Patent Number: 6,309,686

Title: Multi-colored aerated confectionery products and processes for making

Abstract: A process for making an aerated, confectionery product of multiple colors includes, as a first step, preparing a slurry of water, sugar, and gelatin. The slurry is divided into at least first and second portions or batches having a defined color to provide a second color. A dye or colorant of a color is added to the second portion or batch to provide a second color. Each of the first and second batches are then individually aerated to form first and second aerated streams of first and second colors of substantially identical density and rheological properties. After aeration of the first and second portions, the first and second colored streams are fed to an extrusion die manifold, where they are extruded in disproportionate amounts to form a multicolored a rope having the first and second colors of unequal proportion. A starch anti-sticking agent is applied, and the rope is cut into individual pieces. The individual pieces are then dried to a 1 to 5% moisture content. The process may accommodate two, three, four or more different colors. Multicolored marbits (4-6/g) having disproportionate multiple colored phases can be prepared. The marbits can be consumed as novelty confections or can be added to ready-to-eat breakfast cereals.

Inventors: Zietlow; Philip K. (Wayzata, MN), van Lengerich; Bernhard (Plymouth, MN), Stinson; James L. (Orono, MN)

Assignee: General Mills, Inc.

International Classification: A23G 3/02 (20060101); A23G 3/00 (20060101); A23G 3/20 (20060101); A23L 001/27 ()

Expiration Date: 10/30/2018