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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 By the 1920s, the original cardboard box had been replaced by the more durable distinctive metal tins of today.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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A testimony to why artificial flavors are not very good. Harsh, unpleasant flavor. These used to be pretty good--but no longer. Not recommended at all. Almost ghastly. Read morePublished 9 days ago by John Tremain
Altoids wintergreen one of the few unchanged products with a good wintergreen flavor not too over powering but yet strong enough.Published 11 days ago by Taochow
The new altered flavor of the Spearmint Altoids is awful. The old ones were nice and not too overpowering. Just right. The new taste is much stronger and artificial tasting. Read morePublished 14 days ago by Artdime
I use to buy a SAM'S Clubs. But they stopped selling the Cinnamon Altoids there a couple of years ago. Read morePublished 15 days ago by Benjamin P. Piccola