Being diabetic and therefore, rather tiresomely, having to watch the amount of sugar I take in very carefully, I can no longer shovel away sweets in the way that I once did. Not that I'm *banned* from eating sugary snacks; I just need to have a lot fewer of them. However, for that reason - as well as for the sake of my teeth! - I do keep an eye out for any half-decent sugar-free sweets and confectionery. Surprisingly perhaps such products are not particularly numerous apart from chewing gum, which I'm not very fond of; Morrisons, for example, doesn't seem to have *any* own-brand sugar-free sweets on sale, at least in my local branch.
Thankfully Nestlé come to the rescue with these Sugar Free Polos. Or "Sugar FREE" as they rather excitably put it on the wrapper. This is a somewhat unexciting grey colour - I suspect it's supposed to be silver, but frankly in most lights grey is closer to the mark. The more familiar green, blue and white Polo logo is still in evidence, along with the classic slogan "The Mint with the Hole". Otherwise, it looks pretty much the same as Polo tubes have done for so many years now; you'd never call it thrilling, but you can tell what it is from a mile off.
The nutritional information panel on the back of the tube confirms the truth of the "Sugar Free" claim. As with the original, sugary, version, these Polos are almost entirely (99%!) made up of carbohydrate, but in this case its sorbitol that's used as the sweetener. This is a long-established and pretty safe sweetener, but it does share the unfortunate feature with most similar sugar replacements of having laxative qualities if consumed to excess. What "excess" might be varies from person to person, but it's not usually something to worry about unless you wolf down entire packs in an afternoon. (For adults, that is; children should be supervised a bit more closely.)
I'm not really sure how to describe the look of the sweets without simply saying that "they look like Polos"! Still, for those few people who've been confined to a small metal box at the bottom of the sea for the last half century: Polos are smallish (a couple of centimetres across) white, hard, round mints - with, of course, a hole in the middle that you can have endless fun looking through, at least if you are *very* easily amused. The word "POLO" is embossed twice around the top edge, I suppose in case you forget what it is in the microsecond between taking it out of the packet and slipping it into your mouth.
I don't find the Sugar Free variety of Polos to have all that much of a smell to them when compared with the original sugary mints, which is a bit of a shame but not the end of the world. They do taste quite nice, though you'd never mistake them for their older counterpart. The slightly medicinal taste that dogs so many sugar-free treats is very much in evidence, and although you do get the freshness that most people associate with mint, there's a slightly metallic edge to it that means that they're not quite as successful as sugary Polos. Quite tasty sweets, but they don't do enough to gain more than a solid three-star rating.
I am not a huge fan of mints for me many of them are just too strong and I cannot stand the taste after a while. But if ever I am in the need of a quick breath freshener then one mint that I tend to buy is polo's, the sugar free variety if possible.
Polo's are made my Nestle and were first introduced in 1948 where they did not actually have holes. The holes in the mints did not appear until 1955 (thank you Wikipedia for this fact). Polo's over the years have had many different varieties including the original, spearmint, fruit, fruit smothies and of course these sugar free ones.
In Tesco a single pack of sugar free polo's currently cost £0.41, or if you eat a lot of them then there is a multipack of 3 rolls available for £1.01.
The mints come in a role and are firstly covered in silver foil to keep and the mints together and I will presume to help them to stay fresh. There is then a paper label wrapped over the foil where you can find all of the ingredients listings and nutritional information of the mints. This packaging works really well as you can easily peel back the end of the foil to reveal the first mint then twist it back together to keep the rest of the mints fresh and protected until you need another.
I was quite surprised that when I inspected the polo wrapper that I could not find a weight of the tube anywhere. It does state that there are 80 Calories per tube which is 4% of adults GDA. Although the polo's are sugar free they do have a sugar substitute added called Sorbitol which is often found in low calorie and sugar free foods. You do though need to take note of the warning on the packet that excessive consumption of the polo's may produce a laxative effect! The polo's are also suitable for Vegetarians.
Each little polo obviously has the famous hole through the middle as with all the varieties of polo. Each mint is white with the word 'POLO' embossed on the top of the mint twice, the mints also have a glossy finish.
