Product With Added Inedible Feature Other Than That Which Constitutes A Package Patents (Class 426/132)
  • Publication number: 20020068118
    Abstract: The invention provides texturized, baled hay or other animal fodder, preferably fortified with a flavoring or other additive. The hay is characterized by a substantial amount of long stems, substantial leaf retention, and substantial manipulation of stem structure, i.e., disruption of the lignin. Baled hay according to the invention is consistently uniform in texture, flavor, and appearance, bale after bale, for a given type or grade of hay. A machine and a method for making same are also described.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 10, 2001
    Publication date: June 6, 2002
    Inventors: John Gombos, Moshe Leasho
  • Patent number: 6399126
    Abstract: A flavored beverage stirrer which includes a carrier and a cartridge is disclosed. The carrier includes a cap to which is attached an elongated member or wand with barbs or protrusions extending outwardly from the length thereof. The stirrer also includes a cartridge formed from a flavored material. The cartridge is generally in the shape of a cylinder with a hole extending therethrough. The cartridge is placed onto the wand so that the barbs of the wand fit within grooves formed within the hole of the cartridge thereby retaining the cartridge on the elongated member. The stirrer may now be placed within a cup or mug of a hot beverage. As the stirrer is swirled through the beverage, the flavored cartridge dissolves and adds flavor to the beverage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 2001
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2002
    Inventor: John Weldon, Jr.
  • Patent number: 6395319
    Abstract: A padded handle (1) comprising preferably one piece of flexible filling material, which is arranged to be guided through two or more handle grips and where two opposing edges of the padded handle (1) have assembled corresponding locking mechanisms (2, 5) arranged to lock the two opposing edges loosely together, with an inner surface (3) surrounding the handles. That which is new and distinguishing is, among other characteristics, the fact that the padded handle in its unbent, mainly flat form, has an elliptical horizontal projection which comprises a minimal area in relation to the length and breadth of material which is necessary in order to fulfill the function of compression distribution, while at the same time covering the handles; and where the padded handles' edible material after use may be opened up and consumed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2000
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2002
    Inventor: Jan Harry Ă–ien
  • Patent number: 6383536
    Abstract: An interactive foodstuff emits sound, light, motion or other action by the control and/or manipulation of the electrical, optical or physical conditions of or proximal to the foodstuff.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 19, 1999
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2002
    Inventors: William Randall Palmer, Stephen Lynn Palmer
  • Publication number: 20010038871
    Abstract: An agent-delivery system for dispensing active agents of choice into ingestible materials of choice. The agent-delivery system includes a component for retaining the agent, typically in an extract form, which component is directed by the user into contact with an ingestible material. The extract is preferably water-soluble so that it may be dissolved into a fluid, generally a beverage of choice. The agent-retaining component may be a straw, spoon, soluble film, cap interior, or other suitable substrate capable of holding the extract. The extract may be applied to the retaining component in any of a number of ways, including by ink-jet spray equipment, or hand brushing, for example. Barrier sealants may be used to isolate the extract from the beverage until such time as the user wishes to enhance the beverage through agent introduction.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 11, 1999
    Publication date: November 8, 2001
    Applicant: SALLY NARDI
    Inventor: SALLY NARDI
  • Patent number: 6309683
    Abstract: A novelty candy holding device including a housing to which a candy pop can be secured. The housing includes a bottom end cap which prevents a pliable putty-like material in the housing from drying out. The bottom end cap can be removed to expose the pliable putty material into which one can insert their finger or fingers in order to move the putty material around so that movement of the putty makes a noise as air within the putty is moved. The device can have an end cap with a central opening secured to the housing. A stretchable diaphragm is secured over the central aperture so that one can force the diaphragm into the pliable putty material to move the putty material about so that a noise will be made as the putty material is moved, at which time air in the putty material will make a noise.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2000
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2001
    Inventors: Thomas J. Coleman, William K. Schlotter, IV, Princess Ann Coleman, Ann M. Schlotter
  • Patent number: 6296884
    Abstract: A pre-packaged s'more kit containing a plurality of marshmallows, crackers, and flavored wafers shaped to fit inside an elongated container. Preferably, the kit includes a roasting utensil also designed to fit within the elongated container. Once the s'more ingredients are removed, the elongated container can be reused as a storage container, a drinking cup, even a refractory telescope. Advantageously, a s'more connoisseur need only purchase one easily storable and transportable kit Instead of separately purchasing the ingredients in bulk.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 1999
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2001
    Inventor: David F. Okerlund
  • Patent number: 6284294
    Abstract: A patterned composite food product has an ice confectionery composition component and an edible material component which is different from the ice confectionery composition, the edible material having a pattern form which is an inclusion pattern zone in the ice confectionery composition, and the pattern may have a layer form wherein a plurality of edible material layers are separated one from another and surrounded by the ice confectionery composition. The composite product is prepared by pumping an ice confectionery composition into a former structure provided with an extrusion die for product extrusion from the former structure and by pumping a the edible material component through an assembly of a hollow spindle with nozzle(s) attached wherein the nozzle(s) is (are) provided with ports, particularly slots, for delivering the edible material to within the ice confectionery composition pumped through the former structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 1999
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2001
    Assignee: Nestec S.A.
