|Publication number||US3722399 A|
|Publication date||Mar 27, 1973|
|Filing date||Apr 23, 1971|
|Priority date||Apr 23, 1971|
|Also published as||CA958556A, CA958556A1|
|Publication number||US 3722399 A, US 3722399A, US-A-3722399, US3722399 A, US3722399A|
|Original Assignee||Scovill Manufacturing Co|
|Export Citation||BiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan|
|Patent Citations (6), Referenced by (20), Classifications (7), Legal Events (3)|
|External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet|
- United States Patent 1191 Cole 1541 POPCORN POPPER HAVING AUTOMATIC BUTTERING MEANS  Inventor: Joseph E. Cole, Cheshire; Conn.
 Assignee: Scovill Mhnufacturin'g' Company, Waterbury, Conn.
22 Filed: Apr.23, 1971 21 Appl.NO.: 136,892
 US. Cl. ..99/323.8, 99/345  Int. Cl. ..A23l 1/18  Field of Search.....99/83, 238.1, 238.4, 345, 347
11] I 3,722,399 1451 Mar.27, 1973 FOREIGN PATENTS OR APPLICATIONS 568,442 4/ I945 Great Britain ..99/347 Primary Examiner-Billy J. Wilhite Attorney-Da1lett Ho0pes 5 7 ABSTRACT Popcorn popper has cover with butter-receiving support. Temperature at end of popping melts butter  References Cited which passes through apertures in support to drip over UNITED STATES PATENTS pp 3,611,910 10/1971 Hughes ..9'9/23s.1 4 Claims, 4 Drawin 28 BP #6! 3o 4 Jones "99/2384 PATENTEUHARZTIQYS INVENTOR. Joseph E.Cole..
ATTO RN EY.
This invention'relates to a popcorn popper. More specifically, this invention relates to a popcorn popper having automatic popcorn buttering means.
a In poppers of the prior art, mechanical means have been provided to dispensevbutter or other seasoning onto the finished popcorn. Usually, these means have been manually actuated or mechanically actuated through some timing device.
The present invention has for an object an extremely simple structure whichprovides automatic buttering of the finished popcorn at the appropriate time. It is inexpensive and simple to manufacture and foolproof in operation.
Other objects and features of the invention will be apparent to those skilled in the art from a reading of the following specification including the drawings wherein:
FIG. I is a centerline sectional view showing at-the beginning of operation a popcorn popper embodying the invention and provided with a supply of unpopped corn in the popping area and solid butter pats in the cover recess;
FIG. 2 is a view similar to FIG. 1 but showing the operation advanced to a point where the popping is slid butter patsbut will permit the passage of melted butter. l l 7 Referring more specifically tothe'drawings, a popper embodying the invention is designated 10 in FIG. 1.,It comprises a base 12 and a cover 14. The base hasa plastic frame which supports a conventional heating means 16 disposed under a popcorn popping receptacle 18 mounted in the base.
A sifter 20 having perforations in a central zone may be provided optionally to permit unpopped kernels at the end of the pop to fall through and thus separate from the popped corn in a manner known in the art.
The cover 14 comprisesvdiametrically opposed outward supporting handles ,22 extending outward from a lip 24 which fits into the receptacle. Extending upward from the lip 24 is a frusto-conical side wall 26 and a top wall 28. A butter-receiving support comprising recess 30 is formed by an annular downwardly extending wall 32 which has a plastic cap 34 adapted to snap about its lower end. The cap provides floor means for the recess. As shown in FIG. 3, the plastic cap 34 is circular in shape with an upturned skirt 36 having an inward annular projection 38 adapted to snap over nibs 40 at the bottom of the wall 32. The cap has a plurality of aper-,
tures 42 through which melted butter may drip onto the popcorn and the cap has a central upward mound 44 which directs melted butter towards the apertures. A plurality of upward radial ribs 46 on the top of the mound 44 support the butter pats BP and permit heating air to circulate underneath and through them to facilitate melting.
In operation, FIG. 1, kernels K of unpopped corn are placed in the receptacle 18 on top of the sifter 20 or directly in the receptacle 18 itself if it is desired to operate without the sifter 20. Pats of butter BP are placed in the butter-receiving recess 30 and the cap 34 is installed thereon. The heating means 16 is activated in the usual way. When the corn is virtually through popping (FIG. 2), the heat generated will raise the temperature of the butter in chamber 30 and the pats will become melting butter MB. The fluid butter flowing down the mound 44.will drip through the apertures 42 onto the popped corn. When this. process is complete, the cover 14 may be removed in the conventional way and the pop corn served.
It will be understood that some control of the melting can be achieved by varying the size of the ribs 46. Because the surface ofthe cap is warm toward the end of the cooking cycle, the more surface contact that the butter or margarine has with the cap the sooner the melting will commence and the more rapidly it will proceed. The term butter herein and inthe claims is meant to include margarine and other butter substitutes. p
Appliances embodying my invention have proved economical to manufacture and effective in operation.
Variations are possible from the embodiment shown still falling within the scope of the following claim language:
1. An electric corn popper comprising a receptacle, a
heating element 'in heat-exchange relation with the cover and the other portion being removable from the one portion to provide access into the compartment, and said lower portion including a generally horizontal floor formed with a plurality of apertures about the margin of the floor, the apertures being adapted not to pass chunks of butter but adapted to pass melted butter to drip on the corn in the popper below when the heat in the popper melts the butter in the compartment.
2. An electric corn popper comprising a receptacle,' a
heating element in heat-exchange relation with the defined byan upper wall portion and a lower wall portion, one of the portions being fixedly carried by the cover and the other portion being removable from the one portionto provide access into the compartment, the said lower portion including a generally horizontal floor formed with a plurality of apertures about the margin of the floor, the center of the floor being substantially imperforate, and the apertures being adapted not to pass chunks of butter but adapted to pass melted butter to drip on the corn in the popper below when the heat in the popper melts the butter in the compartment.
3. An electric corn popper comprising a receptacle, a heating element in heat-exchange relation with the receptacle, and a transparent molded plastic cover, the cover having a centrally disposed butter compartment, the butter compartment being enclosed and being to pass chunks of butter but adapted to pass melted butter to drip onthe corn in the popper below when the heat in the popper melts the butter in the compartment.
4. An electric corn popper as described in claim 3- wherein the floor has upstanding ribs to support such butter chunks.
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|U.S. Classification||99/323.8, D07/325, 99/345, 99/323|
|Jan 29, 1987||AS||Assignment|
Owner name: NATIONAL WESTMINSTER USA CREDIT CORPORATION,
Free format text: SECURITY INTEREST;ASSIGNOR:HAMILTON BEACH INC., A CORP OF DE.;REEL/FRAME:004691/0388
Effective date: 19861229
|Nov 22, 1985||AS||Assignment|
Owner name: HAMILTON BEACH INC., 95 SCOVILL STREET, WATERBURY,
Free format text: ASSIGNMENT OF ASSIGNORS INTEREST.;ASSIGNOR:SCOVILL INC.;REEL/FRAME:004485/0705
Effective date: 19851028
|Nov 22, 1985||AS02||Assignment of assignor's interest|
Owner name: HAMILTON BEACH INC., 95 SCOVILL STREET, WATERBURY,
Owner name: SCOVILL INC.
Effective date: 19851028