As the cause of much bickering between my wife and I is the fact that I once wrote a few hundred word long review about another type of mint, I have been holding off writing about Bassetts mint creams for marital health and safety reasons. (She was horrified to learn she had married a man capable of such geekiness). However, I have decided its time to start wearing the trousers and put fingertip to keyboard, write this review and show her who eats the mints around our house.
These mints should come with an age rating to prevent our children's heads being blown off with such sensual pleasure, or at the very least taxed by the government - most things we enjoy doing in life are!
I gain a lot of pleasure from unwrapping the waxy paper covering to reveal the shiny crystalline effect round drop of creamed mint inside - the way the light catches the sugar in the fragile crust of the mint is like snow sparkling on a pavement in mid-winter's sun.
Once in your mouth, with care, you can leave it nestled between a gum and cheek and wait for that fragile crust to dissolve naturally, to unleash its creamy mintyness , or, if you're more of a "I want it yesterday" type who opens their presents on Christmas Eve, you can just smash into it and enjoy the way the contents spread round your mouth like warm, thickened toothpaste.
These mints are definately on my list of life's pleasures/having fun with your clothes on, and my only problem with them is that, like the reference to snow in the sunshine before, they melt away too quickly leaving you longing for more.
By the way, they're made of sugar, glucose syrup, water and flavourings, so are possibly one to avoid if you are on a diet, or the owner of teeth as weak as a chocolate fireguard.
Thanks for reading.
Bassetts Mint Creams are something my grandma used to let me have when I was young, I used to love them, these days they come individually wrapped
These come in a mint green and white wrapper, the middle part where the mint is white, the rest of them are green. Once inside the mint itself looks like a white circular disc and is a little chunky in its appearance
Around £1.49 for 200 gram bag this equates to 62p per 100 grams, not bad as you get a lot in a bag so they do last
About the Taste?
These are like a mint flavoured icing, once on the tongue these start to dissolve, with all the mint flavour escaping, very menthol like too, good strong minty taste
These are made from sugar predominantly so this is the main sinner in these
Great for sharing, plenty in a bag, all from a great brand as Bassetts
I lost touch with a very good friend of mine a few years ago but just the other day whilst being dragged around Tesco there was my friend just sitting on the shelf right in front of my eyes. Don't worry this friend sitting on the shelf was not a person it was a bag of Bassett's mint creams.
I used to eat massive amounts of these things then somewhat put myself off them by over indulging then the next time I fancied a bag I could not find them anywhere so I grabbed bag from Tesco costing me £1.08 and looked forward to them.
I did not make it as far as home without having one but decided to get stuck into them on the drive home, they are every bit as delicious as I remember, nice and crisp to bite through then lovely, soft and creamy on the inside with just enough peppermint oil to be nice but not too strong.
You have got to like peppermint of course otherwise you won't enjoy these and you also need a sweet tooth as they are fairly sugary sweet. I can see my way through a packet of these in one sitting no problem but most people probably would not eat quite so many.
The bag you get from Tesco for £1.08 is a 200g bag which has over 700 calories in it so eating the whole bag as I do is not a great idea if you are worried about your weight.
I love peppermint creams. I can remember years ago as a child I used to love making sweets with my sister. Peppermint creams were one of the first sweets I remember making. We used to make them with just icing sugar and peppermint essence they were easy to make and tasty and they didn't need much to make them and leave them to set (that was the hard part 'leaving' them) and they didn't need any cooking.
Nowadays there is a much simpler way to get these tasty sweets - pop along to your local supermarket and you should find the distinctive green and white bag hanging up amongst the sweets. Current price in Tesco is £1.08 for 200g and just like the ones we made yesteryear they contain sugar, glucose syrup, water and flavourings. Quite uncomplicated really.
The big difference between these and the ones we made is that with Bassett's you can rely on the quality. Crispy on the outside and creamy in the centre with a great flavour of peppermint. I love to eat one of these after a meal as they leave my mouth feeling fresh and refreshed.
Peppermint Oil eliminates gas, bloating and abdominal cramps and although with these sweets you are not taking neat peppermint oil the flavour does appear to ease stomach problems. It improves circulation and the production of digestive fluids. Good news if you a looking for an excuse to buy these sweets - they may help to ease digestive problems - what more reason could you possibly want?
If you are weight watching you may care to note that the whole bag of sweets - all 200g of it - contains a massive 730 calories (but you don't HAVE to eat them all in one go). They contain no fat whatsoever or protein but 183.6 g of carbohydrate. So if you are dieting they are perhaps best avoided unless you want just one or two as a treat!
