Frangible Food Having Defined Score Line Or Weakened Portion Patents (Class 426/76)
  • Patent number: 9204664
    Abstract: This document provides devices and methods for processing elongate generally cylindrical food products. For example, this document provides devices and methods for longitudinally cutting sausages, and the sausage designs as cut thereby.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2015
    Inventor: Edward W. Hortelius
  • Publication number: 20150072047
    Abstract: The present invention provides a baked product 2, which may be a wafer, comprising a plurality of product sections 6, adjacent product sections 4 mutually separated by a frangible portion 6, said frangible portions 6 including at last one rib 8 extending across at least one of the frangible portions 6 and interconnecting the adjacent product sections 4. The invention further provides a mould for making the products of the invention, and also a method for making them.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 16, 2013
    Publication date: March 12, 2015
    Inventors: Adam Harris, Oliver Boulton
  • Publication number: 20140272004
    Abstract: A pita bread can advantageously be shaped and configured to be used as a sandwich bun, and more specifically as a hamburger or hot dog bun. Pita dough is first shaped in a manner to efficiently accommodate a hamburger patty or elongate hot dog, with associated fixings, within a pocket of the pita without substantial losses of fixings and without the bun breaking or disintegrating when being held by the eater. Pita shapes and configurations that employ the unique aspects of pita breads to create sturdy, clean and tasty sandwich buns are discussed and claimed. Embodiments may also include a perforation line enabling preferential tearing to remove an edge and reveal an opening providing access to the pita pocket.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 29, 2013
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Inventor: N. Eric Porat
  • Patent number: 8679564
    Abstract: Aspects of the present invention are directed to methods for manufacturing shaped, comestible articles. Multiple comestible articles are connected by flash, and stress lines in the flash surround the articles. The comestible articles are subsequently separated from the flash at the stress lines. Additional aspects of the present invention are directed to an intermediate comestible product. In certain embodiments, the intermediate comestible product comprises multiple articles, web-like flash connecting the articles, and stress lines formed in the flash and about each article.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 25, 2014
    Assignee: Mars, Incorporated
    Inventors: James Suttle, Robert Brandt
  • Publication number: 20140050820
    Abstract: A food divider comprises at least one frangible edible food divider configured to fit within a container and adapted to provide a physical barrier between at least two different types, amounts and/or flavors of food products, such as frozen food products. Related methods and kits are also described.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 30, 2013
    Publication date: February 20, 2014
    Applicant: YOGEEZ II, INC.
    Inventor: Amanda Renée DeVaul
  • 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
  • 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
  • Publication number: 20120219668
    Abstract: A food product having at least one moulded body. The moulded body has a food mass and an array of baked items or a substantially centrally located baked item. At least one member of the array of baked items or the centrally located baked item form a consumable unit together with at least a portion of the moulded body. Further, at least one portion of at least one baked item is not covered with the first food mass and is visible from at least one side of the moulded body.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 6, 2012
    Publication date: August 30, 2012
    Inventors: Aurelie Laberdure-Nedder, Jean-Philippe Rapp, Philippe Houssemand
  • Publication number: 20110014325
    Abstract: A chocolate bar or the like is configured to allow squares to be broken off. On the rear side of each of the squares, a centered indentation is provided. This allows a square to be skewered without breaking. Two or more squares are skewered between two marshmallows, and the assembly is roasted. In the course of roasting, the chocolate is heated but retains its form. The roasted combination is placed between two full graham crackers. The skewer may be worked back and forth a bit to distribute the melted chocolate. The result is an incomparably delicious and kid-friendly campfire smore.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 17, 2009
    Publication date: January 20, 2011
    Inventor: Michael J. Ure
  • Publication number: 20100104687
    Abstract: A confectionery article adapted for accurate division of a confectionery article into two or more smaller portions, which confectionery article has two or more segments having different compositions.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 24, 2008
    Publication date: April 29, 2010
    Inventor: Allan S. Kaplan
  • Patent number: 7678402
