Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Bassett’s Mint Favourites

Bassett's Mint FavouritesI picked up this package of Bassett’s Mint Favourites because it looked like a fun bunch of candies that were different from what we have here in the United States. It features: Mint Toffees, Murray Mints, Murray Butter Mints and Everton Mints.

I don’t know much about Murray Mints, so I tried to do a little research. They’ve been around since at least the fifties and were also sold in rolls. They were also one word, Murraymints. I think they were an independent company that made them, I can’t find any reference in their advertisements to Bassett’s or any other company that Bassett’s swallowed up like Trebor or other Cadbury properties.

Murray Mints were known as the too good to hurry mints. Here’s a set of old animated television advertisements.

So what are these classic hard candy mints like?

Bassett's Murray Mints

Bassett’s Murray Mints

The lightest tasting mint of the group, it was also a bit larger. The mint was mild and sweet, the texture of the candy is smooth. There’s a lot of milk in it, so the candy was a cross between a standard boiled hard candy and an American style crunchy toffee. I detected a note of clove in it, which wasn’t that appealing to me, but I appreciated the complex flavor combination of milk, mint and spices.

Bassett's Murray Butter Mint

Bassett’s Murray Butter Mint

An actual buttery hard candy mint, rather like putting milk in a peppermint tea. It’s a little salty and a little like butterscotch. The center of the hard candy has a softer, chewy center. The peppermint is strong but not overpowering. Fresh but a little bit more earthy with the addition of salt and the creamy butter and even a hint of honey. I liked this one better than the classic Murray Mint.

Bassett's Mint Toffee

Bassett’s Mint Toffee

At the store I had a choice of this Mint Favorites mix and just a bag of the Mint Toffee. I figured I’d like the toffee, but I wanted to variety to at least see the whole line of mint favorites. British Toffee is what we refer to as caramel in the United States. It’s usually firm but chewy, but sometimes is the style that’s soft and crumbly. Mostly toffee is in reference to any sugar that’s been boiled to the point of turning the flavor.

The piece is beefy, about an inch and a quarter long. It’s soft on the outside but a bit stiffer at the center (so it needed to warm up to chew). It’s quite buttery and has a strong dairy flavor more like milk or cream and of course an overriding peppermint flavor on top of that. The caramel flavors are a little lost, they can’t stand up to the mint, but the whole effect is still pleasant. The chew is smooth and lasts quite a while. It leaves a fresh feeling at the end.

I’m definitely keen on trying more of the Bassett’s toffee line after this.

Bassett's Everton Mints

Bassett’s Everton Mints

I thought this was going to be a licorice mint. Instead it’s more like a menthol mint, a cough drop flavor. It’s a combination of the peppermint and eucalyptus. It’s strong enough to give me a combination of burning and cooling in the back of my sinuses passages. The candy itself is smooth, with few voids, much nicer than the standard Halls cough drop. The chewy center is a bit more mellow but has a light anise and soft vanilla note.

Overall, a great mix that gives a clear sense of the similarities and differences between North American and British boiled sweets. Good quality and distinctive and ultimately satisfying. They’re all natural, though rather expensive here in the States at $4 for only 7 ounces.

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  3. Christmas Mint Round Up
  4. Barley Mint Mentos
  5. Bassett’s Licorice Allsorts
  6. Meiji Chelsea Yogurt Scotch

Name: Bassett’s Mint Favourites
Brand: Cadbury
Place Purchased: Mel & Rose Wine & Liquor
Price: $3.99
Size: 7 ounces
Calories per ounce: 113
Categories: All Natural, Candy, Cadbury, Caramel, Hard Candy & Lollipops, Mints, 7-Worth It, Turkey, United Kingdom

POSTED BY Cybele AT 12:37 pm Tracker Pixel for Entry     All NaturalCandyCadburyCaramelMints7-Worth ItTurkeyUnited Kingdom

  1. These sound wonderful!  Where did you find them?

    Comment by anne henderson on 10/19/10 at 8:40 pm #
  2. They are wonderful. Perfect for sticking in your bag and eating when you need a little pick-me-up. smile

    Comment by Distracter_writer on 10/20/10 at 1:32 pm #
  3. lol.i live in turkey but i never saw them before

    Comment by Bora on 1/06/11 at 11:41 am #
  4. Where can one purchase Murray mints and Bassett mint toffee individually and not as a mix in one packet
    I am having difficulty in finding where they are sold especially the mint toffees
    Frederick Tom

    Comment by Frederick Tom on 1/12/11 at 5:24 pm #
  5. I have been looking for these for 3 months now for my husband. He was working on a project with some folks from the UK and was given a handful of these mints and loved them. Where can I buy them?  (Hopefully before Christmas…)


    Comment by Jennifer Nesbitt on 12/20/12 at 3:38 pm #
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