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Do you use "dragees"?

post #1 of 59
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I love the way cookies look with "dragees" placed on them. The problem I have is locating them in Illinois. None of the bakeries here use them and there never on the shelves at the grocers. I see there a law against using these in California, and some companies won't ship them there. I want to order them over the internet, but I don't know what size to use for cookies. 4,5,6 0r 8MM . Thanks for any help.
Carleen
post #2 of 59
I know I've seen them on cake decorating sites, do a google search maybe. I used silver until someone here on CC pointed out they are not really edible. I looked at what I had and they said safe but not recommended for eating, so I just threw out the silver ones, and I use white and pink now, what I have is completely safe to eat.
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post #3 of 59
What size to use depends on the size of your cookie and the look you're going for. I use a lot of 3-4&6. Bought some little pink ones for Easter cookies.

There was a major lawsuit filed by some guy against stores that carried dragees in California. He started suing any store outside of CA that shipped them there. I think Martha Stewart was on his list at one time because she uses them, too. Because of all that nonsense, retailers will not ship to CA. Such a waste of time.
http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/chronicle/archive/2003/12/23/MNGS03SUEM1.DTL

You can find all sorts of colors and sizes here:
http://fancyflours.com/site/dragees.html


Shiney, what's the deal with the silver ones?
post #4 of 59
Honey, here's a link, I think that's what I read after someone on CC told me the silver ones were not for consumption, after I made a comment about not putting BBs on cookies. So, when I saw the bottle of silver I was using had something like the link said, I stopped using them, and just use my pink and white.
http://www.thebakerskitchen.net/index.asp?PageAction=VIEWCATS&Category=70&gclid=CIHrnsbR_ZcCFRNOagod7nd_Cw
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post #5 of 59
This link has a huge assortment of beautiful sugar pearls, no silver or gold, but shimmery colors as well as other colors. http://www.countrykitchensa.com/catalog/SearchResults.aspx
post #6 of 59
This link has a huge assortment of beautiful sugar pearls, no silver or gold, but shimmery colors as well as other colors. http://www.countrykitchensa.com/catalog/SearchResults.aspx
post #7 of 59
If you're looking for something local, I can find them at any of our Amish stores around here. When they didn't have silver, which is what I specifically loked for, I ordered from Fancy Flours and Kitchen Krafts.
post #8 of 59
Where in Illinois do you live? There is a shop in Rockford, Il that sells them.
post #9 of 59
I buy them at the local Co-op supermarket. What's the deal with them? Do they kill you?
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post #10 of 59
They're not actually food.

Remember that kid in your kid's daycare who always, but always, ate the paste they were supposed to use to stick macaroni on something for crafts? Little Jennifer the paste-eater grew up to eat dragees.
post #11 of 59
I have heard somewhere, if it's real gold it's fine, but fake gold or silver isn't. Anyone else hear that?
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post #12 of 59
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Originally Posted by shiney

I have heard somewhere, if it's real gold it's fine, but fake gold or silver isn't. Anyone else hear that?



Gold is at around $850 US per ounce right now, which works out to $13,600 per pound.

Pfeil & Holing is selling gold dragees for $36 for 2 pounds.
post #13 of 59
Oh good grief! That's such a load of codswallop - we've been using them in Europe for generations and they haven't killed anyone yet! Then again we don't sue people for nonsense (or much at all actually!), either!
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post #14 of 59
Bonjovibabe, I got some beautiful pink shiney ones in Morrisons in UK and there's no disclaimer on them. So I use them a lot. Hope I don't run out before my next trip there!
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post #15 of 59
Yes, I grew up in the UK and 'silver balls' were something of a delicacy among my group of kids. Must be a European thing.
- Natalie
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