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I like carrying around with me a mint or chewing gum, and uusally have either a pack of wrigleys extra, some soft mints or a pack of polos, in my dozens of handbags as I hate being caught out without something minty to pop in my mouth after having a meal when out and about!
They come in the traditional green pack, and they are wrapped in foil with a green and blue paper wrapping around this. You can buy them in a variety of flavours like spearmint, which has a dark blue wrapping but I really just stick with original!
The polos's themselves are thick white hoop mints, circular in shape with a hole in the middle. They have the word 'POLO' indented around the rim of the mint. The polos themselves are not big, about the size of a small coin and are really easy to consume. They have a really refreshing and pleasant mint taste, not too overpowering but strong enough to freshen my breath adequately.
They taste really nice, and can be consumed in different ways, I usually like to suck on them until they become thin and almost invisible, or I can crunch into them straight away and have a little feast! They aren't filling, but one time I had an obscene experience where I was absolutely starving, and after eating two of these my hunger had completely disappeared! My friends mock me about this, to this day!
There are apparently roughly 23 polos in a pack, and I usually pick up a multipack of 3 in my local 99p store so this works out really good value. The main downside to this is the high sugar content as a pack contains 32.8g...eek!
Overall I really like polos and they are are a great little mint to carry around for occasional use. If you sit and eat pack after pack, you will surely get a tooth ache and a cavity, but for handy mints to carry around they do a great job.
If you'r asking yourself this question you've probably never lived!
Polos really are one of the more classic mints around, with its distinctive hole on the middle these sweets really are something to be savored.
The sweet minty taste of the classic polo is brilliant for eliminating bad breath after a meal or a drink and with around 15 in a tube these will last you quite a while.
The outer packaging shows all of the nutritional information and one tube of polos is only 139 calories which works out at around 9.3 calories per single mint!
The foil that protects the product is useful for using as a re-sealant on the mints and you can just twist the end to make sure that none fall out come into contact with any nasties.
Polos are great for slipping into your back pocket, into a rucksack or even a hand bag due to them being reasonably sizes to fill in any small gaps that may be lurking in holiday luggage or in any camping equipment.
If you have small children polos are perfect for them as many kids don't like the very strong mints as they can burn sometimes and be an irritant to the mouth, however, polos are great if your little one wants something sweet to keep them occupied on a long car journey or at home just 10 minutes from dinner.
Most polos are available in tubes on there own for around 45-50p which can seem a tad expensive but they are available in 4 and 6 multipack packets. the packets of 4 are available in most pound and bargain stores and the 6 packets can be found in supermarkets for about £1.50-£2.00 which i believe is very reasonable for a small carry round mint.
If you ever pass any polos in a store and you are yet to try them, buy a packet or two and you won't be disappointed with their sweet, minty flavour!
Nestle Original Polo Mints! Where do I start first? Well that's easy, just pop one in your mouth and savour the sweet, fresh, mint flavoured candy. No, seriously, many adults will remember growing up with the Polo Mint, I do. The Polo Mint is one of those childhood favourites that generate happy memories and is an enduring, favourite sweet which sells in its millions, over £41 million to be precise annually, and is loved equally by children and adults today.
Now once again where do I start? That's easy!
In the beginning...
Confectioners, Rowntree originally opened a tea and coffee shop in York in 1725 selling their wares to the British public. By 1948 their range of confectionery had become extremely popular in the UK by which time they launched the Polo mint. These lifebelt shaped mints were similar to the American Lifesavers and the British Navy Sweets Company's Navy mints, but Rowntree boldly moved to the fore of the market with their slogan The Mint With The Hole which is now one of the best known in the UK. Rowntree later merged with Mackintosh and the Swiss owned international company Nestle bought the joint company in 1988.