    Abstract: A novel dog chew is disclosed made of raw hide which has a large plurality of closely spaced perforations cut there through during manufacture of the dog chew. Typically the perforations are created in first rows that are generally parallel to each other and in second rows that are also generally parallel to each other, and the first rows intersect the second rows to create a cross hatching pattern. The intersecting sets of perforations created by the cross hatch pattern define a large number of small sections on the rawhide. The small sections of the dog chew individually break off when chewed by a dog instead of large pieces that may choke the dog.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 16, 2010
    Inventor: Joseph A. Marino
  • Patent number: 7645465
    Abstract: A process for preparing a processed ginseng extract with enhanced pharmacological effects due to subsequent treatment is disclosed. The subsequent treatment includes an acid-treatment of ginseng and a bio-converting treatment, such as a lactic acid bacterial fermenting and an intestinal bacterial fermenting process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 2003
    Date of Patent: January 12, 2010
    Assignee: Kuan Industrial Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Dong-Hyun Kim, Jong-Hoon Ryu, Eun-Ah Bae, Myung-Joo Han, Min-Kyung Choo, Eun-Kyung Park
  • Publication number: 20090285939
    Abstract: A pizza including a dough substrate defining a plurality of pieces, wherein each piece defines a perimeter and includes a sheet portion and a crust portion, the crust portion extending substantially entirely around the perimeter, and at least one topping positioned on the dough substrate.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 19, 2008
    Publication date: November 19, 2009
    Inventor: Kevin P. Matthews
  • Publication number: 20090258113
    Abstract: A method for making an expandable half-product or pellet suitable for cooking by microwave oven (or other method such as frying) that results in a non-uniform, random design, while having a distinct pattern or style. The half product design is achieved by inducing stress cracks in the half product. The stress cracks are created by a controlled drying process whereby extruded half-products are first case hardened to create an outer skin that requires an internal build-up of pressure to penetrate. After creation of the outer skin, by drying in an oven or in ambient air, the half-product is heated to permit the vapor pressure of the moisture inside the half-product to break through the outer skin and escape. Such escape points induce stress cracks in random places in the half-product. The general pattern of the stress cracks can be varied by manipulation of the time-temperature profile of the case hardening and stress cracking steps.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 14, 2008
    Publication date: October 15, 2009
    Applicant: FRITO-LAY NORTH AMERICA, INC.
    Inventors: David Brian Emerson, Karoline Marie Kensinger Russell, Thomas Anthony Trezza
  • Publication number: 20090148567
    Abstract: A food product system preferably includes an edible handheld container and an edible core product adapted to be detachably connected to a skewer and selectively carried by the container. The core product may be detached from the skewer and selectively carried by the container as the skewer is moved from an engaged position with the container to a disengaged position with the container.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 7, 2007
    Publication date: June 11, 2009
    Inventor: Robert Phillips
  • Publication number: 20090029011
    Abstract: A cheese snack product comprising a block of cheese which has means to facilitate separation of the product into snack size portions. The means to facilitate separation may comprise areas of the block which are of lesser thickness than the remainder and these may be formed either by scoring or cutting into the surface of the block or by moulding the block to provide such portions. The block of the invention is preferably contained in a sealed package and a package which can be opened and then resealed is preferred. Also, it is possible to include in the package under the cheese a member which permits the cheese block to be readily moved outwardly from the package. The cheese block can comprise cheese of one or two or even more types so as to provide different flavours/textures for the product.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 9, 2007
    Publication date: January 29, 2009
    Inventors: Peter Robert Bond, Lyndon Christine Bond
  • Patent number: 6942885
    Abstract: A ready-for-use refrigerated or frozen dough that is prepared from flour, a leavening agent, fat; has no greater than 0.5 weight percent sugar or sugar substitute; and preferably includes one or more toppings, fillings, or both. The dough has a surface that includes grooves, score lines, or combinations thereof which define pieces of the dough to be separated into individual bakery products. The grooves, score lines, or combinations thereof each have a depth of about 3% to about 95% of the thickness of the dough. The dough is in the form of a sheet or a parallelepipedal, cylinder, prismatic block or polygon having a thickness of from about 0.5 to 5 cm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 2002
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2005
    Assignee: Nestec S.A.