    Inventors: William French, Josephine E. Lometillo
  • Publication number: 20010018086
    Abstract: A process for producing an aged beverage, preferably a distilled spirit that is aged in contact with wood, in which raw or partially aged beverage is processed in a closed system with controlled heat and oxygen levels, and in contact with a beverage aging wood product. In certain embodiments ethyl acetate is added to the raw beverage prior to the aging process.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 20, 2001
    Publication date: August 30, 2001
    Inventors: Remy F. Gross, John P. Delmore, Walter E. Buske
  • Patent number: 6274182
    Abstract: An biodegradable animal chew made from polyesteramide and starch is disclosed. In addition, a method of forming such a biodegradable animal chew is disclosed wherein the polyesteramide component forms distinct continuous domains dispersed within a continuous starch phase.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 1999
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2001
    Assignee: TFH Publications, Inc.
    Inventors: Glen S. Axelrod, Ajay Gajria
  • Publication number: 20010012636
    Abstract: A pH sensitive chewing gum kit is provided. The kit may contain chewing gum incorporating a pH sensitive substance. When chewed, the gum may change it's color in response to the oral fluids or salivary pH level. The chewing gum kit may also contain chewing gum with or without artificial sweeteners and one or more pH sensitive members including at least one pH sensitive substance incorporated in at least one portion thereof. When a pH sensitive member is put in contact with oral fluids or saliva, before, during or after chewing the gum, the color of the pH sensitive substance may change to a color which depends on the oral fluids pH value. This color may indicate whether the gum still needs to be chewed in order to achieve a desired oral fluids pH level.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 28, 2001
    Publication date: August 9, 2001
    Applicant: Radiancy Inc.
    Inventors: Zion Azar, Pinchas Shalev
  • Patent number: 6265010
    Abstract: A method and a device for preparing a drink glass with a salt-coated rim in which juice from a lime or lemon is deposited in an open-topped recess formed in the top of a lid for a wide-mouthed salt container, and the drink glass is inverted down onto the lid to have its rim wetted by the juice before being dipped into salt in the container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 1999
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2001
    Inventor: Richard E. Franco
  • Patent number: 6265004
    Abstract: The poultry shaping mandrel (25) is utilized to retain the shape of previously eviscerated oven-ready whole bird carcasses (10) after the carcasses have been prepared and before they are packaged and shipped. When the bird is frozen, the mandrels retain the shape of the bird so that the bird and its mandrel can be mounted on a skewer (52) or a smaller hand held skewer can be thrust through the mandrel and through the bird without hazard of deteriorating the bird.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 1999
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2001
    Inventor: G. Douglas Cagle
  • Patent number: 6248377
    Abstract: A scent area (14) is integrated into or attached to a food label (12). The scent area (14) preferably contains the scent and/or taste of the contents within the food container (10). The scent area (14) preferably includes scratch and sniff technology and/or is covered with a peel-off type cover to preserve the freshness of the scent area (14) during shipping and storage. Pets, can then sniff or lick the scent areas (14) from an assortment of food containers (10) and show a preference for a meal selection. In a further embodiment, a row, column, or array of spaced-apart scent areas can be presented to a pet, and through sniff and/or taste the pet can indicate the types or flavors of food preferred. Similarly, food-scented cards, game pieces, or toys can be presented to a pet who can select a card, game piece, or toy to indicate the type and/or flavor of food preferred for the next meal. The pet owner could also use the preference indications to purchase preferred food types and/or flavors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2000
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2001
    Inventor: Michael L. Levine
  • Patent number: 6245363
    Abstract: The invention relates to methods for treating plant material such as sunflower seed meal with water and a hydrolytic enzyme in an aqueous environment to increase its nutritional value and to enzymatic methods for converting plant derived material into useful products.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 1998
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2001
    Assignee: Zylepsis Limited
    Inventors: Stephen John Myers, Peter S.J. Cheetham, Nigel E. Banister
  • Patent number: 6237646
