* Prices may differ from that shown
Depending on the location, the cost per roll is between 55p and 80p with each roll containing around 14-16 individual mints.
WHERE TO BUY IT
These mints can be purchased at any local newsagents or major retailers in the UK on a per roll basis, or you can buy them in bulk from wholesalers such as Costco - which gives excellent saves versus buying the packets individually (can get packs of ten rolls for around £3 etc.).
The products itself is a strong, yet refreshing, peppermint flavour with a chalky texture to the mint (which is around 2cm in diameter). The packaging is the traditional green and white striped Trebor standard, though the one downfall here is that the packets only open at each end, so once opened make sure you close tightly or the other mints will fall out!
As mentioned above, the flavour of the mint is very strong indeed, and may prove too strong for some people who favour the more subtle varieties - however I do prefer my mints to be of a strong nature so I am perfectly fine with this. Due to the strength of the mint, the flavour and freshness does tend to stay with you for 15-20 minutes or so after consumption - which for me is exactly what I want as I don't want to be eating the entire pack one after the other within ten minutes.
Sugar, glucose syrup, starch, natural mint flavouring, gelatine (bovine), stabiliser (E415).
NUTRITIONAL INFORMATION (Per roll)
Kcal: 165 kcal
I swear by these mints, and much prefer these to the likes of chewing gum - which makes my stomach rumble like hell towards lunch time), or soft mints which I can eat one after the other just like normal sweets. They leave my mouth feeling fresh and are much better value when bought on a bulk basis - four out of five.
I first tried these mints when i was twelve years old and my best friend at the time had a packet and offered me one. On first impression's i wasn't too keen as they were too minty and hard to bite. So i didn't bother with them for several years until the start of 2012 when i fell pregnant and had this insane craving for mints. So on my next trip to the shop i had a look at their chewing gum and mint section and i came across these which of course were familiar and i knew how minty they were so i thought i'd give them a try.
These mints are wrapped in a white and green paper wrapper with the trebor brand name on a red star. There is other varieties however such as spearmint which has a white and blue paper wrapper, so have a look below trebor and the red star as it will say peppermint or spearmint. There is a roughly 10 mints in each packet. They are white and about an inch in size and circular. The smell isn't too strong when opening the packet.
Trying the product
When trying these mints you will either love them or hate them. As they are incredibly strong and the mint is very overpowering and distorts the taste of anything you eat or drink for quite a while after. They are very hard to bite and can be quite sharp and harsh on the teeth and gums. So i'd advise sucking on them to soften them or until they dissolve completely. With that said it can become quite an addiction crunching away at them.
Energy kJ 695 kJ
kcal 165 kcal
These mints have gotten quite costly over the years and can be as much as 65p a packet. For better value i'd look in supermarkets as i've found myself getting 6 packets for £1.89 or 4 packets for £1.00.
i'd definitely recommend these to anyone friends and family. In my opinion these are the best mints there is, they certainly helped my cravings and i'm still eating them since having my baby. They are everything i'd expect from a mint. The size of the packets are handy and have more than enough mints in them for the whole day. However i've developed a little addiction to these mints and i can go through as many as three packets a day. I don't see me stopping buying these mints any time soon.
read the label... these mints contain beef gelatine, how disgusting.
As a man who likes a cigar and drinks far too much coffee, I always go through a fair amount of mints and chewing gum to keep my breath fresh or at least bearable.
I use to go down the road of endlessly chewing spearmint chewing gum but the flavour and the effect of it doesn't last that long.
Having tried and used god knows how many brands of mints I have come to the conclusion that if you can handle the burn then trebor extra strong mints are the way to go.
Taste wise trebor extra strong mints are just what they claim to be "EXTRA STRONG", if you can handle the initial burn on the tongue then they do actually become a very enjoyable strong mint and certainly one that will eliminate horrid tastes and smells from the mouth.
They are fat free and do not contain too many calories but they are packed full of sugar and as one can take about 15 minutes to dissolve when sucked they are dangerous to teeth.
These are not expensive either costing only around 45p for a packet with either 15 or 16 sweets in it (I forget which).
These are not a shiny hard boiled sweet like Polo mints for instance these instead have a somewhat crumbly chalky texture and they can therefore be crunched much easier if that is how you like to enjoy your mints.
