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Are Dragees Not Edible??

post #1 of 29
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i was fixing to order some dragees for an upcoming cake and saw on alot of sites that dragees are not consumable?? what?? is that just the fda or is ok to put on my cakes?? cus they are on cake decorating stores sites and im soooo confused?? i dont want to make anyone sick
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post #2 of 29
From what I was told by a prominant judge at a cake show last year, Dragees are NOT considered to be edible....they are for decor only.
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They won't make anyone sick. I grew up eating them like sprinkles - my mom made cakes too. icon_smile.gif
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I had to call a supplier one time about some glitter that was "non-toxic". I could not believe a large distributor of cake making/decorating supplies would sell stuff that isn't FDA approved "edible", but they do!!! To get to your question... I was told in that very same phone conversation that dragees are NOT considered edible. However, I think it has more to do with the fact that they are so hard and could possibly cause damage when chomped on or could pose a choking hazard, not that they are "poisenous" or taste awful.
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post #5 of 29
I think most americans over 30 grew up eating them. They were a staple on christmas cookies and I remember occasionally getting into my mom's stash to munch on a few. I can't even imagine how many of the silver or gold one's you'd have to eat to actually get sick from them. CA has banned them entirely but then my padlock has a cancer warning on it for CA.

That said, yes, they are considerd non-toxic and for decor only, not eating. I won't turn my nose up at them if they show up on a cake or cookie. Mmmm... crunchy, sweet, silvery goodness... icon_razz.gif
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post #6 of 29
Wouldn't Jordan almonds be considered the same as dragees?
post #7 of 29
Silver dragees (and the silver almonds) are actually made with real silver. Trace amounts, but silver none the less. Silver is not edible. They are actually banned in California, and most internet distributors won't even ship them here. I just found out my local cake store has some for sale, but they have to order them from France and tell you they are only to be used on non-edible products like gumpaste (which is also not considered edible, I think. Neither is luster dust. Non toxic, yes).
post #8 of 29
hmm I can get dragee's at the grocery store here in canada icon_smile.gif
post #9 of 29
OK, so when I compete, I can NOT use luster dust on the cake? I see many cakes from shows like OSSAS that have what look like luster dust on them but the rules do state only edible products. So dragrees and lust dust are out for competitions???
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post #10 of 29
hmm I can get dragee's at the grocery store here in canada icon_smile.gif
post #11 of 29
Oh please, the FDA approves aspartame, and that stuff truly is poison. I'm glad I live in Europe where we use AND eat dragees, glitters etc, etc.
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post #13 of 29
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Originally Posted by jlynnw

OK, so when I compete, I can NOT use luster dust on the cake? I see many cakes from shows like OSSAS that have what look like luster dust on them but the rules do state only edible products. So dragrees and lust dust are out for competitions???



I guess check specifics with your competitions, but I think you might be taking this a little too literal. Luster dust, gumpaste, dragees are manufactured to be used on edible products, they are not considered edible themselves but they are non-toxic for consumption. We all use them (well, except the dragees in CA) regularly.

But again, check with whatever competition you are trying to enter on what is allowed and what is not. It's up to them, really.
post #14 of 29
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Originally Posted by jlynnw

OK, so when I compete, I can NOT use luster dust on the cake? I see many cakes from shows like OSSAS that have what look like luster dust on them but the rules do state only edible products. So dragrees and lust dust are out for competitions???



Luster dust is billed as edible. Disco dust is not.

Check the fine print of the show's rules so you don't make a mistake! icon_smile.gif
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post #15 of 29
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Originally Posted by jlynnw

OK, so when I compete, I can NOT use luster dust on the cake? I see many cakes from shows like OSSAS that have what look like luster dust on them but the rules do state only edible products. So dragrees and lust dust are out for competitions???



When I got my judging sheet back after the competition, it plainly told me that dragees are considered "not edible" and to be very carefull putting them on a cake....I had them on my gumpaste shoe along with a few scattered along the top border of the cake. If they would have been on the shoe only, nothing would have ever been said.

So as other's have posted before, check the fine print of the competition rules.
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