    Abstract: An ice cream cone holder and drip collector device (10, 100, 200) includes a sleeve (12, 14) having an open upper end (16). A drip catcher (18, 28) is attached to the sleeve (12, 14) and includes an inner wall (20) that extends downwardly from the periphery of the open upper end (16) of the sleeve (12, 14). An outer wall (22) can be separated from the inner wall (20) by a spacer wall (24), the inner wall (20), outer wall (22), and spacer wall (24) forming the drip catcher (18). Because the drip catcher (18) attaches to the sleeve (12) at the open upper end (16) of the sleeve (12) and the drip catcher (18) provides no surface that is parallel to the vertical plane, a plurality of devices (10) can be intimately stacked one on top of the other and packaged in high density.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 1999
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2001
    Inventor: David L. Rodman
  • Patent number: 6230764
    Abstract: An ice cream cone holder and drip collector device (10, 100, 200) includes a sleeve (12, 14) having an open upper end (16). A drip catcher (18, 28) is attached to the sleeve (12, 14) and includes an inner wall (20) that extends downwardly from the periphery of the open upper end (16) of the sleeve (12, 14). An outer wall (22) can be separated from the inner wall (20) by a spacer wall (24), the inner wall (20), outer wall (22), and spacer wall (24) forming the drip catcher (18). Because the drip catcher (18) attaches to the sleeve (12) at the open upper end (16) of the sleeve (12) and the drip catcher (18) provides no surface that is parallel to the vertical plane, a plurality of devices (10) can be intimately stacked one on top of the other and packaged in high density.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 2000
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2001
    Inventor: David L. Rodman
  • Patent number: 6221416
    Abstract: Flavoring, dietary minerals, vitamins, other nutritional supplements, or medicines may be dispensed in a filter assembly designed to cap a neck or open end of a bottle. A cap has a manual valve extending from the top thereof and operatively connected to the bottom thereof is an activated carbon block tubular filter having a porosity of between about 8-120 microns. Disposed within the tubular carbon block is a soluble solid porous element, having a porosity greater than that of the carbon block, and having a solubility between about one quarter and one-one hundredth of sucrose. The soluble element is at least in part a flavoring, vitamin, dietary mineral, nutritional supplement, or medicine. It also may be tubular, and substantially lining the soluble porous element may be a hydrophobic membrane which allows passage of water therethrough under pressure, but not under static pressure conditions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 1999
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2001
    Assignee: Innova Pure Water Inc.
    Inventor: John E. Nohren, Jr.
  • Patent number: 6200610
    Abstract: A batch identifier for seeds and livestock feeds in the form of coded particles of approximately the same size as the seed or feed is disclosed. In use the coded particles are mixed with the seed or feed. The batch identifier may be paper or plastic, and coated or uncoated; and the coding may be any appropriate symbols such as letters or numbers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 2000
    Date of Patent: March 13, 2001
    Inventor: Ronald C. Graham
  • Patent number: 6187352
    Abstract: A candy-holding and liquid-dispensing apparatus is provided with a housing, a liquid reservoir disposed in the housing, a volume of potable liquid, such as water, disposed within the liquid reservoir, a spray mechanism fluidly coupled to the liquid reservoir, a candy holder coupled to the housing, and a piece of candy supported by the candy holder, the piece of candy being supported by the candy holder so that the piece of candy may be inserted into the mouth of the person while the person is holding the housing. The liquid reservoir may be disposed within a housing having a cylindrical shape and composed of a plastic material having a red color so that the housing resembles a fire extinguisher. The piece of candy may be provided with a hot flavor so that the potable liquid may be sprayed from the liquid reservoir into the mouth of the person to cool the person's mouth after the hot-flavored piece of candy has been tasted by the person.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 1999
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2001
    Inventor: Scott Crosbie
  • Patent number: 6177110
    Abstract: A lollipop comprises a ball of hard candy and an edible stick having a first end extending into a cavity in the ball. The stick comprises pressed candy and a multiplicity of confectionary chips interspersed in the pressed candy. The stick is preferably received into a plastic sleeve to provide a lollipop assembly in which the stick is protected from direct contact while the candy ball is being eaten. In the manufacture of the lollipop, a plurality of book molds are positioned in a line and linked together for simultaneous opening and closing. A plurality of nozzles inject hot syrup into the molds. When the syrup has cooled and the sticks have been anchored therein, the molds are inverted and opened to allow the lollipops to drop out. The manufacture operation is automated and synchronized for maximum efficiency.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 1998
    Date of Patent: January 23, 2001
    Assignee: Candy Novelty Works Ltd.