As well as being great for freshening breath and removing nasty lingering tastes from ones mouth I also find them a very useful tool in the removal of heartburn, much tastier and nicer to eat than any heartburn sweets like settlers or Tums but they do an equally good job.
I used to really dislike these mints when I was younger but I have certainly grown into the flavour now. I tend to buy the standard hard, peppermints.
The packaging has changed a bit over the years but still has the trademark red, white and green and clearly says 'Trebor Extra Strong' in large font, with 'peppermint' written underneath in smaller yellow font. It is worth checking this as I think there are a lot of varieties out there now. The mints are wrapped tightly in a paper tube. I presume that this is recyclable as it is not foiled, but I can't see anything about this on the packet.
I would estimate you get about 20-25 mints in the pack. The last pack I bought cost me 44p from Morrisons, but you can get them cheaper than this especially if you buy them in multipacks. The whole pack contains 180 calories, although to be honest I don't think that is too much of a concern with these as I doubt you will be wolfing the lot down in one go!
I like the texture of these mints. The are a hard, crunchy sweet but have a slight chalky texture which I prefer to the very smooth texture of, say, a Polo mint. The taste is definitely strong but it is a very fresh, peppery mint and not too hot. I tend to suck them until they're nearly gone and then crunch the last bit, and the crunching certainly releases they're flavour!!!
I find these mints really handy to freshen your breath, say after lunch at work. They are also handy if you're trying to diet as the flavour is strong and it leaves your mouth nice and fresh, and it does really take away the craving for sweets or chocolate. They also seem to perk me up a bit, not sure how, but I always have some in my bag and in the car and I think the strong mintiness just gives you a little boost!
Love them and recommend them if you like a strong mint. However, one little star taken away because I have recently tried imitation, non-branded extra strong mints at a much lower price and they were really just as good.
I love these mints, they are like it says on the packet, extra strong, they are tasty and are not that strong they burn your mouth like some mints do, they are sharp tasting and the flavour stays in the mouth until eaten.
For each mint it is 11 cals so that is a good content compared to some others, and for 37p for a packet of 17 mints i think it is worth the price.
and sugar flavouring and starch, also these mints are very fresh tasting, and come in a nice paper packaging with a foil lining, they are white in colour and as soon as you peel the paper back and open them you can smell the aroma instantly and the minty smell is fresh.
These mints can be bought also anywhere, I usually buy mine while I get my petrol from the garage but Tesco and Asda and the other stores do them in a mulitpack but I am not sure how much they are for those but they would be much cheaper buying in bulk, they are good for inbetween meals to freshen up you mouth and they also take hunger away, they do for me and I have a big appetite and does the trick for me.
They are especially good for smokers too, of which I used to use when I was a smoker but have since given up, I bought them originally when I did smoke and stayed with them ever since, sometimes we are out somewhere and cannot freshen up these are ideal for those occasions.
Trebor is a well known brand for many years.
They are small enough to place into a pocket or handbag and are also exellent for when you go on a flight and need to suck something to help the ears on take off and landing.
I have always been a lover of mints whatever kind, and like many other people I have always liked these mints. I recently bought a pack of them realising that I had an actual pack of any kind of mint in ages, and I fancied a treat!
The last time I had these it was probably a good few moinths ago, but to be honest I wasn't expecting to see or taste a difference. But when I put one in my mouth something didn't tast quite right with them. Now it could have been just me, but something definately tasted a bit odd, something which I hadn't noticed on previous experience of tasting them.
The packaging has changed since last time going from an all green bacground with a red star and the words 'trebor' inside it, and with white writing, to a completely white background with the words extra strong also in whitw writing but with a stripey green pattern behind it. They still have the red star with the trebor logo though, which is good!
The mints themselves haven't actually changed in shape or size. They are still the same round chalkey little mint that pack in alot of flavour.
Some nutritional info for you. These values are for a whole pack.
energy - 765kj
kcal - 180kcal
protein - 0.3g
carbohydrate - 44.9g
fat - trace.
The texture of these mints are quite rough, nothing like the original mint imperials at all! The taste (after you get over the hotness) is obviously peppermint which lasts all the way through until you have swallowed it and to top it all off, they leave you with a nice fresh tasting (and smelling) breath. You can buy these at any newsagents for 40p or less!
