Patent Number: 6,305,275

Title: Refrigerated product containing pieces of chocolate and a process and an arrangement for its production

Abstract: An apparatus for preparing a mousse which contains pieces of chocolate has a first line of apparatus members which are associated together and suitable for transporting, sterilizing and overrunning a milk-based mixture, which is suitable for being overrun and for preparing a mousse, and for transporting an overrun mixture and has a second line of apparatus members which are associated together and suitable for transporting and sterilizing a chocolate composition and for transporting a sterilized chocolate composition, and the lines separately feed a nozzle and contact zone tube assembly. In one embodiment, passages in the nozzle are positioned and configured so that, in operation, overrun mixture is delivered into the nozzle and an amount of chocolate composition is delivered into overrun mixture so that the composition has a form of a strand in the overrun mixture, and a cutting system is connected with the contact zone tube for cutting the strand into pieces. In another embodiment, passages are included in the second line with valves for introducing portioned amounts of chocolate composition into overrun mixture in the nozzle so that, in operation, a product with chocolate pieces is obtained. In each embodiment, a volumetric metering system is provided for filling the product of a mousse containing pieces of chocolate into a container.

Inventors: Grassler; Walter (Polling, DE), Wild; Manfred (Meitingen, DE)

Assignee: Nestec S.A.

International Classification: A23P 1/08 (20060101); A23P 1/16 (20060101); A23P 1/10 (20060101); A23C 9/156 (20060101); A23C 9/152 (20060101); A23G 9/04 (20060101); A23G 9/32 (20060101); A23G 9/28 (20060101); A23G 9/20 (20060101); A23L 1/00 (20060101); A23L 001/00 (); A23B 001/00 (); A23G 001/00 ()

Expiration Date: 10/23/2018