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      26.01.2012 00:18
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      Great sweets at cheap price

      I had never eaten these sweets before even though anything sweet I normally cannot resist! But after my sister brought some home and let me try one, I loved them. Not only did the sweets look bright and colourful but so did the packaging!

      The products themselves come within a wrapped tube of foil within a bright coloured piece of packaging with various fruits surrounding it. Usually they are around 45p at a corner shop or you can get a pack of four for about £1.20 in supermarkets I have found. This is a great price as you really do get value within these sweets even though they are quite cheap.

      Within a pack, you get around 15 sweets and there are three different flavours which are orange, strawberry and lemon. Although the flavours are not really that different from each other when you eat them in succession, there are slight differences you can taste. Normally the tastes of the sweets are quite strong to, leaving a fruity taste for up to twenty minutes after you eat them.

      Although there aren't a lot of flavours like Fruit Pastilles or Starbursts, these sweets are still equally as nice. The texture of them isn't too bad either, as there is a hard shell on the outside if you like chewy sweets, or you can choose to just let them melt over time for longer lasting sweets.

      I would recommend these sweets to anyone really, as they are so tasty and chewy that you'll be addicted to them from the moment you eat just one. The only thing that is annoying is you'll want to eat them so much they'll be gone quickly!

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      08.01.2010 11:04
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      All in review now the choice is up to you

      Before I bought these I had never seen them before, up until my friends daughter was eating them. Not being able to resist (sweets, chocolate, and crisp are my weakness) I asked if I could try one which after much persuasion she agreed but in the condition that I had the orange one. After tasting it I straight away wanted another but seen as they were not mine I held back until I got a shop to buy a packet.




      ~*~*~*~The Product~*~*~*~

      It comes in a foiled wrapped tube to keep the sweets fresh with a thin layer of paper over the top of it advertising the sweets.

      I am not going to tell you all what is on the outside of the of the wrapper as lets me honest here... you can already see it so I am not going to bore you with writing the pointless information down.]

      The sweets are quite hard so be careful not to chip or break a tooth. I haven't done this yet but I tend to suck on mine till it goes soft before I bite into it a soft, chewy, mouth watering flavours are revealed. A nice and refreshing taste is left in your mouth for good 20 minutes after.

      Now these sweets are slightly different from others as when you open the packet there are only three flavours Orange, Strawberry, and Lemon. A little disappointed at first but one I tried them the disappointment lifted a little. Each flavour was equally as yummy as each other, the are all not all the strong in flavour but very mouth watering and leave you wanting more. They are also refreshing at leave you with a nice taste in your mouth.

      I paid 35 pence for a packet of these sweet which I bought from ASDA but you can find them anywhere in most supermarket shops and you will find them in the sweet section.





      ~*~*~*~Any Bad Points?~*~*~*~

      Yes there is a down side to this product. I was kind of annoyed that there were only 15 sweets in the packet. Not very much for the money which is a let down but still a nice sweet.





      ~*~*~*~My Opinion~*~*~*~

      I would buy these again and have done since I first tried them but slightly disappointed for reasons which I have stated as above. Considering all of this I would rate then a 3 out of 5 and would recommend them but is up to you after you have read this review. They are worth a try.

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        01.01.2010 11:01
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        All in review -------- Make your own mind up

        I first came across these sweet/mints when my Papa was in the hospital. He has been complaining of needing a little taste in his mouth as he never eaten the cooked meals the cook at the hospital makes didn't blame him to be honest. So apart from drinking the jug of water my Papa no wonder my Papa was needing a little taste in his mouth.

        My Auntie had taken him a few packets on one of her visits. I had never seen them before and hinted at my Papa to try one, he said to help myself which really was the worst thing to do they are so Moorish and before I knew the packet was gone and I had let my Papa with no sweets, so I had to go down the little shop at the bottom of the hospital to replace them. Ooooppppssssss.



        Firstly there are three different flavours of the sweets you can get but today I am going to review the fruit flavoured ones. They come in a packet of 15 sweets. They wrapped with foil on the inside to keep the sweets fresh for longer. The packaging is very bright and attractive. It features the three different coloured Mentos that's included in the packet behind the actual logo. The logo is in bold blue writing and stands out with a white surrounding. Above and below the logo to the left it says 'chewy sweets'.



        And now for the taste of the wonderful mouth watering sweets:

        The pink one resembles strawberry and tastes very fruity. The initial flavour is quite bland but as soon as you start chewing, a strawberry sensation fills your mouth.

        The orange ones resembles well.... orange obviously. The flavour is quite subtle and sweet and leaves a refreshing taste in your mouth.

        The yellow ones resemble lemon and have a nice refreshing lemony taste.



        Ok so there aren't a lot of flavours compared to like Fruit pastels but the flavours just taste amazing in your mouth that it doesn't really bother me if I'm honest. The texture of the sweets has a smooth but hard shell on the outside and chewy on the inside.



        My opinion:
        They are irresistible to chew as it gives off a more intense flavour and the texture is to die for! Once you start chewing, they are gone within seconds, which is a bit annoying. You can easily go through a pack in a few minutes which my poor Papa soon found out.

        When I went to replace the sweets at the hospital they cost me 69 pence which is just shocking for 15 sweets. I have found them in ASDA for 40 pence a packet or you can buy a pack of three for £1. I think you would agree that it is much better value buying them this way.
        I would rate this product a 10 out of 10 and would highly recommend that you try them even if it is just for a little treat if like me you enjoy them every time you see them in the supermarket you will pick a packet up.



        I would just like to take the time to thank you for taking some of your time to read my review. I hope it was of some use to you.

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          13.12.2009 15:11
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          This is meant to chewed; not to be sucked.

          I chewed Mentos Mint in the past and I liked the taste so when I saw this Mentos Fruit in a corner store's shelf, I bought a packet of strawberry flavour for 45p.

          The Packaging

          The packet has 15 sweets (the label describes them as draggees) and each sweet weights about 2.7 grams. The glossy wrapper still resembles Mentos Mint classic but it is quite colourful with pink and red strawberry prints. Next to the wrapper is a silver foil to keep the candies' freshness. The sweets can be easily slid out from the roll with my thumb as they are wrapped in single pile.

          Nutritional Facts (1 piece)

          Calories-- 10
          Total Fat-- 0.01g
          Cholesterol-- 0mg
          Sodium-- 1.08mg
          Potassium-- 0.27mg
          Total Carbohydrate-- 2.51g
          Sugar-- 1.91g
          Other Carbohydrate-- 0.6g
          Protein-- 0g


          The candy

          Each Mentos Fruit strawberry candy has pinkish thin shell and shaped like flattened round. The inner core is a soft candy. When I bite it, the outer shell gets crunchy and my teeth easily get through the soft inner core. The taste is soury-sweet strawberry. The sour taste stings my tongue a little bit but the sweetness is quite good. It seems like a chewing gum at first but the soft candy actually melts in the mouth in about 2 minutes of chewing it. . The candy disintegrates in my mouth whilst some small pieces stick on my teeth leaving my tongue with a cleaning job to do after chewing.