    Inventor: Pak Nin Chan
  • Patent number: 6168813
    Abstract: A shrimp tray having a raised, circular, outer rim, a first annular surface extending downwardly from the outer rim toward the center of the tray and a central recessed area. The first annular surface includes a lower portion that defines a plurality of drain holes. The tray is preferably made from a single sheet of material having a uniform thickness. A plurality of shrimp are nested relative to each other on the first annular surface with their tail ends overhanging the circular outer rim of the tray and their forward ends preferably contacting an annular wall. An annular spacer member may be provided to increase the diameter of the tray. Additional annular surfaces may be provided for serving additional layers of shrimp.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 1999
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2001
    Assignee: Contessa Food Products
    Inventor: John Z. Blazevich
  • Patent number: 6165519
    Abstract: A filter for the adsorption of ingredients from and/or the dispersion of ingredients into a fluid includes a matrix which has a plurality of particles having an inherently active surface or an active surface made of a fluid treating material. The particles are held in place by a moderately viscous binder which is impervious to the flow of the fluid. The particles, however, are made of a fluid pervious material. An insufficient amount of binder is incorporated in the matrix to otherwise completely cover the particles. Thus portions of the active surface of the particles remains exposed to the flow of fluid thereby resulting in tortuous paths of flow through the matrix, thereby assuring contact with the treating particles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 1999
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2000
    Assignee: Robert Lehrer Associates, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert Lehrer, Diane Frederick, Claus Mettenheimer, Robert G. Sandberg
  • Patent number: 6153233
    Abstract: Topical applications are provided to the support material (16) before the deposit of the food (14) thereon or to the food (14) after the deposit of the food (14) on the support material (16). Thus, although the food (14) is continuously deposited on the support material (16), the characteristics of the food is varied by contact with the topical application. In the preferred form, the topical applications are in the form of flavors, colorants and/or fortification ingredients and especially temperature sensitive ingredients.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 1998
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2000
    Assignee: General Mills, Inc.
    Inventors: Daniel L. Gordon, Paul D. Nordling, Soumya Roy
  • Patent number: 6143333
    Abstract: Sport and game fish are attracted to an area of a lake, stream or other body of water by a fish attractant block comprising a cured formulation of compositional components suspended in the aquatic medium by a rope or similar suspension means. The fish attractant block is prepared by first formulating a relatively homogeneous mixture of the block compositional components, transferring this liquid composition from a mixer to a package equipped with a rope, and then allowing the liquid formulation to cure. Representative ingredients of the formulation include molasses, fish oil, fish meal, attapulgite clay, a phosphate source and magnesium oxide (a curing assist). The blocks of this invention are not only effective at attracting game and sport fish, but they are also water stable and environmentally benign.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 1998
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2000
    Assignee: Purina Mills, Inc.
    Inventors: Kent J. Lanter, Gordon C. Ballam
  • Patent number: 6117464
    Abstract: The present invention provides a peelable laminate suitable for cook-in packaging and a method of cooking a food product. The method includes the steps of:a) enclosing a food product in the peelable laminate, the peelable laminate having(1) an edible film in contact with the food product, and(2) a protective film peelably adhered to the edible film; andb) heating the enclosed food product to at least partially cook the food product, the edible layer adhering to the at least partially cooked food product with an adhesive strength which is greater than the force required to peel the protective film from the edible film. In this manner, the protective film can be peeled from the edible film after cooking without product loss due to adherence of food particles to the film. Furthermore, the peelable laminate prevents or minimizes cook-out and allows a modifier to be transferred to the food product via the edible film during the cooking process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 1997
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2000
    Assignee: Cryovac, Inc.
