Imitated, Simulated, Ornamental, Three-dimensional Product Or Confectionary Product Having Child-oriented Utility Patents (Class 426/104)
  • Patent number: 10184765
    Abstract: A method of making a throwable paintball is provided. The method includes providing a first solution of sodium alginate and water; a second solution of water, glycerin, cornstarch, calcium chloride and dye; introducing the second solution into the first solution, forming the paintball; rinsing the paintball; heating the paintballs and storing the paintball in a glycerin and water solution. A throwable paintball manufactured according to the method is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2019
    Inventor: Briana Gardell
  • Patent number: 10010095
    Abstract: Packaged food product and process utilizes a first and a second half-shell of edible material. Each of the first and second half-shells of edible material is coated with a respective covering adhering to its inner and outer surface, each covering including a first and a second half-shell of sheet material, shaped so as to adhere to the inner and respectively the outer surface of the respective half-shell of edible material, the half-shells of sheet material being connected together along their respective peripheral edges so as to form a closed covering which encloses the half-shell of edible material. The half-shells of to edible material, coated with the respective covering, are retained in close relationship.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2018
    Assignee: MAGIC PRODUCTION GROUP (M.P.G.) S.A.
    Inventor: Paolo Vaccarella
  • Patent number: 9968117
    Abstract: An edible pet chew 114 has a first casing 10 of plant base material and a second protein 12 of flavored material for example jerky that is wrapped with the first sheet to form alternating layers in the edible pet chew.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2018
    Assignee: Spectrum Brands Pet Group, Inc.
    Inventor: Mark Stern
  • Patent number: 9801800
    Abstract: Described herein are dental compositions, articles of manufacture including such dental compositions, and methods of using such dental compositions. In some embodiments, the dental compositions include a combination of ascorbic acid with at least one of a hexametaphosphate and a beta glucans. In some instances, the dental compositions are included within an edible article, a chew, or an edible chew. Administration of the dental compositions to the oral cavity of a subject may reduce the gingival, plaque, and/or calculus scores of the subject over a defined time period.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2017
    Assignee: T.F.H. PUBLICATIONS, INC.
    Inventors: Glen S. Axelrod, Ajay Gajria
  • Patent number: 9731169
    Abstract: A ball (100) for use in bat and ball games wherein the ball is struck with a bat having an untensioned, rigid ball-striking surface, includes a hollow spherical impact body (112) having a mass of between 10 g and 50 g which enables the use of lightweight bats. The wall of the impact body is of a resiliently compressible material and defines a convexly curved impact zone IB. The ball further includes a flight control assembly (114) including a tail (50) comprising flexible streamers (52), a spacer stem (54) and an anchor fitting (126) for anchoring the spacer stem to the impact body. The configuration of the impact body is such that the impact zone compresses to a minimum compression depth of 12 mm and the impact body bounces to a height of at least 100 cm when the impact body is subjected to a drop test wherein the impact body is dropped onto a test impact surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 15, 2017
    Assignee: Limpet Sports Management B.V.