~~~~~Taste / My Opinion~~~~~
As soon as the polo enters your mouth you get an instant fairly strong minty taste, but there is a little bit of sweetness that just takes the edge of the mint flavour being a little bit too strong for me. Each mint takes a few minutes to slowly dissolve in your mouth, that's if you can resist the urge to crunch the mint.
I do really like these polo's they are not as sweet and sickly tasting as the full sugar original variety. They also have just enough mint flavouring to give you nice fresh breath if you are in need of a quick fix between teeth brushing, but they are not too strong. We always keep a packet of these polo's in our office at work and they can be little lifesavers after lunch.
I do quite like eating mints and I will quite often purchase regular Softmints or the standard version of Polos. The other day at my workplace where various items of confectionery are sold we had to take a couple of packets of sugar free Polos off of the shelves as they were slightly damaged and I was told I could eat them if I wanted because they would now otherwise just be thrown away. There was nothing wrong with them particularly; they just couldn't be sold in that condition.
The wrapper is fairly similar in style to that of other Polo products, just that the main colour of the packaging is silver rather than the well known green. Although I obviously didn't pay for the ones I am discussing, they usually can be bought for give or take forty pence.
I thought that these were alright but if it was a choice between these and the regular variety I would go for the normal ones every time. These are sugar free and so I understand that they will taste a little different but to me they taste a tad spearmint like and the texture and consistency also seems to be not the same as normal Polos. I normally end up crunching standard Polos in my mouth but these sugar free ones appear tougher and they last longer which on reflection is I suppose a positive characteristic.
These are a good useful product to be available on the market as I can remember my Nan who is a diabetic only being able to eat these types of sweets where there was no sugar content whatsoever. It must be a relief to someone with this condition that there are some products available that they can snack on and so it is commendable that the Polo brand offers this. One problem with these types of products though is that you can be left with an upset stomach especially if you eat nearly a whole two packets like I did.
I eat a lot of mints to keep my mouth nice and fresh between meals and this is a brand I eat the most often as I always find it to be of a very good quality and also it does make my mouth fresher and they taste delicious too.
I usually buy them from a garage and they are normally priced around 49p for a tube and they come wrapped in a paper wrapper and the inside of the wrapper is a inner foil one to keep them nice and fresh and in each packet there are 23, which is a very good amount for the price.
These ones are sugar free and each one is a small round disc approximately half an inch with a hole in the centre with the Polo written on them, and as soon as the packet is opened the smell of the mint is apparent immediately and the texture of the mints are quite hard and they melt as they are being eaten and I suck mine most of the time and the flavour releases into the mouth to make it refreshed and I often just crunch them and then swallow them but they just melt into the mouth slowly when sucked.
I like to eat them when I am on the go in the car and they keep me going if I am hungry until meal time but they do not fill me but just take the hunger away for a while.
They have been around for many years and are manufactured by Nestle and they are a very well known brand and the mints are sweet but not too much and I think they are a superb mint with just the right amount of sweetness and they do not taste too sickly and when I open a packet I eat more than one as I just like the taste of them so much.
I used to eat these when I was a smoker and I have given up smoking now but when I did smoke I found these to refresh my mouth a little bit more too and they work a treat for smokers.
I always buy them individually but they are available in multi packs in most supermarkets.
It states on the packet they contain 80 calories per tube and that they are suitable for vegetarians too.
I recommend these mints and they are very good quality and good value for money too and I just love them and will continue to buy them.
I rate them 5 stars.
So I am currently on a healthy eating plan where I cut sugar down to a minimum and while shopping in Sainsburys I decided to pick up a 3 pack of polo sugar free so that I would have something nice to suck on without adding lots of sugar or calories to my daily allowance. I paid 89p for my 3 pack of sugar free polos.
These polos come provided in their individual packets in a plastic bag which opens at the end like a packet of crisps. Each of the individual packets are well sealed and the polos within are packed very tightly which does mean that if you drop a packet you may find a crack through most of the packet but this doesn't matter much to me as I am just going to eat them anyway.
A polo is a mint which has the word polo on it and a hole in the middle. The hole is not large it's just perfect for poking your tongue through and as you suck on the sweet it extends to give you something to do if you are bored at work like I sometimes am.
The mint itself is nice and refreshing and while I can taste a slight difference between these and the standard polos it seems to be how strong the mint is rather than any other taste coming through and this is fine by me as I don't want something overpowering if I am going to be eating quite a few while at work.