In 1867, Henri Nestlé founded a small business in Switzerland and began setting up factories in other countries. A branch first came to Britain in 1868 and by 1905 had merged with the Anglo-Swiss Condensed Milk Company. Nestle are also known for its vast range of food products and confectionery especially chocolate, cereals and coffee (I'm sure you are aware Nescafé is a Nestle product).
Trivia facts. Nestle now manufactures Polo Mint - Original. 38 million Polo's are produced every day and It takes the equivelent weight of two elephants to press a Polo mint. Polo's name is derived from the word 'Polar', which suggests the coolness in the mouth from the crisp minty taste. 147 of these delightful mints are consumed every second.
The 25 chomp-able lifebelt shaped hard-pressed sweets with a small hole cut through the centre forming The Mint With The Hole with the word POLO embossed twice on one face nestle (sorry for the pun) inside the foiled wrapper. The aroma is a strong, fresh, mint smell, which you notice when unwrapping the foil. Popping one into your mouth is a delight, the hard mint tablets although not overly sweet can be crunched and pulverised to quickly release the robust mint flavour or if you are like me, prefers to tease the mint with your tongue until it melts away leaving a cool lingering aftertaste that refreshes the mouth and breath.
As a child I would twirl the sweet around my tongue waiting for it to dissolve away into nothing reducing the thickness making it as thin as possible trying not to break it. Now don't deny it, I would wager you and your friends would compete to see who's polo melted first (approx five minutes) or who could suck the sweet to the thinnest before it broke. I did!
I find them addictive and can easily consume a pack within a morning but be warned when you have been eating Polo's like with all mints, wait a while before you eat or drink other food stuffs as the intense mint flavour that lingers in your mouth would make food and beverages taste strange. As with all confectionery the sugar contained within can be unhealthy for your teeth.
The Polo is ideal for smokers not only does it reduce the residual smell of smoke upon their breath but helps to employ your mouth if you are attempting to give up or you are within no smoking areas.
In a day and age where nutrition has become important there unfortunately are no nutritional details listed on the pack although a visit to the Nestle web site can remedy that but Polo is suitable for vegetarians. Weight watching consumers can enjoy the Polo Mint too. A full packet of 20 sweets is only 125 Kcal or even the Sugar Free version, which contain even less. To save you from searching out the info on the web site, here is it Nutritional Values per 4 sweets: Energy 104KJ, 25 Kcal, Protein: nil, Carbohydrate: 5.9g, of which are sugars: 5.7g, Fat: 0.1g, of which are saturates: 0.1 g, Fibre and sodium are both nil.
A packet of Polo's will cost about £0.45 per packet and are available virtually everywhere within the UK.
Over the years Rowntree and Nestlé designed variations of the Original Polo mint. Some were successful like the four above varieties but many of the others were not. But despite the different variations none have been as successful and much loved as the Original Polo mint.
Other varieties available in the shops are:
Spearmint: originally used to be found with the turquoise tinted almost sparkly flecks and a strong spearmint flavour and aroma however due to these flecks containing E numbers Nestlé changed them to plain white.
Fruit: Multicoloured boiled sugar sweets in the normal Polo shape but flavoured with several fruits all in one tube. The flavours include strawberry, blackcurrant, orange, lemon, and lime.
Sugar free: A sugar free alternative to the original flavours, which are ideal for kids and diabetics but do contain sorbitol. Sorbitol has been known for it's laxative effect on some people.
Mini Strong Polo's: Tiny Polo shapes with an extra strong taste supplied in a white plastic flip open Polo Mint shaped box. Beware these are very strong.
The Mint With The Hole? Yes please, The Mint The Hole Mint and Nothing But The Mint!
Thank you for reading
Christine Preedy (c) 2010
Polo mints produced by Nestle are a very well known brand and probably something that everybody has eaten from time to time if only when being offered one by a friend or work colleague. You can get several different varieties of Polo but I more often than not will buy the Original flavour which I think are peppermint. They are packaged nice and tightly in some silver foil and then wrapped over the top of this is a sharp looking green and blue paper covering. The name POLO is printed with the P and the L being normal green capital letters but both the O's are depictions of what one of the circular mints looks like, they really look like letter O's due to the famous hole in the centre of one of these mints.
