Peanut Butter Recipe Patent

In 1931 Sydney Musher invented a tasty way to make peanut butter 🥜 🍞 last at least 3 times longer … without preservatives 😁 . He simply added crushed sesame seeds. Since it tasted better, no-one had enough restraint to reach the extended expiry date and notice how long it lasted. (Patent: US1816338) Iptica – … Read more

May 24th, 2024

Jelly Bean Patent

Did you know that the Jelly Bean was once patented? … back in 1885! 😯 When everyone was breaking their teeth on rock candy 🍭 , August Schwatzschild and Nelson Greenfield set about imitating eggs, creating a confectionery with a smooth exterior shell and a soft interior / yolk 🥚 . They started with a … Read more

May 17th, 2024

Rolo Chocolate Patent

Did you know that Rolo 🍫 was once patented? The patent didn’t cover the frustoconical shape of the chocolate or the creamy toffee encapsulated therein. Nevertheless, Rolo proudly stamped each roll “Pat. No. 503358”. So, what did they patent? … “Chocolate wrapped in foil and a paper sleeve” 😯 Sometimes no-one really cares what the patent covers. It’s just … Read more

May 10th, 2024

Starbucks Coffee Patent

Starbucks’ Patented Coffee Secret ☕ : Learning from others is good. Learning a principle third-hand and patenting it is better. Geotechnical engineers learnt from suppliers of compressed gas that two-stage compression is more efficient and effective than single-stage compression. In 2009, Paul Camera at Starbucks realised that ground coffee is similar to soil – dark and granular. Mindful … Read more

May 3rd, 2024

Butter Salt Patent for Popcorn

I love popcorn 🍿 with butter & salt, especially at the movies. But, oily fingers need to be wiped and your cinema prefers clean seats. Fortunately, SCM Corporation came up with a patented solution – a butter salt sans butter, but without removing any of the enticingly delicious non-vegan bad stuff: – Salt– Butter flavouring– … Read more

Apr 26th, 2024

Tabasco Sauce Patent

Today’s Tabasco sauce would not have infringed the original Tabasco patent. Originally (in 1870!), it took 43 days to make Tabasco sauce:– Add vinegar and salt to peppers– Leave the mixture to stand for 6 weeks– Filter out the skins and seeds– Pot the extracted skins and seeds for 24 hours with alcohol– Press the liquid from … Read more

Apr 19th, 2024

Rolled Lasagna Pasta Patent

In 1971, Constance Vitale got caught up in the culinary rolling craze. He marvelled at sausage rolls, Swiss rolls and the next “big thing” – California rolls. He knew where destiny was tugging him, but with Italian blood flowing through his veins, his thoughts remained faithful to pasta. Instinctively, he set about spreading meat on … Read more

Apr 12th, 2024

Multi-Coloured Pasta Patent

Fabrizio Bottero was proud of his pasta. He was proud of the whimsical array of shapes, of the unbounded range of sizes, their twirls, curls, ribbons and bows. But, it lacked pazazz – flair, stripes and an array of rainbow colours. So, he patented polychrome pasta – “a flat sheet of pasta having outer surfaces … Read more

Apr 5th, 2024

Lasagna Pasta Sheet Patent

Wavy lasagna pasta sheets look great – they add irresistible curves to a saucy, cheesy lasagna … a wholly unintended affect. In 1952, Stefano “ham-fisted” La Rosa who, contrary to popular expectations, lacked a delicate touch, vented his last animated profanity at a broken, flat pasta sheet. Determined that they had to withstand a robust, … Read more

Mar 29th, 2024

Melba Toast Patent

Melba toast is difficult to make. If you put it in a toaster , parts easily burn. If you don’t compact it, the toast is too “airy” 😴 . And, if you compact it in between hot plates, you don’t get an encircling crust 😞 . In 1942, Harry Tatosian patented the perfect method for … Read more

Mar 22nd, 2024

Vie de France Croissant Patent

Before 1988, you could buy partially baked rolls 🥖 , but not croissants 🥐 . Ever wondered why? Partially baking bread is easy – it’s spongey and the small air bubbles don’t collapse after initial baking. However, croissants, with their thin layers of laminated dough separated by butter, are flaky and form relatively large holes … Read more

Mar 15th, 2024

Popping Candy Patent

What makes Popping Candy Pop? It’s not a chemical reaction, and scientifically it’s quite the opposite to vacuous Space Dust. It’s those crazy little compressed air bubbles trapped in solidified sugar that explode when the sugar melts, triggering a gas-popping party in your mouth. Here’s how those Willy Wonkas concoct this magical treat:– Melt sugar and keep it at … Read more

Mar 8th, 2024

Hotdog Patent – Troughed Roll

Edward Mandelbaum really wanted to patent his Hotdog Roll, but struggled to come up with something “new”. Most Hotdog Rolls were simply cut; others were bored (and not so popular); and some were bored and slotted. What on earth could he change while continuing to provide customers what they were accustomed to? The cut roll … Read more

Mar 1st, 2024

Kellogg’s Peanut Butter Patent

Did you know that the original peanut butter was meant to be sliced and placed in a sandwich? Well, it wasn’t very popular. Kellogg’s original 1897 peanut butter recipe was: – Blanche nut kernels– Roast the kernels or boil them for 4-6 hours– Grind / roll the kernels to a pulp– Add 1 part water to every … Read more

Feb 23rd, 2024

Bread Baking Patent

In 1964, William Brastad added a vacuum pump to his oven to see whether it would shorten the time for baking bread. To his surprise, he found that reducing the pressure to 0.35 atmosphere shortened the time to raise the dough from 45 minutes to 1 minute! However, each time he equalised the ambient pressure, the … Read more

Feb 16th, 2024

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