    Inventor: Jacqueline Lisa Sharp
  • Patent number: 9693572
    Abstract: The invention provides flaked fish analogs comprising from about from about 18 to about 25% protein, from about 3 to about 9% fat, and from about 60 to about 85% moisture. The compositions have a realistic fish-like appearance and texture, mostly due to the presence of “flakes” that mimic the flakes of real fish.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 4, 2017
    Assignee: NESTEC SA
    Inventor: Michael John Saylock
  • Patent number: 9568457
    Abstract: A thermal simulator simulates the thermal behavior of items such as eggs for which the actual internal temperature profile is difficult to measure. A yolk body simulates the egg yolk, an albumen body surrounds the yolk body and simulates the egg albumen, and a shell layer surrounds the albumen body to simulate the shell. The thermal properties of the materials forming the egg body, albumen body and shell layer are tuned to match the thermal properties of the egg yolk, egg albumen and egg shell. Thermometric devices are positioned within the egg body and egg albumen along with communication devices which process signals from the thermometric devices indicative of temperature and communicate these signals to a computer for further processing and display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2017
    Assignee: THE OHIO STATE UNIVERSITY
    Inventors: Ahmed Yousef, David Kasler, Mohammad Shavezipur
  • Patent number: 9545097
    Abstract: A deer attracting device and/or a kit incorporating the same facilitates luring deer to a specific location. The device includes a base that is supported from below by an underlying ground surface and a lock that holds a visual lure in an upright position, extending away from the base, so that deer can easily see the visual lure. A scent carrier may be applied to the visual lure and is configured to entice deer to apply their own scent(s) to the visual lure by scent marking or licking the lure. This encourages other deer to do the same after being visually drawn close enough to the visual lure to detect the scent. Correspondingly, the deer maintain or replenish the scent of the lure mitigating the need for a human to artificially do the same. The visual lure is maintained in position on the base be a column within which a lower end of the visual lure is received, and a lock that maintains the visual lure within the column.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 17, 2017
    Inventor: Jeremy Frank Moore
  • Patent number: 9511896
    Abstract: A container is provided for dispensing a plurality of consumable products. The container can include a plastic portion and a metal portion. The metal portion may provide a sophisticated aesthetic to the container while the plastic portion may simplify the manufacturing process. The container may include a housing for housing a plurality of solid consumable products, a lid, an assembly aligning the lid with respect to the housing, and a connection between the lid and the housing. The assembly and the connection may allow indicia on the lid to properly align with indicia on the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2007
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2016
    Assignee: Wm. Wrigley Jr. Company
    Inventors: James A. Bougoulas, Robert J. Peterson
  • Patent number: 9295277
    Abstract: The invention provides a meat-fat substitute, the forming composition thereof including: at least one edible gum; at least one starch; and water, wherein the at least one edible gum is present in an amount of about 0.5-20 parts by weight, the at least one starch is present in an amount of about 0.5-10 parts by weight and the water is present in an amount of about 60-99 parts by weight.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2016
    Assignee: INDUSTRY RESEARCH & DEVELOPMENT INSTITUTUE
    Inventors: Hsiang-Wen Chang, Mung-Jen Tsai
  • Patent number: 9293121
    Abstract: A musical instrument is disclosed which comprises a first tubular member having an inlet end and an outlet end, an interior surface, and an exterior surface and a second tubular member having an inlet end and a closed end having a one-way valve, the second tubular member adapted for receiving the first tubular member for moving the first tubular member relative to the second tubular member, and the second tubular member for receiving a liquid through the one-way valve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2016
    Assignee: STRAWBONE LLC
    Inventor: Randy J Chervitz
  • Publication number: 20150132439
    Abstract: The invention relates to a pet food, in particular to a novel branded pet food. The pet food is prepared by the following steps: finishing a fresh meat raw material; chopping the finished meat raw material into meat paste; uniformly mixing all ingredients and the meat paste raw material in sequence to serve as an initial material; forming the initial material manually or with a forming machine; steaming in a boiled water state; cooling and then coating in prepared feed liquor; drying until the moisture content is 22+/?2 percent; branding on the upper surfaces or on the upper and lower surfaces; cutting into products of a certain shape to obtain the novel branded pet food.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 9, 2014
    Publication date: May 14, 2015
    Inventor: Hua QIN
  • Patent number: 9005685
    Abstract: A food product is defined by a moist, fruit-paste matrix, having a water activity level in a range of 0.55 to 0.70, within which protein particulates are intermixed. The protein particulates include protein bits having a bulk density of about 0.4 g/cc and provided with a natural syrup coating. With the added protein bits, the protein level of the food product is at least 10 grams per serving or 10 grams/50-55 grams of the food product. The food product can be provided in the form of a snack product, such as a bite-sized snack product or a snack bar. The invention also sets forth a method of making the food product wherein provisions are taken to assure that the protein bits are properly coated, separated, sized and added to the fruit-paste matrix under time and other condition constraints to assure the integrity of the protein bits.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2015
    Assignee: General Mills, Inc.