The mints themselves are roughly the same size as a 1 pence piece and as previously mentioned have a hole in the middle. Sometimes they can be difficult to remove from the wrapper but this is because they are so tightly wrapped in the first place and if you have some left you can twist the foil and store them safely in your pocket. You can purchase a packet of these for around the forty pence mark in many stores and supermarkets or garages.
A packet of these doesn't appear to contain much content in the way of fat but they do hold 139 calories. I think Polo's are always really nice to eat and have a very pleasant minty taste; it is one that is not too overpowering like spearmint can be sometimes. They are probably best enjoyed if sucked to really savour the taste but I seem to get through a packet really quickly by crunching them. These are ideal to have conveniently in your pocket if you suddenly suffer from having a dry throat or a bad cough and would be perfect to refresh your breath after eating. I have also heard that if you have a bad stomach these can really help to make it feel better and ease it so they are good in more ways than one.
Polo mints are primarily famous for nothing, that is the nothing that makes up the hole in the centre of each of these little disc-shaped peppermint tablets. They come in cylindrical packets with paper on the outside and foil on the inside, with the packaging feeling satisfyingly antiquarian in these deleriously modern times, and indeed the packaging and design have barely changed since the sweet was first concieved of way back in the late 1940s.
The mints are hard rather than soft, and they have a sharp, refreshing taste, but they are also somehow quite dull, with neither the exhilerating hotness of Trebor XXX mints nor the enjoyable texture of Trebor Softmints. Plus they are made by Nestle, who, as I am at pains to point out in all my nestle reviews, are a company witha dubious track record for human rights in the Third World.
As a product however Polo mints are simply quite *dull*, and whilst they do the job of freshening your breath/disgusing your drinking habit from your partner/boss/mother-in-law, there are other products on the mint market that do this much better, wit Polo's success appearing to be largely based on its gimmicky design. this design, incidentally, is entierly frivolous, as the holes are to small to, say, put the mints on your fingers or the end of your tongue as you might with Hula Hoops for example.
Polo Mints are cheap at arouf 50-60p per packet, and they are undoubteldy bothr efreshing and breath-freshening but there are more enjoyable and exciting mints on the market to be honest.
I have always been a mint eater, I recently reviewed Tic - Tacs which used to be my choice of mint but is no longer and there is a similar story where Polo`s are concerned.
Polo is a real classic mint, the mint with the hole and all that. Over the years they have introduced other varieties such as the spearmint ones and the sugar free ones.
These days I would only ever recommend sugar free sweets to anyone as the damage that can be done sucking sugary sweets is not good, Polo`s were actually found to do specific damage to the teeth's enamel so for me they were no longer an option.
The sugar free version sadly tastes very poor so I had to stop using Polo`s rather than go sugar free, others seem to manage sugar free mints no trouble but the Polo version is simply not good.
Polo`s are cheap at only 20p a packet or so but they are not worth losing your teeth over and there are much better mints on the market that taste better and will keep your breath smelling fresher for longer, I am a Smint man now and have never looked back.
Whenever I pop into my local garage for petrol, my son shouts from the safety of his back seat booster. "Mam can i have polos?" These are his all time favourite sweets. I must admit I am very partial to the mint with a hole too so for us no journey is complete without the sound of slurping and crunching as we make our way through the packet of these delicious minty treats.
The polo mint is produced by Nestle. As long as I can remember polo mints have been a popular minty confectionary treat available in grocery stores and garages. The fern green cylinder shaped packaging is almost as famous as the mint itself. Written across the front of the packaging is the name POLO. however cleverly they have made the o's of the POLO name into the design of the actual polo mint. So if you havent seen these mints before then you have a picture of what to expect inside.
