Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Mentos - Pine Fresh (Pineapple)

A few months ago I was contacted by JBox, the webstore that lets North Americans buy Japanese snacks directly from Japan. I’ve ordered from them before, so I was happy to have some personal contact from them and I suggested they start carrying some items that I know readers here are interested in. (Juntsuyu for one and Mentos.) They also gave me a sassy gift certificate so that I could try a wider variety of their products. (I’ve already reviewed HiCHEW Yuzu & Valencia Orange, UHA Puccho Custard, Lotte Crunky and Shigekix Aha! Brain on their dime.)

After my wonderful experience with the Asian Sour Mentos that had pineapple in the mix, I had to try the Japanese Pine Fresh Mentos.


I was so encouraged that I ordered three rolls of the Pine Fresh. Can I just say that I’m sorry I only ordered three?

The package is so funny. Usually the upper corner above the local says “Chewy Dragee” or “Chewy Mint”. In this case it says “The Chewy Pine Fresh.”

The color is a delicate and soft yellow. They don’t smell like much, but Mentos rarely do.

Upon biting into them I get a nice burst of floral fruitiness - it reminds me of freesias (which remind me of Froot Loops).

Then there’s a tart bite and a good rounded flavor of pineapple.

I love ‘em. I’m out of ‘em.

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Name: Pine Fresh Mentos
  • 10 SUPERB
  • 9 YUMMY
  • 8 TASTY
  • 7 WORTH IT
  • 4 BENIGN
Brand: Mentos
Place Purchased: samples from JBox
Price: unknown
Size: unknown
Calories per ounce: unknown
Categories: Chew, Japan, Perfetti Van Melle

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  1. When I think of “pine fresh” the first thing I think of is Pine-sol.  But now these Mentos come in a close second.

    Comment by Marvo on 11/13/07 at 1:55 pm #
  2. Ooh. I just ordered some candies from them a week ago. I ordered these, those tea hard candies you reviewed, and a couple others.

    Haha, Do you think you could get them to carry yuzu Hi-Chews again?

    Comment by Karen on 11/13/07 at 8:13 pm #
  3. So long as it’s pineAPPLE and not PineSOL flavor, sounds good.  I’d like a roll of those and one of the grapefruit.  I guess Fruit Gems will have to do for now.

    Comment by Dave on 11/14/07 at 3:06 am #
  4. I loved these so much too! They were sold out by the time I went to make my next order…so I got the melon creme ones instead!

    Comment by Sera on 11/14/07 at 4:43 am #
  5. Lol!  Pine Fresh—sounds like a cleaning product.  I can actually taste the artificial pine smell when I read that—yuck.  However, I am a huge fan of the pineapple LifeSavers, so I may have to find some of these.

    Comment by Julie on 11/14/07 at 5:53 am #
  6. at this rate its only a matter of time before we see Durian Mentos!

    Comment by doug on 11/14/07 at 7:08 am #
  7. The Japanese mentos have a way of being more subtly coloured that makes them much more appetising. In Australia or America they wouldn’t be able to help themselves from colouring these neon yellow but the pale yellow is much more appealing. I want these and I don’t even like mentos.

    Comment by Leigh on 11/15/07 at 8:55 am #
  8. You cannot find these in the UK. As a matter of fact, I think you guys get shipments of the very best sweets there are, while we only get half. :/

    Comment by SynchPedro86 on 7/11/08 at 11:28 am #
  9. Anybody any idea how to get these in Holland?

    Comment by roelandh on 1/03/09 at 2:42 pm #
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