    Inventors: Whitni Cotton, Penny Hurlston, Jesse Van Hallowell
  • Publication number: 20150086679
    Abstract: Described herein is a pet food composition comprising between 55 and 90% by weight raw ground meat, between 1 and 45% absorbent fiber, between 1 and 25% hydrocolloid, between 0.1 and 25% humectant; and a flavouring agent, wherein the composition comprises between 25 and 45% by weight water, and the composition is suitable for rotary molding. The composition can be used to make high meat inclusion pet treats that do not contain flour, and that can be made by rotary molding.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 22, 2014
    Publication date: March 26, 2015
    Inventor: Kari Seguin
  • Patent number: 8974850
    Abstract: A confectionery composition is described. The confectionery composition includes a convoluted chocolate sheet having fold lines arranged generally along a first direction and having at least one region of weakness. Each region of weakness extends along the full width of the chocolate sheet substantially in a single plane transverse to the first direction. Also described are scraper blades for removing chocolate from a roller to form a chocolate sheet, and apparatus and methods for producing the confectionery composition described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2015
    Assignee: Cadbury UK Limited
    Inventors: Vincent Dolan, Caroline Foster
  • Patent number: 8962050
    Abstract: A container for holding novelty items, toys or candies that is an openable closed-shape with a lock/release plug. The closed-shape can be repeatedly opened and closed to remove and refill the novelty items. The container can be any closed-shape required for end use. A lock/release plug is used to both open and lock the closed-shape into a closed state. The lock/release plug is dimensioned to fit within the interior diameter of the closed-shape. The closed-shape has slots proximate each open end that interact with compression tabs on the lock/release plug. A center stop assists in aligning the compression tabs with the slots. The container can be configured to be a hula hoop or be adorned on one's body, such as a necklace or a bracelet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 2, 2008
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2015
    Inventor: Domenick Merlino
  • Publication number: 20150044334
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to systems and methods for producing an extruded protein product. In particular, a system for making an extruded protein product using a system that includes a die including channel having a transverse cross section that is a continuous loop along at least a portion of the length of the die is disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 18, 2014
    Publication date: February 12, 2015
    Inventors: Goeran Walther, Bernhard H. van Lengerich, Steven C. Robie, James N. Weinstein
  • Patent number: 8951588
    Abstract: A hand-held candy device for rotational engagement of a confectionary such as sucker or lollipop at the distal end of a handle adapted for gripping by the fingers of a user. The candy sucker is removably rotationally engageable on an axle positioned at or adjacent to the distal end of the handle. The candy is provided in multiple colors and flavors in candy components each of which is engageable to the axle on the handle by a user thereby providing users with the ability to customize and reuse the sucker handles and to spin the engaged candy once engaged to the axle for amusement or to allow tasting different sections of the unitary formed candy which have different flavors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 10, 2015
    Inventors: Chuck Block, Dan Blanchard
  • Patent number: 8936822
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a process for manufacturing an animal feed or a foodstuff, comprising the steps of (i) preparing at least one first stream of material and at least one second stream of material, (ii) dispersing the second stream of material in the first stream of material in a laminar fashion in a device for at least partially incompletely blending the first and second streams of material, so that the second stream of material is distributed in the first stream of material preferably in the form of droplets ranging in size from 0.3 mm to 8 mm, (iii) discharging the first stream of material containing the second stream of material in the form of droplets through a nozzle, and (iv) solidifying the first stream of material containing the second stream of material in the form of droplets.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 20, 2015
    Assignee: Mars, Inc.
