Am I The Only One Afraid To Use Silver Dragees?

Baking By LoriMc Updated 30 Dec 2009 , 8:34pm by superwawa

LoriMc Posted 14 Dec 2009 , 12:06am
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I know they are illegal to sell in about six states because of their metal content, but I am afraid someone will break a tooth! I don't want a lawsuit. Anybody else scared???

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prterrell Posted 14 Dec 2009 , 1:14am
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Nope. I use the gold and silver dragees. You'd have to eat an insane amount of them for the metal to cause a problem, as both silver and gold are actually things that we have in our system already, it's just an over load of them that becomes poisonous.

As for the tooth-breaking, they're not that hard, but then, you can chip a tooth on the wierdest things, my dad chipped one of his biting his nails one time!

indydebi Posted 14 Dec 2009 , 1:20am
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Heck, I keep some on my desk and munch on them during the day! icon_biggrin.gif When a bride selects them as part o fher cake design, I tell her "They are like little jaw breakers, so you might want to give gramma a head's up!" thumbs_up.gif

luv2bake6 Posted 14 Dec 2009 , 5:47pm
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aundron Posted 14 Dec 2009 , 5:57pm
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I use them all the time!! And like Debi; I LOVE eating them as well!! icon_lol.gif

__Jamie__ Posted 14 Dec 2009 , 6:08pm
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Nope...use them all the time.

laurs_1981 Posted 16 Dec 2009 , 11:00pm
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i was nervous, but i was making some blue and white cookies and they needed smthg to make them sparkle so i tried them for the first time.....i personally didn't taste any, but everyone that had the cookies said they tasted great...and the kids LOVE them!

pattycakesnj Posted 16 Dec 2009 , 11:18pm
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I use them all the time, they add just the right touch. We ate them all the time as kids and I am still here with no noticeable side effects (along with all my siblings, though I question their sanity)

Zamode Posted 16 Dec 2009 , 11:25pm
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They can always pick them off. . . I use them every chance applicable! icon_biggrin.gif

KoryAK Posted 16 Dec 2009 , 11:53pm
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They are actually not illegal. Just some states refuse to sell them because some over zealous lawyers got excited and now they are afraid.

KoryAK Posted 17 Dec 2009 , 12:08am
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and I am a user and an eater icon_smile.gif

sadsmile Posted 17 Dec 2009 , 12:29am
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They have been banned from California(not sure of anywhere else) and it is illegal for a company to sell/ship them where they are banned from.
Silver is "a bio-accumulative metal that, like lead and mercury, stays in the body forever," can build up over time and cause health concerns.
It is ventured to say no one would really ever eat enough to actually do harm, but some admit to munching on them all the time. icon_wink.gif
I have seen people eat several cookies that were loaded with them. Like people are actually going to pic them off and not eat them...? That is what all the fuss is over. A product was made of sugar and covered in an inedible metal, packaged as not edible for decoration only and sold to people making edible deserts. Metals are harmful and not meant for food.

They are really pretty! I love the look. But....

Spuddysmom Posted 17 Dec 2009 , 12:33am
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Use 'em, but then again, I can remember playing with some mercury a classmate had brought for "show and tell" in first grade.

sweetcravings Posted 17 Dec 2009 , 12:42am
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Yup, i use them too. They are readily available in my area but i'm in ontario canada. I sure do like the look of them but like Debi said they are like little jaw breakers and i often think twice about putting them on cookies/cakes for that reason.

SandiOh Posted 17 Dec 2009 , 12:50am
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worry about dragees? people do you know what your eating when you eat a hotdog?

skeet1zp Posted 17 Dec 2009 , 12:53am
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HMMMMmmmmm dragees...very good. I grew up eating them. We still use them every year on our Christmas cookies. Love em!

Christen99 Posted 17 Dec 2009 , 12:59am
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I would LOVE to be able to buy them in the store. You can't buy them in CA. We used to use them all the time when we were kids, they're so cool!

Cakepro Posted 17 Dec 2009 , 1:20am
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How boring life would be if I were afraid to do anything for fear of being sued.

Get over it and use them! They're pretty! icon_smile.gif

sweetcravings Posted 17 Dec 2009 , 2:10am
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Originally Posted by SandiOh

worry about dragees? people do you know what your eating when you eat a hotdog?

hahahahahaha icon_lol.gificon_lol.gificon_lol.gificon_lol.gif

Annabakescakes Posted 19 Dec 2009 , 9:22pm
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Originally Posted by sweetcravings

Originally Posted by SandiOh

worry about dragees? people do you know what your eating when you eat a hotdog?

hahahahahaha icon_lol.gificon_lol.gificon_lol.gificon_lol.gif

That is why i don't eat hot dogs!

