Silver dragees are the small, shiny, jawbreaker-like balls that often adorn fancy looking cakes and cupcakes. They’re a type of sprinkle, made of sugar, but have a coating made of real silver to make them sparkle. They’re really beautiful sprinkles. You can’t buy them in California, since an activist’s lawsuit persuaded vendors not to ship dragees or sell them in the state, so many bakers – home and professional – have had to look for alternatives to the shiny little sprinkles.
One option I found on the baking aisle recently is Wilton’s Pearlized Sugar Sprinkles. These are round sprinkles, a tiny bit larger than your average dragee, that look like small pearls. They have an opalescent shine to them and, while they’re more white than silver, they still look very elegant. They’re made of sugar and are completely edible, but like most sprinkles, don’t taste like much on their own. I’ve been using them to dress up cupcakes and make the center of frosting flowers look a little more interesting.
snooky doodleJuly 30, 2009
these are so nice !
donnaJuly 30, 2009
As long as they don’t break your teeth like the dragees — I HATE those things!
lizJuly 30, 2009
They make good eyeballs too.
Nutmeg NannyJuly 30, 2009
I had no idea that dragees were made of actual silver. I remember when I was a kid I used to eat them because I loved how crunchy they were….whoops!
KatchooJuly 31, 2009
May that meddlesome lawyer be cursed with stale cookies forever!
MonaJuly 31, 2009
Cute! I pretty much love everything that Wilton makes…
I must say though, how DARE that man get things banned from a whole STATE because HE things X, Y and Z. What happened to personal freedom? What happened to being allowed to make your own personal choice? I am outraged, and I don’t even live in California. I don’t feel that I need to have someone else be my “nanny”.
JackieAugust 2, 2009
Those are nice…they look like little pearls. Nanny, they aren’t harmful to you. The body can take in some metal. I’ve eaten chocolate dusted with gold on it.
This place http://www.mansoura.com has gorgeous silver and gold dragees. Alot of the others I’ve seen have that “leafy” outside. I ordered some for my parents 25th anniversary. White and silver look really nice together.
Too bad about cali not letting them in…that really is a stupid law. lol Dragees allowed in 49 out of 50 states. =]]
KelseyNovember 14, 2009
Just as a side comment about eating silver. It is actually good for you. If you have every heard of colloidal silver, that is actually silver in very very very small bits suspended in water. It aids the immune system. So don’t worry about having eaten real silver. 🙂