On the back of the packaging there is appropriate nutritional values and dietry advice. It also informs customers that the mints aresuitable for vegetarians. There is also contact details, leading you to the nestle website and telephone helpline.
Once peeling through the packaging you will find these deliciously tempting white mints. There is about 15 to every packet. The mints are the brightest white in colour making them appear clean and fresh. The hole in the middle has been punched out so there are no sharp edges to catch your tongue on. Each mint is approx the size of a 1p piece. I find that the size is just right for my five year old son, but for me I like something more substantial and find that I pop two into my mouth in order to satisfy my minty craving.
Each mint is hardened to the supping test. They are strong and can withstand supping till its a tiny sliver of a holey mint. However I am a cruncher and find that within seconds of popping one in my mouth I can not resist the crunching sensation I get when crushing the mint between my teeth.
The minty flavour we prefer as a family is peepermint. However they do provide a spearmint flavour mint too. I like these but find that they become a bit sickly after a while. They are a little to sweet and synthetic for my tastes. The peppermint variety are far more serious a mint. They are strong and firey without being too burny. They have a fantastic ability to freshen the mouth and clear your pallete. I always find if I am feeling a little nauseous on a long journey, a sup of these mints will alleviate my motion sickness. Also when I was suffering with horrendous morning sickness I would find that constantly supping a polo mint wold help the constant wave of nausea.
These mints used to be 10p a pack when I was young but now they have increased to a hefty 50p a pack in my local garage. I do know that you can buy them in multipacks at the supermarket and I am sure that this would work out cheaper, but I always seem to forget to pick these up when grocery shopping.
I have no bad things to say about these mints. It would seem wrong to critisise this old family friend. I have had such a long term relationship with these mints and have always found them reliable and deliciously cool and minty fresh.
One more thing, just wondering do any of my dooyoo buddies know what happened to the fruity polos. God I used to love those when I was little. The way they all used to stick together into one fruity clump of deliciousness. So please feel free to leave comments friends. xxx
Ah, the mighty Polos. Many of us, including me, grew up with these little sweets - and indeed so did the tube, these things being unusual in the confectionery world in that the packs have actually got *larger* as the years have gone on! To me they'll always be Rowntree's, but for many years now it's been the almighty Nestlé who've made Polos, albeit still in their proper place in York. There have been flirtations with other flavours (please, find the people who discontinued the gorgeous lemon ones and subject them to public humiliation of some sort!) but the original flavour still carries all before it.
Polos have, of course, one of the most famous and long-running of all advertising slogans, "The Mint with the Hole", and this appears to this day on the outside of the tube, though the lettering has been jazzed up slightly in recent years. The packet itself looks much as it always has: mainly green, with a couple of splashes of blue and the parts of the letter Os in the word POLO played by two of the mints themselves. (I do hope they get Equity rates for that.) Interestingly, though, the hole was only introduced in 1955, after Polos had already been on sale for seven years!
On the back of the wrapper is the usual nutritional information panel. However, it's not all that useful as it only gives figures per 100g, and a single tube of Polos is an awful lot less than that! (Around 34.5g, from a quick calculation.) It required a bit of sleuthing on likely-looking websites to discover that a single tube offers a reasonably slimline 139 kcal of energy. The sugar content is astronomical (98.2% of a Polo is carbohydrate) but then what do you expect from a sweet? There are sugar-free Polos, but those are for another category.
Each tube of Polos currently contains around 23 sweets. Actually it's probably always 23, but I only have the one roll on hand to examine at the moment. From my earliest memories the slightly plasticky feel of the wrapper (both paper and foil sections) has made it a bit of a pain to unwrap smoothly, and if you happen to pull "across the grain" it can get completely stuck and necessitate fiddling about - if you use your teeth, do keep your fillings away from the foil! You're unlikely to need to be told this if you've ever been unfortunate enough to make the contact yourself - ouch!