I nipped to the shop to pay the dreaded bills and whilst waiting in the que these white and green packaged mints screamed out at me!! 'BUY ME BUY ME' to which i picked a pack up and brought them, these mints were priced at 50p and to my suprise they werent any old mint they were trebor extra strong mints which are actually very nice, they have a strong flavour and at 180kcals per pack who can grumble?? (not that you would eat the pack as you would spend the rest of the day on the loo!!.....ewwwwww)
Trebor has been around for many years and are always changing the packaging..these sweets are just the right size for anyones pocket/handbag there great on taking the edge off especially if your a sugar freak like me or your suffering with coffee breathe it takes the taste away and the smell!!
There size is about the size of a 50pence peice they can be crunched or sucked either way they give off this burst of freshness and coolness which freshens breathe (if u like a good coffee u no what i mean) leaving a very cool breezey feeling in the mouth!
These mints have a very strong minty flavour aswell as having a sweet taste that gives you that boost if your feeling a bit tired and no you have the rest of the day at work!! :(
This product is widely available in most stores/garages and you can also purchase these in multi packs which mite save you a penny or two!
The packaging it made out of paper which can be recycled which makes this product even better not only is it full of flavour,sweet its recyable too, they have thought of it all!
SUGAR----THE GOOD STUFF :)
These mints are lovely refreshing there big in size and flavour and there hard can be sucked and can be crunched when crunched they are sort of chalky and powdery and shoot out this massive burst of sweetness and strong mintiness there a must have for my hand bag!!
As a smoker with an unhealthy appetite for coffee (the stronger the better), I always make sure I have mints with me in the same way that a politician always has an expense claims form close to hand. I've tried all sorts of mints - hard, soft, small, boiled etc and Trebor Extra Strong Mints are the ones I prefer.
For those interested in the nutritional content, a pack contains just under ten percent of an adults' calorie intake, but if you value your teeth you won't be eating a pack in a day. A quick glance at the ingredients shows that sugar is the biggest ingredient - not surprising really considering mints are sweets. (I've read other reviews where the "is a mint a sweet?" debate rages on in the comments column - mints ARE sweets so please don't discuss!) There is no fat in a pack - great, but all that sugar has the potential to be turned into body fat if not burned off. Therefore, only eat these mints if you are either a marathon runner or trying to put weight on before a trans-polar expedition where the extra puppy fat will help with insulation. Im sure most of you make regular trips to the antartic, hope the advice helps.
As for taste, they are strong and hot, and one of these mints can wipe out other tastes in your mouth which surely is the sign of a good mint. They last roughly an hour if placed in the side of the mouth and left (I can see my dentist fainting at the mere thought).
My favourite, a good mint. Oh, and when I was a small boy, there was an amusing playground rhyme about the Trebor mint and where they could be put which has ensured a soft spot in my heart for them. I can't wait to grow up!
Now as I have mentioned in a previous review (Tic Tacs I think) I am very confused as to whether a mint is classified as a sweet. Now in my mind it is just a mint, however Trebor disagree with me. The description of the mints as stated on their packet is 'Peppermint Flavoured Sweets' (I stand corrected).
I actually brought a 6 pack of these in Asda and I paid £1.32 which works out at 22 pence a packet (bargain!) but individually they work out between 40 and 60 pence depending on where you shop. There are 17 mints in the pack I just opened.
Now the nutritional side per pack values are:-
0.1 gram of protein
44.9 grams of carbohydrates
Trace values for fat
All in all not a bad option for a healthy-ish sweet. Ingredients are Sugar, Glucose syrup, Potato starch, Flavouring, Gelatine (Bovine) and Stabiliser (E415).
When you open the packed the smell is very strong. The sweets are hard round mints that have almost what I would describe as a rough texture to them. When you pop the mint in your mouth it is a safes option to suck these mints as they last a lot longer and don't break your teeth! The flavour is incredibly strong and for the first few seconds your mouth takes on that feeling of being on fire. After that settle you get the nice peppermint taste all the way through.
I love the Extra Strong Mints however be warned if strong flavours are not your thing then give these a miss. However for all you crafty smokers out there that want to hide the fact you may have had a sneaky ciggie then these will do the trick (not that I've done that myself of course).
Overall a good buy that taste nice and leave you feeling minty fresh!
There's something faintly nostalgic about sweets like these to me. They remind me of popping candy and gobstoppers with fizz in the middle rather than the bland stuff you get today - confectionary with a twist to it, and although less novelty than those I just mentioned, these do have have a twist - they are simply very strong mints. But don't make the mistake of thinking they are small and sharp like breath freshening mints - it's a much smoother taste than that.
