Silver Dragees...please Help!

Decorating By NanaSandy Updated 9 Dec 2010 , 11:52am by pattycakesnj

NanaSandy Posted 9 Dec 2010 , 2:17am
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I have a question about silver dragee's. This may be a stupid question, but I was thinking about buying some silver dragee's and the website I was going to order from, Globalsugar, says: "Please note that all metallic gold & silver dragees are decorative items and are not to be consumed"
Why would you use it on a cake if it wasn't to be consumed? I am confused now. Should I not use these on my cake????? What makes them not consumable?

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Ruth0209 Posted 9 Dec 2010 , 2:31am
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They only say that so people won't sue them if they break a tooth or claim metal poisoning from the silver or gold on them. People have been eating them for years. They're just sugar on the inside.

Lakelover Posted 9 Dec 2010 , 2:32am
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I want to know too . Aren't these the same small silver balls we ate as kids or are they made differently now? Maybe this is the same type of warning as "you shouldn't eat cake batter because of the raw eggs" I'm 45 years old and have been tasting cake batter as far back as I can remember LOL

pattycakesnj Posted 9 Dec 2010 , 2:35am
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In the US they are not sanctioned by the FDA as a food product (it is even illegal to ship them to CA) but in Europe, they are considered food safe. That said, we ate them as kids for years with no adverse effects (at least I think we are normal). I use them all the time on cakes, you would have to eat a pound or so of them in one sitting to get sick from the metal content

mom2twogrlz Posted 9 Dec 2010 , 2:46am
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Yep, I'm in CA, and we can't have them here. It really stinks. I remember they were my favorite thing to eat as a kid when my mom made cakes. She would get onto me and my brothers all the time for eating all the silver balls before she could get them on the cake. Oh the fond memories!!!!

cakelady2266 Posted 9 Dec 2010 , 2:47am
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I use them quite a bit, I only thought they would be hazardous if you were to break a tooth on one. Go figure.

pattycakesnj Posted 9 Dec 2010 , 3:17am
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The issue for the FDA is the metal content not the safety of your teeth

cakelady2266 Posted 9 Dec 2010 , 3:29am
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I didn't really think it was real metal used in them. I figured they were highly polished luster dust or something. Is it the same with the multicolored ones as well.

NanaSandy Posted 9 Dec 2010 , 3:32am
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thank you everybody! That is what I thought, but I figured I better get some input on it.
@Mom2twogrlz: Pretty cool to hear your in Bakersfield. I lived there for about 15 yrs. In fact, lived in CA most of my life, until 10 yrs ago we moved to TN. It is beautiful here.
I read the thing about it being illegal in CA, and just laughed. (Everything is illegal in CA anymore.)
And I like you, remember eating them as a kid! , so I couldn't understand the not consumable thing, nor the fact that they were illegal!! icon_rolleyes.gif

pattycakesnj Posted 9 Dec 2010 , 11:52am
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Cakelady2266, Same goes for the multi colored metal ones too.

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