US 3607308 A
Description (OCR text may contain errors)
United States Patent  Inventor Paul H. Dubble D.89,224 2/1933 Thomas Dl/IO Reading, Pa. 2,166,265 7/1939 Ressinger. 229/43  Appl. No. 803,145 3,030,002 4/1962 Ringler 229/52 AL  Filed Feb. 28,1969 3,366,077 1/1968 Gardner 99/138  Assignee Court Candies, lnc.
Reading, Pa. 1,017,896 1/1966 Great Britain 229/52 AL Primary ExaminerFrank W. Lutter Assistant Examiner-William L. Mentlik CANDY NOVELTY Attorney-Synnestvedt & Lechner 2 Claims, 10 Drawing Figs.
 U.S. Cl 99/138 R, 99/171 R, 220/20, 220/60 R, 220/94 R, 229/43, 229/52 AL  Int. Cl A23g 1/22, ABSTRACT: A hollow container formed of edible chocomc 8 1/20 and having an upwardly presented opening adapted to receive  Field of Search 99/138; articles to be can-[ed in the comainer The container has an 229/43,52 U 10, 11, 220/20, 60,94 turned lip around the opening and is provided with a means for carrying the container including an elongated strip type  References cled handle and a handle-anchoring member formed of sheet UNITED STATES PATENTS material and having an edge thereof engaged under the lip D.57,l77 2/1921 Winder.. Dl/ll formed around the container opening.
PATENTED sP21 1971 3 607,366
SHEET 2 BF 3 CANDY NOVELTY This invention relates to novelties adapted for sale in the candy trade and is particularly concerned with a novelty in the form of a container adapted to receive articles and having a handle of simple construction adapted for ready application to and removal from the container.
In a typical embodiment according to the invention, the novelty comprises an Easter basket which, as is customary is adapted to be filled with one or more candy Easter eggs. Such Easter baskets have commonly been formed of wicker, plastic or fiberboard which are commonly sold with one or more candy Easter eggs, and after consumption of the contents of the basket, the basket is ordinarily discarded. Such baskets have also been molded of chocolate, including an integrally molded handle. While the chocolate baskets may be more attractive than those made of wicker, plastic or fiber, a molded chocolate handle is not practical because it does not have sufficient strength and will also soften in the hand.
According to the present invention it is contemplated to provide a novelty of the type above-referred to in which the body of the Easter basket is molded of chocolate and in which a simple, secure and inexpensive nonchocolate handle is provided which is readily assembled with the chocolate basket and readily detached therefrom when it is desired to consume the basket. The handle arrangement is adapted to interengage with an inturned lip molded around the top of the basket.
According to another aspect of the invention a novel form of split mold is provided for molding hollow containers such as Easter baskets with an inturned lip around the basket opening.
The invention is also adaptable to various other novelties in the form of containers as will be seen from the following description referring to the accompanying drawings, in which:
FIG. 1 is a perspective view of an Easter basket constructed according to the present invention;
FIG. 2 is a transverse vertical sectional view through the basket of FIG. 1;
FIG. 3 is a perspective view of the handle and handle anchoring arrangement employed in accordance with the embodiment of FIGS. 1 and 2;
FIG. 4 is an elevational view of a multiple mold arrangement for molding chocolate baskets in the form illustrated in FIGS. 1 and 2;
FIG. 5 is a view of the molding apparatus of FIG. 4 taken at right angles to FIG. 4 and having a portion broken away and shown in section in order to illustrate the molding operation being carried out by this apparatus;
FIG. 6 is a partial elcvational and partial vertical sectional view of another embodiment of novelty according to the invention, this embodiment being in the form of a molded chocolate .lack-0Lantern;
FIG. 7 is a view illustrating a handle adapted to be employed in the embodiment of FIG. 6;
FIG. 8 is a view of the handle anchoring device used in FIG. 6-, and
FIGS. 9 and 10 are views illustrating the adaptation of features of the invention to still other forms of container novelties, which are also contemplated to be molded of chocolate, FIG. 9 being in the form of an egg and FIG. 10 in the form ofa boot.
Turning first to the embodiment shown in FIGS. 1, 2 and 3, the basket there shown has a bottom wall 11 and an upwardly flared sidewall 12. The opening at the top of the basket is pro vided with an inturned lip 13. A basket in this form may readily be molded in the manner described below with particular reference to FIGS. 4 and 5.
The basket handle is indicated at 14, this handle desirably comprising a strip of fiberboard, plastic or heavy paper. The handle is adapted to be anchored to the basket by means of an anchor member 15 formed of sheet material which may comprise cardboard or plastic having flexibility and stiffness characteristics approximating those of cardboard, so that the anchoring member 15 may be flexed or dished downwardly in the center as is clearly indicated in FIG. 2 and thereby inserted into the upper portion of the basket, and then released so that the edge of the anchoring member will project outwardly under the lip I3 of the basket and thereby interlock with the chocolate basket. To facilitate this downward flexing or dishing of the anchor member 15. certain radially arranged cuts are desirably provided in the member 15, two such cuts being shown at 16 in FIGS. 1 and 3 at generally diametrically opposite points. These cuts are preferably more than mere slots, so that a small tapered section of sheet material is cut away in order to accommodate the flexing action.