I like the fact in particular that they are strong without relying on that nose-irritating menthol style. It's a fresh and sweet mintiness, not something pseudo-medicinal.
The tablets themselves are round discs, a bit like a pound coin. They have a slighly floury texture on the surface, but in the mouth they hold together well and melt away. I do find they last for a long time, perhaps a bit longer than I would like.
Trebor extra strong mints, are strangely enough, extra strong flavoured mints.
Pop one of these into your mouth, and you will know about it, especially when compared to other mints eg. Polo mints or soft mints.
Trebor extra strong mints come in 2 flavours, peppermint, and spearmint, the later being my favourite of the two due to the extra coolness experienced in the mouth from the spearmint flavour.
These are ideal for a quick fix to bad breath, and the flavour lasts in your mouth for a good 30 minutes or so, keeping your breath fresh and cool, which is perfect if you are about to have a meeting / discussion with somebody.
I tend to get through about 3 packets of these a week, as I use them instead of chewing gum, main reason being, I think they keep your breath fresher, and there is no problem of having to get rid of the chewing gum when you have finished with them. I do generally enjoy the taste of the spearmint flavoured mints, and also tend to think of them as a sweet, as well as a mint.
Each pack contains 180 calories, so if you polish off around about half a pack a day, that's only 90 calories, which is pretty good really. The main ingredient unfortunately though is sugar, so they are going to hit your teeth, although as long as you don't eat too many it's not really an issue.
A word of warning to any dedicated vegetarians out there though, they do contain Gelatine, so if you are keen not to eat any animal ingredients, these are one to avoid.
Trebor extra strong mints are definately the best mints on the shelf!. Not only because of the really strong taste of mint and the fact that they are a decent size so last longer than others, but the texture as you suck the little blighters is great on your tongue!. On a serious side i suffer a lot with heartburn and food alergies. Some foods can immediately give me heartburn and make my stomach swell so that i look 6 months pregnant!. I used to rely on things like Gaviston but found that i was taking more and more of them. Because mint as a herb is good for these ailments i started having mints in my bag. Nowadays though it has to be Trebor extra strong mints, they immediately start relieving my sysmptoms, especially with the heartburn which can be very uncomfortable. So don't just view them as a refreshing little treat they can have medicinal value as well!
Oooooooouuuuu. That tends to be my reaction when I put one of these into my mouth. Trebor Extra Strong Mints are just that. Very strong. They can make your eyes water sometimes. The Peppermint flavour are the ones I usually go for. And if you have a nasty taste in your mouth that you want to get rid of, these mints are ideal.
Pure mint oil freshness is what is says on the packet. And that is how these mints can make you feel. Fresh! These are very hard dry mints, not chewy in any way; they crack and splinter if you bite into them. I do tend to bite these mints as I find they are to strong to suck sometimes. Although if you want to get the full flavour, then sucking is probably the way to go.
Something else I find these mints helpful for are medicinal purposes. Must admit not sure of the scientific reasons behind it, but these tend to help me breathe easier. I suffer from asthma and so before I go for a run or play football I do tend to gobble a few down, they do really help. Another thing they are good for is to prevent hayfever. Again not sure why, but sucking on these when my symptoms are worst really does tend to help me.
An average packet of these contains 180 calories and just a trace of fat. So that is pretty good you would have to say. Although these are not good for your teeth, my dad used to eat these when he couldn't be bothered brushing his teeth, and he certainly suffers for it now!
Price wise, a packet of these will cost you 42p at Tesco. Or the a multipack will cost you £1.18 and you get six packets in these, which is obviously better value.
So overall these are a really excellent mint. There not the kind of thing I would eat for pleasure or just the taste, but when you need fresh breathe or a feeling of fresh air, these have to be one of the best products available. Go and get that Oooouuuu feeling!
Trebor Extra Strong Mints are the marmite of the mint world; you either love them or you hate them. From the strong peppermint taste to the powdery texture, they are not a foodstuff that is immediately loveable. However, once you've had one, it is difficult to resist the call of another. And another. And another.