The actual Polo sweet is of course a ring. With a hole. Embossed on the top of each mint is the word "POLO", twice. Describing what Polos smell like is difficult, since, well, "they smell like Polos". The mintiness is not particularly strong, even compared with other sweets, but it's perfectly okay in a toothpastey sort of a way. They are much harder than toothpaste, though, so here's another opportunity to ruin your teeth by trying to crack them in one bite. Alternatively, a popular pastime is to dissolve one slowly in your mouth, trying to keep the ring intact for as long as possible. (This makes the long winter evenings just fly by, as you can imagine.)
As with the smell, the taste is very distinctive and thus difficult to describe to a newcomer. Besides, such people are probably not British, and thus think these things should be called Life Savers anyway... Still, I'll try. The flavour is quite restrained by peppermint standards, and certainly don't have the kick of something like Extra Strong Mints. It's a fairly steady flavour, meaning that it doesn't noticeably ramp up or fade as you suck, and it leaves a faint but clean aftertaste in your throat and inside your mouth.
All in all, then, the original Polos more than hold their own more than half a century on from their introduction. You couldn't call them the most exciting sweets the world has ever known, but they're nice enough to keep you going when standing at a bus stop or something. They're also cheap: at the time of writing, Tesco were selling a six-pack for £1.22, and I'd expect other supermarkets to charge much the same. They're somehow comforting, and I know I'd miss them no end if they disappeared.
** Nestle's Polo Mint **
When I logged in to write this review and searched for the Polo mint on Dooyoo, it was with surprise that I realised Nestle's make them - I thought it was Rowntree. There goes another piece of my childhood!
** The Mint With A Hole **
Thankfully despite the manufacturer change the humble Polo mint doesn't seem any different -though there is supposedly more mint flavour added these days.
I buy my polo mints in packs of six from our local supermarket. The last pack was around £1.30 which is about 22 pence for each pack. Good value I think you will agree.
After opening the distinctive and easily recognisable long thin green wrapper, popping a polo in my mouth is a very refreshing experience.
There are lots of other mint sweets available but the hole that defines a polo mint gives it an advantage. I find the hole lets me rub my tongue around the mint in a way that makes the flavour more intense. It is also a lot more fun to suck than a conventional mint because of the hole and I always feel like I'n five years old again when I'm eating them on my own!
The polo mint has a snapable quality to it that is really nice too. Thats why we used to break polo's in half as kids and use them as improvised Dracula fangs. What better reason for chasing your sister round until tea time or till mom and dad tell you to behave. Oh the memories.
But that snapable quality means you can easily crunch polo's as well as suck them. Again it is mostly thanks to the hole than makes the polo so easy to snap without endangering your fillings.
** My verdict **
Odd isn't it that what makes the polo muint so interesting is the space inside it; the hole. From the look of the mint to the taste and suck/bite-ability the hole is the key ingredient. Wh would have thought that the best thing to add to the design of a mint was NOTHING!
The polo mint delivers - I eat them on there own as an alternative to when I'm bored with chewing gum and I eat them with chocolate. Try it. You end up with really minty chocolate!
In my opinion the mint with a hole -rather surprisingly lacks nothing. Probably the best mint sweet there is.
Thank you for reading this review.
This time enduring packet-design is easily recognisible as Nestle Original Polo Mints. The green, white and blue paper wrapper does not scream from the shelf in the same way that brightly coloured jelly tots or tutti fruttis seem to. However, most of us know where to find them in the local co-op.
The humble polo mint was first produced on 15th April, 1948. It was due to be produced in 1939 but the outbreak of war meant that it was not possible until nearly a decade later - they have been produced every year since. Rowntree were the initial producers of the round "Mint With The Hole" and they are now owned by Nestle after their takeover of the corporation.
Although a seemingly staple and self-deprecating packet of sweets with a battle against a huge range of other brands, polos are still produced at a rate of 20 million in the UK each year. (If all the presses at the York factory were running at optimum speed they would produce 32,400 polos per minute!)