    Inventor: Johannes P. Schlebusch
  • Patent number: 8916216
    Abstract: An apparatus used to arrange and display decorative items or candy. A narrow stem comprises a plurality of holes running throughout the stem. A plurality of metal rods are inserted into respective holes in the stem. Each metal rod has is attached to a plastic petal, which also comprises a clip. A piece of candy can be attached to each clip and can be supported by each respective petal. The plurality of metal rods arranged in this manner create a visually appealing arrangement of decorative items or dispenser of candy.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 23, 2014
    Inventor: Barbara Butts
  • Publication number: 20140370158
    Abstract: The invention provides molded products having particulates and a method and device for applying particulates to the surface of the molded products. In a general aspect, the molded product comprises an undistorted three-dimensional design and has particulates that do not distort the shape of the three-dimensional design. The molded product can be made by a method comprising filling a mold in a die roll with one or more particulates, filling the mold with a dough, compressing the dough into the mold, and releasing the compressed dough from the mold to form the molded product.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 11, 2012
    Publication date: December 18, 2014
    Inventors: Donald Speck, Marilyn McGrath, Sarah Zych
  • Patent number: 8859024
    Abstract: A container has first and second sections with an opening into hollow interiors. They mate together to form a sealed enclosure, and to form a ridge having a cross-sectionally curved outer surface. An appendage is connected to the ridge including an aperture for receiving a hook. A coating of edible material is on the outer surface of at least a portion of at least one of the first and second sections. An external flange extends around the periphery of the opening of the first section, an internal flange extends around the periphery of the opening of the second section, wherein the internal flange is sized to contact and fit inside the external flange during mating. An aperture passes through the internal flange, wherein mating the first and second sections causes the external flange to cover and seal the internal flange aperture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 14, 2014
    Assignee: Candy Treasure, LLC
    Inventor: Kevin M. Gass
  • Patent number: 8840943
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a multi-colored baked cake cone typically for holding ice cream or other confection novelties. This cone is made of a dough bi-layer that includes at least a first layer of a conventional cake dough that contains sugar and a second layer of a modified cake dough that imparts at least one color other than brown to the cone after baking. The cone is typically associated with a sleeve that is at least partially transparent to display the multicolor cone.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 2007
    Date of Patent: September 23, 2014
    Assignee: Nestec S.A.
    Inventor: Thomas Amend
  • Publication number: 20140193547
    Abstract: Provided herein are methods and compositions related to plant based meat substitutes which have properties similar to meat.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 10, 2014
    Publication date: July 10, 2014
    Applicant: Maraxi, Inc.
    Inventors: PATRICK O'REILLY BROWN, MARIJA VRLJIC, RANJANI VARADAN, MICHAEL EISEN, SERGEY SOLOMATIN
  • Patent number: 8734876
    Abstract: A confectionary product has a hollow, pliable tube containing a flowable confectionary material and an enlarged head secured to one end of the tube, the opposite end of the tube being sealed. The head has one or more dispensing openings on its outer surface. In one case, the head is solid and a passageway extends through the head from an inlet end communicating with the tube at one end and at least one dispensing opening at the other end. In another case, the head is hollow and has a plurality of openings. The wall of the tube can be squeezed to force the flowable confection through the head and out through the opening or openings for consumption. In one embodiment, the head is of edible material such as hard candy and is consumed after substantially all of the confectionary material is squeezed out of the tube and consumed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 27, 2014
    Inventor: David A. French
  • Patent number: 8734875
    Abstract: A food product includes a pocket formed from dough, a portion of a food stuffing material captured within the pocket, and a protrusion coupled to the pocket. The protrusion is capable of being grasped and, when so grasped, the pocket is capable of being supported by the protrusion. A method of manufacturing such a food product is also disclosed. The food product relates to pocket-foods such as pierogies, ravioli, and similar foods.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 27, 2014
    Assignee: Innovaport LLC
    Inventor: John T. Pienkos
  • Patent number: 8722121
    Abstract: A candy holder for receiving and securing an elongated candy therein is provided. The candy holder includes a handle portion defining an elongated cavity with a central axis. The handle portion has a plurality of protrusions extending toward the central axis and circumferentially around an inner surface of the handle portion. A top portion of the candy holder has a lip defining an opening. The opening receives the elongated candy that is dimensioned to correspond to a size of the opening. The lip and protrusions apply friction to a surface of the elongated candy when the elongated candy is inserted therein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 13, 2014
    Assignee: Squire Boone Caverns, Inc.
