Friday, September 24, 2010

Newman’s Own Ginger Mints

Newman's Own Ginger MintsAs some of you who follow along on my twitter or flickr photostream might know, I’m an avid whale watcher. For the past six years I’ve been a certified naturalist with the Cabrillo Marine Aquarium and American Cetacean Society and lead whale watching trips as a volunteer from December to April in the nearby Santa Monica Bay when the Gray whales migrate by.

I love it so much that I often go up to Santa Barbara in the summer to see our other nearby visitors: Blue whales and Humpback whales who come to feed near the Channel Islands. Unfortunately I also have a problem with motion sickness. So I’m often seen on the boats eating little ginger candies (and sharing them with other like-stomached passengers).

Newman's Own Ginger Mints

Ginger has been proven to reduce nausea. The great thing about that is that I love the taste of ginger and it’s not an expensive product for the most part.

I found these Newman’s Own Organics Ginger Mints at Mother’s Market in Orange County. They were only a buck and a nice compact format, like a roll of mints instead of an awkward package of individually wrapped candies (the wrappers can get blown away on a boat and into the water) or a tin (which can easily spill while I’m trying to open it).

Newman's Own Ginger Mints

The little disks are about 3/4 of an inch around and have a little “Newman’s Own Organics” engraved into them.

They smell toasty and earthy with a light citrus note. They’re sweet and a little chalky on the tongue, like Life Savers Wintergreen at first. The ginger is readily apparent, very woodsy and with a strong warming property that kept the back of my tongue and throat burning.

They dissolve quickly or can be chewed easily, which I guess speeds relief. I don’t know if ginger really works for tough stomach upset, but I find that occupying myself with hard candies (even non-ginger kinds) helps. Anything that keeps nausea from really taking hold can help since the cruises are only 2 to 3 hours. They’re sweet and not that complex overall, there’s no lemon or honey in them. But they seem to do the trick for me. I like how small and portable the package is.

As an organic product, as you can guess, they’re natural and contain no colorings. They’re Kosher and vegan. However, they are manufactured on shared equipment with peanuts, nuts, milk, wheat and soy.

Blue Whale off of Pt. Vicente

I’ll leave you with a photo from last weekend. There is a strange and welcome gathering of Blue whales off of Los Angeles right now, at least 30 individuals hanging out within 5 miles from shore. They’ve never been spotted here in these numbers like this before. They’ve been feeding on a huge upwelling of krill, and I guess they’ll stick around as long as there’s food. So if you’ve ever wanted to see the biggest animal on earth (ever), get yourself out to the sea. I go out with Voyager Excursions.

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  4. Altoids Chocolate Dipped Ginger Mints
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  6. Ginger Bears

Name: Organic Ginger Mints
Brand: Newman’s Own
Place Purchased: Mother's Market (Laguna Woods)
Price: $.99
Size: .87 ounces
Calories per ounce: 46
Categories: All Natural, Candy, Ginger, Organic, 7-Worth It, Mexico

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  1. I’ll have to try ginger.
    I usually use Bonine motion sickness tablets - they work wonders!

    Comment by mdippold on 9/24/10 at 8:20 pm #
  2. I am currently having some serious morning sickness, and know that ginger is supposed to help with that.  I am not a huge fan of straight ginger, but thought I would try these.  While still not a huge ginger fan, the ginger wasn’t overwhelming and it did take the edge off the nausea, which is good in my book.  I got a roll at Whoel Foods for .69.

    Comment by LL on 9/29/10 at 10:25 am #
  3. Not crazy about ginger other than perhaps crystallized ginger - had white truffles with little pieces of it in them, flavored with peanut butter and cardamom, and they were FANTASTIC.
    Thanks for the photo of the whale and the link! I’d love to do that some day!

    Comment by TriciaGab on 10/08/10 at 6:55 am #
  4. I hope you get around to reviewing the other flavors. So far, I’ve seen (and tried) the Ginger Mints, Cinnamints, Wintergreen and Peppermint. The ones sold in tins have a different consistency. They are firmer. And cost a little more. My absolute favorites are the tinned Cinnamints, but the rolls of Ginger Mints are awesome - high flavor for very little cost.

    Comment by Lu on 11/30/12 at 8:48 am #
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