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===The Product=== Fox's Glacier Mints Made with natural mint oils. Clearly a better mint. No artificial colours or flavours. Comes in a blue plastic type bag with the trade mark image of a polar bear on top of the clear mint. Slightly updated from the image shown. The Fox family have been producing sweets since 1897 and have been making mints since 1918. The trademark polar bear is called Peppy and has been used since the 1920s. The sweets have always been made in Leicester. Long shelf life ? mine is up to April 2015. Mint flavoured boiled sweets. Suitable for Vegetarians. Contains sulphites. ===Cost=== 1.29 for 200 grams at Tesco. ===My Opinion=== My 200 gram packet contained 39 individually wrapped mints. The mints are individually wrapped in blue and white waxed type paper and are oblong lumps of clear hard boiled mint sweet which do look like chunks of ice - hence the polar bear. These have been around now for almost 100 years and I am sure most of us are well acquainted with these sweets. I recently had a bag from my sister and have found them most enjoyable. I enjoy mint flavours and these smooth, curved oblongs are a good minty flavour ? quite strong and minty but not too strong ? just a happy medium. I find that the sweets seem a little smaller than I remember from years ago and I do enjoy eating two at a time ? for double the amount of flavour. These hard mints last a long time if you just suck then, about 10 minutes for me, and do not crunch and are also quite refreshing to eat. The inner wrappings surrounding the mints can be quite sticky inside so make sure you watch your fingers if you are out and about and have no wipes to clean your fingers. Not very healthy being almost entirely sugar but nice as an occasional treat. ===Star Rating=== 5 stars. ===Would I Recommend?=== Yes. ===Website=== www.foxs.co.uk ===Ingredients=== Glucose Syrup (contains Sulphites),Sugar ,Natural Flavouring (0.1 Mint Oil)
I have a second job working in a bar/restaurant and on the reception desk they keep a bowl of Fox's glacier mints for the customers although I think the staff tend to eat most of them, myself included. The Fox's mints remind me of my grandparents as they always used to eat a lot of mints and these were one of the brands that they used to buy regularly.
Fox's mints have been manufactured by Fox's confectionary, in Leicester since 1918 (Wikipedia). The mints come in a blue bag and have a picture of polar bear standing on one of the mints, making it look like a block of ice. Inside you will find the mints all individually wrapped in blue wrappers, twisted closed at each end. I like the fact that the mints are individually wrapped as it means they stay fresher once the bag is opened and you can easily pop a couple of the mints in your bag or pocket.
You can purchase the Fox's glacier mints in most supermarkets and some smaller independent stores. In Tesco you can purchase a 200g bag of the mints for £1.39.
The mints themselves are blocked shaped and clear. As soon as you open the mints you can smell a nice sweet minty fragrance. Personally I am not really a big mint fan as I tend to find many far to strong and not in any way enjoyable. But these fox's mints are a quite subtle in their taste and although have a nice fresh mint taste are not overly strong and are also quite sweet.
In my opinion these are classic mints that I think are one of the best tasting available. I always make sure I grab a few of the mints when I leave work and pop them in my pocket and eat them through the week. Not only do I find them handy to use as a quick breath freshener but I also enjoy eating them as an alternative to sweets as they do have quite a sweet flavour and satisfy my sweet cravings. Overall I think these are a classic British mint that will continue to be popular and certainly one that I will continue to enjoy!
If you are looking for an immediate sugar rush and instant feel better, these lumps of sweetness could be your thing!
Be warned... highly delicious! Highly addictive! More sugary than minty! Oh, and if you stuff 2 in your mouth, as lovely as the taste is, it's a huge choking hazard! They aren't the best of sweets to swallow fully by accident so try not to get so addicted, your shovelling 2, or even 3 in your mouth!
If you are looking for something to refresh your breath, these probably aren't the best ' mints' around.
In the past week, I have eaten 2 whole packets. Not good! They keep me going through work though and admittedly I have become somewhat addicted to them (usually when feeling tired). I'm actually not much of a 'mint' fan other than for freshening up breath. Like ive said, these don't really suit that purpose. Infact, they are very mildly minty, (coming from the natural mint oils) and like i've said, taste sweet(due to the sugar and glucose syrup). You do get the odd one or two though that will be much mintier in taste. They are the ones that I tend to have to take out of my mouth after a while, as like I said, I'm not a massive fan of mints!
