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TikTok’s ‘Dragon’s Breath’ Snack Is Putting Kids In The ER. Here’s What Parents Need to Know.

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Social media can be a dangerous place, especially for children who are seemingly influenced by their favorite creators and peers.

With that being said, if you have a child that happens to be on social media, you’ll want to know about this dangerous trend that is putting kids in the hospital.

The trend is known as ‘Dragon’s Breath’ and it’s a snack that has gone viral on TikTok.

(L) Screenshot/TikTok – nitrotreatzuk, (R) Screenshot/TikTok – cindymarie93

The food trend on ‘Dragon’s Breath’ has been around for years but has recently resurfaced after a number of children in Indonesia were recently injured after eating liquid nitrogen-covered candies and many were even hospitalized.

Maxi Rein Rondonuwu, the Director General of the Indonesian Ministry of Health, told the Guardian that around 25 children were harmed by the food, including two who were hospitalized.


The Indonesian digital news outlet Kompas reported that at least 10 cases of people suffering food poisoning from the dessert had been found, appearing to cite the Indonesian Ministry of Health’s Director of Environmental Health.

The viral snack involves eating a liquid nitrogen dessert.

While liquid nitrogen desserts have been around for years, the problem is, kids are trying to make these desserts at home by themselves using dry ice.

And in case you didn’t know, dry ice and liquid nitrogen are so cold, they can cause burns and if ingested, can cause asphyxiation according to Dr. Reed Caldwell, an assistant professor at Ronald O. Perelman Department of Emergency Medicine at NYU Langone Health, told Today.com.

In 2018, the Food and Drug Administration issued a warning about dragon’s breath saying:

“The FDA has become aware of severe — and in some cases, life-threatening — injuries, such as damage to skin and internal organs caused by liquid nitrogen still present in the food or drink,” the FDA wrote.

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They continued:

“There has also been a report of difficulty breathing after inhaling the vapor released by liquid nitrogen when added immediately before consumption. Injuries have occurred from handling or eating products prepared by adding liquid nitrogen immediately before consumption, even after the liquid nitrogen has fully evaporated due to the extremely low temperature of the food.”

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So, the bottom line is this, don’t eat any candy or desserts that are dipped or immersed in liquid nitrogen and talk to your kids about it too.

The risk is too harmful and it’s just not worth it.

@thatssopetty We tried Dragon’s Breath Candy Puffs Liquid Nitrogen. Now the FDA warns it’s bad. 😂 #liquidnitrogen #dragonsbreath #fyp #fypシ ♬ 3 minutes – StMooY7

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