    Inventors: Tina V. Lorenzo Moore, Donald Keith Moore, Jr.
  • Patent number: 6099872
    Abstract: A combination edible and non-edible product is shown which has a housing formed of first and second sections of plastic or other non-edible material interconnected to form a hollow interior adapted to receive a toy or other item. At least one of the first and second sections includes a radially outwardly extending rib having opposed side edges and an outer edge, and their outer surfaces each carry a layer of confectionery such as chocolate having a peripheral edge which abuts one of the side edges of the rib leaving the entire outer edge of the rib exposed and readily viewable. The entire article is then covered with a foil wrap or the like.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 1999
    Date of Patent: August 8, 2000
    Inventor: Henry M. Whetstone, Jr.
  • Patent number: 6099873
    Abstract: A candy holder candy twister including a main housing in which a piece of candy contained on a hollow sleeve is removed from the housing for consumption by a threaded shaft. The threaded shaft moves the candy piece as the shaft is rotated. A cap which can be made to represent any desired facial expression, character head, alien head, hat or any other design. The cap is provided with a string or some other device by which the candy holder may be held by a person and displayed for sale.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 1999
    Date of Patent: August 8, 2000
    Inventors: Thomas J. Coleman, William K. Schlotter, IV, Princess Ann Coleman, Ann M. Schlotter
  • Patent number: 6093428
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a confectionary holder which simulates the sound of rain as the holder is vertically positioned. The holder comprises a transparent tube having ends, two sides, and at least two sets of indents directed inward toward the center of the tube and one set of indents per side of the tube. Each indent has a peak, a peak depth, a sloping upper face, a sloping lower face, and between each indent is a space length. The peaks of the indents alternate from one side to the other side along the tube length. The angle of incline of each indent face and the length of the space between each indent are selected to allow rigid items, e.g., candy or gum, when placed in the holder, to create the sound of rain as the confectionary pieces flow downward dropping onto each indent face, sliding off each face, and moving from side to side from one end of the holder to the other end when the holder is vertically positioned.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 1999
    Date of Patent: July 25, 2000
    Assignee: Oddzon, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael G. Hoeting, Sean T. Mullaney
  • Patent number: 6045833
    Abstract: A device and method for adding the perception of flavoring to a product that is consumed from a receptacle. The device is a cover for a receptacle, wherein a person can drink from a receptacle through the structure of the cover. The receptacle cover is scented with a desired fragrance. Furthermore, the receptacle cover is shaped so that a portion of the cover enters the mouth when a person is drinking through the receptacle cover. A person who consumes a product directly from the receptacle will bring the receptacle cover to his/her mouth. As the receptacle cover is taken within the mouth, the receptacle cover scents the air contained within the mouth. Simultaneously, the portion of the receptacle cover outside of the mouth scents the air surrounding the outside of the nose. By scenting the air inside the mouth and outside the nose, the nose is saturated by the desired fragrance and a more effective olfactory sense deception is obtained.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 1998
    Date of Patent: April 4, 2000
    Inventor: Steven M. Landau
  • Patent number: 6022571
    Abstract: A shrimp tray having a raised, circular, outer rim, a first annular surface extending downwardly from the outer rim toward the center of the tray and a central recessed area. The first annular surface includes a lower portion that defines a plurality of drain holes. The tray is preferably made from a single sheet of material having a uniform thickness. A plurality of shrimp are nested relative to each other on the first annular surface with their tail ends overhanging the circular outer rim of the tray and their forward ends preferably contacting an annular wall. An annular spacer member may be provided to increase the diameter of the tray. Additional annular surfaces may be provided for serving additional layers of shrimp.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 1999
    Date of Patent: February 8, 2000
    Inventor: John Z. Blazevich
  • Patent number: 6016744
    Abstract: A poultry retainer for retaining poultry has a strap for closing the rear opening of the poultry and a piercing member for piercing the skin and holding the skin over the front opening to close the front opening. The poultry retainer also includes a base having first and second pieces which are slidably connected together to provide an adjustable distance between the strap and piercing member for accommodating varying size poultry. Wing holders and a leg clip draw the wings and legs toward the body of the poultry to reduce drying of the wings and legs during cooking.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 1997
    Date of Patent: January 25, 2000
    Inventor: Robert Pritsker
  • Patent number: 6015582
    Abstract: A water absorbing article and method of using the same are provided in order to remove drip accumulated at the interface of a food and an water absorbing article and to prevent foods from quality degradation. The water absorbing article comprises a water absorbing sheet comprising at least three layers; a liquid permeable layer made of paper or pulp, a water absorbing layer made of paper or pulp containing water absorbing particles, and a liquid-in permeable layer inserted in between the liquid permeable layer and the water absorbing layer, and the water absorbing sheet is inserted in a bag made of a liquid permeable sheet. The object is attained by placing a food on a liquid permeable layer of the thus-formed water absorbing article and subsequently the whole is vacuum packed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 1998
    Date of Patent: January 18, 2000
    Assignee: Showa Denko K.K.