          It makes my breath smell sweet and clean especially during dry-mouth times when I can't seem to open my mouth for about 3 hours which makes my breath prone to 'nasty' smell. This is a good candy but I'm knocking off 1 star on my rating due to the stingy sour taste (some may like the taste much though) and due to small pieces of the candy sticking to my teeth.

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            25.06.2009 11:54
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            Worth your 50p.

            Mentos fruit sweets are one of my favourite treats. I'll often buy a pack at lunch time and munch through them during the afternoon at work. They last a bit longer than something soft like wine gums as they are quite chewy and take longer to get through!

            A pack of about 15 sweets costs around 50p, so they aren't cheap, but they are lovely and well worth it. They are packaged in a traditional paper sleeve with a foil wrap inside around the sweets. The paper sleeve is brightly cloured and very eye catching and thee foil inside is bright pink. It's easy to ger the sweets out of thew wrapper and the traditional paper and foil packaging is appealing.

            The sweets themselves come in 3 colours and flavours; pink (strawberry) orange (orange) and yellow (lemon) They are approximately 1.5 cm across and are round. Each one is encased in a sugar shell with a chewy centre. The flavours are really nice and quite tangy, and they are just chewy enough, not too much so as they damage your teeth!

            The only negative aspect of these sweets is the ingredients they contain. They have a few E numbers and also contain hydrogenated vegetable oil....and of course lots of sugar! They are something to have once in a while, rather than every day.

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              08.06.2009 00:25
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              tasty sweets

              Mentos are chewy fruity sweets which have been around since whenever. Each pack of mentos comes with 14 individual sweets. The sweets come in three colours (yellow, orange and pink). I prefer the pink ones as they have a better and unique taste compared to the other two colours. The sweets are easy to chew on thought they are crispy on the outside. Once you dig your teeth into them, the chewiness will begin. It takes me less than two minutes to finish one little sweet. Overall, the mentos sweets do taste great although they leave you feeling thirsty.


              I normally buy a packet of 5 from my local market for only a £1 which i think is very cheap, not sure how much they cost in the big supermakerts, but it will be around that price. You can also buy individual packs possibly from corner shops if you don;t fancy buying a pack of five (but buying a pack of five is going to be cheaper. The sweets are well packaged and very easy to open, you wouldn't miss em on the store shelf as they have mentos written on them in big bold words.


              The disadvantages of these sweets are that they don't actually mention the calories of the sweets on the package. Therefore, you don't actually know how much you should eat a day. But whenever I buy a pack of five I always scoff them within two days. I know it's bad for my teeth, as mentos are chewy sweets therefore are likely to stick onto my teeth when chewed (Which does happen a lot). The only way to avoid the sweets from sticking onto your teeth is to suck the sweets, but I wouldn't recommend this as it will take you ages to finish one little sweet.


              Overall I would recommend the sweets, they are really good when you are on the go and could be a good treat too. For those on a strict diet, you might not want to scoff these yet, as the calories are not mentioned but I think they could be a lot of calories as they are a lot of different ingredients in the sweets which only means bad news (they are not pure fruit sweets). The expiry date on these sweets are pretty good, the sweets last at least a year, so for those whom would rather suck the sweets rather than chew you've got a whole year to finish sucking on them.


              ==Note==

              ---I heard that you shouldn't eat these with coca-cola or pepsi because it will cause some chemical reaction in your stomach. I haven't really tried it myself as I am scared of what would actually happen. If anyone tries it, let us know.

              ---Because these sweets are chewy they get stuck to your teeth, therefore if you are clever you'd brush your teeth afterwards.

              ---They also come in different flavours e.g. mint

              ---They also come as sugar free

              ---They can be bought from supermarkets and corner shops.

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                19.02.2009 23:41
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                An all together great chewy sweet

                Mentos fruits are small circular flattish (like a compressed ball) sweets with a crunchy outer shell and chewy fruity centre.

                They can be found in long tubes at many food stores, perhaps more commonly in sweet shops etc. I don't really tend to see them at many supermarkets but then again I probably miss them. Each tube has around 15 individual sweets in them and cost around anything between 60-90 pence a tube.

                Depending on what flavour you buy will produce a different type of taste, by this i mean some being more sour, sweet than others. Ie i find the pple flavour to be quite sour whereas strawberry is much sweeter. However all mentos fruit flavour give this cool, refreshing taste which goes great if you havn't eaten anything in a while. There are also mint mentos available. Mentos are best to be chewed, sucking them could perhaps be a little difficult and you may end up swallowing it accidently.

                The packaging varies for each flavour and is always clear and neatly wrapped. The mentos are covered inside a foil wrapping which itself is withing a paper wrapping with pictures of mentos on the outside. Ingredients vary depending on the flavour however I can tell you that they do contain sugar, citric acid, sucrose, natural and atrificial flavours and colours and gelatine, aswell as other more minor ingredients. I believe that they are free of E numbers. There are also sugar free mentos available.

                Mentos are an excellent, refreshing chewy fruit sweet and are sure to leave your mouth watering. They are small enough to be carrying in a pocket or handbag and do not spoil if opened and then left for a couple days.

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                  Very nice fruity sweets but a bit expensive and the pack of 15 can be eaten in minutes!

                  I really love mentos fruits, because they give a good selection of some really fruity sweets. They come in a tube of 15 sweets. The tube is well-wrapped with foil on the inside to insulate the sweets. This is undone at one end to get the sweets out, which are easily pushed out.

                  The packaging itself is very bright and attractive. It features the three different coloured mentos behind the actual logo. The logo is in bold blue writing and stands out with a white surrounding. Above and below the logo to the left it says 'chewy sweets'. To the right of the packet, the design changes to a blend of fruity colours that bring to mind a banana and peach along with more fruits - these colours are just a rough blend and hard to make out but bring fruit to mind - a clever design when you look at it. Round the side, you will find all the ingredients and information you need.

                  Opening the packet is pretty easy. The sweets slide out one by one very easily. They are UFO-shaped and come in three different colours:

                  Red
                  Orange
                  Yellow

                  The red one resembles strawberry and tastes very fruity. The initial flavour is quite bland but as soon as you start chewing, a strawberry sensation fills your mouth. The orange ones resemble oranges quite obviously. The flavour is initially quite subtle and sweet - perhaps my favourite in the packet. The yellow ones seem to resemble lemon and have a similar taste to the orange ones but more lemony. The range of flavours isn't great, but there are quite a few.

                  The texture of the sweets is smooth on the outside and chewy on the inside. They have some kind of powdery stuff and give a white effect if you bite them in half. They have some kind of chemicals in them, which are very reactive with those in Coca Cola - especially diet coke. If you drop a mento in some coke, it will create a fountain. What's worse is when you drop one in and manage to close the lid. Shaking it and smashing it onto the ground/throwing it will cause an explosion and the bottle will go flying off - quite dangerous but sometimes it has rebounded and hit people in the face...or crutch! Very funny to watch on YouTube, but be aware! They have no smell really.