Watch the ole gnashers! They are a sod to crunch into and actually get stuck in your teeth and can hurt. Suck them for a good 5 mins before even attempting it. Infact, probably best to carry a toothbrush around with you if you are going to become as addicted to them as I have.
There are probably about 30ish individually wrapped sweets in a bag. They cost about £1 which is also good value. I've bought them in many a pound store, and most supermarkets. They seem to be quite a popular mega bag of sweets. Foxes glacier darks are gorgeous as well and there is also a mixed fruit selection.
These sweets contain sulphur dioxide, so some people needing to be additive aware, may not be able to have them. They are suitable for vegetarians though.
They are a big sweet and do hurt if swallowed accidentally. I wouldn't advise you to give them to the under 5's and even with older children, make sure they aren't shovelling them in.
They aren't fabulous for dieters! One serving (six sweets) contains 131 calories, no protein and 32.6g of carbohydrate! Nice on the lips, but llbs on the hips!
I love mints, they make a nice change to chocolate and other sweets and they can help to keep your breath fresh as well especially after a good meal. Like other confectionery there is a lot of choice but a really good well known brand that seems to have been around forever is the Fox's Glacier Mint. The Fox's Glacier is a mint flavoured boiled sweet made with natural mint oils. You do need to be careful when you eat these as they are a hard boiled sweet and so need to be sucked rather than crunched as this could really hurt your teeth.
There are a few ways you can purchase these but the last I saw was a 170g bag for 99 pence. They are presented in a plastic bag which is a very recognisable shade of blue and inside the mints are wrapped individually. I am reliably informed on the reverse of the packaging that 6 sweets contain 131 calories, 26.1 g of sugar but just a trace of fat. If you eat some of these, due to the sugar content you really need to make sure you clean your teeth afterwards if you don't want them to be attacked. It is also made clear that in these mints you will find no artificial colours or flavourings.
Whenever I have eaten Fox's mints I have always found them to be very refreshing and cool in their taste and you can make them last a long time due to how hard they are. They are ideal to take on a long car journey or to suck on whilst sitting somewhere like at the theatre or cinema.
When I'm looking for a hard boiled mint the first one that springs to mind is 'the one with the polar bear on'. That polar bear is synonymous with the best hard boiled mints and so it is always the one I will look for. That polar bear represents Foxes Glacier Mints.
The mints come in a large blue packet with the famous Foxes fox on the front, along with the giant label describing what is inside. Inside you will find the smaller mints individually wrapped in their easy to open (and surprisingly non-sticky in hot weather) wrappers.
The mints are clear and look like small rectangular ice cubes although as they are hard boiled sweets they last a lot longer in your mouth! They are very strong minty tasting, but not overpowering like some other mint sweets can be (Trebor XXX and those disastrous Wrigley's acid tabs spring to mind). Foxes glacier mint's flavours come from natural mint oils and are, as indicated on the packet, suitable for vegetarians.
One problem I have found with the sweets is their availability, I could not find them at all in Asda (I even had two kind members of staff helping me look) neither could I find them in a number of smaller newsagents. I did eventually find them in Home Bargains however for less than 70p per packet (or two for £1).
Although I do enjoy these mints on their own, and have recently tried to keep a couple in my car, they are also excellent to put into a litre of Vodka and leave them to dissolve. The next day's result is a tasty Vodka shot which always goes down well at parties (although make sure you put the right number of mints in as too many can be as bad as too little, I recommend about 7 per litre).
Fox's glacier mints were invented by a guy called Eric Fox, and they were first produced back in 1918.
The mints themselves come in a pack very similar to the one on here. Fox's also do similar boiled sweets, but instead of Mint, they do fruit and also aniseed and liqourice.
For those of you who are a bit older you may remember the advert in the eighties of a fox and polar bear. The polar bear would always be sitting on a glacier mint.
