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I bought a tube of Trebor Softmints from my local post office the other day as they were on the counter and I hadn't had any for years.
They come in a tube of about a dozen sweets and I chose the spearmint flavour, although I think they now come in several different mint flavours and even I even think I have seen fruit ones before. The tube is covered with a metallic wrapper, different to how I remember them, It is a turquoise colour and has a red star on it with the words "Trebor Spearmint" written on it. Across the rest of the tube the word Softmints is written in bold white letters, the packet does stand out more than other mints I have seen, but then again there is only so much you can do with a packet of mints.
On the back of the tube afe the ingredients, they are printed in very small letters along with the nutritional values, making them quite hard to read so not ideal if you are allergic to certain ingredients. Each tube contains 170 calories which I think is quite a lot for a packet of mints. The mints cost 53p from the post office but they are only 43p from Tesco.
The mints are covered in a crispy shell which when you first taste it is just a sweet taste rather than mint. This soon melts away and the minty flavour comes through, it is quiteva strong course flavour at first but as you chew the mint it mellows into a spearmint flavour.
The sweets are, as their name suggests, soft and do not really take to much chewing so no worries about loose teeth.
I enjoyed my softmints, they were very moreish, but at 53p a tube I think they are rather expensive.
Nice spearmint flavour
Not too expensive from shops such as Tesco
High in calories
Cannot just have 1
Recently I was after some polo mints and the shop was out of stock, my little local newsagents, so I opted for Trebor softmints instead. The spearmint flavour came in an enticing metallic blue tube, with metallic blue silver paper and design on them, and I particularly liked the large red five-pointed star with the word Trebor in it - this made them stand out for me. In small writing under the name there is a line as follows -
DID YOU KNOW ROBERT ROBERTSON WAS ONE OF THE ORIGINAL FOUNDERS OF TREBOR IN 1907?
I may be thick, but up until now I did not realise that Trebor was Robert backwards....doh! My husband has just said, of course, we all knew that as kids, oh silly me!!
They have been around awhile as you can tell, though, over 100 years! And they are still pretty impressive.
When you take one out of the packet of approximately 12 sweets, it is a lovely smooth sky-blue or duck-egg-blue colour and it is round and small in size and shape. It is shiny and has a hard exterior and a soft chewy interior. When you pop it in your mouth, it has a nice gentle mintiness and then after a short while you are driven to chew it and it has a lovely soft chewy texture. But don't be like me and lose a bit of your tooth because you have chewed too much!! I won't go into details, but my dentist has warned me off chewy sweets, after no less than four reconstructions of one tooth - I chipped all four corners off it over a period of 3 years! I refuse to have a cap!
If you could call it a fault, they are too chewy! I only consider it a fault if you have teeth problems. I love them and so do my family.
"Spearmint Flavoured Chewy Centred Sweets In A Crisp Candy Coating" - must be on sale in American too, as we do not call it candy over here!
Ingredients - Sugar, Glucose syrup, Modified tapioca starch, Flavouring, Glazing agent (Carnauba wax), Concentrated vegetable extract (Spirulina) and in large letters in a yellow box CONTAINS SULPHITES. I am not sure what sulphites are but these little beauties contain them. I wonder if anyone can enlighten me - I am not sure.
They retail for just under 50p depending on where you buy them.
Enjoy a good chew! Not for softies.
Trebor Spearmint Soft Mints come in a blue paper packaging with a blue foil packaging on the inside of it to keep these sweets nice and fresh. The red "Trebor" logo really stands out on this packaging because of the contrast between the colours (red and blue) and makes you more likely to remember the brand.
The actual mints are approximately the size of a ten pence piece. You get about 15 in a pack which costs roughly fifty pence in most newsagents shops. You can also get them in multi packs in most supermarkets and they cost about £2 for 6 packs.
The sweets themselves are coated in a layer of light blue spearmint flavoured sugar candy which is a few millimetres thick. Then, you get to the soft centre where you can really taste the spearmint more strongly. Once you've bitten into these, they're gone within a minute or so. However, they are delicious. Once you start eating them, you just can't stop.
They make your breathe smell minty, just as a breath freshener or chewing gum would do, without the added expense that tends to come with such products.
In my opinion, they're well worth buying!
Trebor is a company that is probably best known for its Extra Strong Mints, or at least its mints in general. When I was at school, and my mum would pick me and my brother up or take us to school, she would often have a packet of either the peppermint or spearmint soft mints that Trebor produce. My favourites were the peppermint flavour, but the spearmint ones are very nice, too.
More recently, I spotted a packet of these for 48p in my local Somerfield as I was buying a 3-pack of the peppermint soft mints, and I soon tucked into them. The spearmint flavour is more powerful than the peppermint, and the blue UFO-like disc has a faint hue of blue about it, similar to that on the wrapper but perhaps a little paler.
The harder mint outer shell gives way quite easily as you bite into it, revealing a chewy spearmint inside that releases a very minty taste immediately. I rate this product very highly, although I prefer the peppermint not only in flavour but also as too many of these are very overpowering indeed. They retail at our local Somerfield for 48p for a pack, and you get about 13 or 14 mints in a pack. You can also get the mints in a set of 3 packets, retailing in Somerfield for £1.10.
Trebor were originally founded in 1907 and manufactured boiled sweets, they first produced Trebor Mints in 1935, but it wasn't until 1981 that Softmints hit the marketplace. Softmints are the 3rd best selling mint of the Trebor product range.
In 1989 the company was acquired by Cadbury Schweppes.
Softmints are available in both spearmint and peppermint, the only difference in the packaging of both these sweets is the colour. The Peppermint variety is in a green coloured pack and the Spearmint in a blue coloured pack. Both flavours are equally as good but for the purpose of this review and to avoid repetition I will concentrate on the Spearmint ones.
The packaging is a major disappointment with this confectionery, not cosmetically but physically. I'm am constantly pulling loose mints from my pockets due to its inability to maintain its hold on the sweets inside. This is probably not helped by the shape of the sweet. The packaging is basically just a layer of foil and nicely printed paper rolled around about 20 sweets and then glued. The print is a pale green colour with the word Softmints printed across it's front.
The sweet are just about 3/4 of an inch in diameter being round they also have a slight dome shape on either side making them symmetrical. On opening the packet you get a subtle whiff of mint which initialises the taste buds.
The outer shell is a crispy light blue coating and tastes of a nice smooth spearmint. I can detect a bit of a biter aftertaste but can't for the life of me figure out what it reminds me off. The inner part of the sweet is the soft chewy bit and is just a shade lighter in hue to that of the outer shell.
Initially they seem quite hard but the introduction of a little moisture in the form of saliva soon gets the soft sticky concoction into proper chewy order. I have found that if you keep them warm in your pocket they do become slightly softer and a bit easier to chew.
The inner part tastes very similar to that of the outer only not quite a strong, and strangely without the aftertaste, so this must be coming as I thought from the crispy shell. Each sweet lasts a fair while being that you to chew them so that is a plus on the value side. They are not an overly strong mint, in fact they are more in the mild category. Available in most good confectioners they cost around 45p per packet/roll.
Being basically mostly sugar they are not going to help those diets along, and they certainly won't do your teeth any favours. They might however help you stop smoking, and will definitely improve your oral hygiene.
They are indeed a very pleasant and good value for money mint.
Mint flavoured chewy centred sweets in a crisp candy coating Per roll Calories 170 8.5% of an adult's GDA Suitable for vegetarians Don't let the name fool you, they may be chewy but they still have all the power of a strong mint.