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Introduced in 1780, Altoids mints were originally marketed to relieve stomach discomfort. By the 1920s, the original cardboard box had been replaced by the more durable distinctive metal tins of today. The irreverent, quirky personality of Altoids mints has led Altoids to be a top-selling mint in the U.S. The Altoids brand has expanded to include sugar-free mints in miniature portable tins.
The tins we use for Altoids are made from tin plate, which is one of the most recyclable materials used in the manufacturing of packaged goods. The good news about these tins is that they also come in handy as small storage containers for things like nails, coins, paper clips, and buttons to name a few - the possibilities are endless. We've even learned that the tins have been used for more curious purposes - as hand-held works of art, even as an emergency wilderness stove.
For over 100 years, Altoids were packaged in small rectangular cardboard cartons that were approximately the same size as today's recognizable tins. The tins were introduced in the 1920s to help protect the mints and to stay neatly closed in pockets and handbags.
Today, the Altoids line includes mints, sours, and gum.
Why Are They Called Altoids?
The exact origin of the name is unclear, but it seems that during the 19th century confections were given names employing the -oids suffix to imply a medicinal benefit (Altoids were promoted for more than a century as a "stomach calmative," though of course Altoids provides no medicinal benefit). Smith & Company also marketed several other remedies with oids in their names, such as Benoids for delicate throats and chests, Zenoids for an easy digestion, Cyphoids to defend your throat, and Notoids antiseptic voice and throat pastilles.
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I'm a big guy chewer, like having fresh breath. So trying the Altoids was a bit of a stretch, but overall I like them.
I think the Wintergreen task best.
The best flavored Altoids ever. And now I can feed my addiction more easily. I need at least one Altoids tin for every room in my house, a few for the car and then some for... Read morePublished 16 days ago by Victoria J. Conkle
spearmint is my first choice, but wintergreen is also hard to locate; I have no idea why. thank you for the product. Read morePublished 21 days ago by TNMTNHM
These cinnamon Altoids are so hard to find in the store and when I do find them, they are on the pricey side. Read morePublished 26 days ago by Zwoman