Monday, June 16, 2008

Barley Mint Mentos

Mentos Assortment!A few years ago I got an assortment of Malaysian hard candies that included a couple called Barley Mint. I wasn’t sure what Barley Mint was, I thought it was barley sugar flavored with mint. It was nice, but not what I’d envisioned and I put it out of my head.

Years later, I spotted a version of Mentos made in Indonesia called Barley Mint and I was again intrigued to taste them. Luckily they were in the latest gaggle of Mentos (yes, that’s the term for a large group of Mentos) from Santos of Scent of Green Bananas

I’ll have more on the rest of them later (including Strawberry Yoghurt, Spearmint, Tropical Mix & Black Currant).

Mentos Barley Mint

The green package features images of the little chewy dragees and mint leaves. The mints themselves were less green, kind of a light celadon.

They didn’t smell like much, maybe like a box of TicTacs.

Biting into them is was quite apparent that Barley Mint is not any ordinary mint.

It’s like peppermint, cool and fresh, but then there’s a lingering flush of something ... something floral or fragrant. Roses? Soft Musk? Whatever it is, it’s not a minty flavor. It’s not orange blossom or any sort of blossom. It’s musk. Like the Australian Musk Sticks. Mixed with mint. And maybe a little touch of mellow and creamy banana. I know, it sounds weird, and it probably is.

It’s not that strong, not like the more intense Peppermint Mentos, but it’s certainly strange and for anyone who doesn’t like soapy flavors, it’s sure to be a turnoff. There’s a very clear reason that these aren’t distributed in the US and this roll is quite lucky to have found me. I’m eating them all.

They felt fresh without being too strong. The mint would linger for a bit, but the musky flavor stayed for at least a half hour after consumption.

I don’t know quite what the flavor has to do with barley, but maybe Musk Mint wouldn’t have sold as well even in Indonesia.

These are not Halal (or Kosher) but do not contain gelatin so are suitable for vegetarians.

Related Candies

  1. Banana n Cream & Red Orange Mentos
  2. Mentos - Pine Fresh (Pineapple)
  3. Mentos Xtrm: Mint & Spearmint
  4. Mentos Ice Pomelo
  5. Dalandan & Juicy Ponkan Mentos
  6. Pink Grapefruit Mentos
Name: Barley Mint Mentos
    RATING:
  • 10 SUPERB
  • 9 YUMMY
  • 8 TASTY
  • 7 WORTH IT
  • 6 TEMPTING
  • 5 PLEASANT
  • 4 BENIGN
  • 3 UNAPPEALING
  • 2 APPALLING
  • 1 INEDIBLE
Brand: Mentos (Perfetti Van Melle)
Place Purchased: gift from Santos (thanks!)
Price: unknown
Size: 1.3 ounces
Calories per ounce: unknown
Categories: Chew, Mint, Indonesia, Perfetti Van Melle

POSTED BY Cybele AT 8:01 am Tracker Pixel for Entry    

Comments
  1. I am sooo jealous of all the awesome Mentos you get!

    Comment by Arthur on 6/16/08 at 1:40 pm #
  2. hi cybele! i’m glad you enjoyed these. they are my favourite of the mint mentos, by far. i think it tastes like…mint with barley water, which is made by boiling pearl barley in water.it’s usually further flavoured with fruit juice and served very, very cold. it’s got that almost floral quality you can taste in these mentos.

    Comment by santos. on 6/16/08 at 2:16 pm #
  3. where can you get mentos{mint sweet} from but it has to be sold in leicester,england

    Comment by yo on 9/04/08 at 12:46 am #
  4. Hey, have you tried the Air mentos? I just got them today and I thought they were strong.

    Comment by Riel on 2/04/09 at 11:11 am #
  5. THIS COMPANY MAY NOT MEAN TO MISLEAD BUT TAKE A LOOK AT THE GUM DOESNT IT LOOK LIKE IT HAS A LIQUID FILLING IN THE MIDDLE OF THE GUM ON THE BOTTLES?DOES TO ME THATS WHY I BOUGHT IT.MAYBE IT SHOULD BE CHANGED UNLESS IT IS ALL ABOUT GREED,IT SEEMS IN TODAY THATS MOST OF THE PROBLEMS WE ALL FACE,BUT MAYBE NOT THIS COMPANY.HOPE NOT.

    Comment by Harold Willett on 4/03/11 at 7:30 am #

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