    Inventors: Robert E. Ross, Gerard J. Loizeau
  • Patent number: 6919097
    Abstract: A fully baked, soft, breadstick product is provided having a water activity in the range of about 0.9 to 0.95. The breadstick product is ideally suited for use in a refrigerated, ready-to-eat kit. The breadstick products are of a convenient size and shape with perforations to allow the breadstick product to be separated into individual breadsticks. The breadstick product is especially adapted as a single serving or snack food product. Also provided is a kit containing the breadstick product with one or more additional food items. Such additional food items include, for example, cheese, cheese products, cheese sauces, tomato sauces, cream cheese, butter, margarine, jam, jelly, honey, peanut butter, olive oil, salad ingredients, salad dressings, and the like. Preferably, each component item is in a separate container sealed from the other food items to substantially retard or prevent flavor, moisture, and microbial migration from one food item to another.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 8, 2002
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2005
    Assignee: Kraft Food Holdings, Inc.
    Inventors: Mary A. Lamp, Keith Forneck
  • Patent number: 6878390
    Abstract: A segmented rolled food item is continuously produced using a rotating segmenting roller having a plurality of parallel circumferential lanes. Each lane contains a series of circumferentially spaced knife edges that are disposed at least substantially parallel to the axis of rotation of the roller. A segmented rolled food item is produced by feeding multiple continuous at least substantially parallel strips of a flowable food product, each of which are deposited on pre-slit parallel strips of support material, between the nip of an upper anvil surface and the lower surface of the rotating segmenting roller. The segmentation of the food strip occurs without segmentation of the support strip. After segmenting, the food strip and the support material are cut into lengths to form leading and trailing ends. Each strip of food is rolled around a leading end of the support material to obtain a segmented rolled food item.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2001
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2005
    Assignee: Kraft Foods Holdings, Inc.
    Inventors: Joseph M. Murray, William R. Drummond
  • Patent number: 6808727
    Abstract: An improved meal-substitute food bar, herein called a meal-equivalent food bar because it is divided into segments equivalent to the sequence of courses in a conventional meal, including appetizer with functional appetite stimulants; main-course with major nutrition ingredients; and desert with functional appetite depressants. Further, the food bar is divided frangibly lengthwise into strips, each strip a selectable meal-equivalent with pre-determined calories. As a result, the meal-equivalent food bar provides a meal with improved physiological and psychological values for a consumer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2001
    Date of Patent: October 26, 2004
    Inventor: Emanuel S. Kemeny
  • Patent number: 6790467
    Abstract: A ready to bake dough product with a shaped filling is disclosed. The filling is sized and configured so as to minimize or avoid exposure or spilling during processing, handling, or baking. The shape of the filling is configured such that it has a shorter distance vertically than horizontally. The shape of the filling may be substantially in the form of a rectangle, triangle, pentagon, hexagon, half circle, diamond, trapezoid, oval, or similar shapes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 2002
    Date of Patent: September 14, 2004
    Assignee: Nestec S.A.
    Inventors: Kathleen Kostival, Robert E. Ross, Jerry T. Yoakum
  • Patent number: 6783782
    Abstract: A grooved, pre-proofed, freezer-to-oven pizza crust dough. The dough includes a top surface for a pizza filling, and a bottom surface opposing the top surface and contacting a pizza pan. The bottom surface of the dough defines a plurality of grooves which provide the dough with a uniformly cooked surface upon baking the dough.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 1998
    Date of Patent: August 31, 2004
    Assignee: The Pillsbury Company
    Inventors: Michelle M. Larsen, Dennis A. Lonergan
  • Publication number: 20040086602
    Abstract: A noodle has a plurality of slits formed at the central portion in the width of the noodle, and extending along the longitudinal direction of the noodle in a single line. At least one of the slits is closed at opposed ends thereof. When boiled, the noodles swell as a whole, and slits tend to be opened, so as to be easily caught by a fork or chopsticks. Once the noodles are caught and lifted up, they seldom escape. Compared to the conventional noodles, the noodles of the invention can be very easily picked up and be carried to the mouth.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 17, 2003
    Publication date: May 6, 2004
    Inventor: Michinobu Oka
  • Publication number: 20040086601
    Abstract: A ready-for-use refrigerated or frozen dough that is prepared from flour, a leavening agent, fat; has no greater than 0.5 weight percent sugar or sugar substitute; and preferably includes one or more toppings, fillings, or both. The dough has a surface that includes grooves, score lines, or combinations thereof which define pieces of the dough to be separated into individual bakery products. The grooves, score lines, or combinations thereof each have a depth of about 3% to about 95% of the thickness of the dough. The dough is in the form of a sheet or a parallelepipedal, cylinder, prismatic block or polygon having a thickness of from about 0.5 to 5 cm.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 1, 2002
    Publication date: May 6, 2004
    Inventors: Robert E. Ross, Gerard J. Loizeau
  • Patent number: 6726944
    Abstract: A method for providing individually baked products comprising the steps of providing an uncooked dough sheet or block which has separable portions of predefined shape, separating one or more portions from the sheet or block and then baking the portions to obtain individually baked products. The shapes of the portions are defined by grooves, score lines, or combinations thereof and the portions are separated from the sheet by breaking then along the grooves, or score lines. The grooves or score lines may be intersecting or non-intersecting and substantially straight to define polygonal shaped portions, or at least partially arcuate to define the shape of an object having non-linear features, such as a cartoon character.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 2001
    Date of Patent: April 27, 2004
    Assignee: Nestec S.A.