    Inventor: W. Frederick Conway, Jr.
  • Publication number: 20140127362
    Abstract: A foodstuff containment and toy apparatus includes a hollow tube having a first opening at a first axial end of the tube, a second opening at a second axial end of the tube, and a length defined between the first and second axial ends. The first and second openings access an interior lumen of the tube. A first removable cover spans the first opening. A second removable cover spans the second opening. A foodstuff is disposed within the interior lumen of the tube and between the first and second removable covers. The tube includes a weighted portion proximate the first axial end such that a center of mass of the tube, without the first and second removable covers and the foodstuff, is located approximately within one-third of the length of the tube nearest the first opening.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 14, 2013
    Publication date: May 8, 2014
    Applicant: AEROPAC, LLC
    Inventor: Lee H. MILLER
  • Publication number: 20140127363
    Abstract: An extrusion process is disclosed for turning vegetable protein compositions such as soy protein into a fibrous, meat-like structure. The process involves the application of relatively high moisture contents. An open structure is produced that can be infused with water so as to influence the product's tenderness. The products of the invention can be provide with a fibrosity and tenderness at will. The invention offers the possibility to include relatively high amounts of fat in the product.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 10, 2012
    Publication date: May 8, 2014
    Applicant: Ojah B.V.
    Inventors: Franciscus Egenius Giezen, Wouter Wilhelmus Johannes Theodorus Jansen, Jeroen Harold Anton Willemsen
  • Patent number: 8685485
    Abstract: This invention relates to a protein containing composition, comprising; a protein composition, wherein at least about 75 weight % of the protein composition contains at least about 15 weight % of large pieces including protein fibers at least about 4 centimeters long, protein strands at least about 3 centimeters long, and protein chunks at least about 2 centimeters long and wherein at least about 75 weight % of the protein composition has a shear strength of at least about 1400 grams. The invention also relates to a process for preparing the protein composition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 2006
    Date of Patent: April 1, 2014
    Assignee: Solae, LLC
    Inventors: Matthew K. McMindes, Izumi Mueller, Mac W. Orcutt, Patricia A. Altemueller, Eduardo Godinez
  • Patent number: 8685474
    Abstract: An aqueous syrup for use in chewing gum, particularly pellet gum, comprises, on a dry basis, greater than about 98% polyols, of which i) about 50% to about 90% is sorbitol, ii) about 3% to about 30% is maltitol, iii) about 2% to about 20% are polyols, other than sorbitol and maltitol, with a degree of polymerization (DP) of 1 or 2, and iv) less than about 20% (and perhaps less than about 12%) are polyols with a DP of 3 or greater. The syrup is made with less than about 1.0% plasticizing agent, such as glycerin or propylene glycol. The syrup contains less than 5% water. The syrup can be made by evaporating a mixture of a sorbitol solution, a maltitol syrup and one or more polyols selected from the group consisting of mannitol, xylitol, lactitol, erythritol, hydrogenated isomaltulose, and combinations thereof. Methods of using the syrup to make chewing gum, and chewing gum products containing the syrup are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2007
    Date of Patent: April 1, 2014
    Assignee: Wm. Wrigley Jr. Company
    Inventors: David G. Barkalow, Miguel A. Soto, Michael A. Reed
  • Publication number: 20140037800
    Abstract: Various shapes, sizes and colors of candy pieces can be serially interlinked into a garland of at least three pieces, using first and second spaced apart concave regions of the candy pieces. Each of the regions preferably measures at least one inch in length and has an inner portion. At least two of the candy pieces can be combined with a decorative background or card in a package.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 7, 2013
    Publication date: February 6, 2014
    Inventor: Robin Reichelt
  • Patent number: 8632833
    Abstract: The present invention includes methods for producing an extruded food particle by extruding through an extruder having a screw within a barrel, a composition containing nutritional food components, essentially no starch and a gum in an amount sufficient to act as a binder once the composition exits the extruder. The present invention also includes extruded food particles that do not use starch as a binder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2006
