Nestlé 's US Patent 6214403 looks at the "Preparation of breading product and breaded foodstuffs for oven-cooking". It proposes artificial breadcrumbs for the calorie-conscious consumer. The crumbs are intended to be attached to fried foods to impart a brown, crispy finish. While the base food is fried, the artificial breadcrumbs are to be baked. The original application for a European Patent was filed back in 1993.