The packaging of an Extra Strong Mint is immediately recognisable, despite the occasional permutations of patterns, as the unique combination of forest green, white and red has remained consistent (the design is similar for the spearmint version of the mint, with the green replaced by blue, but given that they are increasingly difficult to purchase I won't be mentioning them too much in this review, despite my preference for spearmint!). It is a simplistic wrapper,
The mint itself is also relatively aesthetically pleasing. It is a strong circular shape, resembling a small discus, and although it has a unique powdery texture, it does not fall apart, which is always a good sign. They feel a bit chalk like, which is not particularly pleasing on a haptic level, but I assume that they are made that way to add to the 'trebor experience'.
Now, usually at this point I would eat the mint and describe it to you in some detail, from the powdery taste to the eventual crunchiness. However, whilst analysing the wrapping, I found out something very interesting. There is no mention of 'suitable for vegetarians' on the wrapper. As a vegetarian myself, I was slightly concerned about this, and indeed when I read the ingredients there it was; gelatine. The product is mostly made using biproducts from the meat and leather industry; namely pig skins and bones. It can technically be made from synthetic materials instead of animal biproducts, but given the expensive nature of such vegetarian options, it is fair to assume that the gelatine in these mints was from the far cheaper option of meat.
What gelatine is doing in a mint, I do not know. I'm assuming it is being used as a gelling agent. Now, I know most of you don't really care that these mints are not vegetarian, but this discovery did get me wondering - what on earth is in an extra strong mint?
INGREDIENTS - sugar, glucose syrup, potato starch, flavouring, gelatine, stabiliser (E415), Colour (E132), CONTAINS SULPHITES
So, first lets think about which of these ingredients are completely innocent. Sugar, for sure, is (hopefully) ok, though it will of course be heavily refined. The flavourings are not listed, though we assume (hope?) peppermint oil is present. Potato Starch is also hardly a threatening product, and I have already disclosed my opinion of gelatine.
However, it is the other ingredients that are perhaps more worrying. The stabiliser (E415) is more commonly known as Xanthan gum, and has been highly discussed. From a chemical perspective, it is no more dangerous than any other food, and the benzene rings in the structure suggest that it is relatively stable. I can't see any real reason why you'd treat this chemical as any more dangerous than most chemicals.
Glucose Syrup is ambiguous, as they fail to disclose which type of corn syrup it is. If it is a HFCS (High Fructose Corn Syrup), then you couldn't pay me to eat it. It is linked to fatty liver disease and type II diabetes. There is also suggestion that it creates a leptin resistance within the human body, meaning that we don't feel full after eating. However, since it is not specified, we could assume that this type of corn syrup is not a HFCS, though I highly doubt it. Given that (as I mentioned earlier, before my meaty revelation) Extra Strong Mints make me feel really hungry and need more mints, I would assume that they are HFCS, as this is a typical symptom present after eating HFCS.
E132 as a colouring is used to commonly dye jeans blue. This would suggest to me that there is something within the mint which needs offsetting in order to gain that crystal white colour of the mint, and I can't help but wonder what colour the mints would be without the presence of E132. Its all produced in a laboratory from the combustion of sodium phenylglycinate with caustic soda and sodamide.
It is banned in Norway and there is a warning against children consuming E132, and I can see why. Caustic soda is not a substance I'd want inside me at all - it can be used to strip paint from walls, and more than once I have read about people being attacked with caustic soda, as it is highly corrosive and one of the many substances often used by attackers. Meanwhile, sodamide creates ammonia when it is reacted with water, which is even more worrying. It is also a corrosive, though to a lesser extent than the caustic soda.
Sulphites are one of the most common food products which cause severe adverse reactions. They are safe to eat for the majority of consumers, but if you have any sensitivities to foods, then you may want to look up the effects of sulphites. The substance can trigger asthma and shortness of breath, plus other adverse effects such as rashes and severe headaches.
The consumption of too many can cause a laxative effect. Just incase you didn't know some of the more interesting side effects associated with the over consumption of mints.
Now, I've provided you with the facts. I'm not saying you shouldn't eat the mints, that's not my choice to make. But who else is going to tell you what it is you are *actually* eating? The business? Don't make me laugh. I can honestly say I had no idea about the amount of absolute crap that was in an extra strong mint, and I can honestly say that I'm not going to eat one again unless they sort out the ingredients.
If you want to go and eat a few of those mints now, then fine. But you deserve to know what you're putting into your body, yeah? x
Peppermint flavoured sweets Per pack Calories 180 9.0% of an adult's GDA