    Date of Patent: January 21, 2014
    Assignee: Purina Animal Nutrition LLC
    Inventors: Mark Griffin, Kent Lanter
  • Publication number: 20130330444
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a formulation of a moldable protein matrix which after drying has a high concentration (from 60% to 90%) of fruits, vegetables, chocolate or cocoa. It also allows for the incorporation of flavors and coloring agents in order to obtain a product that is very similar, both in texture and taste, to fruit, chocolate or cocoa. It may be used, directly or by incorporation, in different kind of food, such as ice creams, pastries and dairy products. The invention refers also to the process for the manufacture of products based on this matrix with a texture and taste similar of the fruit, vegetables and cocoa.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 10, 2012
    Publication date: December 12, 2013
    Inventors: Claudia Marina Barbosa Senra Lopes, Domingos Paulo Ferreira De Almeida
  • Publication number: 20130309369
    Abstract: A reinforced edible image-substrate for decorating foodstuffs capable of having high-resolution images printed thereon and also capable of retaining multi-dimensional shapes is disclosed herein. In one embodiment, the reinforced edible image-substrate includes an edible paper base layer having a top surface and a bottom surface and an edible image-substrate coating disposed on at least one of the top surface and the bottom surface of the edible paper base layer. It is an object of the reinforced edible image-substrate disclosed herein to be capable of accepting high-resolution images, to be sufficiently stiff to retain multi-dimensional shapes without collapsing, and also to be sufficiently flexible to be capable of being bent, folded, and/or creased while maintaining sufficient integrity to retain desired multi-dimensional shapes.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 21, 2012
    Publication date: November 21, 2013
    Inventor: Amanda Hershberg
  • Patent number: 8580325
    Abstract: Vase apparatus and decorating methods for associating flowers and other decorative items with cakes and other food products are described. Vase embodiments include a water-holding reservoir having a bottom wall, an upright rim, and plural flower-stem-receiving wells. Each well is defined by at least one well wall depending from the bottom wall and has an opening capable of receiving water from the reservoir. Vase embodiments may include a reservoir of various shapes and sizes. Vases may be placed on a cake or other food product permitting the cake or food product to be attractively and easily decorated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2013
    Inventors: M. Kathleen Meisinger, David A. Meisinger
  • Publication number: 20130295236
    Abstract: The invention provides fabricated fish chunks having the appearance and texture of real fish comprising from about 75 to about 95% of one or more functional proteins and from about 5 to about 25% other comestible ingredients, wherein the functional proteins comprise from about 40 to about 95% surimi and from about 0 to about 55% of one or more non-surimi functional proteins. The fabricated fish chunks have a soft smooth laminar appearance and flaky texture similar to real fish.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 21, 2011
    Publication date: November 7, 2013
    Applicant: Nestec SA
    Inventors: Bradley Johnson, Claude Lecouteux, Laurence Roussel, Michael John Saylock, Zulin Shi
  • Patent number: 8524300
    Abstract: A covered retracted confectionery including a housing with covers hinged adjacent the top for movement between closed and open positions. The lower part of each of the covers being contacted by a part of a shaft moveable in the housing between a retracted position and an extended position with respect to the housing to keep the covers closed against the force of gravity. A confectionery carried adjacent the top of the shaft is enclosed by the covers until they are manually moved to the open position by operation of an actuator slideably mounted on the exterior of the housing against a bias. Upon release of the actuator, the bias will automatically retract the shaft and confectionery as well as close the covers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2013
    Assignee: Imaginings 3, Inc.