    Inventors: Dieter Blaschke, Peter Nairn, Merrie Martin, Eugene Scoville, Jennifer Cramer, Karl Christian Fuchs
  • Publication number: 20040028776
    Abstract: The apparatus comprises a feeding device (1, 4, 5) for a row (3) of cookies (2) having an upwards or downwards facing bottom, an indexing device (6) transferring the cookies arranged in order to a de-positor conveyor (8) for bringing the cookies past a depositor device (9, 10) for applying a material to at least some of the cookies (2a), and means (11) for placing some of the cookies on top of other cookies, to which a material has been applied, to form sandwich cookies. The indexing device (6) is adapted to turn some of the cookies (2a) and let other cookies (2b) pass without being turned in such a manner that the cookies (2a), which are intended to be at the bottom of a sandwich, leave the indexing device up-side down and the cookies (2b), which are intended to be on top of a sandwich, leave the indexing device bottom down.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 14, 2003
    Publication date: February 12, 2004
    Applicant: Meincke A/S
    Inventor: Holger Henrichs
  • Publication number: 20040013770
    Abstract: A dough cutting apparatus is suitable for cutting a sheet of dough. The dough cutting apparatus includes a structure defining a blunt dough engaging portion. The present invention can be embodied in a number of different ways, including a wheel cutter, a rotary drum cutter, a reciprocating head cutter, or another cutter.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 28, 2003
    Publication date: January 22, 2004
    Applicant: The Pillsbury Company
    Inventors: James R. Evans, James W. Finkowski, Gene A. Russel
  • Patent number: 6652894
    Abstract: A shaped hot dog is formed by providing a wiener with cuts extending longitudinally from each end a distance selected to maintain a cylindrical middle portion intact. The cuts form distal portions which extend away from each side of the middle portion. The distal portions curl outwardly on cooking, and the resulting shaped hot dog has an appealing shape which in a preferred embodiment resembles a spider.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2001
    Date of Patent: November 25, 2003
    Inventor: Gregory F. Fleetham
  • Publication number: 20030191046
    Abstract: Cosmetic and perfume products with amber contain modified amber in the quantity 0.001%-100% by weight.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 9, 2002
    Publication date: October 9, 2003
    Inventors: Pawlak Krzysztof, Kilian Henryka, Macierzynska Ewa, Kaczmarska Hanna, Wiejacka Jadwiga, Kaszczyk Grazyna, Kwiecinska Danuta
  • Patent number: 6627239
    Abstract: The invention is directed to a ready-for-use frozen or refrigerated sweet dough which is prepared from flour, sugar, a leavening agent and fat, and which is provided in a form that includes grooves, score lines, or a combination thereof, to facilitate separation of the dough into pieces that can be baked into individual bakery products such as cookies, muffins, brownies, or other pastries. The invention also relates to a method for providing individually baked products comprising the steps of providing an uncooked dough sheet or block which has separable portions of predefined shape, separating one or more portions from the sheet or block and then baking the portions to obtain individually baked products. The shapes of the portions are defined by grooves, score lines or combinations thereof and the portions are separated from the sheet by breaking them along the grooves or score lines.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2000
    Date of Patent: September 30, 2003
    Assignee: Nestec S.A.