                  I bought my packet for 45p, which I thought was quite expensive for a pack of 15 sweets. However, they are very nice and lovely to chew. They are irresistible to chew as it gives off a more intense flavour and the texture is to die for! Once you start chewing, they are gone within seconds, which is a bit annoying. You can easily go through a pack in a few minutes! They are nicer than the other flavours in the way you get a variety of flavour sweets in the packet giving a tropical effect. I would recommend you try them out and see what you think!

                  Thanks for reading,

                  - Recon -

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                    26.11.2007 10:41
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                    A fruity chewy sweet, but mind your teeth.

                    Do you ever feel the need for something sweet? Well I do occasionally, whilst in town recently, I had got most of my shopping but forgot my husbands paper, needing something sweet to eat I popped into the newsagents and browsed the shelves for something to catch my eye. The shelves were fairly empty and there was nothing I really fancied so I thought I would be good and resist. I picked up the newspaper and went to pay. There on the counter was a small three tiered rack, stacked up with these sweets called Mentos. There was only fruit or mint to choose from, deciding on something with a bit of variety I thought I would opt for the fruit option.

                    >> Wrapping

                    The sweets come in a small flip-top box, which is initially covered in a thin clear cellophane, when you open the box, you get a faint fruity smell, You see the fruity sweets loosely inside.

                    The box contains lots of information regarding the product, obviously if you're a child; you rush straight into it, tear off the plastic and the lid and devour the sweets inside. The bright pink box contains the word 'Mentos' which is written in dark blue lower case lettering, and runs diagonally across the box, from bottom to top. Under this is the word 'sugarfree', in italic green.

                    Above the word 'mentos' in small writing is the term 'chewy dragees' which sound a bit unusual, and would need to be checked out.

                    Taken from www.askoxford.com
                    dragée
                    /draa&ulzh;ay/
                    * noun 1 a sweet consisting of a centre covered with a coating, such as a sugared almond. 2 a small silver ball for decorating a cake.
                    -- ORIGIN French, from Old French dragie (see DREDGE2).

                    >> What's inside?

                    I couldn't wait to try one, so I tore off the cellophane and lifted the lid, and found a hard small circular orange sweet on the top. It was slightly rounded on the top and bottom. Imagine if it was a ball and you squashed it slightly, well that's the shape you would get.

                    After taking out the orange one there was a dark pink one after that, There are no flavours listed on the packaging so, I'm assuming at this stage that orange = orange flavour, I opened the rest of the pack and found more dark pinks and some light pink ones too. Actually I'm disappointed the whole pack contains 15 sweets, out of these there are 8 dark pink, which could be strawberry. 6 light pink which I'm assuming are raspberry and only 1 lonesome orange. I know its pot luck what you get, but come on, a bit more variety would be nice!!

                    >> The sweet

                    You pop the sweet into your mouth and instantly feel that the coating is firm, and smooth, you can take one of two options, chew through the hard casing to find the chewy bit in the middle or suck for a while to soften the outer casing then chew. I personal prefer to chew from the start. When you first pop the sweet in your mouth you don't get any instant flavour, that only comes when you bite through it. Trying the light pink first, I found that this was actually strawberry, it's not a strong taste, just gentle and delicious

                    I tried the dark pink one next and tried sucking at it first. But the urge takes over, (just like you get with fruit pastilles) and you find yourself chewing. With this one I got the taste of cherry. I didn't expect that flavour, but found it pleasant. It's not an overly strong taste but stronger than the strawberry.

                    As I only have 1 orange, I wanted to leave it to last, but I also wanted to try it and let you know what its like. Orange: there is some flavour as soon as you put it in your mouth. When you bite through, you can definitely taste orange, but just like the strawberry one, its not a strong taste.

                    >> Opinion

                    With all the flavours, you can't just chew a few times, it states on the pack that they are chewy and they got that right. You can't compare it to toffee, it won't, well hopefully won't pull and fillings out, but you do need to chew for a bit before you swallow.

                    This is definitely not a sweet you can eat 2 of at the same time, I wouldn't say they are moreish, you could easily eat a few, then leave them, to have another later. Although I did enjoy eating trying these sweets they are not something I would rush out and buy again. There is so much selection out there and others sweets which I have tried before come higher up on my list. I may be tempted to buy them again if I found other flavours, or there wasn't much else to choose from. I may try the mint variety, as I'm often eating other mints or gum, but won't go out of my way to buy them.

                    Although these sweets are sugar free, I could still taste the sweetness of them, which probably comes from the sweetner 'Xylitol'

                    Taken from 'Wikipedia'
                    Xylitol, also called wood sugar or birch sugar, is a five-carbon sugar alcohol that is used as a sugar substitute. Xylitol is a naturally occurring sweetener found in the fibers of many fruits and vegetables, including various berries, corn husks, oats, and mushrooms. Xylitol is roughly as sweet as sucrose but with two-thirds the food energy.

                    >> Cost

                    I paid 59p for this pack, I'm not sure how this compares to other places, as I haven't seen them around before, but then I haven't been looking for them. To me this a fairly high price for a small box (32g) of sweets, especially when you can buy a tube, like 'Soft Fruits' which are similar in style, at a cheaper price.

                    >> Ingredients

                    Sweeteners (Isomalt, Maltitol Syrup, Xylitol (13%), Mannitol, Sorbitol, Sucralose), Hydrogenated Vegetable Oil, Bulking Agent (Polydextrose), Gelling Agent (Gum Arabic), Acid (Citric Acid), Gelatine, Emulsifiers (Mono- and Diglycerides of Fatty Acids, Sucrose Esters of Fatty Acids), Dextrin, Flavourings, Colours (Titanium Dioxide, Paprika Extract, Carmine, Beta-Carotene), Glazing Agents (Carnauba Wax, Beeswax, Shellac)

                    >> Company behind them

                    They are bought to us by a company called 'Perfetti van Melle'
                    PO BOX 3000 - 4800
                    DA BREDA
                    HOLLAND

                    You can find out more about their range of sweets from www.mentos.com

                    When I searched this product on the internet, and found their website I thought I would have a browse to see what flavours/other products they make. I was surprised to see that they have quite a range of flavours, including strawberry, spearmint, and liquorice in standard tube packs. Yoghurty peach, cherry and mint, sugar free sweets, and chewing and bubble gum. As I have never heard of these before, I was surprised to see such a range of products, now I know about them, I'm sure I will probably find them all over the place.

                    The website also contains games you can play, which could keep your children, or yourselves entertained for a little while.

                    Also during my search I read about the science experiment you can do with the 'mint mentos' and diet coke;

                    Taken from Wikipedia;
                    A Diet Coke and Mentos eruption (also known as a Mentos eruption, soda geyser or just Diet Coke and Mentos) is a reaction between Mentos candy and cola. The experiment involves dropping several Mentos candies (usually 5-8) into a bottle of diet cola, (note: normal cola can still be used), resulting in an eruption occurring because of rapidly expanding carbon dioxide bubbles on the surface of the Mentos. Producing the reaction has become a popular science experiment and an Internet meme, with videos of Mentos eruptions and even Mentos performance art pieces being posted on sites like Google Video and YouTube.