According to the great fun website devoted to the polo
tubes originally sold at 2d and contained 16 mints - they now consist of 23 so we must have become greedier!
Another fascinating fact is that it would take fields the size of 160 football pitches to grow the amount of mint needed for the mint oil Nestle use worldwide each year. In 2004 25% more mint was added in a bid to make them more distinctive.
Polo's name apparently derives from the word 'Polar', to suggest to us the coolness in the mouth from the crisp minty taste.
++ What exactly are they?++
Each tube is about 10 cms in length and is encased in a paper outer wrapper and a foil lined inner wrapper. This can be peeled to reveal one sweet at a time and then twisted to re-close (and be found in a coat pocket months later!), or can be opened up to reveal a tempting stack of white circular mints.
The outer layer displays a white and green recycle logo and useful information about Nestle: consumer services address, telephone number and web address and the bar code.
The ingredients list includes mostly sugar and those all important mint oils. There are no nutritional details on the pack of polos but the aforementioned web site tells us that a tube of polos contains 139cals; 32.9g sugars; 0.4g fat and nil of lots of other things. The mints are also suitable for vegetarians.
Each mint is a few centimetres wide, shaped like a ring and embossed twice with the word POLO just as depicted on the outer wrapper as the O's in the word POLO.
++ What do they taste like? ++
On opening the wrapper you are immediately struck by the aroma of strong, fresh, mint. Each mint is brittle and is intended to by sucked rather than chewed in order to slowly release the minty taste. Unlike most confectionary the mint flavour seems to last throughout the sweet and longevity of sucking does not cause the refreshing flavour to deteriorate. This often means that one (or possibly two!) are sufficient to satisfy. You can suck away until you have an almost filigree thin circle - don't tell me you haven't spent hours as a child competing with your friends to get to the smallest unbroken ring possible!!!
Uses for polos:
Saliva inducers to stop coughing in a silent Church service or TV studio!
Weight watching- long lasting sucking power which can sometimes delay the nibbles appearing!
Thrill seekers - eat 4 polos and the sip hot tea and feel the burn!
++ Where can I get some? ++
Cast about in the back of your mind and you will no doubt recall seeing polos recently even if you didn't register at the time! Try taking 30p down to your local corner shop and seek them out in the sweet section amongst the softmints, or if you are feeling adventurous, get yourself a six pack for £1.22 from your larger supermarket.
++ What next? ++
Well, if you do find yourself bored of the traditional polo mint you could stray into the territory of variations:
Mini Strong Polo's
...but I bet you come back to polo mints in the end!!
Thanks for reading,
a fiery breathed CuteCandy
Polos are a fantastic mint that have been around for ages now. They are unique to others in that they come in tubes they are circular and above all, they have a hole in the middle too, they look good, they taste good and they also give fresh breath.
The only thing bad I can think about polos are the price. I remember when they used to be 10p a pack and then they went slowly up to 20p which they seemed to stick for ages went to 25p and all of a sudden shot up from no where to 35p and sometimes you cant even get them for that, in a lot of places there 40 or even 45p which to be honest is a bit of a rip off and there not worth that.
However apart form the price, they do taste good. The original mint ones are refreshing but my favourite are the spearmint ones as they just have a nicer flavour and a stronger mint flavour to the polo I think.
You get a lot in a pack though as they are al stacked up onto each other but they can go down quickly and its hard to have them without crunching them. It doesn't feel great if you eat a whole packet at once either and can give stomach aches so I usually try make them last a while.
Polo the mint with a hole is something that has been in the market for years and everyone knows or has heard about it. These are in simplest terms pressed mints. Their size is roughly a 20 p coin and the thickness being that of a 1£ coin with a tiny hole in the middle. As to the need for the hole is still a mystery to me so if anyone else knows about it please share it. They are mostly taken after food as they give your mouth a minty fresh breath which is nice along with a pleasant aftertaste.
