Utah Patent of the Month – November 2023

Snow cones and shaved ice treats are a fan favorite at carnivals and fairs. Snowie LLC, influencers in the shaved ice industry, have been building the technology for the industry since their founding. They are in a constant process of R&D, building better and bigger products.

Their latest blender design combines capabilities, producing the quality ice for both snow cones and shaved ice. Snow cones are made with small granules of ice while shaved ice is a light, fluffy texture. Their design is portable and conveniently designed to be set up in the home or at any party.

The blenderis designed with a housing with an inner cavity, an ice conditioning blade nestled within its sidewall, and a paddle wheel that operates in tandem with a motor through a unique drive coupler. The design achieves unparalleled versatility; not only does it excel in conditioning ice for traditional uses like snow cones or shaved ice, but it also seamlessly integrates with other devices, particularly blenders or mixers. This compatibility is facilitated by the drive coupler, a component partially housed within the apparatus, establishing a connection to an independent device’s motor.

Snowie’s creation is not confined to a single-use scenario. It accommodates various configurations, making it a valuable addition to any kitchen. If connected to a blender base, the apparatus efficiently conditions ice for a spectrum of frozen confections. The drive coupler, strategically positioned within the housing, allows for easy motor connection, ensuring a smooth power transfer to the paddle wheel.

The ice conditioning blade, with its arched shape and offset teeth, ensures thorough and efficient ice processing. This innovative design allows the blade to be stationary during operation, streamlining the process as the paddle wheel efficiently feeds ice into the blade.

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