The Scoop: Dippin dots are going to hurt your children! Nah. Just kidding. The UofA just wanted to give out a precautionary measure by letting everyone know that liquid nitrogen is dangerous when being consumer and has not been fully evaporated.
According to food science and safety professors at the University of Arkansas. Dipping frozen deserts in liquid nitrogen before serving, poses many potential health risks.
Liquid nitrogen is a chemical used in many cooling and cryogenic applications… It can be used in a variety of food preparations from commercial industry to gourmet restaurants but should never be ingested.
– Ya-Jane Wang, professor of carbohydrate chemistry
They did provide students a few warnings:
• Be cautious, liquid nitrogen is colorless, tasteless and odorless.
• The extremely cold temperature can burn and damage human tissue.
• All liquid nitrogen must be evaporated.
• Use under proper adult supervision.
Source: Harrison Daily