The humble lolly just got better: Hong Kong based confectionery player Candy Novelty Works has been awarded US patent 6177110 for its inventiion: “Lollipop with edible stic.k.

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.


First of 10 Claims:


An assembly comprising: a lollipop including a ball of hard candy; and an edible stick having both a first end extending into said ball and anchored therein, and an opposite gripping end; said stick comprising pressed candy, and a multiplicity of confectionary chips interspersed in said pressed candy; and  a plastic sleeve completely surrounding the side and outer end surfaces of said stick at least substantially to said ball to provide a cover for said stick while said ball is being consumed; in which said sleeve is cylindrical; and said stick is substantially cylindrical and has an outer circumferential surface with two diametrically opposite, axially extending flats formed thereon, said flats having axial edges extending radially beyond adjacent cylindrical portions of said circumferential surface to contact an inner surface of said sleeve and minimize contact between said circumferential surface and said sleeve.


By Navroz Havewala, just-food.com correspondent