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Re: A little warning to parents of very small children about "three kings bread"...

The tanner was worth 2.5 pence when decimalisation came in - as 6d was half a shilling in old money. The one shilling coin got used as 5p coins early after decimalisation started, and they reused the 2/- coins as 10p. The sixpence ceased to be legal tender in 1980, the old 1 and 2 shilling coins in the 1990s.

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My gran never labelled that her Christmas pudding had sixpence in it. Even when it became 5 New Pence.
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She was probably allowing for inflation.
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Re: A little warning to parents of very small children about "three kings bread"...

i wonder why they don`t make that thing something edible but of different taste
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Re: A little warning to parents of very small children about "three kings bread"...

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An alternative is also to make your own - prepare a Zopf dough (place balls of dough right next to each other before baking so that you end up with one large "cake" rather than individual rolls) and use a piece of chocolate rather than a king/hard piece of plastic. This way the "special piece" isn't able to break your teeth/make you choke.

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I saw a recipe suggesting a roast almond inside
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Re: A little warning to parents of very small children about "three kings bread"...

I was shocked when I pulled a Christmas cracker with my son and it made a bang. I didn't know it would do that.
And, imagine my surprise when I bit into a Kinder Egg.

Seriously though, I have no doubt that the the little plastic kings that come in most versions of the bread could get stuck in a youngster's throat.
However, they appear to be of a shape and size that probably wouldn't be an actual choking hazard (i.e. cause a blockage of the airway).

But, on the subject of chocking and small children - many of the Swiss sausages - especially wienerli (hot dogs) are a real choking danger to small children and prevention is not just a case of cutting the sausage up - it's the rounded end that can cause the obstruction.
The ends should be cut in two.

I wonder how many of those worried parents have actually bothered to invest the time in going on a first aid course for treating children where the heimlich manoeuvre (and an alternative method for babies) are taught to deal with choking.
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The tanner was worth 2.5 pence when decimalisation came in - as 6d was half a shilling in old money. The one shilling coin got used as 5p coins early after decimalisation started, and they reused the 2/- coins as 10p. The sixpence ceased to be legal tender in 1980, the old 1 and 2 shilling coins in the 1990s.
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She was probably allowing for inflation.
So, if I used a Christmas pud as a 3 Kings cake, should I be happy or disappointed if there was only half-a-crown ...... allowing for inflation?
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That is very scary. Glad the Boy is OK.
Since the first time I heard about this bread, 4 yrs ago, whenever it is time to eat it, I break each piece into small pieces just so that I don't even have to bite into the plastic figurine. I never bought this bread myself, but isn't there any warning on the package?? I would find it strange if there is no warning saying that there is a small piece inside and you should be careful. Even if this is a tradition here....
I can't remember Three Kings Cake ever not being served during my early and late school years. Always a joy for the kids - multiple cakes and 3-4 kings/queens per class bragging about their crowns
Never ran across a warning - since getting the "king" and the crown is the whole purpose of eating the cake in the first place, I assume that families know what they get into when buying such a cake. I would probably tell my kid to be careful when eating the cake, but I'd never expect a warning on the package.
Migros cake doesn't have a warning on it, in any case.
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I agree.
It is also silly that there is not a big warning sign for olive cores, even though they can break your teeth or you can choke.
Wait, what? Olives have cores??? Surely only in Switzerland!

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Wait, what? Olives have cores??? Surely only in Switzerland!

Of course only in Switzerland.
They have pits everywhere else.
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Re: A little warning to parents of very small children about "three kings bread"...

I had no idea life was so dangerous for my son. That's it, from tomorrow he is going out with this suit on!

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Re: A little warning to parents of very small children about "three kings bread"...

Olives have stones where I come from.
Thing is, people expect olives to come with stones/cores/pits.
They don't expect cakes to come with little plastic figures (unless they are Swiss)

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The one we normally get from a bakery, has a 'gold' (yellow metal) king and a white plastic queen - double jeopardy ...... and I still don't have a DIY gold filling.

No idea why they feel the inclusion of a queen necessary, in a 3 Kings' cake.
Diversity and inclusion. Next year it will be renamed 3 Monarchs' day.
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Seriously though, I have no doubt that the the little plastic kings that come in most versions of the bread could get stuck in a youngster's throat.
However, they appear to be of a shape and size that probably wouldn't be an actual choking hazard (i.e. cause a blockage of the airway).
Right Matlock, thus the thread. Get the %&çk outta here...wait, maybe they could cut up the king just like a sausage, so that it doesn't pose a choking hazard.
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Right Matlock, thus the thread. Get the %&çk outta here...wait, maybe they could cut up the king just like a sausage, so that it doesn't pose a choking hazard.
Stay out of this thread. It's for grown-ups. Not gun-wielding psychopaths.
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Stay out of this thread. It's for grown-ups. Not gun-wielding psychopaths.
Ease up on the eggnog, will ya' sweetheart.
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i wonder why they don`t make that thing something edible but of different taste
I've been eating them for years and have never found anything in there


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I was shocked when I pulled a Christmas cracker with my son and it made a bang. I didn't know it would do that.
And, imagine my surprise when I bit into a Kinder Egg.

Seriously though, I have no doubt that the the little plastic kings that come in most versions of the bread could get stuck in a youngster's throat.
However, they appear to be of a shape and size that probably wouldn't be an actual choking hazard (i.e. cause a blockage of the airway).

But, on the subject of chocking and small children - many of the Swiss sausages - especially wienerli (hot dogs) are a real choking danger to small children and prevention is not just a case of cutting the sausage up - it's the rounded end that can cause the obstruction.
The ends should be cut in two.

I wonder how many of those worried parents have actually bothered to invest the time in going on a first aid course for treating children where the heimlich manoeuvre (and an alternative method for babies) are taught to deal with choking.
Well, I did when my babies were still babies and had to do it once when my daughter choked on a piece of bread - imagine that, it was not labeled as hazardous to children under three!

Growing up is dangerous. However, if you don't know about that particular cake I can understand your concerns. There should be a label on the cake "contains small parts".
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No it isn't.
Doh! Damned corrective texts...
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Re: A little warning to parents of very small children about "three kings bread"...

To be honest, I don't really expect the Swiss to put any kind of warning on the bread. For one thing, the bread is such a tradition here that most Swiss are fully aware of what is lurking inside of it. And, especially knowing the Swiss, I doubt they are willing to go out of their way to accommodate foreigners by including a warning on the bread (for one thing, many of us foreigners probably wouldn't be able to understand/read the warning anyways!).

But even just this one choking event (described in my opening post) proves that this bread can, in fact, pose a real choking danger to very small children. So this is why I've posted this thread.

Perhaps it would be more understandable if you had been there to really witness the horror on my friend's face, as she described to me having to experience her child choking uncontrollably and then having to wrangle a small plastic object (having no idea what it was) out of her baby's throat.
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But even just this one choking event (described in my opening post) proves that this bread can, in fact, pose a real choking danger to very small children. So this is why I've posted this thread.
Three King's Bread is nothing new and has been going on for ages - usually around the 6th Jan (hint, the technical term is Epiphany). Usually happens after Christmas. Suggest to your friend that she might want to read up about any other cultural events - with Fasnacht coming up she may want to be made aware that confetti is also dangerous for toddlers.

Add to list, cars (real ones), trains, rivers, boiling water, in fact, just water, fire and few other items just to be, pardon the pun, safe.

HTH

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