    Inventors: Shannon Gavie, Merrie Martin, Eugene Scoville, Robert E. Ross
  • Publication number: 20030087004
    Abstract: Sweet and savory (non-sweet) ready-to-eat food bars can provide improved nutrition and flavor by minimizing sugar and sugar-substitutes in a balanced-nutrition bar. Such improved bars are advantageously eaten singly or as segments of a meal-equivalent food bar assembly. Specifically, sugars (mono- and di-saccharides) and sugar-substitutes (sugar-related short-chain polymers) are powerful flavor sweeteners but should be used minimally—because they can stimulate unhealthy sugar-craving in athletes, diabetics, and overweights, and can overwhelm subtle flavors in sweet and savory bars. Unhealthy forms of fats are also minimized.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 23, 2002
    Publication date: May 8, 2003
    Inventor: Emanuel S. Kemeny
  • Publication number: 20030017233
    Abstract: An improved meal-substitute food bar, herein called a meal-equivalent food bar because it is divided into segments equivalent to the sequence of courses in a conventional meal, including appetizer with functional appetite stimulants; main-course with major nutrition ingredients; and dessert with functional appetite depressants. Further, the food bar is divided frangibly lengthwise into strips, each strip a selectable meal-equivalent with pre-determined calories. As a result, the meal-equivalent food bar provides a meal with improved physiological and psychological values for a consumer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 20, 2001
    Publication date: January 23, 2003
    Inventor: Emanuel S. Kemeny
  • Publication number: 20020142070
    Abstract: Described food compositions including a topping composition, as well as packaged food products containing a topping composition and a food product. Preferred topping compositions have reduced freezing points and are fluid at freezing and sub-freezing temperatures.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 20, 2002
    Publication date: October 3, 2002
    Inventors: Arti Bedi, Elizabeth F. Burgess
  • Patent number: 6413563
    Abstract: A ready-for-use refrigerated sweet dough that is prepared from flour, sugar, a leavening agent and fat. The dough has a surface that includes grooves, score lines, or combinations thereof which define pieces of the dough to be broken off and baked into individual bakery products such as cookies, muffins, brownies, or other pastries. The grooves, score lines, or combinations thereof each have a depth of about 3% to about 95% of the thickness of the dough. The dough is in the form of a sheet or a parallelepipedal, cylinder, prismatic block or polygon having a thickness of from about 0.5 to 5 cm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 2001
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2002
    Assignee: Nestec S.A.
    Inventors: Dieter Blaschke, Peter Nairn, Merrie Martin, Eugene Scoville, Jenifer Cramer, Karl Christian Fuchs
  • Publication number: 20020034572
    Abstract: A ready-for-use refrigerated sweet dough that is prepared from flour, sugar, a leavening agent and fat. The dough has a surface that includes grooves, score lines, or combinations thereof which define pieces of the dough to be broken off and baked into individual bakery products such as cookies, muffins, brownies, or other pastries. The grooves, score lines, or combinations thereof each have a depth of about 3% to about 95% of the thickness of the dough. The dough is in the form of a sheet or a parallelepipedal, cylinder, prismatic block or polygon having a thickness of from about 0.5 to 5 cm.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 20, 2001
    Publication date: March 21, 2002
    Applicant: Nestec SA
    Inventors: Dieter Blaschke, Peter Nairn, Merrie Martin, Eugene Scoville, Jenifer Cramer, Karl Christian Fuchs
  • Publication number: 20010043968
    Abstract: A method and package for packing food products with a calorie-division indicating function is disclosed. In the method, a food product is preliminarily sectioned into a plurality of portions while indicating calorie content on each of the portions prior to packing the product with a package. Thus, people are allowable to consume one or more measured portions containing a desired number of calories. On the other hand, a package for food products are sectioned into a plurality of segments while indicating calories on each of sectioned portions of a packed food product. In the above package, the calorie content is expressed separately on each of the sectioned portions while indicating the calorie content of each portion or total calorie content of partially divided portions. The invention also provides a container for food products, having a calorie scale on its sidewall. In such a case, the calorie scale indicates calorie content of portions of a food product within the container.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 30, 1999
    Publication date: November 22, 2001
    Inventor: YEONG WON RHEE
  • Patent number: 6312743