                    Obviously you won't get the same effect from the fruit sweets, but sounds exciting if you wish to try the mint ones.

                    One thing to be aware of with these sweets, is that if you do enjoy them and eat lots, it may produce a laxative effect, this is caused by the types of ingredients used to make them.

                    Overall, I found them pleasant; they gave me a sweet snack, when I needed it, but in future I would probably go in search of something else. If anyone offered me one, I wouldn't turn them down.

                    Thank you for reading

                    Nicola 26/11/07

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                      02.11.2007 10:50
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                      Cheap affordable chewy sweets

                      I always carry something to chew in my handbag and it differs from cherry drops, soft mints to my new favourite Mentos depending on what is available in my local shop as I pass it on my way to work. Never being one to pass up the opportunity to try something new recently I decided to change from my usual brand of fruity Mentos and dabbled with the sugar free version. Less sugar equals healthier surely, which in turn means more benefits for my teeth and me without compromising on taste.

                      Mentos are sold as chewy dragee, which in English translates to a chewy sweet with a hard shell and a soft chewable centre. Mentos come in a range of flavours such as mint, fruit, spearmint and the sugar free variety. The sugar free variety are sold in one of those small flip top cardboard box enclosed in a sealed cellophane wrapper in the same way Tunes have been repackaged. I find this type of packaging makes them much easier to carry around in my handbag without having the hassle of the paper wrapping and loose sweet being left undiscovered for months on end. The box itself is a deep red colour with the word Mentos clearly displayed diagonally across the front of the box in large dark blue letters to make them instantly recognizable. Below the word Mentos is 'sugar free' along with the flavour, in this case 'Fruit'.

                      One of the main ingredients in these Mentos is Xylitol, a sugar substitute that occurs naturally in many fruits and vegetables such as berries, mushrooms and oats. Now for anyone thinking of eating lots of these sweets because they like them, let me warn you against that because Xylitol can act as a mild laxative! Enough said on that I think. The rest of the ingredients can be found on the side of the box along with the nutritional content.
                      Once you open the box after removing the cellophane wrapping, the trick is to find the little loose piece of cellophane with the red tab on it, you can then flip the box lid open to reveal inside about 12 sweets which come in three different colours - a pale pink, a dark pink and an orange colour. The sweets themselves are similar in size to soft mints, just a shade smaller than a 10 pence piece.

                      Whenever I buy anything like this taste is the most important thing to me. If I don't like the way something tastes or feels within my mouth I will immediately spit it out as I have issues with the texture of food. After popping the first sweet into my mouth I was unsure whether or not I should suck the sweet or chew it. Normally I would begin to chew instantly and in this case as the outer casing was quite hard I decided it was probably better to try and soften it first before biting into it. The outer layer is rather sweet to taste although they are sugar free and once you bite into them they are rather crunchy like a really hard mint. Once I had finished crunching my way through the outer casing the sweet becomes really chewy just like soft mints with the fruity flavour being released slowly to a point where it is really strong and stays strong for a good few minutes without really fading. The box gives no indication as far as I can see as to what colour represents which flavour other than the word fruit, so having chewed on them on all I have deciphered that the light pink ones are of a strawberry origin whereas the darker pink coloured ones are cherry flavoured and unsurprisingly the orange coloured sweets are a tangy orange flavour.

                      Each of the flavours are as I have said really strong and the variety is just right. If more flavours had been added it would have become slightly annoying trying to find my favourites. After finishing the first box I was suddenly struck by the fact that they reminded me of tutti-frutti sweets that I would buy by the bag as a child. In my own person opinion I preferred the cherry flavoured sweet in comparison to the other two flavours, mainly because I love cherries so forgive me for the bias towards them but the Strawberry flavoured sweet were a little too sickly for me after chewing on a few of them and the orange sweet, well although it was orange flavoured I just didn't like the aftertaste it left, it was much too bitter for my palate after a couple of minutes of chewing.

                      While the taste of the orange sweet was a little disappointing, the upside was that there was no grainy after feel or sugary residue left coating my teeth after eating them so the urge to instantly grab my toothbrush and clean my teeth wasn't there for once which was a big plus point in my view.

                      Mentos can be bought it seems from a variety of supermarkets and smaller convenience stores. Although my box was priced at 62p you are likely to get a better deal in places like Asda and other supermarkets and save yourself between 4 and 10p a time. They are also available in the non-box variety and in buying them in the packets you are likely to be able to buy a lot more different flavours to try; of which none are sugar free.

                      When I first tried these sweets I wasn't too sure what to expect, for me most sugar free things just do not taste right, I've got a sweet tooth and require sugar but I was pleasantly surprised. Although I wasn't a big fan of the orange flavoured Mentos it wouldn't put me off buying them again but if it was a toss up between these and Cherry Drops, the drops would win every time.

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                        Go a little Mental with a little Mento!

                        MENTAL FOR MENTOS
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                        Mentos is a popular brand of confectionary manufactured by the Perfetti Van Melle. They were first produced in the Netherlands in the 30's and are still largely produced there today.
                        I first saw Mentos on a shelf in Spain, they were sold in foil packed tubes and I decided to try the 'green apple' flavour, which was a little too sour for my liking. I was stood in Tesco a few months ago and spotted the 'Mentos' logo and toyed with the idea of buying them. They were priced at 62p which was a little too expensive, especially when I had not been overly impressed with the 'green apple' packet while on holiday. I reluctantly added the packet to my basket and since that day have been a 'fan' of the tasty, chewy sweets.

                        Recently I have taken the plunge and decided to go on a diet. I used to drink a lot of sugary drinks and eat a lot of sugary sweets but decided it was best to cut all of that out. Mentos is one of the few sweets I can over-indulge on and not feel too guilty.

                        Unfortunately a lot of sugar free products contain aspartame which is believed to be dangerous to health. There have been reports and research carried out linking the intake of Aspartame to brain tumours and lesions on the brain. I was very surprised to see that although Mentos have 'sweeteners' these do not contain the substance aspartame. This to me is a huge advantage as aspartame is allegedly an addictive substance. With my new diet I tend to eat and drink a lot of 'reduced sugar' or 'sugar free' products and I am concerned about the effects of aspartame. Mentos however contain a sweetener called Xylitol which is naturally found in fruits.

                        THE GREAT ESCAPE
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                        I have lost count of the number times I have placed a small box of chewing gum/sweets in my bag, later to find they have crept into the bottom of my bag in a sticky mess. I was quite impressed with the Mentos box as although it had that annoying flip top lid I often dislike it did have a little ridge inside to stop the lid opening. The box was also strong and sturdy so there was little chance of it collapsing in the bag and stopped escaping Mentos!

                        The 32g box is very colourful and fairly attractive. I love pink and was drawn to the packaging by the Magenta pink box. The word 'mentos' is written across the box diagonally in Blue with 'sugar free' in green. I thought the box was quite snazzy and certainly stood out on the shelf.

