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Old 04.01.2015, 10:28
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Re: A little warning to parents of very small children about "three kings bread"...

I can only think that it must be a ploy by the SVP king, Herod, to rid the land of foreign infants.
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Re: A little warning to parents of very small children about "three kings bread"...

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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.
Wolli? Is that you?

Presumably she changed to 5p because it was the smallest silver coin. If only she'd known about 50rp coins.
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Old 04.01.2015, 10:36
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Re: A little warning to parents of very small children about "three kings bread"...

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There should be a label on the cake "contains small parts".
'cos we all read bread packets.

I'll be ready for next year's thread - "Small Parts Warning Not In English".
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Old 04.01.2015, 10:52
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Re: A little warning to parents of very small children about "three kings bread"...

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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.
And cherry tomatoes. Cherry tomatoes are very dangerous for small children, just the right size and shape to cause an obstruction. They should always be cut in half to avoid this.

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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.
I did. It proved very useful when a friends 5 year old son was choking on one go those horribly gummy haribo sweets.

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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)
I think they were called stones where I come from too but since I can't stand them I never really paid attention. Olives were a bit 'posh' for us Yorkshire folk when I was young.
I think the Americans may refer to them as pits ( the same with cherries) as that's what it often says on the side of the packets I buy ( pitted black olives).

Swiss or other Eurooean nationalities, the tradition exists in lots of Eurpean countries.
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Old 04.01.2015, 10:55
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But you all knew it was there. I bet some poor unsuspecting Swiss person would have choked or broken a tooth.
Swiss people know it's in there.

So do most foreigners.

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

Follow up question:

- Was the woman in the OP's laundry room Swiss or foreign?

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Swiss people know it's in there.

So do most foreigners.

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Old 04.01.2015, 11:42
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Re: A little warning to parents of very small children about "three kings bread"...

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Follow up question:

- Was the woman in the OP's laundry room Swiss or foreign?
Re-read the OP, it's clearly stated.

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Swiss people know it's in there.

So do most foreigners.

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I very much doubt that.
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Old 04.01.2015, 11:45
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Re: A little warning to parents of very small children about "three kings bread"...

Yeah, i thought there would be a real crown inside, so disappointed.
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Re: A little warning to parents of very small children about "three kings bread"...

I did warn my children but I should have warned my wife as well! I bought my first one yesterday morning. My wife was busy doing other things. I told the kids there was a king and maybe a queen in the cake.

Side note: the kids are somewhat familiar as we always got a king cake for Mardi Gras in the States. Instead of a king, there is a baby somewhere in the cake.

Back to the story. We each had a piece but no king found. Oh well, we'll find it tomorrow. However, my wife decided to have a piece after the kids went to bed; she comes out of the kitchen and tells me she hurt her tooth biting into the cake. I forgot to warn her it was a king cake. To make matters worse, it wasn't even a king, just a cow. Does that mean she gets to be a cow for a day? If so, I think it best I forget to tell her that as well.

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Old 04.01.2015, 13:36
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Re: A little warning to parents of very small children about "three kings bread"...

Spoiler: if you look at the bottom of the rolls, quite often you'll see an indent where the king first entered into all his dough.
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Re: A little warning to parents of very small children about "three kings bread"...

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Spoiler: if you look at the bottom of the rolls, quite often you'll see an indent where the king first entered into all his dough.
Party pooper! You ruin all the fun of actually having to take a bite, and another or.... break a piece and another one to see if you find the king! There is just no excitement anymore if you look at the bottom or elsewhere to see if the figurine is there.

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

Yeah, but I lost the will to live reading the first page.

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Re-read the OP, it's clearly stated.

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

If you find half a crown, your kid has probably choked on the other half.

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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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Old 04.01.2015, 15:59
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If you find half a crown, your kid has probably choked on the other half.
That'll be 12.5p in new money...
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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.
But I think most parents would know not to give their very small child (e.g. 1 1/2 yrs. old) a whole olive. A piece of bread, however...

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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
Sorry, I guess my friend missed the "Swiss culture course" that focused on plastic things being hidden within loaves of bread.

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Swiss people know it's in there.

So do most foreigners.

Tom
How in the world could you possibly know what most foreigners here are or are not already aware of? I've lived here for 5 1/2 years and wasn't even aware of this type of bread until my friend told me about it yesterday.

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Follow up question:

- Was the woman in the OP's laundry room Swiss or foreign?

Cheerss,
Nick
She is Dutch. Her husband is Swiss.
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Re: A little warning to parents of very small children about "three kings bread"...

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She is Dutch. Her husband is Swiss.
I have the feeling this tradition is as well known in the Netherlands. Anybody knows?
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Re: A little warning to parents of very small children about "three kings bread"...

Was never a tradition in Protestant Neuchâtel when I grew up (5os/60s)- I learnt about 'Galette des Trois Rois' with French friends in the UK- certainly all French people know about it. Christmas Pudding in the UK also has a coin in it- in our family the old 6 pence my mil always used when OH was a child.
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Old 04.01.2015, 18:17
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How in the world could you possibly know what most foreigners here are or are not already aware of?
Let me rephrase that: "most foreigners that I know here".

But, of course, foreigners were more integrated back when I moved here.

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I have the feeling this tradition is as well known in the Netherlands. Anybody knows?
It also exists in the Netherlands and there you find not one but three foreign objects in it. They are usually uncooked beans, two white and one dark, supposedly to represent the three Magi. I guess beans may be seen represent less of a choking hazard than a plastic or ceramic figurine.

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Christmas Pudding in the UK also has a coin in it- in our family the old 6 pence my mil always used when OH was a child.
And every British family will know about the tradition. I have my gran's silver sixpence which I use every year.
The puddings sold in the shops don't usually have anything in them though so an unsuspecting foreigner is unlikely to choke on his Christmas pudding.

First I was aware of the three kings cake tradition was when we lived in Lyon and we were invited to share it with some neighbours our first gear there.

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