Candy Patents weeten Halloween

By Libby Jones, Staff Writer

As Halloween waits just around the corner, you’re likely preparing your costume and setting out candy for the trick-or-treaters, but have you ever thought about what goes into creating those miniature wrapped confections?

Well, it’s pretty complicated and was even more tedious before these patented machines made it a little simpler. The machines themselves are pretty complex, but at least they make the fall season as sweet as possible.

Method of Making Candy (US 2267494)
Not everyone is a huge chocolate fan, but it is the dessert of choice for millions around the world. This complicated device made covering candy in chocolate a whole lot easier and therefore made chocolate covered candy production quite a bit faster. This contraption allows candies with a liquefied center to be made without the candy filling sticking to the metal molds, thanks to a rubber coating. Here’s how the patent explains it:

An object of the invention is to provide a method whereby fillings of all types even when of complicated shape may be easily and reliably made in metal molds.

Here is what the machine looks like. As you can see, it resembles more a Rube Goldberg contraption than a candy-coating machine.

Caramel Apple Coater (US 3660118)
While this might not exactly be considered candy (it does have a fruit center), caramel apples are a Halloween staple. The entire fall season is reminiscent of colored leaves falling, bundling in scarves to carve pumpkins outside, and eating candy apples. Thanks to a caramel apple corporation, a machine for inserting sticks into the apples, dunking them in warm caramel, and rolling them in chopped nuts allows these autumn essentials to be created quicker than ever, for your taste bud’s pleasure. This is how the caramel apple machine works:

A cyclically operated coated apple confection making machine includes a handle stick storage hopper from which handle sticks are discharged one at a time [into the apples]. The handle sticks and attached apples are then moved through a caramel container in which they are rotated to coat the apples with a coating of caramel. The caramel-coated apples are then moved to a fifth work station where whey are lowered into and rotated in a first receptacle or tray for ground nuts so as to coat the caramel-coated apples with an outer coating of layer of ground nuts.











And there you have it! Caramel coated apples, made with ease.

Now that you know a little about the history and production of Halloween confections, it might make you more inclined to create a candy-making machine of your own. If not, just sit back with your chocolates and caramel apple and enjoy the colorful scenery of the fall season.

October 28, 2010

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