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'Dragon's Breath' Ice Cream Trend Comes With Poison Control Warning

If the liquid is ingested, it could cause severe damage to the mouth, esophagus and stomach.

July 18, 2018 - 7:13 am

ST. LOUIS (KMOX) - A popular new ice cream novelty has officials at the Missouri Poison Center offering a warning to kids and adults, alike.  

Dragon's Breath ice cream is a fun dessert that can be found at several places throughout the metro area. When you eat it, you can blow smoke out of your mouth like a dragon.

“The concern is the liquid nitrogen they use to make the smoke,” says Julie Weber, director of the Missouri Poison Center at SSM Health Cardinal Glennon Children's Hospital.

“It’s not so much a problem that they’re coating it, it’s sometimes the liquid nitrogen doesn’t totally dissipate or evaporate, and some of that liquid could be left in the bottom of a bowl or dish that the child or adult is eating from."

If the liquid is ingested, it could cause severe damage to the mouth, esophagus and stomach -- and if touched, it could cause rapid frostbite.