                        The box comes wrapped in cellophane wrapping keeping the sweets fresh. I find with some sugar coated sweets the air can make them sticky and gooey so the cellophane certainly helps.
                        On the back of the box the manufacturer describes Mentos as a 'great taste' and a 'great chewing experience'.

                        NUTRITIONAL INFORMATION (Per 100g)
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                        Energy - 1085kj / 260 kcal
                        Protein - 1g
                        Carbohydrate - 87g
                        Fat - 5.5g
                        There is no Fibre (0 g) and no Sodium (0 g) so these sweets are very good for anyone on a diet for high blood pressure or low salt diet.

                        THE TASTE TEST
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                        I had roughly 15 Mentos in the box. On opening the smell of fruit filled my nose...but I did have to insert it in the box first! I could smell that hint of orange and it wasn't overpowering.
                        At first I could only see two colours (pink and orange), I tried a pink one which tasted like strawberry then an orange one which was obviously orange. They were very refreshing and quite moreish, in fact I couldn't stop eating them.

                        I was delving in so fast I had little chance to check the colours. I bit into a Mento that tasted very alike Cherry Coke and was surprised…in the middle of the bus queue I tipped the Mentos into my hand and looked quite surprised to see three flavours (dark pink - cherry, light pink - strawberry and orange - orange). Out of the 3 flavours my favourite is probably the cherry one, I found it very refreshing and tasty. The cherry one left a lovely taste in my mouth. I was quite disappointed to find that I only had 4 cherry sweets.

                        The crunchy outer coating is lovely and the refreshing chewy inside filling is ideal for that quick moisture boost. I often buy a packet when I need a chick pick me up at the end of the day. After standing in front of a class talking all day a Mento can be all I need to cure my dry throat.

                        I find the aftertaste of sugar free products quite pleasant and Mentos is no different. I do not like the grainy, gritty texture sweets that are high in sugar leave on my teeth. Since eating and drinking sugar free products I have noticed that my teeth feel less sensitive. Whilst Mentos are not good for you or a growing child's teeth, they are better than a lot of sweets currently found on confectionary shelves. I sometimes find that with sugar free products the taste is compromised but these sweets were just as nice with or without sugar.

                        AVAILABILITY AND PRICE
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                        I bought my latest packet of Mentos in Boots for 65p although I have seen them for as little as 25p in the local discount store. In my local newsagents the sweets were retailing at £1.19 which is ridiculous, but I have never had any trouble finding them. I personally find 65p quite expensive compared to the range of confectionary I could choose from. On a good day however a packet of Mentos can last a few hours and a bar of 45p chocolate about 30 seconds!

                        SUMMARY
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                        Overall I love Mentos, they fit in well with my 'low sugar' diet. They are useful to carry in a bag (if you can resist them that long) for a quick pick me up during a 'dry spell'. I find that chewing on a Mento I am not tempted to snack out on junk food between meals. Whilst 65p may be a lot of money for a small box of Mentos you do get a lot of pleasure and enjoyment (see below if like me you like to play with food!).
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                        DO NOT TRY THIS AT HOME
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                        The sweets are well known for their famous explosions created when placed in a bottle of fizzy cola. In fact there was a lot of 'concern' a few years ago when it was rumored that people had died from eating Mentos and drinking cola.
                        The ability to create huge geysers and explosions with Mentos has led to World Record attempts. The most recent Guinness World Record attempt was carried out in the Netherlands on the 15th July 2007.
                        The chemical reaction basically works when the carbon dioxide in the fizzy drink reacts with the Mento. The Mento has a large surface area and generates a huge expulsion of carbon dioxide. The explosion is made worse if the opening to the bottle is smaller e.g. a 1cm opening will create a larger jet stream than a 5cm opening. The last time I tried this I dyed my ceiling pink!
                        Whilst this information may seem pointless it is advisable that you do not drink fizzy pop (such as cola, lemonade etc) with mentos as it will cause awful indigestion and heart burn. Too many Mentos will also produce a laxative effect.

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                          Great tasting sugar free sweets.

                          The other day I read a review of Mentos Fruit Sweets here on Dooyoo and decided that I ought to tell you all about the sugar free version.

                          So what exactly are these Mentos then?

                          Well it says on the packet that they are 'chewy dragees' and I have to admit that I hadn't got a clue what a dragee was! Apparently it describes a sweet with a chewy centre and a crisp outer coating. They come in standard and sugar free varieties but obviously I shall be describing the sugar free version in this review.

                          What should I look out for on the shelf at the shop?

                          Mentos sugar free come in a small flip top cardboard box enclosed in a sealed cellophane wrapper. The 32g box is about 8cm long, 5.5cm wide and just over 1cm deep. The box is deep red in colour with the word Mentos written diagonally across the front in large dark blue lower case letters. The words 'sugar free' are written in bright green below it and 'chewy dragees' is written in small capital letters above it. It also has the word 'fruit' on the front of the box and 'with xylitol' (whatever that is!) there are also roughly actual size pictures of the sweets on the box. The writing on the back states 'Mentos sugar free contains xylitol, a natural ingredient. It gives taste and freshness and helps keep your teeth healthy'. I would assume this claim is based on the fact that the sweetening effect is not derived from sugar rather than xylitol being actively good for your teeth. Maybe that's just me being cynical - I don't know.

                          And where will I find them and how much will I have to pay?

                          I bought mine from Asda but they are also available in Boots and Morrisons that I know to although you can probably get them in other shops too. The price ranges from about 60p to about 65p.
                          So let's open the packet!

                          To do this you just take hold of the tag on the cellophane and pull it round the box removing the cellophane. You then flip the box lid open to reveal about a dozen or so sweets (sorry I can't call them dragees!) in three different colours - pale pink, dark pink and orange. The sweets themselves are about 1.5 cm in diameter and maybe almost 1cm thick in the middle.

                          Now we're getting to the good bit - how do they taste?

                          Pop one into your mouth and you're faced with two options - either suck or chew! The outer layer of the sweet is crispy and tastes like sugar coating although we know these are sugar free. Once this has gone the inside of the sweet is chewy (almost like a thick chewing gum) and whichever one you go for the flavour remains strong enough right to the end of the sweet. Incidentally until you actually bite into these sweets there is very little smell, but as you eat them there is a small amount of smell which adds to the general enjoyment of the product.

                          It doesn't say on the box what the three flavours are but I think that I am safe in saying that the pale pink ones are strawberry, the dark pink ones are cherry and the orange ones are - wait for it - orange! I bet you didn't see that one coming.

                          I really enjoyed all the flavours, especially the cherry ones. Cherry flavoured sweets are more unusual than the other two flavours and all too often are too strong for my liking but not these - they are lovely!

                          So what's my verdict then?

                          As you may have realised I really did like these sweets. Since the box was so small it was no problem to eat all of these by myself and not feel greedy. It is hard to believe that these really are sugar free - there is just 260 calories in 100g of this product. This means that there is just 83 calories in the whole box.