The mints themselves come in a lovely Royal Blue packet, with a picture of a bear, standing on a mint. It also boasts that they are made by Fox'a and that they are suitable for vegetarians.
Upon opening the packet you are met by about 30 individually wrapped mints. They are rectangular in shape and have a twisted end on each wrapper. I often find upon opening the wrappers that the boiled mints are quite sticky, until you put them in your mouth. They are then quite smooth and usually take about 10 minutes to suck one. Although if you decide to crunch them, it will take a lot less.
I don't find them very strong in taste. In fact they are quite relaxing to suck. This may be because they are made from natural mint oils. When you get near to the end they can become quite sharp so be careful. For every six you eat it will set you back about 131 calories. They are also stacked with carbohydrates. 97.8g per 100g to be precise. So it may be bearing in mind if you are trying to watch your wait. The calories will soon stack up!!
Each 200g packet costs about £1.00 to buy. The sweet contains sulphur dioxide, which is worth bearing in mind, if you have an allergy.
Overall I would recommend these nice refreshing clear mints. I don't allow my five year old to have them, but his older sisters do, and they love them as well.
I am one of those people who always likes to have a mint or something in my bag, this is especially the case when I am travelling as I get a bit travel sick. Fox's Glacier Mints are my all time favourite.
~ The packaging ~
In a rectangular blue bag with Fox's emblazoned across the middle and the Fox's logo above it. The logo is of a mint with a white polar bear on it stating "clearly a better mint" above the bear.
Although the design is rather simple, nothing too fancy I feel it always stands out and is recognisable.
~ Price and availability ~
I have found these lovely mints in all supermarkets I have tried to find them in and newsagents. Priced at around £1 with buy one get one free or sometimes half price offers on these are affordable.
~ About Fox's ~
On the back of the packet it claims:
"Back in 1897 the Fox family started producing sweets. Eric Fox first established Fox's Glacier Mints in 1918. Their sweets, plus delicious new varieties, are still being produced under the watchful eye of 'Peppy' the UK's favourite polar bear."
~ What are Glacier Mints? ~
These are mints individually wrapped in blue paper. The bag is 200g.
They taste refreshing and help me greatly on long car journeys. I always have these in my bag to freshen my mouth after lunch at work or just to suck on during the day as they are so tasty.
Made using natural mint oils and no artificial colours, these are a winner for me.
~ Nutritional value ~
(Per serving = 6 sweets)
> 131 calories
> Nil protein
> 32.6g carbohydrate
> Trace of fat.
~ Ingredients ~
>flavouring (0.1% natural mint oils)
~ Allergy advice ~
May contain traces of nuts.
~ Other products in the Fox's range ~
> Glacier fruits
> Glacier dark
> Liquorice and aniseed flavour.
~ Contact Fox's ~
PO Box 6455
~ My overall verdict ~
I love these mints. I find they are great value for money. Popular amongst those I know, lots of people have brought these after trying mine. Nice mint taste, natural and not too sweet. I like the fact there is no artificial flavours. I really like these and never go without them.
Thank you for reading my review, I hope it has been helpful.
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It still disappoints me that they don't come in the shape of a polar bear. Think of how many kids would get into mints at a much earlier age if they were shaped like bears. A missed marketing opportunity I feel. Nonetheless, the adult mints do sell well and remain a tried and tested brand in our house.
The great thing about mints is, they freshen breath, they're not especially bad for you and they are also a convenient little snack which I find helps to curb hunger for an hour or so. The Fox's mints come in bags and usually you get a good amount of mints per pack, I would hazard between thirty and forty mints. Often on offer, you can sometimes get two bags for a cut price deal in supermarkets.
The mints are rounded, smooth, sensual to touch and you could stroke one for a while before popping it into the mouth. I love the icy cool sugary shell which slowly dissolves into a carefree bliss on the tongue before gently unleashing a genial mint flavour. The mint essence dances on the tastebuds like fairies around a bonfire and toys with you for a few minutes before letting go and leaving your mouth feeling crisp and airy. I usually have one or two in a go and then return to the bag in an hour or so when the mouth needs a second outing.