    Inventors: Yohei Kageyama, Takeshi Banba, Eikichi Kogure
  • Patent number: 6004597
    Abstract: A novelty candy/pen holding device designed to provide fun and entertainment to children of all ages. The device includes a main housing comprising a hollow stretchable and bendable plastic tube or any suitable material with a hollow plastic upper housing connected with the main housing. The plastic upper housing has an aperture at the top to hold a ball point pen ink cartridge or any other writing accessory. The lower end of the main housing has a threaded end cap whereupon a threaded candy/gum reservoir is threaded to the main housing. To dispense the candy/gum from the reservoir, remove the ball point pen ink cartridge from the aperture of the hollow upper housing and tilt the reservoir so the candy/gum travels through the hollow main housing into the hollow upper housing and out the aperture at the top of the hollow upper housing into a child's hand. Replace the ball point pen ink cartridge to keep the candy/gum inside of the container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 1997
    Date of Patent: December 21, 1999
    Inventors: Thomas J. Coleman, William K. Schlotter, IV, Princess Ann Coleman, Ann M. Schlotter
  • Patent number: 6004606
    Abstract: A composite ice confectionery product of the frozen type is prepared by pumping an ice composition into a former structure provided with an extrusion die so that the composition contained within the former passes through the former to the die for extrusion via the die and by pumping a material of texture different from that of the aerated ice confectionery through an assembly of a hollow spindle with nozzle(s) attached wherein the nozzle(s) is (are) provided with ports, particularly slots, for delivering the material into the ice confectionery composition stream in the former.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 1998
    Date of Patent: December 21, 1999
    Assignee: Nestec S.A.
    Inventors: William French, Josephine E. Lometillo
  • Patent number: 5971829
    Abstract: A novelty amusement eating receptacle for supporting, rotating and sculpting a portion of ice cream or similarly malleable food while it is being consumed comprising: a hand-held housing, a cup rotatably supported by the hand-held housing and adapted to receive and contain a portion of ice cream or food product of similar consistency, and a drive mechanism in the hand-held housing for imparting rotation upon the cup and rotationally feeding its contents against a person's outstretched tongue.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 1998
    Date of Patent: October 26, 1999
    Inventor: Richard B. Hartman
  • Patent number: 5958485
    Abstract: A food item is disclosed produced in the preferred form by an apparatus (10) including first and second forming rollers (18, 21) which rotatably abut with an anvil roller (20). The forming rollers (18, 21) each include a periphery forming a continuous forming surface including a plurality of axially and circumferentially spaced grooves (24) each formed as a continuous depression arranged in a serpentine and non-intersecting manner. Food (14) is simultaneously fed by a saddle (36, 36') between a continuous strip of support material (16) and a continuous ribbon of film material (66) as they pass between a first abutment nip of the first forming roller (18) and the anvil roller (20). In a preferred form, the saddle (36') is in the form of a block having first and second lower surfaces (118, 120) corresponding to the shape and located adjacent the first forming roller (18) and the anvil roller (20) in their mating side (32).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 1998
    Date of Patent: September 28, 1999
    Assignee: General Mills, Inc.