They are usually sucked on and last roughly 5-8 minutes in the mouth and they do the job well along with a lasting aftertaste. In terms of cost you can find them anywhere from off licenses to supermarkets and they are usually 35-40p per tube. However you can buy them in packs as well to save money like the 1.37£ for 6 in sainsburys. Each tube contains about 25 polos and unlike sweets you usually have only one at a time making them last a long time.
Per tube contains 139calories so per polo its less than 6 calories. They do contain sugar at 33g per tube, however sugar free versions are available for all you non sugar lovers. The common ingredients are sugar, glucose syrup, modified starch, stearic acid and mint oils. The added sugar has the disadvantage that it rots away the teeth but it mint effect it has does make your breath smell fresh
Its one of those after dinner sweets I usually have because they are less in calories and one usually satisfies my craving for sugar after a meal
I have always loved Nestle Polo candy mint. I love the taste of mint candies but I have never liked chewing gums. Nestle polo mint is perfect for me.
Nestle Polo mint candies are packed nicely in a roll which are primary covered with thin aluminum foil to ensure that the freshness and the taste are preserved. The roll has green outer cover with 'Polo' print.
Nestle Polo comes in round, hard and compressed tablets with a hole in the middle. The white color makes the candy look really clean. Two 'Polo' names are embossed on the face of the candy.
The shape is great. Each mint is measured approximately 1.9 cm in diameter, 0.4 cm in depth and with 0.8 cm hole cut in the middle. The thin mint is just perfect for the tongue.
Nestle Polo mint candy is hard and actually needs a hard bite to break it in the mouth so I have to say that it is really meant to be sucked to enjoy the flavour. It doesn't melt easily. Playing with the candy's hole with the tongue actually releases my tension that's why I got addicted to it.
The taste is really great. Other mint candies are just too strong for me that they hurt my tongue. Nestle Polo has the ideal mild mint flavour. It freshens my breath even after eating spicy food with its peppermint flavour. It leaves a cool lingering aftertaste in my mouth.
Energy: 402kcal per 100 grams
Fat: 1 gram per 100 grams
Carbohydrate: 98.2 grams per 100 grams
(Each tablet is about 1.5 gram)
Price: 30p per mint roll
Introducing the great British Polo mint or 'Polar' mint where it first took its name from the cool and fresh flavour that we all know so well. This is 'the mint with the hole', a perfectly formed white circle of hard edged strong peppermint with the iconic double 'Polo' stamped facet, each perfectly queued up within the shiny silver wrapping and encased with the distinctive white, blue and green paper cover.
Way back in 1948 when Rowntree first introduced the Polo mint, it didn't have a hole in the centre; it was only until 1955 when this happened. Still going strong today being produced by Nestle with twenty million mints produced every day or one hundred and fifty Polo's every second makes this Britain's number one mint.
Whether you want to hide the smell of fags from your mam, freshen up your breath before that first date, or just wanting to enjoy the cool crisp peppermint flavour of the classic Polo mint, you will find them in most shops resting patiently near the till for you to purchase with the small amount of change left in your pocket.
The way that you consume your Polo's can also say a lot about a person too, take the musician for example, he/she places the mint between the teeth and lips sucking the air through the hole in the centre of the mint, producing a rather annoying whistling sound to the audience; but rather pure brilliance to the whistler.
Then there is the sculptor/artist, carefully sucking away at the hard edged mint, slowly rounding it all down to produce a paper thin circle, occasionally removing it from the tongue to inspect the work of art.
Finally we are left with the cruncher; always in a rush and never taking things easy, just popping them in one by one after minutes of teeth breaking purposeful crunching.
Polo mints are not everyone's cup of tea, and I have mixed feelings about the little white mint too depending what mood I am in; sometimes I can't stop eating them consuming packet after packet and other times I just can't be bothered with them. They do last for a while in the mouth and give a cool fresh peppermint taste like breathing in sharply on a frosty morning, which although is very refreshing can also be problematic when it comes to eating food afterwards as the sharp tones can interfere with some flavours. If you are unsure what I mean, try drinking a glass of fresh orange juice after brushing your teeth.