A bag should cost somewhere around the pound mark, but prices vary. More satisfying than Polo mints and good for car journeys, cinema trips and also useful to have in a kitchen drawer. It would be good to see them make different minty flavours though, maybe spearmint or mint chocolate would go down a treat.
It's weird because I've spent most of my life disliking these Glacier Mints but since I had a few about 6 months ago I've started liking them big time.
For me Fox's Glacier Mints aren't something I eat because they taste amazing but they freshen my breath better than most other mints and also last soooooo long that I reckon you could make one of these last all day if you had the patience not to crunch it! lol
The name Glacier Mints suits them big time because they look like little ice cubes, they've got a lovely look to them and are kind of see through like an ice cube would be.
When you put one if your mouth you might feel a bit under whelmed because it takes a few sucks for the minty flavour to start coming through properly but when it does it's a gorgeous taste. They're not majorly minty tasting but have got a kind of sweet mint that is completely different from any other mints... it's proper hard to describe actually because mint is mint at the end of the day but these ones have got a lovely sweet flavour that goes nice with the mint.
Like I said these are brill for freshening your breath after you've had a snidey curry or something, my dad also swears by them after his lunch break when he's on a job because they help hide the smell of fags off his breath.
Fox's Glacier Mints come in bags like you can see in the photo Dooyoo have got up, in the shop by me you can also get fruity sweets and something called Glacier Dark Mints but I've got no idea what they are. A 200g bag usually costs between 99p and about £1.50 and the sweets are all wrapped individual inside the bag, that's better because they've got a bit of a sticky feel to them and if they wasn't wrapped up then they would deffo stick together and that wouldn't be very good because you'd never break them apart! lol
Recommended.... delish mints that I wish I'd eaten more of!!!
You learn something new everyday...
There was I , innocently sucking a Fox's Glacier Mint, casually glancing at the info on the pack and there it was...
The Fox's polar bear is called "Peppy". I always thought he looked like a Dave, but there you go.
Anyway, I'd not had a glacier mint in a long time. They were always my parents choice of sucky sweet for long car journeys and I guess that as a young man they just weren't rock n roll enough for me. Now a few years has passed, add a couple of kids and a mid life crisis due any minute and low and behold, I'm buying mints.
As far as mints go, and I'm no expert, but these are not really all that minty. They have a more subtle flavour, which I presume comes from the use of natural mint oils. They still have that wonderful smooth feel in the mouth, but I have to admit that I try to avoid crunching as crowns are expensive to replace and you can feel like you have a mouthful of broken glass. Still, they last longer if you just suck them.
I recently purchased two 170g bags for £1.00. One for the car and one for my desk draw. You get approx 30 sweets per bag, so they last for a while. There are also two other slightly more exciting options in the range. Fox's Glacier Fruits & Fox's Glacier Dark. I have also purchased these under the two for a pound offer and hopefully I'll review them soon.
Overall my view on these minty sweets is that they are still ideal for the long car journey or for getting rid of a nasty taste in the mouth. Although I don't think they are up to the job of masking the fact that you've had onion or garlic at lunchtime. They are though a good old fashioned sucky sweet with a sense of quality, tradition and of course, a polar bear named "Peppy".
I always like to have a packet of mints in my car, as I am often out and about at meetings with work and find having a packet of mints is always handy, especially if you have had something a bit spicy for lunch. My need for a new packet of mints is how I came to purchase the Fox's Glacier Mints.
Fox's state that "Back in 1897 the Fox family started producing sweets. Eric Fox first established Fox's Glacier Mints in 1918. Their sweets, plus delicious new varieties, are sill being produced under the watchful eye of 'Peppy' the UK's favourite polar bear. "
The packet says that these mints are "clearly a better mint!" I'm not sure that I totally agree with this statement. Having not had this make of mint for a while I was a little shocked and disappointed by the lack of mintyness in them. The mint taste is really quite subtle. I'm pretty sure they didn't used to be that weak in flavour. My memories of them was that they were a stronger flavoured mint.
If you are looking for something to freshen your breath or give you a really mint taste I would not recommend these.