                          There is just one problem with eating the whole box in one go. No how can I put this delicately? The xylitol has the effect of making you go to the loo so there is a definite laxative effect so be warned!

                          Is there any other information I can get?

                          Well there is a Mentos website which can be accessed via the addresses below

                          http://www.mentos.com.au/about.shtml.
                          http://mentos.co.uk/info_sugarfree.html

                          This will give you a full list of ingredients and nutritional information, some of which is shown on the box but frankly unless you have extremely good eyesight it is too small to read! I can't read all of it even wearing my spectacles and using my magnifying glass.

                          The website also shows all the other Mentos products both standard and sugar free.

                          Given the above information about the size of the writing on the box I think the address of the company that makes these sweets is:

                          Perfetti Van Melle
                          P.O.Box 4000
                          4800 Da Breda
                          Holland

                          My final word?

                          I shall buy these again (and again and again!)

                          Oh and you can recycle both the cardboard box and the cellophane wrapping!

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                            Great sweets

                            ~~ INTRODUCTION

                            I love sweets, but must confess I probably eat far too many of them! My favourite sweets are generally mints, but I do occasionally have fruity sweets. When I do get a fruity craving, these are the sweets I sometimes choose to buy. My teeth don't share the same love of sweets that I do, but thankfully these are sugar free meaning I can feel less guilty about them.

                            These sweets are made by a brand called Mentos. They are probably better well known in this country for their mints. The brand is owned by the company Perfetti Van Melle nope, I haven't heard of them either, but they are a company based in Holland. The address for the company is: Perfetti Van Melle, P.O.Box 4000, 4800 Da Breda, Holland should you ever need it.

                            Other sweet flavours which Mentos produce sugar free include: green apple, cinnamon, strawberry, mixed fruit (which contains a mix of cherry, strawberry, orange, and lemon flavours), grape, wintergreen, raisin, grapefruit, peach, spearmint, strawberry yogurt, lemon yogurt, pineapple (pine fresh), red apple, cassis (tart grape), red orange, currant and two versions of black licorice flavoured Mentos. These are probably not all available in the UK however as different products are sold worldwide.

                            ~~ PRICE, AVAILABILITY AND PACKAGING

                            These sweets are quite hard to find, they don't seem to sell them everywhere, they didn't even have them in Tesco! I get mine from a local 'Savers' store. They come in both boxes and rolls, the boxes I saw were priced at 60p each , but the rolls were cheaper at 50p for 2 rolls so I opted to get these as it looked like I'd be getting more for less! This is the version of these sweets I shall be reviewing, there's not any difference between the sweets anyway, the only difference is the packaging.
                            The packaging is fairly funky and modern. The sweets are wrapped in bright pink foil which is really eye catching and funky looking. Although if you're a boy, you may not be impressed I guess! There is then a paper outer covering which wraps over the foil which has pictures of the sweets and fruit on it with the word 'Mentos' written on it 3 times so that when you spin the roll you can still see it in any direction. If you are familiar to the blue Mentos mints packaging it is very similar just a different colour. It has the ingredients on it in very small writing which is really hard to see as it's so small but if you are worried about what it contains you are best to check out the website. (links are at bottom of review)

                            ~~ WHAT ARE THE SWEETS LIKE?

                            I opened up the first packet and saw that there were 2 different coloured sweets, orange and pink. I was expecting there to be a yellow one too as there is a yellow one on the front of the packet. When I opened up the second packet there were 3 yellow ones in there as well as the other 2 colours! Not sure why there weren't any in the first roll, maybe they put less yellow ones in for some reason. There were 14 sweets in each roll.

                            The sweets are known as 'dragees', this is not a term I've ever heard of before but apparently it describes the type of sweet which is soft inside but has a harder outer casing. They are kinda similar to Trebor's Softmints in there shape, size and chewiness.

                            I tried the orange one first.. With these sweets you can either suck or chew them and can change between the two whenever you like! I usually suck them a little bit and then get bored and chew them. The sweet wasn't too strong for me but it was the strongest out of, the flavour is orange although it doesn't say that on the packet. If you're not that keen on orange tasting sweets you may find it a little strong.

                            The pink one was really nice, and my favourite one. It's flavour is strawberry and the taste reminds me of strawberry fromage frais. The taste is quite light so is not too overwhelming and it is a taste that makes you want to have another one.
                            The yellow one was a little weird, not really sure what flavour that one is meant to be but I think maybe it's apricot. That one's probably my least favourite as it's not a flavour I particularly like.

                            Unfortunately, I have a bad habit of eating sweets all in one go instead of making them last the whole day! I don't recommend you do this with these though as they leave a very sour, unpleasant taste in your mouth afterwards.
                            The sweets contain the following:

                            per 100g
                            Energy - 1085kj / 260 kcal
                            Protein - 1g
                            Carbohydrate - 87g
                            Fat - 5.5g
                            Fibre - 0 g
                            Sodium - 0 g

                            ~~ WHAT DOES THE WEBSITE SAY?

                            The UK website is at http://mentos.co.uk/info_sugarfree.html (direct link to these particular sweets). The global website is here: http://www.mentos.com. The website has a full list of ingredients on it as well as some other stuff.. you can even get Mentos wallpaper, though why you'd want it I don't know!

                            There is also a full list of ingredients and nutritional information as well as some information on the other products Mentos make.

                            ~~ FUN FACTS

                            It has been rumoured that drinking cola and eating Mentos shortly after can cause your stomach to explode! This is because of the carbon dioxide that is released when dropped into carbonated liquid. However, it has since been proved that the two combined do not create enough gas for this and the worse that will probably happen is stomach ache, bad gas or excessive burping.

                            There is a world record which has been set for creating Mentos and Diet Coke 'geysers' (where Mentos are dropped into Coke causing a geyser) The record was set on 15th July, 2007, in Breda, The Netherlands in which 850 people set off Mentos and Diet Coke geysers at the same time. The participants put five pieces of Mentos in the Coke at the same time producing geysers of four to five meters high.

                            Mentos and Cola Rockets can also be produced. Cola bottles can be fired as rockets by unscrewing the lid half-way and slamming horizontally onto the floor, creating enough pressure on impact to blast the lid off and launch the bottle in the air. For the best effect, the bottle should be shaken for a few minutes vigorously after putting in the Mentos. You then undo the lid slightly. When done correctly, these bottles can launch as high as 20ft!

                            ~~ OVERALL IMPRESSION

                            Good sweets. I will continue to buy these when I get my fruity craving! Although it's no good if you only like one flavour as you have to give the rest to someone else! They don't seem to be around in many shops so you may have to look around a bit to find them. Make sure you buy them at a reasonable price though as they can be overpriced in some shops.

                            ~~ RESOURCES USED FOR REVIEW

                            http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mentos
                            http://mentos.co.uk/info_sugarfree.html

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                              Alright if you want a change from minty sweets but not the most flavoursome.

