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Edible Toothpicks

When you're done cleaning your teeth, just pop the whole stick in and chow down.
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Lots of people like to chew on toothpicks (especially goombahs and detectives, to judge from TV shows). Why not make them edible?

(And they could also be used for holding over-stuffed sandwiches - no more trips to the hospital when you forget to take them out before chowing down.)

DrCurry, Nov 15 2002

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Cinnamon Sticks http://www.culinary...Herbs/Cinnamon.html
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       DrCurry, your idea made me think how funny, and fitting, it would be if film producers enhanced their gumshoes characters' traits by having them pick with fishbones during the plot development and conflicts. Upon the resolution, the gumshoe would be seen with your *edible toothpick* and having that fancy little cellophane plume which is now some kind of thin ribbon candy. Parting shot is the gumshoe sucking on his/ her symbolic reward. <g>   

       Okay, maybe save it for one special gumshoe personality who exercises such discipline as to only allow his/herself fishbones until the case is solved then he/she then indulges in the reward. The ultimate marshmallow test...
hollajam, Nov 15 2002
  

       Wouldn't it be possible to get caught in a positive-feedback loop here?   

       A couple of fragments of your edible toothpick get caught between your teeth, necessitating another edible toothpick to clear the debris, thus lodging more edible toothpick..........   

       You'd be constantly munching on toothpicks until some kind Samaritan came along with a traditional wooden one, finally putting a stop to this madness.
CheeseFilteredCigarette, Nov 15 2002
  

       [cheese] there is something very homer simpsony about that idea.
notme, Nov 16 2002
  

       MMMMMMMMmmmmmmmmmmm.........   

       Edible toothpicks..........
CheeseFilteredCigarette, Nov 16 2002
  

       They're edible now, aren't they?
bristolz, Nov 16 2002
  

       toothpicks made of ice - ice picks. by the time you have finished they have just disolved away. freeze them with water containing mouthwash for the total dental experience (is there such a thing?)
po, Nov 16 2002
  

       Ice picks? Sounds like *torture* to me. You must have better teeth than I do, [po].
snarfyguy, Nov 16 2002
  

       stand still while I bite you <g>
po, Nov 16 2002
  

       [Throws bucket of cold water on po and snarfyguy.]
DrCurry, Nov 16 2002
  

       Damn, this was my idea... Oh well, here's how you make them: use the stuff they make fortune cookies out of and make them mint flavored.
JesseOQ, Aug 06 2003
  

       In Korea, they commonly have toothpicks made of a dense, green noodle-like material. They're not particularly robust, but work fine.
FloridaManatee, Aug 07 2003
  

       Love the idea but hate, just HATE the phrase "Chow down". So erm....bun? fish? bun? fish? Oh, go on then. Bun.
squeak, Aug 07 2003
  

       hey curry. another bucket of water please.
po, Aug 07 2003
  

       I like to chew on raw spaghetti sticks while I'm cooking the stuff. It would probably work pretty well to whittle these down to shorter spikes and use them to clean your teeth!
jivetalkinrobot, Aug 07 2003
  

       [see link]
If cinnamon sticks are safe to eat -- and I hope so since I ate a lot of them as a kid -- they could be formed into rather sturdy edible toothpicks. You still may end up with CheeseFilteredCigarette's tooth splinter death spiral. But you'll have fresh breath when it happens.
Amos Kito, Aug 07 2003
  

       But then what would I chew on to wear my teeth down? (+, and should be minty)
Detly, Aug 07 2003
  

       [jivetalkinrobot] I do that too, but keep getting pieces stuck in my teeth. :P
Stygian, Aug 07 2003
  

       The trick is not stabbing yourself when you mouw down on your Dagwood. How about edible sandwich staples? Just use a special stapler, and cha-ching, no more little bits spilling out. Of course, the bread might get squashed in the process...   

       They should be made of pure sugar, mmmmm! I got that chunk of roast beef out of the gaeping hole between my molars...
gordonator, Mar 10 2004
  

       Nice one, DrCurry. Super-hardened wafer?   

       Why don't we just remove every other tooth out of everone's mouth? That way nothing will ever get stuck. Result: Less obesity, smaller dental bills, less people losing sleep from teeth grinding, and Sandra Bernhard has a shot at being sexy.
mahatma, Mar 10 2004
  

       Tasty
MikeOxbig, Nov 26 2005
  

       MAN LOCKED IN CLOSET FOR A WEEK SURVIVES ON TOOTHPICKS   

       "I was sick to death of peppermint, but I didn't know how long I'd be in there"
normzone, Nov 26 2005
  
      
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