Patent Number: 6,165,530

Title: Hollow corn-base snack food products

Abstract: A hollow snack food product is prepared by finish cooking a hollow pellet product. The hollow pellet is manufactured from a pre-cooked, predominantly corn-masa based dough which contains sufficient vital wheat gluten to allow the pellet to open up and assume the desired hollow structure upon cutting. The pellets are prepared by overlaying dough sheets, stretching the dough sheets to impart strain thereto, and then cutting individual pieces from the stretched sheets.

Inventors: Mathew; John Mampra (Plano, TX), Dunham; Richard Edward (Plano, TX), Papalia; Rocco Dominic (Plano, TX), Dyer; William Richard (Plano, TX)

Assignee: Recot, Inc.

International Classification: A23L 1/18 (20060101); A23L 1/164 (20060101); A21D 13/00 (20060101); A21D 8/02 (20060101); A21D 013/00 (); A23B 004/03 (); A23B 004/044 ()

Expiration Date: 12/26/2017