I do have another problem with them, when they get hot they get super sticky and it becomes almost impossible to get them out of their rapper without getting your fingers in a right sticky mess. I found this out because the packet of mints where in my glove box and it must get warm in there when the blowers are on, when I came to get one out of the packet I got in a right mass as the outsides of the mints had melted, so they ended up in the bin!
The mints are made with natural mint oils, so maybe that is why they are not very strong in flavour, and they also don't contain any artificial colours or flavours.
Ingredients: Glucose Syrup, Sugar, Flavouring (0.1% natural mint oils).
The packet also comes with the warning that they may contain traces of nuts.
Each serving (based on 6 sweets) contains 131Kcal, with 100g containing 392Kcal.
Overall I was disappointed in the lack of mint flavour in these sweets.
Foxes Glacier Mints have been around for a very very long time. I can remember TV ads showing a polar bear floating around on an ice cube- which with global warming turned out to be sadly very prophetic.
The company having been trading in sweets since 1897, started making these mints in 1918. PEPPY the polar bear has been floating on one ever since then and so you have to admire his stamina.
200g of Foxes Glacier mints are sold in my local Sainsbury's at £1.25 per pack- but I don't think I have ever paid that, as they are invariably on offer-buy one get one free. buy two for two pounds or, as with my current pack 50% extra free.
As I said I remember these mints from when I was small, but I had long since filed them in the past until I got tummy trouble. When you have digestion problems, one of the recommendations is to take peppermint oil. Now that is fine when you are at home, but not when you are out and feel the need.
So I looked around for a mint flavoured sweet, I doubted they would be much good medicinally, but hoped for the placebo effect.
But I found these and these mints do contain natural mint oils, albeit only 1%, the other ingredients, (none of which are artificial), are glucose syrup and sugar.
For people who need to be additive aware the glucose syrup contains sulphur dioxide. They are suitable for vegetarians.
One serving, which is six sweets, contains 131 calories, no protein and 32.6g of carbohydrate.
I keep them in a jar in the kitchen, and also as they are individually wrapped, I have a few in my purse- for when the urge hits me.
I have not only used them when my insides are playing up, but also find they are good when you are traveling. They are also excellent at warding of hunger pangs.
The pack I just bought has a best before date a year ahead, so you could afford to empty a pack into your sweetie jar without fear that any would be wasted.
There is nothing clever about this sweet- it is a boiled sweet that tastes of mint- not weak not strong- just a good quality and flavoursome mint.
Fox's Glacier Mints are one of those 'sweets' that seem to have been around for ages. I remember them when I was a kid, as well as the various different other companies who have produced something similar.
The mints are basically small, oblong hard, boiled sweets, which have a smooth exterior that is ever so slightly see through. It's almost like you can see the mint being infused into the sweet. Each sweet is individually wrapped, and once you unwrap them (which is very easy to do) and pop them in your mouth, you do get an instant mint flavour coming through. A lot of similar sweets either have a bit of a fabricated taste, or the mint doesn't come through until you make inroads into the outer hard shell of the sweet.
The sweet is hard all the way through, and the mint flavour sticks with it right to the end, as well. The sweets are made with natural mint oils, and this, I feel, does help retain the flavour all the way through to the end. I find myself biting down on them and cracking them. This is not an advised way to eat them as it can damage your teeth, but I just can't help it. Perhaps I'm an impatient sweet eater, and just want the thing to melt in my mouth.
The flavours mean that it also acts to freshen your breath. The sweets would be good for older kids, but not so for younger ones, as they could easily choke, as the sweet stays rock hard all the way through. There's quite a high sugar content, so don't eat too many at once. A 200g packet of these is likely to cost you around the £1 mark, depending on where you shop, and this is quite good value. Some places often have them on a 2 for 1 or buy one get one half price, which makes them even better value.
Either way, I recommend these. They'r refreshing and minty as well as being sweet and tasty, and are a nice bag of mints to have with you. Recommended.
Fox Glacier Mints are delicious sweets, which are always great to have. They come in a 200g blue packet and are available at Tesco, Asda and Sainsburys for around £1.05. You can even get a 2 for 1 deal at Tesco currently.
