Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Maple Ice Mints

Maple Ice MintsYes, I’m the type of person who eats sugar straight. Mostly brown sugar, but sometimes raw sugar and of course honey. Then there’s maple sugar. That’s a kind of sugar that’s actually marketed in little molded shapes to be eaten straight by non-sugar-obsessed folks.

Big Sky Brands of Canada is known for their little compressed sugar candies like Jones Soda Carbonated Candies and Yogen Fruz Smoothies. Their new Maple Ice Mints Original are far more subtle and dare I say, elegant.

The tin is rather ordinary but does the job. It has all the convincing faux wood grain of a early 1980s station wagon. It’s about 3.25 inches long and 1.75 inches wide.

Maple Ice Mints

Inside the tin are 30 little mints, each is about the size of an extra strength aspirin. They have a small maple leaf on one side. They smooth but leave a little powdery residue. They smell woodsy and sweet, like maple. The ingredients list both cane sugar and maple sugar, the color of them is a light sandy white and since there are no artificial colors in there, I’m guessing that’s the maple sugar that does that.

They’re sweet and have a light fresh mint hint far in the back, but mostly they’re a soft maple flavor. The great thing about the maple flavor is that it’s not sticky like the syrup and other sugar candies.

The problem with them is the price, I suppose. They were about $2 for less than an ounce. It’s tough in a Tic Tac and Altoids world to sink twice as much money into these. They’re not minty enough for me to consider them a mint, in that mints are consumed one or two at a time and then set aside for another day. Nope, I wanted to eat the whole box of them at once. I succeeded in eating them in three separate sittings. They still leave my mouth fresh and were wonderful with tea or just as a little delight in the middle of computer frustrations.

The package doesn’t say anything about the gluten status or nuts but they do appear to be all natural and probably vegan. (There’s calcium stearate in there, but I’ve never seen a candy that uses an animal source for the ingredient since the vegetable version is so cheap.)

Related Candies

  1. Rogers’ Chocolates Victoria Creams
  2. Yogen Fruz Smoothies
  3. Russell Stover Eggs (2009 edition)
  4. Caramilk Maple
  5. VerMints
  6. Jones Soda Grape Carbonated Candy

POSTED BY Cybele AT 5:30 pm Tracker Pixel for Entry     All NaturalCandyReviewBig Sky BrandsCompressed DextroseMints7-Worth ItCanadaCost Plus

Comments
  1. My mom used to boil brown sugar in water for use as pancake syrup, so I understand about your liking it straight!

    Comment by Russ on 1/11/11 at 5:59 pm #
  2. I think the tin is cool—look so retro!

    Comment by Alix on 1/13/11 at 6:36 am #
  3. I see your local World Market finally got these in stock.  Were they worth the wait?  And did you get a tin of the Blueberry Maple Ice Mints as well?

    Comment by Johnny Carruthers on 1/14/11 at 3:52 pm #

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