Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Mentos Tropical & Black Currant

Mentos PlusWhile I like the practicality of Mentos rolls, there’s something about getting Mentos in a box that makes them feel so special.

Santos gave me a huge cache of Mentos a few months ago and I’ve been slowly going through them.

Mentos makes two different basic formats of Mentos. Their regular rolls and the Mentos Plus variety, which is fortified with Vitamin C and sold in boxes. As far as I know the Mentos Plus is for the Southeast Asia and Australia/New Zealand markets. (We have boxes of Mentos here in the US too, but they’re usually the sugar free variety.)

Mentos Plus Tropical Mix

The one that caught my eye first was the box of Mentos Plus Tropical Mix. It features Pineapple, Watermelon and Mango.

Recently I had mango citrus and Pine Fresh from Japan, so I was curious how these compared.

The yellow one is Pineapple. It’s fresh, tangy and has that slightly pepperish tingle to it. One of my new favorite Mentos flavors. (I really hope they keep making the Japanese single-flavor rolls.)

Mango is the orange one and it has a mellow, melon flavor to it. It lacks that sort of pine sap taste but has some deeper notes that I couldn’t quite place ... and didn’t really belong in something mango flavored as far as I was concerned. It was more like a jam taste than a fresh fruit taste.

The pink one was Watermelon and I have to hand it to them, this was one of the better watermelon flavored candies I’ve had in a long time. It gets that floral melon flavor just right, only the slightest hint of tartness and then a finish that’s like cotton candy.

Mentos Plus Black Currant

The box seems less necessary with single flavors like Mentos Plus Black Currant, I figure boxes are great for picking out just the flavor you want.

But Black Currant is pretty special, at least for Americans, since we don’t have that flavor here much. It’s rather like a combination of concord grape and pomegranate with some violets - a dark berry flavor with a musky flavor element to it.

They’re soft and chewy and a lovely lavender color. It’s taken me a while to get used to currant, but I’m enjoying this edition quite a bit. Not that I’d probably buy it over a citrus like Pink Grapefruit or Pine Fresh.

Though these are not marked Kosher or Halal, they do not contain gelatin or any other animal products.

Related Candies

  1. Banana n Cream & Red Orange Mentos
  2. Mentos Plus Citrus Mix
  3. Mentos Fuji Apple
  4. Skittles from the UK
  5. Starburst Retro
  6. Dalandan & Juicy Ponkan Mentos
Name: Mentos Plus Tropical Mix and Black Currant
  • 10 SUPERB
  • 9 YUMMY
  • 8 TASTY
  • 7 WORTH IT
  • 4 BENIGN
Brand: Perfetti van Melle
Place Purchased: gift (thanks Santos!)
Price: unknown
Size: unknown
Calories per ounce: unknown
Categories: Chew, China, Perfetti Van Melle

POSTED BY Cybele AT 9:11 am Tracker Pixel for Entry    

  1. Now I really want to try pineapple Mentos. And Black Currant sounds interesting! I have some Creme de Cassis that I’m not crazy about, but I’m sure I’d give these a shot.

    Comment by Debby on 7/30/08 at 9:58 am #
  2. Where I work, we currently sell the Fruit Mentos and the Strawberry Mentos in boxes, but we’ll be stocking rolls from now on beginning in the fall. 

    The boxes are just really convenient compared to rolls, especially if you want to keep some on your person.  Whenever I buy the rolls, both sides seem to open up and some mentos always fall out.

    Comment by Sterfish on 7/30/08 at 6:45 pm #
  3. I love the tropical mix but I haven’t tried the black current yet. I heard they are really good! I like the ones in the roll to because they are the same but boxes are just so more convienent. They don’t fall all over the place.

    Comment by Mystery_girl_08 on 7/31/08 at 6:55 pm #
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