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Altoids Curiously Strong Mints, Spearmint, 1.76-Ounce Tins (Pack of 12)

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  • Pack of 12 1.76-ounce tins of "curiously strong" spearmint mints (21.12 total ounces)
  • Made with strong spearmint flavor
  • Makes other mints green with envy
  • Sensory stimulant that engages your senses; always curiously strong, original and authentic
  • Packaged in a convenient pocket-sized metal tin

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Product Description

Product Description

The originally celebrated Spearmint Altoids are the quintessential mints for any connoisseur of fresh breath looking for the curiously strong taste.

About the Brand

Around the turn of the 19th century, during the reign of King George III, the recipe for the original Altoids was perfected by Smith & Company, a London confectionary firm. They were first sold in the U.S. in 1918, at that time sold in small, rectangular cardboard cartons. The tins so recognizable today were first 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.


Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 7.8 x 7.6 x 1.8 inches ; 3 ounces
  • Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Domestic Shipping: Item can be shipped within U.S.
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  • ASIN: B000FKIYEO
  • UPC: 022000159311 022000158901
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (84 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,519 in Grocery & Gourmet Food (See Top 100 in Grocery & Gourmet Food)
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Ingredients

Sugar, Natural Flavor, Gum Arabic, Gelatin, Corn Syrup, Blue 1, Yellow 5.

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Customer Reviews

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36 of 40 people found the following review helpful By Bob Trombone on August 11, 2011
Altoids - Spearmint. It was a great product. Alas - it is gone - probably for good.

For several years I've been seeking out this wonderful item - and no other mint (I'm loyal - for good reason). It had a delightful flavor - not as strong or overpowering as some of the other Altoids flavors. No - it was just right. Sweet, minty, but not too strong. Something I would always offer to visitors just because I knew they'd like it. (An analogy would be the flavor of Scope compared to regular Listerine. Scope has a much more pleasant flavor than the hit-you-over-the-head taste of Listerine, if you know what I'm talking about.)

Over the past couple of years, the number of retail outlets that carried this flavor had diminishted down to only one in my area - CVS (after Walgreens stopped carrying it). They still carry it. But, just last week, I went to the store and picked up my monthly stash. I noticed that there is a new banner printed on the top of the tin, "NEW GREAT TASTE! SAME PUNCH!"

Well, today I finally used up the last of my old, trusty batch and popped into my mouth the first of the new tin, and I found out - to my horror - that they have totally changed the product in a manner that is most unpleasant. I'm so disappointed.

The new Altoids Spearmint flavor is completely altered. I really hate the new flavor. It is very strong (not unlike the peppermint), and has lost much of the delightful sweet/mild flavor the old spearmints had. Needless to say, I will be returning my unopened tins as soon as I can get over to the store.

I sent a letter to the US distributor (Wrigley's) complaining of this awful change. Not that it will do any good.
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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Francois B. on August 5, 2011
I have to say after getting two tins of these New Recipe Spearmints, I will not be buying Altoids anymore. I cannot believe you went from Natural Oil of Spearmint to "Natural and Artificial Flavors". I cannot stand this new flavor and Callard & Bowser you have lost me unless you bring back the "The Original Celebrated" Spearmint recipe. The new flavor is aweful and bites back.

This is very sad. I hope you wake up and realize the All Natural was the way it was meant to be. Leave the original recipe alone!
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Katriel on September 19, 2011
This "New & Improved Spearmint" has obvious chemical flavor additives...which to me similar to peppermint. If I wanted peppermint, I would buy it! Also...who needs to ingest more chemicals? Our bodies arn't made for man made chemicals! It's a shame that Wrigley's took a good product & made is detestable!
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By JudyT on August 1, 2011
If there were a lower rating than 1 star, this "New Great Taste" for Altoids Spearmints would deserve it. They are horrible; having no relation to a real spearmint flavor at all. Still green, but that's about all you can say. What a disappointment!
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By KB on March 12, 2011
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I have bought the old Spearmint Altoids and they had a wonderful flavor. The new Spearmint Altoids are terrible. You cannot tell the difference between the new spearmint, peppermint and wintergreen mints.

Altoids needs to investigate why the New Spearmint does not come close to tasting like Spearmint. I would have been better off just buying Spearmint Tic Tacks.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By jterhune on June 24, 2011
The new flavor is completely awful. "New and improved" is code for "now using artificial flavoring that doesn't taste like spearmint". Stock up if you can find the originals and avoid the new ones; they're gross.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Not Quite a Luddite on November 4, 2011
The traditional spearmint Altoids were excellent. The "new" flavor does not use oil of spearmint, having substituted artificial flavors instead. Bring back the oil of spearmint! Otherwise I will not be buying your mints again. I only liked the spearmint, and you have ruined it. Doubtless this is a money-inspired move. Shame on you.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Trish on September 23, 2011
Spearmint altoids have been my favorite for years. My local stores have not had them much lately, so I was thrilled to be able to get them online.
Wow....how disappointing.

They tasted so awful with a very artificial type of flavor.

I have also recently bought the wintergreen and peppermint, and these are still pretty good.

But why did they have to go messing with the spearmint!!

I hope they go back to the Old great taste.
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