                              On a supermarket shelf, amongst the throat sweets, chewing gum, mints and kiddie's sweets, sits a box of Mentos Fruit Sugar free. A happy little box of sweeties, brightly coloured and jumping out from it's peers it proudly tells you it's name is "Mentos" in large blue lettering, it promises it's "Sugar free" and even sports a logo of a happy tooth wearing a brolly on it's head, hypnotised by it's cuteness I pop the packet of Mentos into my trolley .


                              Mentos Fruit Sugar Free-
                              Coming in either roll wrapper sweets or boxes Mentos appear similar to Trebor Soft Fruits and Tutti Frutti sweets, not quite round but not quite square, they are fat little cushions of varying colours, in the fruit variety you get 3 colours per box, well there may be more but I only have 3 colours in mine- orange, pink and puce (a darker pink) each with their own different fruit flavour. They're a gum based sweet covered in a smooth waxy shell, giving them a satisfying crispy feel as you bite into them.


                              The box they arrive in is not dissimilar to a cigarette box in that it has a plastic wrapping and a flip lid, you could almost say the sweets were aimed at those trying to give up smoking as the action of chewing sweets is said to help curb cravings and the box of Mentos Sugar Free gives the action of opening a cigarette packet meaning you could simply reach for a packet of Mentos rather than your cigarettes and get a similar physical experience followed by a numbing of your craving as you eat the sweet (having never smoked or needed to try giving up I cannot prove this theory or it's effectiveness however)

                              Opening the box is an activity full of the promise of a great eating experience, as you peel open the "tear here" style strip and remove the outer wrapper your mind wanders over the possibility of the flavours matching the vivid colours of the packing. Flipping back the lid brings somewhat of a disappointment, I had expected a full and fruity smell, something bright and refreshing wafting out of the box but I was struggling to detect any scent even when getting up close and personal with the sweets and you can bet I looked strange waving a little pink Mento under my nose trying to see what it smelt like.

                              I had a larger proportion of orange sweets in my packet and so I started with them. Now I was slightly nervous of eating this colour, strange I know but often this colour sweet turns out to be tangerine flavour which is completely repulsive, anyway I tentatively bite into the doomed orange Mento, through the crisp waxy shell and into the sweet itself, noticeably the brightly coloured shell flakes off revealing the bright white inner sweet, at first there is quite a good resistance as I take my first bite but the sweet soon submits and becomes much softer. It takes a few chews on the sweet before any real flavour comes through, thankfully when it does its orange, cool and refreshing but quite dull, almost watered down, I had hoped that the flavour would perhaps increase as you chewed but it reached a dull peak, not loosing any flavour though before swallowing, I was reminded a lot of Swizzles Fizzers, do you remember those? a small roll of little coloured, disk like sweets, kind of powdery, well that's what the flavour of the orange Mento reminded of.

                              It should be noted here that despite being gum based the sweets are not actually chewing gum of any form, they are chewy sweets like Soft Fruits and Soft Mints giving about 60 seconds maximum of chewing before the sweet has broken down and been swallowed.

                              I moved onto puce, ok so it's dark pink but I like the word puce and it sort of means the same thing "like fuchsia with a shade less lavender and a bit more pink" anyway………… biting once again through the crispy shell and enjoying the crackle as the shell breaks up I find it hard to initially pin point the flavour of this sweet, at first it seems like Parma Violets, it has the dryness of those kind of sweets, yet as you continue to chew the distinct flavour of cherry comes through, almost like that of Maoam sweets or Cherry flavoured Dib Dabs, it's not a natural cherry flavour by any means, unlike the orange which is more convincing, but it's a more powerful flavour and very enjoyable. The flavour comes through quickly as you bite into the sweet, building up to reveal its full taste.

                              The pink Mento comes next, it's by far the most appealing of the colours and I saved it especially for last because of that fact. The flavour though, like the orange, is quite dull, it comes through quicker then orange though. It is very similar to strawberry Chewits, not a natural strawberry flavour but recognisable in the same way that strawberry ice-cream, milkshake and other sweets, would be. I'm quite disappointed by this flavour, its bright colour had all the promise of a mouth watering, full flavour but it struggled to make any real impact.

                              The sweets don't leave much of a fruit taste in the mouth, they are quite refreshing though and pleasant enough to eat although they aren't outstanding in the flavour department, you also don't get the real mouth watering sensation that you would get with Starburst Fruity Chews for example.

                              You can try to eat these by sucking them but it takes quite a while to get through a sweet and once you're half way the temptation is to give up and have a good chew, that's what they're designed for after all. I've attempted more than 1 sweet at once and, unless you've got a generous sized mouth, wouldn't recommend it, more then 1 is a bit much to handle, 1 at a time lengthens the lifespan of the box and although I get through a whole box in one serving they can be "kept for later" if that's your wish.


                              Price & Availability-
                              My little packet of Mentos came to me via the shelves at Asda for the price of 58p, they had no other varieties though. The sweets are also available in news agents and sweet shops as well as other supermarkets.


                              My Opinion-
                              Well as far as flavour goes I'm pretty disappointed, the cherry was by far the most enjoyable and flavoursome, with orange and strawberry fighting out for second place and not doing a very good job at it either. Everything from the packaging to the sweets appearance promises a real taste sensation but the sweets themselves simply do not deliver on this promise.

                              The chewing sensation is pleasant enough, at first releasing flavour before reaching a peak, I enjoy the crispness of the outer shell providing a contrast to that of the chewy sweet, it increases the eating experience as your taste buds and tongue work out all the different factors. As a chewy sweet it provides the right level of chewing time and resistence bfore being broken down, much longer and it would become more of a chewing gum then a sweet.

                              Unfortunately one of the downsides of being sugar free is that sweeteners are used in its place, I find often after eating sugar free Mentos that I am left with a fuzzy sensation in my mouth similar to that experienced after using saccharin sweeteners on food or in tea, rather than the pleasant fruity flavour you would hope for, it's a bitter taste, not particularly strong but enough that it remains even after eating other foods. However, I do not experience the fuzzy teeth sensation that often comes hand in hand with such after tastes which of course is a good thing.

                              The sweet distribution between the 3 flavours varies from box to box, I had 14 sweets in my current box, 8 of those were orange, 4 cherry and 2 strawberry. While this creates a certain level of excitement at the random nature of the flavours you'll receive I think it would be better to more evenly spread the flavours ensuring the buyer gets a good spread of flavours rather than being restricted to a majority of 1. More than half my box was orange which obviously didn't work out in my favour seeing as I preferred the cherry flavour, I get the feeling that the flavours in the fruit box were perhaps the 3 most unpopular and least likely to sell well individually, a shame really as I felt the cherry flavour would have been nice in it's own packet and I'd be more likely to buy them that way.