    Inventors: Richard O. Benham, Timothy J. Gluszak, James N. Weinstein, Craig E. Zimmermann
  • Patent number: 5942268
    Abstract: A food item includes one or more continuous strings (14e, 14f) and one or more continuous, thin strips (14c, 14d) of food adhered to the support material (16).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 1998
    Date of Patent: August 24, 1999
    Assignee: General Mills, Inc.
    Inventors: Craig E. Zimmermann, Julie L. Holmstrom, Richard O. Benham
  • Patent number: 5932262
    Abstract: A flavored nipple device for an infant feeding apparatus such as a baby bottle is provided having a taste-modifying agent incorporated therein in an amount effective to modify the taste of a beverage dispensed through the device. The flavored nipple encourages young children to drink adequate amounts of important dietary liquids, such as water, by providing such liquids with improved taste.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 1997
    Date of Patent: August 3, 1999
    Inventor: Misty L. Little
  • Patent number: 5932263
    Abstract: A preservation device for preserving a partially eaten portion of a fruit or vegetable having a skin and at least one exposed surface includes a pair of arms. Each arm extends in a longitudinal direction and has a distal portion and a proximal portion. The arms are pivotally connected to each other for movement of the distal portion between an open position for engaging the at least one exposed surface of the partially eaten fruit or vegetable portion and a closed position where the at least one exposed surface of the partially eaten fruit or vegetable portion is engaged with the preservation device. A flat plate is carried by the arm in the distal portion of the arm. The flat plate extends generally perpendicular to the longitudinal direction of the arm and is adapted to engage the exposed surface of the fruit or vegetable for preservation purposes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 1997
    Date of Patent: August 3, 1999
    Inventor: Craig J. Markey
  • Patent number: 5925391
    Abstract: A combination edible and non-edible product is included which has a housing formed of first and second sections of plastic or other non-edible material interconnected to form a hollow interior adapted to receive a toy or other item. At least one of the first and second sections includes a radially outwardly extending rib having opposed side edges and an outer edge, and their outer surfaces each carry a layer of confectionery such as chocolate having a peripheral edge which abuts one of the side edges of the rib leaving the entire outer edge of the rib exposed and readily viewable. The entire article is then covered with a foil wrap or the like.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 1998
    Date of Patent: July 20, 1999
    Inventor: Henry M. Whetstone, Jr.
  • Patent number: 5922378
    Abstract: The invention provides a water filtration vessel of the type having an upper reservoir for receiving tap water, a lower reservoir for storing filtered water and a filter-retaining passageway connecting between the upper and the lower reservoirs, further having a dispenser, mounted in communication with the lower reservoir for controllably adding a prequantified amount of a comestible additive to the filtered water.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 1997
    Date of Patent: July 13, 1999
    Inventors: Michael Kagan, Ian Solomon, Yehuda Vatkin
  • Patent number: 5922377
    Abstract: The present invention relates to the flavoring of various foods and comprises a rod, materials disposed along an outer surface portion of the rod for flavoring the food item, and a binder for releasably retaining the flavoring materials in position on the outer surface portion of the rod during preparation of the food item. In one preferred embodiment of the present invention, the flavoring materials are releasably bound to the outer surface of the rod by a binder consisting essentially of partially hydrogenated cotton seed oil, partially hydrogenated soybean oil and soybean lecithin. In a further embodiment of the invention, a protective sheath is provided that covers the rod during insertion into the food item.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 1996
    Date of Patent: July 13, 1999
    Inventor: Eric P. Nordstrom
  • Patent number: 5922389
    Abstract: A cask for storing alcoholic beverage is made of a pre-treated wooden material, such as oak wood, wherein the method of pre-treatment includes soaking the wood in a salt solution and heating or toasting the wood thereafter to produce a color change in the wood. Is has been found that impregnating the wood with salt extracts is beneficial in respect of flavoring and coloring the alcoholic beverage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 1998
    Date of Patent: July 13, 1999
    Assignee: The Scotch Whisky Research Institute
    Inventors: Gordon Mark Steele, Kenneth John Gibson Reid, Andrew Frank Ward
  • Patent number: 5919508
