MOTORIZED ICE CREAM CONE

RICHARD B. HARTMAN
Patent No. 5,971,829

Patented October 26, 1999

CLAIMS:

1. A novelty amusement eating device for supporting, containing, rotating and sculpting a food portion of malleable consistency during consumption comprising:

a) a housing adapted to be grasped and supported by a person's hand, said housing being substantially cone-shaped simulating the appearance of a common edible pastry cone;
b) a cup rotatable supported by said housing, said cup being adapted to receive and contain a food portion of substantially malleable consistency, said food portion having a periphery or outer surface; and
c) a drive mechanism supported by said housing, said drive mechanism including rotating means for imparting a rotary motion upon said cup, said rotary motion providing feeding means for rotationally feeding said periphery of said food portion against a person's outstretched tongue.

2. The apparatus of claim 1 wherein said cup is detachable from said housing for simplified filling and cleaning of said cup and to permit more than one cup to be supported interchangeably by said housing.

3. The apparatus of claim 1 wherein said cup is adapted to receive and vertically support in a stable manner a common edible pastry cone.

4. The cup of claim 1 further including a lip or barrier for preventing runoff from said food portion from entering said housing.

5. The rotating means of claim 1 further including an electric circuit, said electric circuit including an electric motor, a source of electrical energy and a switching means for completing said electric circuit and activating said motor.

6. The electric circuit of claim 5 wherein said source of electrical energy consists of one or more batteries.

7. A hand-held apparatus for rotating a common edible pastry cone comprising:

a) a housing adapted to be grasped and supported by a person's hand;
b) a cup rotatably supported within and substantially surrounded by said housing, said cup being adapted to receive and vertically support in a stable manner a common edible pastry cone; and
c) a drive mechanism supported by said housing, said drive mechanism including rotating means for imparting a rotary motion upon said cup, said rotary motion providing feeding means for rotationally feeding the contents of said common edible pastry cone against a person's outstretched tongue.

DESCRIPTION:

FIG. 1 is a partial cross-section view of a novelty hand-held motorized cup spinner containing a food portion, in accordance with the present invention;
FIG. 2 is a full side view of the rotatable cup and cup mounting shaft shown in FIG. 1, indicating how a post on the bottom of the rotatable cup can be fitted inside the cup socket of the mounting shaft to form a tight, temporary fit;
FIG. 3 is a full side view of the hand-held motorized cup spinner shown in FIG. 1 after horizontal channels and a knob have been formed on the periphery or outer surface of the food portion by a user's tongue, and showing a removable panel for battery installation;
FIG. 4 is a partial cross-section view of a hand-held motorized cup spinner adapted to receive an edible pastry cone filled with a food portion, in accordance with the present invention;
FIG. 5 is a full side view of the substantially cone-shaped cup with attached gear shown in FIG. 4, indicating how an edible pastry cone is received by the cone-shaped cup; and
FIG. 6 is a full side view of the hand-held motorized cup spinner depicted in FIG. 4 after a spiral channel has been carved on the periphery or outer surface of the food portion by a user’s tongue, and including a removable panel for battery installation.