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An enrober is a machine used in the confectionery industry to coat a food item with a coating medium, typically chocolate. Foods that are coated by enrobers include nuts, ice cream, toffee, biscuits and cookies. Enrobing is essentially a mechanized alternative to hand-dipping. Enrobing with chocolate extends a confection's shelf life.[1]


Coating a confection in chocolate was traditionally a slow manual process involving dipping the pieces into melted chocolate by hand. As demand for chocolate-coated sweets grew, it became impractical or impossible to employ enough people to dip sweets into melted chocolate to keep up with required production capacity.[2] To fulfill this need for high-capacity chocolate coating, the enrober machine was invented in France in 1903,[3] brought to the United States, and perfected to perform the work of at least twenty people.[2]


A piece of Kendal Mint Cake enrobed in dark chocolate

The process of enrobing involves placing the items on the enrober's feed band, which may consist of a wire mesh or containers in which the confection to be enrobed are placed, with each container having drain holes to recover excess chocolate. The enrober maintains the coating medium at a controlled constant temperature and pumps the medium into a flow pan. The medium flows from the flow pan in a continuous curtain and bottoming bed that the food items pass through, completely coating them. A wire mesh conveyor belt then transports the coated confection to a cooling area.[4]

See also[edit]

  • Sugar panning, a related method to cover a candy or nut with a hard candy shell
  • Couverture chocolate, a form of chocolate with a high proportion of cocoa butter, used in dipping and coating
  • Compound chocolate, a chocolate substitute made from cocoa solids and various vegetable fats, often used by enrobers
  • Food coating


  1. ^ Yiu H. Hui; Stephanie Clark (2007). Handbook of Food Products Manufacturing. Wiley-Interscience. p. 686. 
  2. ^ a b Louisiana Sugar Planters' Association, Louisiana Sugar Chemists' Association, American Cane Growers' Association (1913). The Louisiana planter and sugar manufacturer, Volume 51. Louisiana Planter and Sugar Manufacturer Co. p. 69. 
  3. ^ Arthur William Knapp (1920). Cocoa and chocolate: their history from plantation to consumer. Chapman and Hall, ltd. p. 152. 
  4. ^ MD Ranken; RC Kill (1997). Food Industries Manual. Springer. p. 439. 

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Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times
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Columbus Dispatch

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Sun, 24 Jan 2016 03:10:11 -0800

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Tue, 12 Jan 2016 17:18:45 -0800

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SF Weekly

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Mon, 18 Jan 2016 13:02:40 -0800

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