At diametrically opposite points the anchoring member 15 is also desirably notched out as indicated at 17 and the ends of the handle 14 are provided with projections or lugs 18 to provide an interlocking fit between the ends of the handle and the anchoring member 15, as will readily be understood from examination of the drawings.
The foregoing basket and handle arrangement provides an exceedingly simple and yet secure handle anchoring means and the handle and anchoring member may not only be readily inserted but may also be readily removed when it is desired to consume the basket. As will be seen from FIGS. 1 and 2. the anchoring member 15 serves also as a dished receptacle for receiving articles to be carried in the basket, for instance the Easter eggs indicated at I9.
Although a basket of the kind indicated in FIGS. I and2 may be molded of chocolate in any of a variety of ways, it is preferred to mold such baskets in molds having multiple chambers formed therein in the manner indicated in FIG. 4. In these figures there are shown two mold halves 2020 which have abutting fastening flanges 21, the two mold halves being mirror images of each other. Instead of providing a plane of split between the two mold halves lying between the lips 13 of the two baskets being formed, the plane of split between the mold parts 2020 is at right angles to the lips 13. Each of the mold halves 20 is provided with an internal flange as indicated at 22 permanently secured to each other and serving to define the upper surfaces of the inturned lips 13 being formed on the two baskets being molded.
Some form of clamp such as indicated at 22a may be employed to fasten the flanges 21 and thus the mold halves 20 to each other.
In a molding operation, a charge of chocolate in liquid form is placed within one of the mold parts and the two mold parts are then assembled and then are slowly turnedor tumbled, preferably in several directions. It is contemplated that the rate of turning be sufficiently low so that no appreciable centrifugal force is present, and in consequence, the liquid choco late gradually solidifies on all of the interior surfaces of the mold parts.
When the chocolate is solidified, the mold halves are separated from each other and from the baskets.
Because of the plane in which the mold is split, the baskets and the mold halves may be separated without separate removal of the flange elements 22, as would be required if the mold was split in the plane lying between the inturned lips which are molded around the top of the baskets.
The two baskets may then be readily separated from each other by insertion of a knife into the peripheral channel formed by the flanges 22. In this way a simple and effective method and apparatus is provided for molding baskets in pairs having the desired inturned lips 13 for cooperation with the anchoring members 15 by means of which the handles 14 are secured to the baskets.
In the embodiment shown in FIG. 6 a chocolate JackO- Lantern 23 is provided, having a central opening at the top with a surrounding lip 24 adapted to interlock and cooperate with a container carrying arrangement now to be described. Here a handle 25 is provided, again being in the form of a strip. The handle anchoring member here takes the form of a piece of sheet material 26, as shown'in FIG. 8, having central cut outs forming a narrower strip which may be bent to provide handle fastening lug 27. The sheet element 26 further is provided with similar lug parts 28 at its ends. In use, this anchoring device is curved to tubular or generally cylindrical shape, and when this is done the end tabs 28 are brought together in side-by-side relation and then inserted into one of the slots 29 formed at the two ends of the handle strip 25. Lug parts 27 and 28 are all desirably shaped to have a downwardly projecting'ear 30 so as to provide an interlocking action with the handle when the weight of the article is carried on the handle.
The tubular or cylindrical anchoring member 26 may readily be inserted into the opening at the top of the container, and then the upper edge of the tubular element may be engaged under the lip 24, thereby completing assembly of the arrangement.
The anchoring member here may also serve as a container for receiving articles to be carried.
The embodiment of FIG. 9 is much like that of FIG. 6 insofar as the handle and handle anchoring arrangement is concerned, but here the novelty is shown in the form of a chocolate egg 3] having an opening in the top with an inturned lip 32 with which a handle and handle anchoring member much like that of FIGS. 6, 7 and 8 may be used.
. Similar comments are applicable to the embodiment of FIG. 10 in which the novelty is in the form of a molded chocolate boot 33 having an inturned flange 34 around the boot opening. Again the handle and handle anchoring arrangement of the type shown in FIGS. 6 to 8 may be used.
I. A novelty of the kind described comprising a container formed of edible chocolate, the container having an upwardly presented opening adapted to receive articles to be carried in the container, the container having an inturned lip around said opening, a sheet of flexible material extended across the container opening with its edges engaged under the inturned lip around the opening, said sheet being larger than said opening and being dished downwardly into the container when its edge is engaged under the lip thereby defining a dished receptacle for receiving articles to be carried thereon, and means for carrying the container comprising a handle having end portions projecting downwardly into the opening in the container and means for connecting the handle to said sheet of flexible material.
2. A novelty of the kind described comprising a container formed of edible chocolate, the container having an upwardly presented opening adapted to receive articles to be carried in the container, the container having an inturned lip around said opening, a sheet of flexible material extended across the container opening with its edges engaged under the inturned lip around the opening, said sheet being larger than said opening and having radially extending peripherally spaced cuts in the edge of the sheet so that the sheet may be dished downwardly into the container with its edge engaged under the lip and thereby define a dished receptacle for receiving articles to be carried thereon, and means for carrying the container comprising a handle having end portions projecting downwardly into the opening in the container and means for connecting the handle to said sheet of flexible material.