Each packet of mints contains 80 calories and a trace of everything else which is perfect if you are on a calorie controlled diet and want something to keep you occupied without using up too many calories. I'm very pleased that the sugar free version does not have any other rubbish added to it instead to bump up the salt content or something else as I often find this happens with healthier foods.
Eating two or more packets of these per day may have laxative effects on adults and one packet may have laxative effects on children so it's advised that you don't eat these like candy and just enjoy a few now and again. I never get through more than one packet in a day as I usually just leave these in my pocket at work and then eat one as and when I'm very hungry and water is just not cutting it.
These mints are ideal for giving me fresh breath and making me feel confident when talking to customers at work. I also find that these mints stop me from snacking so much because I am not bored as much while at work and it keeps my mouth occupied for a little while meaning I don't spend the whole day long talking (just most of it).
I would definitely recommend these mints over the normal Polo version as while there is a slight difference in the taste it is nothing unpleasant and nothing that I didn't adjust to in just a couple of days. I enjoy these mints lots and am normally not without a packet of these in my pocket to ensure that my breath is fresh at all times.
Now I've always been a fan of Nestle Polos, ever since I can remember. So imagine my surprise and excitement when I heard that they were bringing out a sugar free variety. Well, not much really, but these things are actually pretty good. They are available in most supermarkets, off licenses and chemists and are relatively cheap, costing exactly the same price as regular polos.
The taste is pretty much, well, actually its entirely indistinguishable from the real non-sugar free product, and for the health conscious, I suppose this can only be a good thing. Minty fresh and tasty, you can never really go wrong with polos full stop, and although these aren't particularly exciting, they do have some marginal health benefits in terms of sugar intake, but surely this would only be a problem for people who eat far too many polos to begin with. That is to say, I've never come across anyone who has blamed their weight problem on the fact that "Polos are too fattening" but anyway;
They are very tasty with their distinctive design and attractive packaging, and without a doubt leave your breath smelling fresh the whole day long. Also, again due to their design, they can be kept in a pocket or handbag without being too bulky. It's always good to have a packet of these handy, and with them being sugar free with the same taste and at no extra cost, you haven't a thing to lose in buying this variety. Recommended.
I don't usually like sugar free stuff but when it comes to Polos I prefer these sugar free ones because they're not as sweet and that means the minty taste comes through a lot better.
They look exactly the same as normal Polos but when you've got one in your mouth the mint doesn't go soft as quick, that's probably because of there being no sugar in them that stops them dissolving so quick.
I think the mint flavour is wicked in the sugar free Polos, it comes through strong the longer you suck them and freshens your breath loads better than other mints I reckon.
I can make each Polo last for over 5 mins, I'm not mad keen on crunchy sweets so suck them until there's just a thin ring of mint left and then I munch it all up. I don't eat more than a couple of these at a time because they can give you the big time runs if you're not careful! lol
I love the taste of these Polos and recommend you deffo try them instead of your normal sugary mints. You can't taste that they're sugar free apart from the mint taste being stronger, that's a good thing though because I think Polos can get a bit faint tasting after a bit.
This pack of sugar free Polos cost me nearly 50p, that's MAD how they've gone up in price because these used to be the cheapest mints you could buy!
I think they're worth it though and when I buy a pack it lasts me for a couple of days so still better value than buying a chocolate bar or bag of crisps thats gone in a few minutes. The main benefit of these is that there's less calories in them than the normal Polos, but also they really do freshen my breath good so are perfect for keeping in my bag for any time my mouth feel stale and I'm too far away from my toothbrush.
I have always liked the original polo's 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.
However the original polos did contain quite a lot of sugar and so weren't the healthiest things for you especially if you were eating a whole pack to your self which is easily done so that's why these ones are great, they taste pretty much the same and contain no sugar so it's a win win situation.
These are still pricey though. 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.
You get a lot in a pack though as they are all 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 mints are a great way of keeping your mouth nice and fresh without the pain of chewing gum or constantly cleaning your teeth. They are extremely minty and just one every hour or so will keep your teeth feeling fresh and tasty all day long.
