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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.
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 By the 1920s, the original cardboard box had been replaced by the more durable distinctive metal tins of today.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.
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ate them like candy.. one box one sitting.. just cant sustain that.. i did like them tho... too much i think.Published 1 day ago by stumpedI
This is a much better buy to purchase Altoids from Amazon and love the Wintergreen mints. We used to purchase these from other places but like getting them from Amazon! Read morePublished 4 days ago by Sandra J.
If you are looking at these, you probably already know which Altoids you like. In my case, I prefer the Wintergreen and the Spearmint. and this is a good value. Read morePublished 6 days ago by William A. Nolan
For the money you get quite a few very strong mints that cure nearly any bad breath. Taste is alright, but strong. The remaining tin is great for projects too. RecommendedPublished 10 days ago by Britain R
I thought these were normal Altoid boxes, but when they arrived, they were heart shaped boxes with an old fashioned provocative lady on the front. Read morePublished 11 days ago by Amazon Customer
Our grocery no longer stocks the Spearmint - was delighted to find it - my husband is a Happy ManPublished 11 days ago by A. Joy Ball
Wish I could buy these publicly. Can't find in any stores. Great after meal mints.Published 12 days ago by Lynda Farabee
we got what we ordered but...the tins were heart shaped and on the front was a picture of a sexy woman dressed like a devil. Read morePublished 12 days ago by Rochelle A Yates