    Inventors: Sidney Diamond, David Lisowski
  • Publication number: 20130177674
    Abstract: A set of processed food or snack products in the shape of tiling pieces capable of creating a variety of final geometric or representational shapes. For the purpose of play value, the tiling puzzle challenge is illustrated as the outline final shape. The consumer can configure a set of the edible tiling pieces to form the final shape, before consuming the processed food or snack. For the purpose of decorative presentation, the tiling puzzle solution is illustrated showing the outlines of the individual edible tiling pieces. The consumer can use the illustration to recreate the desired final shape to display the processed food in an attractive manner, before it is consumed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 9, 2012
    Publication date: July 11, 2013
    Inventor: Sylvia Anne Stein
  • Publication number: 20130149282
    Abstract: The disclosure relates to edible and biodegradable eating utensils and edible and biodegradable containers. In one aspect a method of making and preserving an edible and biodegradable utensil or container is disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 10, 2012
    Publication date: June 13, 2013
    Inventor: David Christopher Marshall
  • Publication number: 20130115339
    Abstract: A variety of toy polariscopes are simpler in design and less costly than precision instruments used in scientific research and stress analysis of materials and structures. The toy polariscopes are designed for a variety of objects that may exhibit photoelastic properties such as glass, plastic, Plexiglas, gel candle material and other gels, and even edible photoelastic objects. They are specially designed for objects of various sizes with a variety of purposes such as objects to enhance learning in a variety of conditions and experiences. Special objects are designed to go with the toy polariscopes such as edible and inedible photoelastic objects, photoelastic candle material, a variety of photoelastic/photoplastic stands capable of a variety of displays in interaction with other designed photoelastic objects capable of a variety of interaction and displays. Other optical phenomena may also be observed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 20, 2012
    Publication date: May 9, 2013
    Inventor: Pamela Saha
  • Publication number: 20130084365
    Abstract: A toy article comprising at least one connection element and being made of a material configured to be rigid when in a dry state and flexible after being wetted, and being edible.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 19, 2011
    Publication date: April 4, 2013
    Inventor: Chaim Bassan
  • Patent number: 8409643
    Abstract: Methods of coating the interior surface of a hollow tubular structure, in particular a drinking device, and more particularly a drinking straw, with an edible composition to impart a desirable modification to a beverage that is drunk through the straw. The edible composition comprises an adhering agent and a powdered ingredient coated to the interior surface. Suitable adhering agents include lipids (e.g., soybean oil, corn oil, canola oil, sunflower oil, rapeseed oil, peanut oil, and mixtures thereof), medium chain triglycerides oils, emulsifiers, and mixtures thereof. Suitable powdered ingredients include edible acids, edible bases, sweeteners, flavorings, vitamins, minerals, colorants, sensate agents, carotenoids, antioxidants, polyphenols, phytonutrients, and mixtures thereof. The adhering agent is applied to the interior surface of the straw by any one of a number of methods followed by incorporating the powdered ingredient into the adhering agent layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2013
    Assignee: Kraft Foods Group Brands LLC
    Inventors: Anilkumar Ganapati Gaonkar, Cathy Jean Ludwig, Neil Edward Darin, Robert Jones
  • Patent number: 8409650
    Abstract: The present invention relates to an innovative procedure for producing three-dimensional candies, preferably of the type known in the food industry as gummy snacks, which eliminates the stamping of starch beds and the cleaning process of the chilled product, furthermore having control of detail on all sides of the product, as well as a transparency and crystallinity never before achieved with the procedures known and traditionally used in the food industry. Likewise, the invention incorporates a completely novel shaping device consisting of two plates connected by a male-female system and with a plurality of product-shaping cavities that are in contact with all sides of the product to be formed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2013
    Inventor: Pedro Pasini Bertran
  • Publication number: 20130071517