    Abstract: To facilitate baking a frozen dough product in an oven having a rack formed of aligned bars, the dough product is formed over an oven-safe paper sheet which has a plurality of die-cut holes. This sheet serves as a baking substrate and obviates the need for a baking pan. The paper sheet is formed with the dough product, and the dough extends through the holes and locks the sheet to the dough. The end user may thus remove the frozen dough product together with the sheet from a backing preform and place the assembly on an oven rack for baking. As the dough thaws the crust will loose its stiffness. The sheet however, will prevent the more pliable crust from distending through the oven rack before the dough has become baked and rigid. The sheet forms a backing which restrains flow of the dough, while at the same time the holes permit the escape of gases from the bottom of the crust and ensure uniform baking. Furthermore, the holes allow direct radiant heating of the dough product through the paper sheet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 1998
    Date of Patent: July 6, 1999
    Inventors: Davis A. Donnelly, Harry K. Kralkow, Larry I. Kufahl, Thomas W. Fester
  • Patent number: 5906846
    Abstract: A candy or gum holding device including an elongated flexible cord. The candy or gum is of a gummy type which can be threaded onto the cord along its length. Near a lower end of the cord, the cord is flared slightly so that the candy or gum pieces will not fall off but can be pulled off over the flare. The upper end of the cord is provided with a head and the lower end of the cord is provided with a tail section. The head is provided with an aperture which receives the end of the tail section in order to form a bracelet or anklet after the candy has been consumed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 1998
    Date of Patent: May 25, 1999
    Inventors: Thomas J. Coleman, William K. Schlotter, IV, Princess Ann Coleman, Ann M. Schlotter
  • Patent number: 5894028
    Abstract: A pizza sauce disk and a method for making the same are provided. The pizza sauce disk comprises a pizza sauce which includes a heat-reversible gelling agent. When activated, the gelling agent causes the pizza sauce to at least partially congeal at room temperature or below so that it may be retained in place on a non-edible support surface. Upon further cooling, the pizza sauce forms a more complete gel structure which, even after warming to room temperature, allows the disk to be handled as a cohesive mass and placed and repositioned on a pizza crust without tearing, breaking or smearing of the disk. The pizza sauce disk may optionally include cheese and assorted pizza toppings. To form a pizza with the present disk, the disk is removed from the support surface and is combined with a pizza crust shell. The pizza may then be cooked and served.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 1997
    Date of Patent: April 13, 1999
    Assignee: Doskocil Food Service Company, L.L.C.
    Inventors: Don E. Alden, Steven C. Seideman, James C. Bolton
  • Patent number: 5885633
    Abstract: A filter is formed from a laminate of two sheets having a layer of adsorbent material and a layer of flavor enhancing material in the form of a flavor or supplement layer sandwiched between the sheets. Preferably, the adsorbent layer and the flavor or supplement layer are applied by a printing process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 1997
    Date of Patent: March 23, 1999
    Inventor: Robert Lehrer
  • Patent number: 5876777
    Abstract: Apparatus (10) is disclosed including first and second forming rollers (18, 21) which rotatably abut with an anvil roller (20). The forming rollers (18, 21) each include a periphery forming a continuous forming surface including a plurality of axially and circumferentially spaced patterns each formed including depressions (196, 198) and/or grooves (24). Food (14) is simultaneously fed by a saddle (36, 36') between a continuous strip of support material (16) and a continuous ribbon of film material (66) as they pass between a first abutment nip of the first forming roller (18) and the anvil roller (20). In the preferred form, the food items include one or more continuous strings (14e, 14f) and one or more continuous, thin strips (14c, 14d) of food adhered to the support material (16).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 1998
    Date of Patent: March 2, 1999
    Assignee: General Mills, Inc.
    Inventors: Craig E. Zimmermann, Julie L. Holmstrom, Richard O. Benham
  • Patent number: 5869120
    Abstract: A shrimp tray having a raised, circular, outer rim, a first annular surface extending downwardly from the outer rim toward the center of the tray and a central recessed area. The first annular surface includes a lower portion that defines a plurality of drain holes. The tray is preferably made from a single sheet of material having a uniform thickness. A plurality of shrimp are nested relative to each other on the first annular surface with their tail ends overhanging the circular outer rim of the tray and their forward ends preferably contacting an annular wall. An annular spacer member may be provided to increase the diameter of the tray. Additional annular surfaces may be provided for serving additional layers of shrimp.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 1997
    Date of Patent: February 9, 1999
    Inventor: John Z. Blazevich