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

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Altoids, The Curiously Strong Mints
"The Curiously Strong Mints"

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 By the 1920s, the original cardboard box had been replaced by the more durable distinctive metal tins of today.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.

Altoids Wintergreen, Liquorice, Cinnamon and Ginger
Altoids Wintergreen, Liquorice, Cinnamon and Ginger
Product Specifications
  • Altoids
  • Peppermint
  • Pack of 12 1.76-ounce Tins
  • 21.12 Total Ounces
Are Altoids Tins Recyclable?

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.


Pack of 12 1.76-ounce tins of "curiously strong" peppermint mints (21.12 total ounces)

Made with strong peppermint flavor

The originally celebrated mints

Sensory stimulant that engages your senses

Packaged in a convenient pocket-sized metal tin

Product Details:
Product Length: 7.5 inches
Product Width: 7.75 inches
Product Height: 2.0 inches
Product Weight: 1.3 pounds
Package Length: 7.7 inches
Package Width: 7.5 inches
Package Height: 1.9 inches
Package Weight: 2.35 pounds
Average Customer Rating: based on 737 reviews
Customer Reviews:
Average Customer Review: 4.5 ( 737 customer reviews )
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32 of 35 found the following review helpful:

1The new altered flavor of altoids wintergreen mints=YECH!Feb 01, 2011
By Board Gamer "F.R.E."
Altoids wintergreen mints were once my favorite flavor of altoids. They had a clean, refreshing, decidedly strong rush of pure mint flavor. For years I enjoyed the intense, clean sweet flavor, as I bit into them. Unfortunately, Wrigleys (the new owners) have altered the flavor (more artificial ingredients?) and added blue artificial color to them. The mints now taste like cheap toothpaste, that leaves an unpleasant chemical aftertaste in your mouth. These once delightful mints are now ghastly! Let's hope the Wrigley's people with the uneducated palates don't mess with the Peppermint Altoids! I will not buy these wintergreen mints again, unless they change back to the old style, which was full of natural mint flavor, and artifical color free. If you are lucky enough to find a tin that does not list "color (blue 1)" in the ingredients list, you've found some of the old style wintergreen mints (the good ones). The full ingredients list on the original good wintergreen altoids was (sugar, natural and artificial flavors, gum arabic, gelatin). Since I wrote this review I've been fortunate to find about a dozen boxes of the good, old mints. These were at small out of the way grocery/drug stores that tend to charge a little more for their products.

July, 2012: Well, it's been a year since I've been able to find a box of the good, old mints. I broke down and bought a box of the new version today. Wrigley's has added some of the natural flavor back to these mints, and they do taste slightly better. However, they have left in the artificial color "blue 1", which negatively affects the flavor, and leaves a bit of bitter aftertaste. I won't buy them again. I did buy 6 boxes of the Peppermint Altoids. Thankfully, they are still the original formula, and as good as ever!

30 of 34 found the following review helpful:

By Bob Trombone
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.

23 of 25 found the following review helpful:

5I don't use them as a candyJun 16, 2010
By Ruthie Ann
but as a remedy for an upset stomach or nausea. They're fantastic for that. If you don't suffer from digestive problems and/or you can't stand ginger, I wouldn't buy these. But if you do, I would HIGHLY recommend these.

16 of 17 found the following review helpful:

1Another good product degradedMar 04, 2011
By Veronica
To Other Prospective Purchasers of Altoids Wintergreen Mints,
I have enjoyed these mints for many, many years. however, the latest batch I bought, after Wrigley's purchased the company, are truly horrible. You get a short burst of minty flavor and then at least an hour's worth of a synthetic/chemical aftertaste which is quite unpleasant. I'll not buy them again unless Wrigley's returns to the original recipe. I guess they are saving a few cents by changing the recipe, but they are going to lose a whole lot of customers in my opinion.
I would have rated the old Wintergreen Altoids with all the stars in the firmament, but the new ones rate none at all. Don't buy them unless you have to.

11 of 11 found the following review helpful:

4More "cool" than "honey"Sep 02, 2010
By D. Clark
The peppermint flavoring almost completely overpowers the honey. Not bad, just not what I was expecting, given that peppermint Altoids taste like peppermint; cinnamon Altoids taste like cinnamon; licorice Altoids taste like licorice; ginger Altoids taste like ginger... I expected to taste honey, with some mint, rather than overpowering mint and a mere hint of honey.

Still, they are pretty good. They don't have as much of the bitter note as peppermint Altoids. But they'll have to call the recipe something other than "Cool Honey" to get that last star.

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