LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — Parents are being warned that a product called “Tropical Ice” is not a food product.
KNX 1070’s Jon Baird reports, “It was a very scary week for one KNX staffer. A La Verne family member whipped up some St. Patricks Day cupcakes. She thought she was adding some green sprinkles but they weren’t green sprinkles at all.”
She was actually using “Tropical Ice,” which comes in a variety of colors but not only is it not food, it’s a soil substitute for plants.
The little spinkle-like crystals absorb water and expand. KCAL9’s Kristine Lazar said the little crystals can expand to 100 times their size.
“In small print,” she reported, “it reads ‘For Plant Use.'”
Adults who ate the cupcakes were fine, but KNX’s Darlene Rodrigo told Baird that two days after her kids ate the cupcakes, they were in extreme pain and had non-stop vomiting.