Is that a grape balancing atop an upside-down bowl or a head peeking through a scallop-edged brown poncho? It's gotta be one or the other because despite what Burton & Burton claims, there's just no way that verging-on-vulgar oblong protrusion could be a cherry on a cupcake.
I don't like the idea of having to treat it as a knob/handle either. I understand that it's there to make lifting the lid of the 4" ceramic sugar bowl easier (it's normally such an arduous task, isn't it?), but I think we'd be able to manage removing the glossy lid, filling the 3.5" opening with granulated sugar, inserting the 4" spoon, and replacing the lid without it.
Don't believe me? Head over to Amazon with $4.95 to prove it to yourself.