In an effort to crackdown on competitors in trade, China promotes candy making machine in time for the holiday season. Trading candy is a skill that the US has perfected and, with the ability to produce candy at a steady rate, China may have more leverage in future trade deals. Of course, with Patent CN203457741U we now have a better idea of how they may accomplish that goal.
But Why A Candy Machine?
Americans dominate the candy market using the complex candy making machines. This dominance has given Americans the advantage at weddings, Valentine’s day, and Halloween trade deals. So, in order to outpace the American mastery of confectioneries, two clever Chinese inventors turned candy making into one for conventional home use. On the surface, this seems benign. However, with the Candy Man gone (RIP Gene Wilder) there’s a vacuum left to be filled that few on the horizon can match.
So, what happens when you put a candy machine in every home? More competitors for small candy shop owners and more kids manufacturing their own candy in high stakes Halloween trade deals. The genius of the ‘741 Patent lies in the simple economic design and it’s convenience.
How the Candy Machine Makes Candy?
The design of the candy machine includes five essential components: (1) a body (2) a base (3) a heating device (4) a mold layer and (5) a tool layer. You begin by placing your sugar, sweeteners, and food coloring into the heating device which consists of a melting pot and heating plate. The heating device boils the raw materials into a syrup. Since the melting pot is made of non-stick aluminum, the syrup is easy to pour out, decreasing clean up time and the time needed to begin a new batch.
You then place the syrup into the mold layer where it is allowed to cool and solidify. Once it solidifies, remove the candy from the mold and pour in the syrup for your new batch. The Chinese candy machine is a simple process that is environmental friendly. Yes, that’s right, Chinese inventors designed a product that is both simple and environmentally friendly.
So, what makes the Chinese ‘741 patent a potentially competitive product that will turn trade policy on it’s head? Versatility. You can make candy of any shape, design, color, or flavor. A candy maker can even replace the die mold layer with a different mold design. Being able to replace the mold design is awesome because now you can make Smarties and Dum Dums using the same machine. All candies coming from one melting pot; a versatile machine that promotes diversity in China.
The Wrap Up
I have no idea what the trade policy with China is going to look like under the new Secretary of Commerce and President-elect Trump. However, now we all have an equal opportunity to make our own candy canes. You may hesitate on making candy yourself, and to that I say: if the Candy Man can, so can you.
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