                              The level of packaging is unnecessary in my opinion, the roll design that is also available is a far more sensible choice, not only do you cut down on packing that way but you also keep the sweets together in one place, there is no way of truly securing the flip lid of the box, despite vague attempts with a small ridge, meaning that the sweets can all to easily be tipped out into a handbag or pocket and believe me when I say they aren't pleasant after lingering half squashed at the bottom of handbag for several weeks, they are also easily spilt and no one wants to eat sweets that have rolled out onto the floor! I am sure there are far more environmentally friendly ways of sealing the boxes then the plastic wrapper, after all what's the point in starting off well with a recyclable card box if you then ruin all that good work with a plastic wrap? Yes it may go to keeping the sweets fresh but once they're opened the cellophane is discarded so won't be doing anything more then clogging up our rubbish dumps, at least the foil of roll wrapped sweets remains with the sweets until the last one is eaten, giving them a real chance at staying fresh. There also works out a lot of wasted space in the box with many gaps between the sweets, this is avoided in the roll versions by placing the sweets directly side by side cutting down on the volume of the packaging.

                              As far as nutrition goes the fact that they are low calorie and sugar free can only go in their favour, I wont list all the nutritional value as the amounts are so low but it works out at roughly 6 calories per sweet so you can imagine how low the levels of protein and carbohydrate etc.. is per sweet, they contain no salt and minimal protein. Mentos do not contain Aspartame despite being made with sweeteners, Aspartame is often considered addictive and potentially dangerous to health, so it is reassuring that this particular ingredient has been specifically avoided in these sweets.


                              I wouldn't say these are child friendly sweets, yes they are fruity, they have no sugar and they're chewy but the design of the box alone shouts "not for kids" at me, the individual sweets are perfect size for choking on or even stuffing up the nose so watch the sweets when the kids are around! My little girl did swipe one while my back was turned and it did her no harm but when I consider the fact that one of the colouring agents used is Titanium Dioxide (the colorant formerly used in blue Smarties which have been withdrawn from production because of the ingredient) I think they're a sweet I wont be letting my children eat particularly often, eating too many of them can also create a laxative effect due to the sweeteners used, I've seen this fact proved by an unfortunate colleague who, shall we say, overdosed on them!

                              I think for 58p per pack the sweets aren't particularly good value for money, they lack the flavour intensity of similar sweets which cost less but give you more for that money. The cost is clearly taken up in the packaging, it seems like it's designed to be bag friendly, I've seen a lot of roll sweet packing disintegrating over time, but the unsecured lid lets it down in this capacity, they would have been better off investing that wasted money on improving the flavour. 58p split down between the 14 sweets makes just over 4p per Mento where as Starburst work out just over 2p per sweet and Soft mints work out as just under 3p, it's easy to see this way that other sweets provide far better value and have that real taste explosion that you want from such sweets.


                              The sweets are a pleasant change from minty sweets of the same style even if they don't quite provide the same level of flavour. They are great for those who want to refresh their mouths without having to use chewing gum, while keeping their teeth healthy because of the lack of sugar. They aren't my preferred sweet of this type but I would recommend them for people who like a more subtle flavour, either that or just to check out the happy tooth and his brolly hat!

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                                A delicious treat

                                Mental about Fruit Mentos!

                                If you haven’t tried Mentos Sugar-free Fruit Flavoured sweets, then you are definitely missing out on a mouth-watering, delicious, chewy treat.

                                Mentos have been around since the 1950s and were first produced in the Netherlands by a company called Perfetti Van Melle Corporation after a man called Pierre Van Melle came up with the idea. The sweets are just as popular today and are widely sold throughout the world in countries such as the United States, United Kingdom, The Netherlands and Spain etc. However the Fruit Flavour was not produced until 1973. The Mentos slogan is “the fresh maker”.

                                Mentos are not only available in Fruit Flavour, but also Strawberry, Mint, Sour Mix, Cinnamon, Grape, Wintergreen, Raisin, Grapefruit, Peach, Lemon Yoghurt, Strawberry Yoghurt, Pineapple, Red Apple, Cassis, Red Orange, and two different types of Black Liquorice, Green Apple and Spearmint. However, some of the above flavours are only available in certain countries such as The Netherlands. My personal favourite are the Fruit flavour, although the only other flavour I have tried is Mint, which are undoubtedly refreshing. There are also two different types of the Mentos mint flavour which are available in The Netherlands. These are Mentos Strong and Air Action Mentos and in China.
                                In 1989, Chocolate Mentos were produced but was then discontinued. This is a shame because I absolutely adore chocolate!
                                In 2006, Japan introduced a Citrus Mango flavour. A new packet was also introduced in the United States which include Water Melon, Green Apple and Lemon flavour. I haven’t seen these around in the United Kingdom unfortunately!
                                Canada and The Netherlands also sell Mentos Gum, although it is not available anywhere else. As you can see, Mentos have released many products with different flavours, although only certain ones seem to be available in certain countries. This is a real shame because they are so tasty and refreshing!

                                However, my review is on Mentos Sugar-free Fruit Flavour which were made in 2005. Mentos Sugar-free Fruit Flavour is available in small boxes, as well as a roll pack. Each roll pack contains roughly 14 sweets, however, the boxes do contain 70% more. The box and the roll packs both are of a colourful design with pictures of the different coloured Mentos sweets. However, the Mentos roll pack do not show a list of nutritional advice. Each sweet is the shape of an oblate spheroid. The outer layer is hard and crunchy and the centre is soft and chewy and full of flavour. They are also smooth in texture on the outside.

                                The Fruit Mentos contain orange, yellow and pink and purple sweets. Orange is quite obvious and of orange flavour, yellow is lemon flavour, purple is cherry and pink strawberry. My favourite is the strawberry flavour as it tastes nice and creamy. The flavour in all of the sweets is long lasting and they really make your mouth water, like a sweet should! They are quite sweet and it is easy to tell which flavour you’re eating, if you haven’t taken notice of which sweet you picked.

                                In 2005, Mentos released an advert advertising their new sugar-free version which includes Mentos Fruit Flavour and Mentos Mint. Instead of sugar, the sweets are sweetened with Splenda. Similar products to Mentos include Trebor’s Softmints and Softfruits. These are extremely similar to Mentos as they have the same crunchy outer layer and the soft, chewy centre. Chewz which are manufactured in America are also similar.

                                Mentos are available in many, many shops throughout the United Kingdom including WH Smith, Spar, Alldays and many more privately owned sweet shops. Prices vary depending on where you purchase your sweets from. The roll pack is roughly 35p – 45p and the boxes are about 65p. I think the price is of value due to the quality and quantity of sweets you get and are of roughly the average price you pay for sweets nowadays.

                                The sweets don’t have a strong smell at all. When you open the packet, you get a soft, subtle fruit smell which makes you want to dive in and get munching! Once you start your packet, I can guarantee you won’t stop until every last one is finished.

                                The PROS of this sweet are:

                                They taste absolutely delicious! They have so much flavouring and there is a choice of not only one or two flavours, but four!
                                They are sugar-free which will help protect your teeth and are less fattening
                                They are of a reasonable price
                                Available almost everywhere!

                                The CONS are:

                                Once you eat one… you can’t help but demolish the whole pack!
                                They aren’t healthy

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                                Chewy fruit flavour dragees.