This new sugarfree version has even more advantages. The previous polo's were massively high in sugar, which is actually proven to stop saliva production, meaning that you are even more dry mouthed when you started.
The other great advantage is that they are a lot better for you, meaning that you can keep your mouth fresh, without feeling the teeniest bit guilty about what you are putting inside your body.
I love polo mints. I am constantly on the go and always seem to believe that my mouth needs a little bit of freshening up. If you are constantly out and about meeting new people, drinking endless cups of coffee, then they are essential to make sure the last person to shake your hand is as happy as the first.
There also very useful for nights out on the town. After your last tequila shot the last thing you want to be doing is breathing the horrible fire down the next unlucky customers neck. Therefore these work wonders in ensuring your nice and fresh all day long.
Get a little 0 inside of you for many different reasons. There really is no excuse not to buy them. Its quicker, faster and actually cheaper than chewing gum, which looks horrible anyway.
So if your on a night out, in the town or even just sitting at home, get a pack of polo's and improve your life!
I'm a big fan of keeping my teeth healthy and have purchased everything from floss to mouthwash over the years. I like to carry a pack of mints with me to keep my teeth and breath fresh but have always felt that it was a bit pointless sucking on a lump of sugar to achieve this.
Studies have proven that sucking mints after meals increases your saliva production (disgusting, I know!) and breaks down bacteria quicker on your teeth keeping them nice and healthy.
So, when I saw these sugar free mints I had to try them and I can honestly say that I wasn't disappointed. The packaging is quite distinctive as it is silver whereas the other types of Polo have green,blue and purple packaging. The tube is quite plain with the renowned Polo logo that is easily recognised.
The mints themselves look exactly the same as the original Polos, white rings with a hole in the middle and the name 'Polo' written on them in raised lettering. If you looked at a sugar free Polo and an original Polo side by side you wouldn't be able to tell the difference, that is until you tasted them.
The sugar free Polos definitely have a distinctive taste especially after sucking them for a while. When you first put the Polo into your mouth the taste is pleasantly minty, although after about a minute the absence of sugar becomes noticeable. The taste becomes quite artificial and is much less sweet than original Polos. I don't find this a problem and actually quite like the taste, however if you have a sweet tooth you may think differently.
The consistency of these Polos is exactly the same as the original version, very hard and difficult to bite without breaking your teeth. They get thinner as you suck them and are very moreish leaving you wanting more after every one that you eat.
This moreish characteristic is where the problem comes in as the Polos contain Sorbitol which can create laxative effects. I have never experienced this effect (fortunately!) although I have never eaten a whole packet in one go and wouldn't like to risk it! The pack warns that this effect is particularly risky for children so limiting your kids consumption of these mints is a good idea!
As the Polos are sugar free they are also very low in calories and each pack contains just 80 calories and no fat. The ingredient list is very short and the mints contain only Sorbitol, Magnesium Stearate and Mint oils so they aren't exactly nutritious. Based on their low nutritional value I only eat a couple a day and so one tube lasts me at least a week.
One problem with these Polos is that they are not available in every shop and I often see displays containing original Polos but not the sugar free version. When you do find them they usually cost about 40p which is around 4 or 5p more expensive than original Polos but is worth it for their sugar free consistency.
Overall these are a great substitute for original Polos for anyone who just wants a quick breath freshener without all the sugar. The taste is a bit different to original Polos and is less sweet, so people looking for a sweet taste should stick to the original variety. For anyone else, however, I would definitely recommend them.
I found lots of packets of these Sugar Free Polo's in Wilkinsons recently priced at just 8p each. Now, I'm a big fan of Polo Mints and so is everyone else in my family so for that price I grabbed several packets.
These look exactly the same as the normal mints, white circular flat sweets with a hole in the middle of each one and the word POLO in raised letters around the face of each mint.
Now, these are rather nice still (and there are far fewer calories than in the full sugar version) but they don't taste like Polo's. I cannot quite put my finger on the difference as it's very subtle, they're still deliciously minty but taste rather more synthetic than their full sugar cousins and aren't quite as refreshing either.
The texture is very slightly different too. These mints seem a little chalkier than other Polo's and they also melt down in your mouth much quicker.