    Abstract: A ready-for-use cookie dough which can be preserved in the refrigerator and which is prepared from flour, sugar, baking powder and fat, containing between about 0.3 and 1.5% baking powder and provided in a precut form or in a form with grooves. Preferably, the dough is provided with score lines or grooves that define equally sized portions that can be broken off or pulled apart and then baked to form individual cookies. In addition, the block can be formed of different dough layers or strips, or each portion can be provided with a different color, stamping, decoration or filling. If desired, the portions can be of different configurations or shapes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 1999
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2001
    Assignee: Nestec SA
    Inventors: Dieter Blaschke, Peter Nairn
  • Patent number: 6284295
    Abstract: A ready-for-use refrigerated cookie dough and which is prepared from flour, sugar, baking powder and fat, containing from about 0.1% to about 1.5% baking powder and provided in a form that includes grooves, score lines, or a combination thereof, to facilitate separation of the dough into pieces that can be baked into individual cookies.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2000
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2001
    Assignee: Nestec SA
    Inventors: Dieter Blaschke, Peter Nairn
  • Patent number: 6280783
    Abstract: A ready-for-use refrigerated sweet dough which is prepared from flour, sugar, a leavening agent and fat, and which is provided in a form that includes grooves, score lines, or a combination thereof, to facilitate separation of the dough into pieces that can be baked into individual bakery products such as cookies, muffins, brownies, or other pastries. A method for providing individually baked products comprising the steps of providing an uncooked dough sheet or block which has separable portions of predefined shape, separating one or more portions from the sheet or block and then baking the portions to obtain individually baked products. The shapes of the portions are defined by grooves, score lines or combinations thereof and the portions are separated from the sheet by breaking them along the grooves or score lines.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2000
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2001
    Assignee: NESTEC SA
    Inventors: Dieter Blaschke, Peter Nairn, Merrie Martin, Eugene Scoville, Jennifer Cramer, Karl Christian Fuchs
  • Patent number: 6203828
    Abstract: A filled dough product having a plurality of dough sticks is provided. The plurality of dough sticks of the filled dough product can be connected by a web of dough. Each dough stick from the plurality of dough sticks can be separable from the plurality of dough sticks along a break line in which liquid starch had been applied.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 1999
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2001
    Assignee: Rich Seapak Corporation
    Inventors: Hamsa A. P. Thota, Timothy A. Falken
  • Patent number: 6187361
    Abstract: A shaped hot dog, and a method of forming a shaped hot dog from an elongated generally cylindrical wiener. The wiener is provided with cuts extending longitudinally from each end a distance selected to maintain a cylindrical middle portion intact. The cuts form distal portions which extend away from each side of the middle portion. The distal portions curl outwardly on cooking, and the resulting shaped hot dog has an appealing shape which, in a preferred embodiment, resembles a spider.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 1998
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2001
    Inventor: Gregory F. Fleetham
  • Patent number: 6177663
    Abstract: A molding tube for the production of a bread product formed around a skewer (37). The skewer (37) is used in piercing ingredients used for flavor. The skewer (37) then organizes where chosen ingredient flavors will appear in the final food product. The skewer (37) may also used as a utensil in eating the final food product. One embodiment of the invention is the replacement of skewer (37) with a assembly consisting of a store bought candy stick (50) which has been connected to a pointed portion (43) via a post (66) and a pointed end (79). All embodiments of the present invention require support for skewer (37). The support may come from an insert (56) located in the uppermost opening of molding tube (61). The insert (56) has a fossa (57) or a plurality of fossa (57). Skewer (37) is supported by inserting skewer (37) into a compatible fossa (57). The insert (56) also has a vent (45) or a plurality of vent (45) which allow expanding gases to escape molding tube (61) during cooking.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 1999
    Date of Patent: January 23, 2001
    Inventor: Gregory Michael Kula
  • Patent number: 6024997
    Abstract: A ready-for-use cookie dough which can be preserved in the refrigerator and which is prepared from flour, sugar, baking powder and fat, containing between 0.3 and 1.5% baking powder and provided in a precut form or in a form with grooves.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 1998
    Date of Patent: February 15, 2000
    Assignee: Nestec S.A.