Would I recommend them? Indeed I would - a bag of these generally finds its way into my weekly shop so I am something of a devotee! At the moment I am stockpiling because for some reason they seem to disappear from the shelves of Tesco in the run up to Easter (could the production run at Bassetts be curtailed for the Easter eggs I wonder?). So if you want to give them a try - dash off down there now so that you get there before I have emptied the shelves!
Bassetts Soft Mints AKA Clarnico
Another mint product has come off the shelf and into my handbag. Only for a short period of time however and before I have devoured the whole packet I thought I should write a quick review to let you know how absolutely fabulous these particular mints are.
These mints have been around for a long time and to be honest they are not that widely available as I have only seen them in one of the cheap shops near where I live and not in many sweet shops around. These mints come in a bag and are individually wrapped in paper wrapping. The colour of the packaging is a lovely light green minty colour and white. There is about 30 separate mints in each one of these bags and each mint is a round the size of a 50 pence piece but circular in shape.
These mints are really described as a mint fondant rather than just a plain mint and my longing for all things minty is also accompanied by all things fondant like. I love the soft a gooey centre that the fondant filling offers and with this mint it is no different.
The mint after taking the wrapping off smells very minty strong indeed. The colour of the mint is a brilliant white and you can see the sparkle of the sugar that is contained in the mints ingredients. The Clarnico has a hard outer shell that once broken reveals the softer fondant centre, which literally melts in the mouth to release tons of minty freshness.
The outer layer gives the most freshness in my opinion and I think this is where the majority of the strong minty flavour is held. The outer layer can be sucked and will take a little while to disintegrate in the mouth. The outer layer has somewhat of a rough texture and I think this is due to the sugar that it is made of. The inside fondant centre is very creamy and smooth. The flavour is also very minty but not as strong as the outer harder crust. The creamy centre does literally melt on the tongue and really is a joy to eat.
Each mint does give a good amount of fresh breath and is a good way to attack that horrid mouth syndrome that we all get from time to time. The trouble is that because these are rather more sweet like than a proper mint I could eat the whole packet down in one go. They cost me £1.69pence, which is a fairly good price for how many mints you actually get in a bag.
The mints do contain rather a lot of sugar so not only giving you a fresh hit but also giving you a slight bit of a sugar rush which I also think we all need at some point through out the day. Of course because they contain quite a bit of sugar they are not overly good for the waistline and are high in calories. They are however suitable for vegetarians to eat and I think most people would enjoy sucking on one or two.
Overall these Clarnico Bassetts Mint creams are one of my total favourite mints and if they were more widely available I would always make sure I had some in my handbag. These mints I would say would be a hit with anyone especially people who like a soft centre. Eat, enjoy and smell fresh!
Near to where I live, there is a sweet shop, but not just any sweet shop...This particular shop is one of those quaint, old-fashioned confectioners with jars of sweets in the window and a range that no supermarket could ever match! You will find a plethora of toffees, chocolates, mints, boiled sweets and many more of the sweets you enjoyed as a kid. One particular sweet I would definitely recommend is the Clarnico Mint Cream. Although this wasn't a known sweet from my childhood, my Dad insisted that we buy some, as he remembered them from his youth. I am very pleased we did as they are very nice.
Clarnico Mint Creams are probably best described as fondants. They are round, white sweets, approximately 3cm in diameter and 1cm in thickness. Each one is individually wrapped in white and pale green wrappers, with the Clarnico emblem and 'Mint Cream' written on the front and back. I can only describe them individually as we did not buy them in a packet.
The strange thing about Clarnico Mints is that they feel hard on the outside, but become soft and chewy once you pop them in your mouth. Most mint cream fondants are soft all the way through and do not have hard exteriors.
As you bite into the mint, there is a slight crunch and this is swiftly followed by a smooth, minty fondant centre. This centre has a melt-in-the-mouth texture which is very pleasant and makes a nice change from the hard Trebor Extra Strong Mints I normally buy. The minty flavour is just right - not too sweet and not too strong, and because of this will most likely appeal to both children and adults alike. The generous size of the mint also means that you can make one last for quite a while by biting off small chunks at a time.
Nowadays, Clarnico Mints are made by Trebor Bassett, part of the Cadbury group. However, they were originally founded 135 years ago in 1872 by business partners Clarke, Nickolls and Coombes, hence the name Clar-ni-co!
The sad thing about these mints is that despite their long history, they are not widely available, and you are only likely to find them in traditional sweet shops like the one I visited. A bag of about ten individual mints cost me about a pound which is quite good value really.
Overall, I definitely recommend Clarnico Mints. They may be difficult to locate in shops, but if you are lucky enough to find some, your discovery will be well worth it!
** Suitable for vegetarians **
Delicious mint fondant creams. 12 x 200g Bassett's Mint Creams.