For me it wouldn't be the end of the world if they stopped making them, but you have to respect the fact that they have been around for over 60 years and are a piece of something great and British made, and for around 29p per pack, they make a cheap way of grabbing a little bit of nostalgia.
Nutritional info - Each pack weighs 30g and has around 130 calories and contains a hefty 28g of sugar which means that the sugar free version may be better for the old teeth.
So having had a bad experience with Coke recently I've gone to the religious side, I've seen the Holey one and I'm in love. I've began repenting for my sins, The gambling and theft, the idolisation of Boris Johnson, the Illegal downloading of music files, the sex before marriage, the excessive alcohol consumption and my previous run ins with Coke. I've seen the Holey side and I swear I'm a changed man (I probably should repent on the swearing and the private porn collection too...) I can be a good man, A Holey man.
So what random epiphany struck me blind, such as it did to Paul when he set foot down that long and winding road to Damascus? What possibly could make me, a long time heathen envisage the pearly gates above? What could cause the realisation of the Big Man upstairs sat atop his throne watching us, his loyal and oft unsuspecting subjects on the toilet, like a proud father the first time their child uses the lavatory on their own. I didn't get to speak to the great Peter of Gabriel the Angel from Genesis, nor did I see Jesus in my soup (I saw a Joseph covered in his breakfast, though that didn't cause it either).
I saw the almighty in what can only be described as divine intervention and planned creation of the Holey-est of all foods, the Polo. Formed when the Lord had needed something to cover up the smell of nicotine after a night out with the lads, he formed the perfect trick to fool the missus. He touched the proud and sacred mint plant, solidifying it into a solid white mint of pureness, then as a signature point he put a Hole through it. The hole of course, a sign of the sweets immortal Holiness amongst all food, much like when the great Lord created doughnuts. In that case the great father of all wanted a confectionery snack that would last him a few minutes, there he created a circle of dough and put his signature Hole through it. The same too applies with the Wheel, man never invented it, it was given to us.
After many years of sinning I've been touched the Polo has saved my life from being of further despair, it has changed me into a better (breath) smelling man. Hallelujah thank the Lord almighty for mixing together Sugar, Glucose Syrup, Modified Starch (manipulated by just a single thought of the extreme Leader), Storic Acid (from Vegetables no less) and Peppermint Oils.
The Lord, my new saviour, in association with Nestle, has began to mass produce these, giving us all a chance to try "Gods Breath Freshner". With Nestles mass production facilities we can each by a packet (on in the case of B & M 8 packets) for a reasonable price allowing many more people like myself, to be converted to the White hole, we no longer need to enter a hole for our kicks as they can now enter us. The touch of freshness left by my Lord has started to leave my life a Hole lot Cooler.
Now I too can take up the Lord's dirtiest of habit's with out my missus finding out, I too can disguises it behind the almighty Holey power of a Polo with it's peppermint mist of freshness. Of course the description of these little pieces of heaven is easy, it's a small but perfectly round mint flat at each end barring the products name with is embossed on top. The lord cleverly tattooing them "Polo", the Holey-est of all names, being "Mint based Perfection" from the language of Heaven.
Of course Nestle and God wanted to go further to convert those who aren't deem mint a flavour that isn't for them. They have branded out into doing Fruit flavoured Polo's which are actually boiled sweets, the wonderful flavoured Citrus ones for when the great one wanted to liven up his mouth with a different sort of taste.
Even better, the Lord in all his might and wisdom even tried to convince the people of Islam to convert to the Holey Polo ways by making them Halal. Yes this, is the mint that will change your life, whatever your religious views, the Holey mint, will touch you and make you a changed individual.
Mint roll. The mint with the hole in the middle.