    Inventors: Dieter Blaschke, Peter Nairn
  • Patent number: 5976585
    Abstract: A food product is provided and includes a hot dog having a generally elongate shape with a cylindrical midsection and first and second generally curved ends; and a plurality of cuts extending longitudinally through the entire width of the hot dog from a first end to a location proximate the second end to establish a plurality of segments and an uncut end portion to which the segments are attached; wherein at least a portion of the segments are covered by batter. Individual segments extracted from a hot dog that are covered with a batter are also provided. Methods to prepare the food products are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 1998
    Date of Patent: November 2, 1999
    Assignee: Visionary Design, Inc.
    Inventor: Eugene D. Gagliardi, Jr.
  • Patent number: 5962050
    Abstract: A compound pizza arrangement includes an inner shell section and an outer shell section. A gap is formed between the outer edge of the inner shell section and an inner edge of the outer shell section, to prevent the shell sections from contacting each other when the shell sections expand during baking. The inner and outer shell sections function to increase the overall length of the exposed shell edge, and provide two distinct shell sections for receiving toppings or other ingredients. A die is utilized to separate the shell sections from each other and form the space therebetween.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 1997
    Date of Patent: October 5, 1999
    Inventor: John D. Adashek
  • Patent number: 5906833
    Abstract: A nutritional supplement contains plural parts. Each of the plural parts is chronologically appropriate for its scheduled time of consumption. The nutritional supplement is contained in a palatable base, for example, a food bar which masks any unpleasant taste or texture of the nutrient. The nutritional supplement may contain any one or several nutrients including drugs, vitamins, herbs, hormones, enzymes and/or other nutrients in chronologically appropriate dosages in each part or sub-part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 1995
    Date of Patent: May 25, 1999
    Inventor: Ronald M. Klatz
  • Patent number: 5869459
    Abstract: A rehydrating freezer pop provides a convenient and effective way of replenishing lost fluid and electrolytes. The frozen formulation masks unpleasant tastes of electrolyte and is readily consumed children.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 1997
    Date of Patent: February 9, 1999
    Assignee: PTS Labs LLC
    Inventors: Christopher S. Waite, R. Douglas Frix
  • Patent number: 5855937
    Abstract: A conventional water-in-oil type emulsifying fats and oils food is extruded from a nozzle at a particular shear rate to provide therein split section layers composed of thin water film layers and the like. Accordingly, the food can be readily split even when it is taken out from a refrigerator immediately before use, and prevention of deterioration in quality and improvement of productivity are attained.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 1997
    Date of Patent: January 5, 1999
    Assignee: Snow Brand Milk Products Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Kiyotaka Okamoto, Yoshihiko Honda, Mototake Murakami
  • Patent number: 5652005
    Abstract: A method of producing filled sandwich cookies to be fed by an auger into an ice cream stream to produce ice cream with filled cookies comprising baking dough in units of multiple cookie elements, of substantially round shape, applying filling to each cookie element of a portion of the units which have been produced, sandwiching other units onto the filling, and then separating the multiple sandwich cookie units into individual sandwich cookies; the units comprise multiple cookie elements of approximately round shape, and each of which is between one-half inch and seven eighths inch diameter, the units containing two rows with three cookies in each row, with juncture lines between adjacent cookies.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 1996
    Date of Patent: July 29, 1997
    Assignee: Interbake Foods Inc.
    Inventor: Dennis J. Loalbo
  • Patent number: 5510135
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for connected forming and controlled stacking of material having a form (12). The form (12) includes at least two molds (14) connected to each other by a web (16). The introduction of material into the form (12) results in the material generally assuming the shape of the molds (14) and the web (16). As a result, when the material is pressed out of the molds (14), the material is held together in the preselected position by the resultant web (16). This enables the stacking of material on top of each other in a controlled and certain manner since the forms pressed from the molds (14) will retain their chosen spaced apart distance and fall consistently and uniformally on top of each other until such time as the desired height of stacked material is achieved.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 1994
    Date of Patent: April 23, 1996
    Inventor: John Galder