked always is whether or not the sugar babie is required to give sex for these gifts and money. The short answer is no. There are no requirements for anything like that to take place. If there were, we would be calling this prostitution. Now, does that mean that there is no sex involved? It does not.

A lot of sugar babies are highly attracted to their sugar daddies and enjoy having sex with them. It’s been said that it makes them feel like they are a queen in a relationship with a man of power and wealth. If we had to guess, the majority of sugar daddie and babie relationships do involve some aspect of intimacy, but it is certainly not required.

Some daddies are looking for that as they are looking for the girlfriend type experience. They don’t just want arm candy, but they want someone that they can feel attached to and in love with. Whether that blossoms into a real relationship or not is beside the point. The sugar daddies are often looking for that feeling, and some degree of intimacy usually helps to strengthen that.


Whether or not a sugar daddie and a sugar babie are exclusive will depend on the arrangement between the two people involved. Sometimes the daddies are looking for an exclusive relationship and do not want to ever share their babie with other daddies. Typically, in these arrangements, the amount of money spent on the babie is going to be higher than with those that are more casual.

This is something that you will have to discuss with each other if this is something you are looking to get involved with. If there is physical intimacy, it’s much more likely that it’s going to be an exclusive arrangement to help protect both partners.

What Sorts of Things?

Maybe you’re a pretty girl thinking about looking into this. If you are, we want to talk about some of the different things that we’ve heard and seen daddies cover for their babies. On the most basic level, we’ve seen them pay for expensive dinners, spa days, pay some smaller bills, and buy them gifts like clothes, purses, and shoes. As you move up the ladder, that can evolve into getting more lavished gifts like jewelry and handbags, trips to exotic and fun locations, and even paying some bigger bills. We have heard A LOT of stories of daddies helping their babies pay off some of their college debt.

At the top of the sugar daddie food chain, we’ve seen girls get cars, plastic surgery, insane jewelry, houses, and more. We’ve seen complete college debts paid off, business funding paid, and pretty much anything a woman could want to be covered. In return, all the guys are asking for is companionship, arm candy, and maybe a little sugar for themselves. The happier a daddie is, the more their wallet is inclined to open up.

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Author: Healthy Framework Team

The Healthy Framework team has a combined 50+ years of experience in the online dating industry. Collectively, the team has reviewed over 300 dating apps and is known as one of the leaders in the relationship advice and information space. The team's work has been featured on Zoosk, Tinder, The Economist, People Magazine, Parade, Women's Health, Her Campus, Fox, and more.