    Abstract: A collectible item comprising a novelty image item and an edible confectionary image item is provided. The novelty image item may contain an image that matches the image on the confectionary image item, or an image that is related to the image on the confectionary image item. A plurality of collectible image items may be provided on a sheet, and the collectible image items may be individually removable from the sheet. An intermediate layer may also be provided which separates the confectionary image item from the novelty image item. The collectible item may include stickers as the novelty image item, and may include gum with an image formed thereon as the confectionary image item.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 20, 2012
    Publication date: March 21, 2013
    Inventor: Halle MADIA
  • Publication number: 20130059041
    Abstract: A product and packaging combination provides a matrix of colors to form an infinite number of stock and customizable designs. The designs are formed by a plurality of vials that are capable of being arranged in a matrix inside a container. Each individual vial holds a colored food product such as jellybeans. The vials may, for example, be sized to hold eight to ten jellybeans. The vials have at least one transparent portion, and the vials can be arranged inside the container to display the jellybeans. Vials of different colored jellybeans can be arranged to form images. Each of the vials may provide the individual “pixels” or dots of color that combine to form the image. For example, the images may pertain to specific companies, sports, hobbies, holidays or special occasions, and the images may be personalized with the recipient's name or a message.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 15, 2012
    Publication date: March 7, 2013
    Inventor: Cher Heather Columbus
  • Publication number: 20130034633
    Abstract: A freeform fabrication system for the production of an edible three-dimensional food product from digital input data is disclosed. Food products are produced in a layer-by-layer manner without object-specific tooling or human intervention. Color, flavor, texture and/or other characteristics may be independently modulated throughout the food product.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 2, 2011
    Publication date: February 7, 2013
    Inventor: Kyle William von Hasseln
  • Publication number: 20130034634
    Abstract: A bagged cookie is combined with a generally L-shaped holder having an upright portion and a base portion at about 90 degrees, and an elongate stick. The back side of the bagged cookie is adhered to the upright portion, preferably with double stick-back tape, and the lower side of the bagged cookie is resting on or near the base portion. The holder is configured to receive one end of an elongate stick, and the opposing end preferably engages a platform. Preferably there are several sets of the bagged cookies, holders, and elongate sticks engaged with the platform, forming a cookie bouquet.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 2, 2012
    Publication date: February 7, 2013
    Inventor: Stephanie Cigana
  • Publication number: 20120328742
    Abstract: An architecture is presented that provides a decorative toothpick device designed primarily for use with chocolate-covered strawberries, cupcakes, cake pops, pastries, or other food articles. The decorative toothpick device comprises a toothpick comprising a first end and a second end, and a decorative molded topper secured to the first end of the toothpick. The second end of the toothpick is then inserted into a confection. The decorative toothpick device would then act as a decorative top piece, as well as a handle with which to eat the strawberry, the cupcake, the cake pop, or the cookie, etc. The decorative toothpick device can come in a ready-to-use package, or be prepared by hand by a user. Furthermore, the decorative molded toppers can be decorated in a variety of designs and themes, depending on the occasion. For example, any kind of additional additive can be used to decorate the decorative molded toppers.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 7, 2012
    Publication date: December 27, 2012
    Inventor: Traci Jones
  • Patent number: 8323709
    Abstract: An edible spoon for dissociating into consumable predetermined clumps in order to prevent dissociating into random granules that would make consumption more difficult. The edible spoon includes a bowl and a handle. The bowl extends from the handle and contains weakened lines. The weakened lines in the bowl define the consumable predetermined clumps so as to allow the bowl to dissociate into the consumable predetermined clumps in order to prevent dissociating into the random granules that would make the consumption more difficult.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2012
    Inventor: Anatoliy Omelchenko