I'd say these mints are somewhat of an aqcuired taste, but if you persevere with them you'll find you will get used to the lack of sugar in the mints and enjoy them just as much as the full sugar version. At just 80 calories a tube (compared to almost 200 in the normal Polo's) your waistline will thank you for making the switch even if initially your taste buds don't.
I am afraid I must disagree with reviews celebrating these mints. I personally tried to like them - I really did, because they seemed to be the answer - sugar free sweeties made by a reputable manufactorer - something to freshen the breath, satisfy a craving and not pile on calories!Unfortunately, it seems to me that there would be more satisfaction gained by eating the packaging than the actual mints. They taste fake, they feel fake and the disappear a nano-second after putting them in your mouth! I am afraid it's back to the sugar-free gum for me!
Hello and welcome to my review of Nestles Sugar Free Polo Mints.
I came across these mint a few years ago, I had never been a massive fan of mints but I needed something to help me stop smoking and thought that Sugar free mints would be better than normal Polo's . I mean after all they have "The British Health Dental Foundation Aproval" on the package!
I then found there is something special about Polo mints, there not as strong flavoured as Trebors extra strong mints which for me are too power full. I am aware there is a version of Polo mints that are EXTRA STRONG. I will leave those for now as I concentrate on the Sugar Free variety.
The package itself is a wax paper wrapped around a silver foil wrapper and is very easy to open.
The pack states the nutritional information as: (per 100g):
Energy 990kj /238kcal
Protein - NIL
Carbohydrate : 99.0g
of which are sugar Nil
of which are polyols 99.0g
Fat : Nil
Fibre : Nil
Sodium : Trace
Salt Equivalent : Trace
As the standard pack contains only weighs approx 34g. Thats approx 1/3rd of the values stated on the pack.
Each pack has 80kcals - which is stated as 4% of an adults recommended daily amount. With a standard pack containing 23 mints that's 0.17% of the RDA in each mint!! So overall there is nothing in them. Go nuts and get minted (sugar free of course).
BUT NO WAIT!! Dont Go and over mint yourself on these just yet. If you read the small print on the pack it states "WARNING : For some people especially children excessive consumption may produce laxative effects".
I did contact Nestle in January through there website to ask what was "excessive consumption"? I eat 2 packs a day some days (while im at work). Is that excessive? So far I have not had any laxative effects, do I risk going for another pack? Will I be putting myself at risk doing the 40min walk home? Will I make it home without any accidents.... well you get the idea. So far Nestle have not responded to my email. I did try to contact them again today through there site but the contact page needed registration and was under going maintenance.
Maybe I will never know if my underwear is at risk.
On first impression there is no difference between the normal Polo's and the sugar free polo's. But as I sucked there seemed to be a slightly different taste its was sort of... waxy. I think thats about the best way to describe it. Don't get me wrong its not unpleasant, just different and I soon got used to it. You can still run your tongue along the raised lettering on the mint and try slide your tongue in the hole.
The other main difference, these sugar free ones dont seem to last as long as normal ones. The Sugar free mints seem to evaporate in a matter of minutes, this could be why I go through so many of the little beggers.
Overall for a good alternative to Sugary sweets there well worth a try. They helped me kick smoking so I think that maybe "Sugar Free Polo's Saved My Life".
Along with Cadbury's Chomp (see my other review) I used to virtually LIVE on Polo mints as a schoolkid! How I don't have a mouth full of fillings, or indeed no teeth at all is always amazing to me, the quantity I must have consumed, I used to wonder whether I was their best customer. But those were the original Polo mints, not sugar free, so when I was having 'healthy' moment I decided I ought to try to switch to these sugar free Polo mints instead.
I loved the original 'mint with the hole', but I'm afraid I didn't like the sugar free version. Even the Polo Fruits are better than this, in my view.
I miss the sweetness, and I found they lacked the slight crumbliness you could get with the originals when the pack had been in your blazer pocket all day. The sugar free version seems just hard, like sucking rigid plastic.
Now I know that the ingredients are: Sorbitol, Magnesium Stearate, and Mint Oils; and Sorbitol is a sweetener but it just ain't the same!
They are made by Nestle, and if consumed excessivly, can produce a laxative effect, but of course if this is the effect you're going for... be my guest!
Personally I intend to stick with the original Polo mint, I appear to be over that particular healthy phase, and quite simply, they taste better.