Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Mentos Xtrm: Mint & Spearmint

Mentos MintMentos called themselves the Freshmaker for a long time and it’s pretty much true (except their commercials were not fresh, they were lame, but in a totally phresh way).

Even though they stopped airing those commercials a long time ago, they’re still a cultural reference point for people around the world.

What are Mentos? They’re simply a small mint chew covered in a candy shell. I favor them in instances where I used to chew gum, especially on planes. A little fresh breath and ear poppin’ all in one. And based on their commercials they aid in creative problem solving. Peppermint is good ... fruit is merely okay in the United States. Of course in outher countries they have far more choices.

Peppermint XtrmEnter the Asian Mentos once again! I’ve had these stashed away for months from Santos.

Mentos Xtrm: Peppermint are Mentos on Altoids (if Altoids were a form of steroids). They’re called “Strong Chewy Dragee” on the wrapper.

They come in a navy blue bag and are individually wrapped (a great feature, I think, why can’t we get them this way in the States?). Each little dragee is light blue and smells like absolutely nothing.

However, after biting into it, it’s minty. Whoo boy is it minty! In the same, “Goodness it’s so minty it’s almost bitter” way that Altoids are, there’s still a pleasant sweetness to it, and of course the chew.

Spearmint XtrmMentos Xtrm: Spearmint have a lot going for them. First, we don’t even get Spearmint Mentos here. I’ve heard you can get them in Europe (I’ve had my minions look for them in the past) and definitely in Australia.

So I can’t say how they compare to the regular ones, I can only say that I love them. Yes, they’re very strong, but the spearmint flavor is so distinctive and a little more woodsy than the Peppermint. The only problem I have with spearmint in general is it later leaves me with an odd low metallic taste in my mouth hours later. This, of course, is cured by eating another one. (Sneaky devils!)

These were made in India and have no gelatin in them, so they’re suitable for vegetarians (and vegans so long as you don’t have problems with glycerol mono stearate). Also certified Halal.

They’re good. I’ve enjoyed them and I’d definitely buy them again. I carry them around in my bag and think they’ll make wonderful noveling candy (and good for road trips when you need to keep alert). However, I’m going to throw the last dozen or so into the Limited Edition Giveaway box!

Related Candies

  1. Mentos Fuji Apple
  2. Chocolate Dipped Altoids
  3. Dalandan & Juicy Ponkan Mentos
  4. Lifesaver Musk
  5. Pink Grapefruit Mentos
Name: Mentos Xtrm: Peppermint & Spearmint
  • 10 SUPERB
  • 9 YUMMY
  • 8 TASTY
  • 7 WORTH IT
  • 4 BENIGN
Brand: Mentos (Perfetti Van Melle)
Place Purchased: gift from Santos (thanks)
Price: unknown
Size: 4.76 ounces
Calories per ounce: unknown
Categories: Chew, Mint, Perfetti Van Melle, Kosher

POSTED BY Cybele AT 12:14 pm Tracker Pixel for Entry    

  1. Odd posting?

    Comment by Beth on 10/31/07 at 9:43 am #
  2. Cybele's avatar

    Beth - sometimes I mistake the “publish” button for the “draft” button. Doh!

    Comment by Cybele on 10/31/07 at 12:16 pm #
  3. Xtrm?  ‘m s xtrm tht nvr se vwls!  I hate this kind of gimmick.  From Extreme Right Guard to Extreme Ghostbusters, leave that word out of it.

    Comment by Dave on 10/31/07 at 3:54 pm #
  4. Hey great blog! I just found it via The Retroist, and I’m glad I did. Keep up the good work!

    Comment by Saturday Morning Central on 11/01/07 at 5:35 am #
  5. Cy, do you know of a site that I can order those spearmint Mentos from?  Would they be available in Canada (I’m just over the border)? I love almost anything spearmint!

    Comment by Patrick on 11/01/07 at 11:57 am #
  6. We but the XTRM variants than the regular mint/spearmint..

    Comment by u8mypinkcookies on 6/16/08 at 8:03 pm #
  7. spearmint mentos were my favorite candy until they were apparently discontinued in the USA in 1996 or 1997.  i was able to find them in france during the end of the decade but they became more and more difficult to find come the mid 2000s.  now i hardly ever see them.  i don’t understand why this is—they’re the best flavor!

    Comment by Julie on 4/21/10 at 1:52 pm #
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