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Altoids Smalls – Nordic Mint

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Good Evening you tangy tangerines! How is everyone today? I have a major case of OCD when it comes to grocery store check out lanes. I don’t know if it is from my time spent as a cashier at Target (before moving into grocery) or if it is just OCD in general, but I always feel the need to organize and fix all of the mints and gum so that they look presentable. It is also something to do when the line is long, and it gives me a chance to look through all the impulse buys to see if there is anything new. The other night while at Bel Air, I was waiting to check out and spotted these little guys (literally) tucked away between their more well known flavor offerings and was curious. They are after all, curiously strong.

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I am more of a gum chewer than a mint popper mostly because I really enjoy mints, and could easily eat the entire tin without thinking. I recall one time when I was still working at Hot Topic that we started carrying caffeinated mints by Penguin. Of course I didn’t really read the label, I was more so just catering to my mint addiction and the fact that I was getting 40% off – had I known that they were caffeinated, I would have passed. I ate about 10 in the span of an hour, which was the equivalent to 5 cups of coffee, and thought I might die. My heart was racing, I was sweating like crazy, and I had a hard time focusing. Lesson learned? Always read the labels.
When Altoids first debuted, I was really excited because I really love intense mint flavoring. Before I really switched over to gum, I would crunch away on a tin of Altoids like they were potato chips. Occasionally I will pick up a tin of the minis and keep them in my purse, but I really haven’t purchased a tin of Altoids in ages. When I saw the Nordic Mint flavor, it piqued my interest, mostly because I have no idea exactly what makes something Nordic versus regular mint.
I thought about this for a while, trying to figure out what flavor Nordic Mint was because I honestly couldn’t put my finger on what made these different from the regular mints. I knew they tasted different, but I couldn’t figure out why. Someone best described the flavor as peppermint with a hint of menthol. I think this is a pretty astute observation. They are not as powerful as a regular Altoid, so if you’re not into that, these may be for you, but they still pack a punch despite their cute size. They leave your mouth feeling fresh and clean and one small mint will do the trick.
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Texture: 4/5 – Typical mint texture. If you chew on it, it will be crunchy and somewhat gritty. Suck on it long enough and it will melt away in your mouth.
Smell: 5/5 – Not only do these mints pack a punch in the taste department, they let everyone around you know that you just popped an Altoid.
Appearance: 4/5 – Anything mini usually means extra cute. Because of their square shape, I want to organize them in the tin, but in the famous words of Sweet Brown, “Ain’t nobody got time fo that!” Also don’t carry these around loose, someone might mistake it for some weird club drug.
Taste: 5/5 – These mints are really good. They are not so strong that your mouth burns from the mint flavoring, but they are strong enough to give you that fresh feeling. Just one is enough after a garlic filled meal for me to make me feel less like I am going to peel some paint off the walls. Give them a try! Also for those of you who watch your sugar intake, these bad boys are sugar free!
What do you think Nordic Mint is?

May 13, 2013
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Limited Edition Junior Mints – Pastel Edition

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So I think I should start this post off by first apologizing for the less than stellar pictures included in this post. Truth be told, my sweet tooth struck while laying in bed and it was rather dark in our room, making for less than great picture quality. Normally I would exude some sort of self control and save a few to take a picture of in better lighting, but this box had no chance.

Now on with the show. I love Junior Mints. I really enjoy them cold and if you haven’t tried them that way, you haven’t lived. I saw these at my near by Bel-Air store and had to get them. I’ve had a few incarnations of Junior mints, mostly released at Christmas time, but I was curious how these would taste since they do not have their signature dark chocolate outside coating.

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Normally there is something about Junior Mints that keeps me from eating the entire box. Usually about half way in I get the Junior Mint upset stomach and have to put the box away, but there was something about these that I could not resist. Maybe it was the pastel outside coating, maybe I just really wanted some Junior Mints, maybe I just told myself to suck it up – who knows, but these are good. If you are a mint lover, but not really into chocolate, next time Easter rolls around, grab yourself a box. The inside still has the gooey mint filling, and the outside has a good coating of non-descript what I’m guessing is white chocolate on the outside. To me, it was rather flavorless, but that’s okay because I think I would eat the mint filling out of a jar if given the option – I have no shame.

As for the pastels, I guess they consider pink, yellow, and blue the extent of the spectrum and was slightly disappointed when I poured a bunch into my hand and pretty much only had blue. Again this does nothing to affect the flavor, but is more of a personal preference, but I would have liked to have seen some color variation.

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Texture :  5/5 – Junior Mints have a great smooth texture that is part of the appeal to me. Peppermint Patties are one of my candy favorites also, but I often find that the inside mint portion is slightly gritty. This is not the case when it comes to Junior Mints. These babies will practically melt in your mouth.

Smell : 5/5 – The only smell you will find with these are MINT. Yummy!

Appearance : 3/5 –  As a slightly complained before the lack of color variation with tehse made me slightly disappointed, but it was nice to see a little something different in the box than all that dark chocolate. I also imagine that if I left these in the car, like I somehow always manage to do with regular Junior Mints, that instead of a large blob of brown goop, it would be a pretty technicolor mess inside the box instead.

Taste : 4/5 – I was actually surprised that despite the lack of dark chocolate these tasted pretty similar to the original Junior Mint. Of course the chocolate element adds a bit of a different taste, but I know that not everyone enjoys chocolate as much as I do – so for those of you that don’t, these may just be the minty candy for you.

April 7, 2013
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