Liquid Nitrogen Puffs & Dragon’s Breath: desserts that give you dragon breathing powers
What are liquid nitrogen puffs? What is Dragon’s Breath? Are they the same thing?
Liquid nitrogen puffs are a novelty dessert made of fruity cereal puffs or other light and airy snacks (e.g. popcorn, marshmallows, wafers, whipped cream, cheese puffs, etc.) soaked in liquid nitrogen. This Instagram-friendly snack goes by many names including: nitro puffs, dragon nitro puff, nitro pop, liquid nitrogen snowballs, and most commonly, Dragon’s Breath.
“Dragon Breath” was trademarked in 2017 by Chocolate Chair and specifically refers to the liquid nitrogen-infused fruity cereal puffs invented and sold by Chocolate Chair since 2016. So technically, you can’t get Dragon’s Breath anywhere else. Remember how “cronut” was trademarked back in 2013 by its inventor, Dominique Ansel, so other places with similar items had to use alternative names like croissant doughnut, doissant and doughsant? Yeah, it’s kinda like that.
The flavor of these hyper-frozen snacks can be very mild since the liquid nitrogen itself has no flavor, but the fruity cereal version tastes like Froot Loops, Trix, or Cap’n Crunch. When eaten and exhaled, this seemingly smoking dessert releases as a thick fog mimicking a dragon’s breath releasing smoke from the mouth and nostrils.
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Many places that serve liquid nitrogen ice cream and desserts have expanded to serve liquid nitrogen puffs. Here are some places where you can find this “smoky” snack.
Anaheim, CA: I Am Smoothie & Shaved Snow📷: I Am Smoothie & Shaved Snow on Facebook
Sacramento, CA (Rocklin): Shave Monster📷: @shavemonster on Instagram
San Diego, CA: Freeze📷: Freeze on Facebook
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Liquid nitrogen puffs such as Dragon’s Breath can be a lot of fun. They provide a visual similar to smoking or vaping, but the “smoke” released is simply the condensation of water vapor in your mouth (like your breath on a cold day). Like any food or drink that has an extreme temperature or controversial ingredient, a bit of precaution should be taken when eating them. First of all, make sure the liquid nitrogen has evaporated before putting the food in your mouth. This leaves the frozen treat itself, which can’t seriously harm you.
Eat Dragon’s Breath and other liquid nitrogen puffs the same way you would eat really hot food…slowly and carefully. It’s very, very cold (even colder than dry ice). So, pick it up with the stick provided (not your hands) and blow on it if the temperature is too extreme. Just as you wouldn’t fill your mouth with hot food because it would burn your mouth, you shouldn’t fill your mouth with freezing food because it could cause frostbite.
If you have cavities or sensitive teeth, you may want to leave it on the stick while holding it in your mouth so you can still play with the fog while your breath warms it up. Otherwise, if you chew it immediately, you may feel a painful stinging sensation in your teeth.
For the most part, liquid nitrogen-infused foods are safe to eat. Thanks to a scientific phenomenon called the Leidenfrost effect, a cushion of gas provides a protective layer when the liquid nitrogen briefly comes into close contact with your body heat due to the high contrast in temperatures. So, make sure to eat your Dragon’s Breath and all types of liquid nitrogen puffs in small amounts. This allows your mouth to naturally heat up again between each bite. Eating it too fast could cool your mouth to the point that the protective layer of gas disappears, leaving you exposed to direct contact with the liquid nitrogen.
Finally, make sure to breathe out the vapors so it doesn’t cause any harmful side effects. In the end, as long as you pace yourself when enjoying your liquid nitrogen puffs, you have nothing to worry about except perfectly capturing your dragon breathing skills on camera.
How can I make it?
We don’t recommend making liquid nitrogen-infused snacks like Dragon’s Breath at home because liquid nitrogen can be dangerous when handled improperly. However, if you (or someone you know) knows how to safely and responsibly handle liquid nitrogen, here’s a recipe on how to do it.
- Pour the cereal in a large bowl.
- While wearing protective gloves and eye wear, slowly and carefully pour the liquid nitrogen over the cereal so it is completely soaked in liquid nitrogen; wait for the liquid nitrogen to evaporate.
- Transfer the cereal into cups.
- Use a toothpick to pick up the cereal and pop in your mouth. Gently chew and exhale to breathe like a dragon!