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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 By the 1920s, the original cardboard box had been replaced by the more durable distinctive metal tins of today.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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The picture of the square tin of Altoids is what I was used to buying in the stores and it was the same picture of the square tin online when I ordered. Read morePublished 8 days ago by Linda
This low rating has everything to do with the flavor and not the seller. I can't believe I wasted my money on those nasty Altoids. Read morePublished 12 days ago by Ernie
i ordered these because I have had the small size of the cinnamon ALTOIDS and loved them. I received these and ate and gave to my friend and both of us got a swollen tongue and I... Read morePublished 13 days ago by R. needham
I keep boxes of Altoids all over: one in every purse, one by the front door, in my desk at work, in my dance bag for social dancing. Even in the car for long trips to revive.Published 16 days ago by E. Gibbons
bought these for a lady friend in C.A. she loves them can,t thank you enough great price.Published 17 days ago by vampiro1990