I have breakable teeth so I suck on the dragees, but I let my kids eat them. I put them on cakes and I think they are super cute.

How do you pronounce it? I say "drag-E", but i had this super stuck-up cakey boss that laughed in my face and said "draw-zhay" I almost hate her, and she made me cry once, but I want to know if she was right!

Cakepro Posted 19 Dec 2009 , 9:36pm
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Yes, she was definitely right.

I have accidentally laughed our loud when students said "drag-EE" to me too, but only because it's humorous when I hear it said that way...and they laughed too. icon_wink.gif

kakedreamer1212 Posted 19 Dec 2009 , 9:53pm
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I have also been afraid to use them even tho I think they are beautiful. I see so many cakes decorated with them but had read that they should be removed before comsuming the cake. Who would go through all the trouble of taking them off the cake before they eat it? They are a bit difficult to find in my area. I may break down and get some. They're soooo pretty!!!!!

Ruth0209 Posted 20 Dec 2009 , 4:19am
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Yep, it's definitely "draw-zhay". Even if you hate the broad, she's got the pronunciation right.

I love the way they look and use them all the time. I hate morons who sue for stupid things.

indydebi Posted 20 Dec 2009 , 4:30am
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(raising her hand slowly from the back of the room) I also used to call them drag-EE's until I heard it pronounced properly.

It's also a family joke about how I "pronounce 'em as I see 'em". In 2nd grade, I called it Reader's DIG-est instead of Readers DIE-gest. Hubby still laughs at the time I saw the word Potpouri (PO-purr-EE) and pronounced it pot-POR-ee! icon_lol.gif

My then-jr-high-school aged daughter was helping me with a spelling list (I was in a fund-raising spelling bee) and she was having a problem with one of the words. She finally brightened and say, "Oh! I got it!" and gave me the word "Common Cement". I had no idea what she was talking about until I looked at the word and told her, "It's commencement!" icon_lol.gif

It must be hereditary!

makeminepink Posted 20 Dec 2009 , 4:56am
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I haven't even looked for them since I read what it says on the outside of the bottle! I'm afraid too. I know it may sound silly, but until they find out just what is causing cancer and Alzheimer's--- I'm leary! Leary or leery? Anyway!

Ruth0209 Posted 20 Dec 2009 , 5:07am
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Yeah, I thought it was drag-ee until I looked it up! I was just glad I didn't say it out loud to anyone and embarrass myself before I figured it out. I tell customers how to say it, and tell them it looks like drag-ee but is pronounced draw-zhay.

I had a Sociology teacher in college tell the class that conscience and conscious were spelled differently but pronounced the same way. Um, no. Of course, he was the same dork who gave us the definition of murder simply as "killing someone without their permission". First of all, really? And secondly, what college freshman doesn't already know what murder is anyway? I dropped that class. It was just too stupid.

I had a teaching assistant pronounce dichotomy as DICK-ta-moan-e instead of die-COT-a-me. Took me a week to puzzle out what she was talking about.

I heard a news story about the Galapagos Islands where the guy said galla-PEG-os instead of ga-LOP-a-gos.

I had a friend tell me about a plane crash in the Potomac River, POT-o-mac.

I don't have much trouble with pronunciation, but when I was in the second grade I wrote a story about how "knee grows" were the same as everyone else and we should be good to them (It was 1961 when Negro was a more commonly used term). My mom still laughs about that.

Cakepro Posted 20 Dec 2009 , 5:26am
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OMG Ruth, do you live amongst inbreds? That is just ridiculous. Hello...4th grade English anyone?

I once had a professor snicker at me when I mispronounced ad infinitum... but damn, that was Latin, not English. LOL

Ruth0209 Posted 20 Dec 2009 , 5:37am
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Originally Posted by Cakepro

OMG Ruth, do you live amongst inbreds? That is just ridiculous. Hello...4th grade English anyone?

I once had a professor snicker at me when I mispronounced ad infinitum... but damn, that was Latin, not English. LOL

LOL! Sometimes I think so. So much for higher education, huh?

KateLS Posted 20 Dec 2009 , 5:43am
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When I was in 7th grade, I wrote a poem about my bedroom being messy and said it looked like a hoar. (pronounced it whore.) (I didn't have a dictionary on hand when I wrote it, and I needed something that rhymed with door. =/ )

Some girls came up after and, teasingly, asked me if I knew what that word meant. I said, "Yeah!"

Eventually, I realized the word I was looking for was "horror".

Never made that mistake again.

cathyscakes Posted 20 Dec 2009 , 6:13am
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I hate the things, I think they ruin a cookie, or cake, I hate biting into them.But then, I hate sprinkles, (which is my maiden name} I know i'm weird. lol

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