Nestec , the research & development arm of Swiss food multinational Nestlé , has gained a US patent protecting an invention intended to improve the production process relating to ice confectionery coated with a dry particulate material, notably in the form of cereal flakes. It is not easy to make ice confectionery with flakes in such as way that the flakes retain their shape and crispness during storage and on consumption. Nestec's invention includes a confectionery article produced by the process and a machine for carrying out the process of the invention.