The packet is bright blue and has the large 'Fox's' logo with 'Glacier Mints' underneath in white writing. Their description - 'made with natural mint oils' is very believable as the mints have an authentic and delicious minty flavour. The logo for the mints is a polar bear standing on an ice cube, which is significant as the mints are shaped like mini ice cubes.
The mints come individually wrapped in paper within the packet. They are translucent so you can slightly see through them and they look like cute mini ice cubes. The wrappers are easy to undo and they have a smooth texture.
When you pop one in your mouth, you will notice a rather smooth texture and subtle mint flavour, which becomes a bit more intense and predominant over time. They have a very cool flavour, which isn't too strong. They will freshen your breathe up at the same time and taste delicious so make great sweets as a treat. They are ok for kids as they aren't very large but they aren't chewy either. They are hard mints so can be sucked and will last a while. They aren't expensive whatsoever and I'd highly recommend them as they have a delicious flavour.
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The other day , I was at my local newsagents looking at the magazine rack when I fancied something to chew on...yet I wasn't that hungry. I glanced at the 'bags-of-sweets-section' and my eyes were snatched by a red and white sign which sat brightly by the Fox Mints. "Buy One Get One Free" it clearly read. The offer could not have come at a better time. I happily grabbed two bags from the shelf and took them to the counter along with my magazine.
I have always loved Fox's Glacier Mints , however they were not something I bought on a regular basis. Yes..I loved them...but it wasn't something I considered I couldn't live without and therefore they became somewhat of an occasional treat. So to experience the taste of these mints after a long time was great!
Fox's mints come in a dark blue packet. The design consists of a polar bear standing on an iceberg...no wait...the polar bear is standing on a Fox mint. The words 'Clearly A Better Mint' surrounds the bear on his Fox 'Iceberg' Mint , along with the reassurance that the mints do not contain artificial colours nor artifical flavours. Beneath the polar bear reads 'Fox's ' in a large white font in capital letters. In a less bolder white font are the words 'Glacier Mints' and beneath this reads 'Made With Natural Mint Oils'.
I like this design ; although it is simple it is definitely effective. It caught my eye straight away. Also, the dark blue design is one of my favourite colours too. There isn't much to the front design , but as I turn the packet around , I am faced with a fair amount of information ; Information on how Fox's Glacier Mints came about , as well as the usuals ; Ingredients list and Nutritional content.
I open the packet...I must say with slight difficulty as it does require an amount of 'tugging' and therefore would be a difficult task for children. As I look into the bag I can see that each mint is individually wrapped in a blue wrapper similar to that on the packet. I think this attractive wrapper is what gives the mint it's 'rich' look.
The mint is a smooth square-ish shape and clear. So clear you can see through it! Each mint is approximately 2 cm long and 1cm wide. It's making my mouth water just looking at it. There is no smell to the mint...so now I think it is time I tasted it. I pop it in my mouth. A 'Soft' pleasant , minty flavour surrounds my taste buds. The flavour is not too strong yet not too weak. It is just perfect. I don't know what it is about these mints but I have never tasted a mint like it. They are unique in their own little individual way.
* Ingredients *
Glucose Syrup (contains Sulphur Dioxide), Sugar , Flavouring (0.1% natural mint oils *
* Nutritional Content (Per serving (6 sweets) *
131 - Calories
Nil - Protein
32.6g - Carbohydrate
Trace - Fat
Considering the sweets aren't that big , they contain a large amount of calories and therefore are not the ideal sweet to eat regulary. There is also a large amount of carbohydrates and sugar which means they aren't that good for your teeth , but they will provide you with a high amount of energy , although it's likely to be a quick fix which will then leave you feeling tired.
Unfortunately if you have a nut allergy then these mints are not suitable for you as they 'may contain traces of nuts'.
I bought my two 200g Packets of Mints from my local newsagents for £1.29 which suggests that they were a really good bargain. However , for those of you who do not live near my local newsagents , I have done some research :
The average price for the mints is approximately £1.20 and you can buy them from most supermarkets , newsagents and places such as Woolworths and Pound Stretcher.
These mints are perfect for long journeys however they are quite 'slippery' and therefore I would not recommend them to children in case they choke on them. Overall , these mints are great tasting and at a great price too!
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